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

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

Celebrating an honoured institution

In this funny old world we inhabit – and this is not a blog about Brexit or President Trump – it’s sometimes reassuring to find one’s faith in some of our traditional institutions confirmed. I’m not a political animal myself, but over past decades the National Health Service (or [...]

April 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A ‘good in parts’ dose of Sunday night TV

Yesterday I had returned home from a demanding weekend in the country, made myself a late lunch and then retired to my pit. As a result I slept for two and a half hours straight, partly because I felt exhausted and partly because it was going to be my only route to staying up long enough to see the [...]

April 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

The monstrous Army on the march

The problems with supposed equality, political correctness and the advance of women generally are, firstly, that females cannot necessarily have it all and, secondly, rightly or wrongly, the vast majority of those campaigning so effectively for the cause are those middle class plus, talented, [...]

March 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Getting something straight

I am do not regard myself as a racist. In opening my contribution today with that statement I’m conscious that – as per Shakespeare’s “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” dictum – it has the danger of exposing me as exactly what I’m claiming to not be, but nevertheless I need to [...]

March 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

I’m no expert, but …

This morning I am coming out of the closet – this after a long chat with my fellow Ruster Jane Shillingford at a social gathering hosted by a mutual friend – to declare myself resolutely behind our sports department’s campaign to eliminate unfair gender discrimination in sport by the [...]

March 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Modern life

If you asked me to list the most negative aspects of modern life – and indeed possibly in the entire history of the human race – I would unhesitatingly nominate as joint Number One the 21st Century’s technological wherewithal [e.g. the internet, social media, website ‘cookies’, [...]

February 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

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