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Articles by Francesca Shawn

About Francesca Shawn

A former arts editor of The Independent, over the years Francesca has written for an innumerable list of UK arts and dance magazines. More Posts

We are free to believe what we believe

Scribes contributing to the Rust have previously offered their opinions upon perception and reality as we find these in the world – whether the subject be ‘fake news’, politics, or the prospect of great movie or music stars being resurrected years after their death and having new [...]

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Baker Boy

Though some regard him as a ‘Marmite’ personality – I don’t subscribe to Twitter, but apparently late at night, possibly when somewhat ‘refreshed’, I’m told he sometimes makes a bit of a prat of himself when tweeting – the irrepressible and one-time [...]

October 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

The future is already here, as well as in the future

When it comes to the relationship between audiences and movies or television programmes, the different sectors in the entertainment industry are split into quite simple divisions. Firstly, the production – the process of deciding what to make, whom to hire to make it (e.g. scriptwriters, [...]

September 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Better get ready

Spotted on the website of The Guardian this morning – a piece by Mark Sweney on the potential (or is it very real?) threat to mainstream television broadcasters from ‘new media’ giants, see here – THE [...]

August 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

The art(ifice) of staying relevant

Overnight the news came through that Hungarian actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor had died at the age of 99 from heart-related issues. In the public consciousness she seemed to rank in what might be described as the second division of pneumatic movie blonde actresses from the 1940s to 1960s: I’m [...]

December 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

You couldn’t make them up

Please forgive me, but I must share with Rust readers these two examples that I have copied from a piece appearing on the Daily Mail website today on the subject of embarrassing and/or funny text exchanges between parents and children, posted on the internet almost exclusively by the latter. There [...]

November 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

There was a young man from Cambridge …

Whatever our background, interests, intelligence or sensibilities, we all love things that are clever, witty or bring a smile. Here’s a piece by Robert McCrum on librettist/playwright Ranjit Bolt, who has recently turned his hand to writing limericks, that appears today on the website of [...]

November 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Opportunity to re-assess a great artist

Here’s a recommendation for readers of the National Rust with an artistic bent – the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of John Singer Sargent paintings, as reviewed by Jonathan Jones today on the website of THE [...]

February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nordicana

Yesterday I went  to the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for a symposium on Nordic drama. It was extremely well-attended, which reflects the popularity of The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge. Unfortunately the organisation bordered on the shambolic, which prompted me to say to one rude event hostess [...]

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Shaken rather than stirred

We are informed today that the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal contains an analysis of the drinking habits of Ian Fleming’s licenced-to-kill hero James Bond. Apparently, the tongue-in-cheek study of all fourteen books in the canon demonstrates that Bond regularly drank more than [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

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