Archive for January, 2022


Joe Biden has now served a year as US President, so how’s it going?

January 20th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I’m massively interested in American politics and regularly attend relevant courses and lectures – currently online – provided by London’s City Literary Institute and delivered by the college principal Mark Malcolmson. Today marks the first anniversary of Joe Biden’s tenure as U S President and this evening’s lecture reviewed the events of the last year […]

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A review of the new art house film “The Souvenir Part II”

January 18th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Writer and director Joanna Hogg always intended her story to be in two parts and originally wanted to film both segments back-to-back. However, there were funding issues, so the first film was released in late 2019 but we had to wait until early 2022 for the second.  While the first part was an account of […]

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That time when I almost went to work at 10 Downing Street …

January 17th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

All this talk of activity in 10 Downing Street reminds me that, following the appointment of Jim Callaghan as Labour Prime Minister in 1976, I was offered a position in his Political Office at No 10. Since it was a political post, it could not be paid by public funds and sufficient funding from trade […]

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A review of the new coming-of-age movie “Licorice Pizza”

January 16th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Paul Thomas Anderson has both written and directed a film set in California’s San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s and everything about the work – the clothes, the decor, the music, the television, the politics, even the style of the graphics – is redolent of the period. At its heart – and the movie […]

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What are the assets of the Cayman Islands?

January 14th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

As you might of guessed, this is trick question. Currently I am reading “Seven Ways To Change The World: How To Fix The Most Pressing Problems We Face” by Gordon Brown. In the chapter on tax havens, he reveals that the the territory’s foreign assets are valued at an astonishing 1,500 times the size of […]

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How many passport holders are there on St Kitts and Nevis?

January 14th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

As you might of guessed, this is trick question. Currently I am reading “Seven Ways To Change The World: How To Fix The Most Pressing Problems We Face” by Gordon Brown. In the chapter on tax havens, he reveals that the population of St Kitts and Nevis is a mere 50,000 or so, but that […]

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Three-fold increase of abuse imagery of 7-10-year-olds as IWF detects more child sexual abuse material online than ever before

January 13th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK body established by industry to combat child abuse images online. It has just published its annual report and the headline messages are: Record amount of child sexual abuse material taken down after action by IWF. More reports investigated in 2021 than in the whole first 15 years […]

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In American politics, what is the filibuster and why does it need to change?

January 11th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Historically, activity in the Senate has tended to be less partisan and more individualistic than in the House of Representatives with a degree of cross-party co-operation called working “across the aisle”. But this situation has changed dramatically in recent decades with most voting now strictly on party lines. Senate rules permit what is called a […]

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A review of the “The King’s Man”

January 9th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Following the commercial success of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015) and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017), five years later we have “The King’s Man” which claims to be an origin story for this secret service of English gentlemen. However, none of the characters in the earlier movies feature in this prequel which is set in […]

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A review of the new film “House Of Gucci” – set to win awards

January 9th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Any film directed by Ridley Scott – now in his mid 80s – is worth seeing and he has given us some absolute classics such as “Alien”, “Blade Runner”, “Thelma & Louise” and “Black Hawk Down”. Most of his movies are action stories but “House Of Gucci” is different. This is a film about character […]

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