Archive for June, 2021

Word of the day: weathering

June 6th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Of course, you know this word in relation to the physical effect of weather on materials like wood or metal. But do you know the use of the word in relation to people, especially ethnic minorities, to describe the health effects of sustained discrimination? This use of the word was first proposed by. Arline Geronimus, […]

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A review of “The History Of The World In Bite-Sized Chunks” by Emma Marriott

June 5th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

In terms of ‘punch per page’, this is a winner: nearly 5,000 years of world history in less than 200 pages with every sentence offering information. Yet, for all its conciseness, it covers a great deal in an accessible manner, so that it can be read from beginning to end and/or used as a reference […]

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A review of the 2016 rom-com “Mother’s Day”

June 4th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Who doesn’t love a good rom-com and these days the genre usually manages to include a bit of social commentary. This movie is an attempt by director Garry Marshall – who had such a huge success with “Pretty Woman” in 1990 – to follow up on the formula developed for his rom-coms “Valentine’s Day” (2010) […]

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A review of the new movie “Godzilla vs Kong”

June 1st, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Over the years, I’ve seen the two American versions of Godzilla and the three versions of Kong, so I was up for a movie pairing these two mega-monsters – and there were some extra factors. It was the end of the third British lockdown of the global pandemic and I was desperate for some cinematic […]

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