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A retired academic, Jeremy will contribute article on subjects that attract his interest. More Posts

It’s happening all the time

There are two sides to almost everything and it occurred to me the other day that – in the context of ageing – this applies even to the supposed vicissitudes of a fading memory. As I get older I find myself not only becoming more forgetful but also being accused more often of being so by those [...]

November 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Then and now … and then some

For those of generations after mine – and indeed my own to the extent that memories may be fading – one of Britain’s light-entertainment stars of yester-year was proud Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978). Pickles’ signature radio programme Have A Go graced the BBC airwaves from 1947 to [...]

October 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

A feature of the modern world

With a nod to “When did you last stop beating your wife?” – the legal phrase allegedly deployed recently and controversially by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC – I wished to turn today to the vexed subject of gender. In doing so, and being (as I am) sufficiently ‘in touch’ to be [...]

October 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Emperor has no clothes

It is perhaps a sign of our turbulent and unsettling times that my somewhat eventful weekend brought together events and ruminations that resulted in some uncomfortable conclusions and judgements. To be more specific, a what was later identified as a several-days’ old leak from a flat two floors [...]

September 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s not easy watching a man drowning

I’ve just looked it up online, so it must be true: in his play Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw – having a pop at the teaching profession – penned the line: “Don’t listen to her, Bob. Remember, those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” Another popular version of the same thrust [...]

September 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

What really happened? No, me neither …

Today I return to the sometimes intriguing and puzzling relationship between reality and subjective perception, a subject that we on the Rust occasionally touch upon with a hint of mischievousness and humour. As I commence this piece I am listening to a Dotun Adebayo-hosted edition of Radio Five [...]

September 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

An incident of breaking news

You have to smile sometimes. Yesterday mid-morning I was out, driving to the shops upon an errand, when I tuned to a radio discussion in which – chaired by the programme host – a guest panel of Leave and Remainer politicians were knocking six bells out of each other in reaction to a ‘breaking [...]

August 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Perception and memories can play tricks

As I set off upon today’s post I’m conscious that I don’t know quite where I’m going or indeed where I’m going to end up. However – in the spirit of the famous catchphrase of Alfred E. Newman, the hero of America’s Mad magazine of which I was an avid reader about fifty-five years ago [...]

August 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Up and down, up and down

Although not part of the Olympic cycle, the summer of 2019 has already provided a positive glut of sporting excellence and entertainment and there is plenty more to come, not least the commencement of the 2019/2020 Premier League season and the Rugby World Cup in Japan. I cannot personally claim to [...]

August 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Is it just me?

I suspect any oldie out there will empathise with my post today – nothing more than a brief recap of things that happened to me yesterday whilst out and about in the modern world. First up, I’m involved part-time in the conduct of a local organisation which meets occasionally and for which my [...]

July 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

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