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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

Flogging a dead horse

Today I begin with a declaration of interest: I have long held the view that the BBC had outlived its original “Voice of the Nation” (inform, educate and entertain) purpose by about 1970 and, underpinned by its unique position and funding privilege, has been abusing it ever since. Let me [...]

June 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

What’s possible – and what is not

One of the Rust’s regular topics returned to the top table this week with Tom Hollingworth’s piece yesterday on the ‘woke’ BBC’s slavish craven politically-correct devotion to the promotion of women in sport presumably under the guise of ‘equality of opportunity’. Inevitably, this [...]

June 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Days in the sun – and then another yesterday

To Brighton yesterday by train for a gathering of old friends for nothing more important than a thoroughly enjoyable lunch in the unexpectedly hot bright sunshine in an establishment overlooking the marina. It is in the nature of human existence that stuff constantly happens, paths differ, fortunes [...]

May 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Those “I was there” moments (sort of)

One of the oddities of life are those occasions when one has a brush, however slight or inconsequential, with an event of great historical importance e.g. whilst watching television. Delving back into the mists of time as I begin typing I can think of two representative examples my personal past [...]

April 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

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