Archive for October, 2021


Some more reviews for my book of short stories

October 25th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

“A little gem.” “These stories from the many rooms in the author’s mind are so interesting, topical, yet vividly animated by ‘look backs’ on the characters’ lives.” “An incredible read with meaningful lessons.” “Loved the interesting read, lots of variety and an extraordinary grasp on the art of writing short stories, with each one containing […]

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A review of an impressive new book: “Exponential” by Azeem Azhar

October 24th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Around a decade and a half ago, Azeem Azhar – what a wonderfully alliterative name – and I served together as members of the Consumer Panel of Ofcom. the UK’s regulator of telecommunications and broadcasting. He is much younger and much smarter than me and went on to become a tech entrepreneur and tech analyst. […]

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Word of the day: ruminant

October 22nd, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I’d never come across this word until recently when I was reading an article about the climate crisis. I checked it out and found that a ruminant is an even-toed ungulate mammal that chews the cud regurgitated from its rumen. The ruminants comprise the cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes, and their relatives. Ruminants produce a huge […]

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A break in Slovenia to visit Lake Bled and Ljubljana

October 10th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

For many years now, top of my bucket list has been, for as long as I have the health and wealth, to have visited as many countries as my age. I am currently 73 and I’ve visited a total of 77 countries. Of course, as for everyone on the planet, the global pandemic has severely […]

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Word of the day: disinformation

October 8th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Disinformation is a subset of propaganda and is false information that is spread deliberately to deceive . It is also known as black propaganda. It is sometimes confused with misinformation which is false information but is not deliberate.

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The growing death toll from covid in the UK

October 7th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

It troubles me that the announcement each day of the previous day’s deaths from Covid-19 disguises the size of the cumulative figure. The number of deaths within 28 days of a positive covid test now totals 137,417. The number of deaths with covid 19 mentioned on the death certificate now totals 160,824. These figures compare […]

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Word of the day: immiserate

October 6th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I’m reading a book called “Exponential” by Azeem Azhar, someone I used to know when we sat together as members of Ofcom’s Consumer Panel. One of his favourite words – one I’ve hardly seen before- is ‘immiserate’, a verb meaning to make miserable or to cause to become impoverished. It seems that many new technologies […]

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Word of the day: tchotchke

October 5th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

A tchotchke is a small bric-à-brac or miscellaneous item. The word has long been used by Jewish-Americans and in the regional speech of New York City and elsewhere. It is Yiddish in origin. The word may also refer to free promotional items dispensed at trade shows, conventions, and similar commercial events. They can also be sold as cheap souvenirs in tourist areas, […]

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Word of the day: hecatomb

October 4th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

Say what you like about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – and I’ve said a lot that is not complimentary – but his Oxford University education has given him an impressive vocabulary. In an interview this week about shortages in the British marketplace, he commented: “If I may say so, the great hecatomb of pigs […]

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Binge-watching the BBC series “Vigil”

October 4th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I spent the evenings this weekend binge-watching the six hour-long episodes of the BBC television series “Vigil“, a murder mystery set substantially on a nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed submarine of Britain’s Royal Navy – an original and inventive plot device. I really enjoyed it and, if you did too, you might like to read this analysis […]

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