Archive for August, 2022

The death of a talented pilot and the end of an historic aircraft

August 17th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

A few days ago, there was a tragic accident at an air display in Cheb in the Czech Republic. The pilot was Petr Paces who was a very experienced MiG 21 fighter pilot and captain of the Boeing 737 airliner. Nothing is more important that the death of this man, but I have to record […]

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On the 75th anniversary of independence for India, how much is there to celebrate?

August 16th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Politics in India is much rougher and much more corrupt that in the democracies of Europe and North America. Assassination is not uncommon: the revered Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, and the Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 were all murdered, although it has to be noted that these […]

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A review of the recent French film “Who You Think I Am”

August 15th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Juliette Binoche is a talented and beautiful actress who has now appeared in over 60 French-language and English-language films. I really admire her work and must have seen over a dozen of her roles. In this French-language work from 2019, she plays Claire, a 50 year old professor of French literature, who uses Facebook to […]

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Aircraft carriers: how many of them are there and who has them?

August 14th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Currently I’m reading a book by American researcher Rush Doshi entitled “The Long Game” and subtitled “China’s grand strategy to displace American order”. Recently I read the section on China’s development of aircraft carriers which led me to wonder: how many aircraft carriers are there in the world and which nations have them? As usual, […]

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Because it’s the weekend: k d lang sings “Hallelujah”

August 12th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

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How would you like to die?

August 11th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

It was just over 50 years ago but I still remember it. I was in my early 20s and very active politically in the Labour Party. I had represented my Constituency Labour Party at the Labour Party Annual Conference and I went round all the wards giving my report of the event. This particular meeting […]

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A review of “The Good Shepherd (currently showing on Netflix)

August 10th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

This 2006 movie is something of a cinematic curiosity since it has so much talent on both sides of the camera and yet the outcome is so disappointing. It purports to tell the story of the formation by the United States of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during the Second World War and its […]

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A review of the new action movie “Bullet Train”

August 9th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I once took a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto but it was nothing like this crazy movie which looks like something that British director Guy Ritchie and American director Quentin Tarantino might have made if ever they teamed up for a joint production. In fact, the director is David Leitch whose last work was […]

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How strong is China’s claim to Taiwan? And what about Mongolia?

August 6th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Taiwan has been settled for at least 25,000 years. Ancestors of Taiwanese indigenous peoples settled the island around 6,000 years ago. In the 17th century, large-scale Han Chinese immigration to western Taiwan began under a Dutch colony and continued under the Kingdom of Tungning. The island was annexed in 1683 by the Qing dynasty of […]

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Word of the day: exeat

August 5th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

This word actually came up in a conversation over coffee that I had this week. It was totally new to me. Exeat means official permission for a student to be absent from a college or university. It is the third person singular present subjunctive of the Latin verb expire which means to go out. So […]

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