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

What it’s all about (again)

The other night I met up with a busy professional now in his mid-fifties, who has worked with my family for many years, to discuss ‘stuff’. The subject of mortality came up and it led to a fascinating passage of conversation. You know the sort of thing. We began with the randomness of life [...]

June 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Disappearing in the rear-view mirror maybe, but still here

[WARNING: THOSE OF A DELICATE PC-CONSCIOUS SENSIBILITY MAY BE OFFENDED IF THEY READ THIS POST BECAUSE IT CONTAINS OPINIONS THAT MAY SEEM REACTIONARY, SEXIST, OLD-FASHIONED AND OUT OF TUNE WITH MODERN MOB ‘HOLIER THAN THOU’ ORTHODOXIES.] Here on the Rust, where free-thinking and free speech are [...]

June 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

What goes around sometimes bites back

It’s the nature of capitalism and life after all. You invent or find some item – whether at home or abroad – at a Cost A to you, prepare it for your intended customer market at a Cost B, and then ‘add a little something to the price for yourself’ (Cost C) – and bingo! – the [...]

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Night At The Trough

This is … er … only a true-ish story, this because some significant details have been altered in order to protect the exact location of the venue concerned and indeed my own identity. Yesterday I entertained a party of five at what could be described as one as a chain of high-end restaurants [...]

June 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it’s enough to drive you mad

As I begin today’s post I feel I need to declare the warning/caveat or interest that I’m not quite sure where it’s going to be going. Actually no – let me put that another way: I know roughly where I’m starting from but at this stage have no idea where I’m going to end up. I guess [...]

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some items of potential interest

From time to time on this organ our contributors take turns to scour the internet looking for media reports as part of our general service to provide a ‘window upon the world passing by’ for our readers of a certain age who might otherwise have neither the time nor inclination to seek such [...]

May 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

I’m adopting King Canute’s approach

Today I am prompted to resume my occasional role as chief Rust correspondent on the onward march of gender equality by two developments. First among these was the recent taking over of Radio Five Live, hitherto the haven of those of us who primary waking hours’ interest is dominated by news and [...]

May 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gender equality revisited

At the risk of becoming the Rust’s ‘gender equality’ correspondent I return today to this subject. I’m minded to do so for two reasons. Firstly, earlier this week we were treated to the news that actress Sierra Boggess – someone whose existence I was previously unware of – has withdrawn [...]

April 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Where we are all going

Yesterday I witnessed on television an item about the official unveiling of a statue in Parliament Square of – no doubt a great lady – the Suffragette Millie Fawcett who thereby became the first female ever to be so honoured. Many thousands were present on this memorable occasion and, on the [...]

April 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

A truly memorable night of live televised British boxing

Yesterday I went to bed at 6.30pm, awoke again at 8.15pm, and decided to come downstairs and watch some television. Let me explain that: I’d been up since 1.00am and had not found the opportunity to have my usual late morning or early afternoon nap – how I managed to stay awake until after [...]

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

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