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Articles by J S Bird

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

Whatever floats your boat?

Religion … political correctness … freedom of expression … faith … enlightened thinking … each to their own … progressive ‘modern’ attitudes … simply straightforward basic human rights … ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’ [...]

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess

The problem with the 21st Century ‘Fake New’ era – or is that’s there’s always been fake news but we ‘right thinking’ people’ (and by that I don’t mean ‘Right wing’ people) kidded ourselves that that the BBC reports the world impartially as it really is? – is that nobody [...]

April 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Town and country

It’s funny how townie and country-dwellers have different perspectives on life as it is or ought to be lived. An example of what I mean is the story I heard or read somewhere about the formerly all-round hero film-maker (now somewhat discredited because of rumours or worse about his [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

It felt right, so I did it

One of the great joys to be had as an oldie – no, make that at any stage of life – is to have possessed strange opinions or habits that for years others have either regarded as bonkers and/or worthy of inducing them to roll about on the floor fighting for breath amidst their hysterical, [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Maybe we’re not all we’re cracked up to be

One aspect of the British psyche that has its good and bad angles is the innate belief that in this country, unlike the rest of the world, we do things properly i.e. always in line with the rules and/or with an instinctive imperative towards fairness, dignity, impartiality and straight-dealing. [...]

February 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Treading very carefully into the lionesses’ den …

I’ve just donned my battered tin helmet as a precaution before beginning to pen this piece. I did it in anticipation there’s a very good chance that I’ll soon be dodging ‘incoming’ (flak) simply because I’m happy to admit membership of the ‘unreconstructed male’ camp which decided a [...]

February 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Swings and roundabouts

It’s not often that contributors to this esteemed organ receive invitations to the publisher’s country pile on the outskirts of one of the most notable conurbations on the south coast and when we do they are treated by us all as more of a summons than something with an option to decline [...]

February 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ooops!

I know that I am not the only contributor to the Rust who has irregular sleep patterns – in fact I think, based on an informal survey I conducted at last month’s office Christmas party, that more of them would subscribe to my quip “I still sleep the same average number of hours [...]

January 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Life keeps moving

Yesterday my brother and I drove separately into the countryside in order to spend some time with our father and attend a meeting with an executive of the agency that provides his live-in carers. Although it may sound glaring obvious, when a close family member reaches his tenth decade one becomes [...]

January 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

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