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It’s as bad as you first imagined

Like I suspect most prospective voters with a pulse I’ve been keeping a watching brief upon the recently-officially declared “off and running” General Election, just as I’ve kept one broadly-speaking over the last nine plus years since the Tories returned to office overlayed, as all events [...]

November 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Something good must come of it

Someone once wrote “It is a truth universally acknowledged …” and in the context of a 21st Century in which the human world becomes ever smaller and more interconnected perhaps  nobody should be surprised when greed, self-interest, sailing close to or ‘bending’ the rules in order to gain [...]

November 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another step on the road to somewhere

With opening apologies to those Rusters who have had a bellyful of Brexit-related matters and would really rather read of something/anything else, yesterday because of circumstances against my control I happened to watch a large proportion of the BBC’s coverage (fronted by Huw Edwards) of the [...]

October 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Thoughts coming into this sporting weekend

RUGBY WORLD CUP As Japan braces itself for super-typhoon Hagabis and sympathy undoubtedly ought to be extended to everyone affected by its arrival including those fans who have travelled half way around the world and booked hotels and tickets for matches which now will not take place, plus those [...]

October 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Seriously now – you couldn’t make this up …

Rusters might remember eons ago (well from 1985 to 1992) on Saint and Greavsie – which, when I think of it, might have been heralded as the world’s first sporting podcast had it been mounted thirty years later – that former footballer Jimmy Greaves used to intone “It’s a funny old [...]

September 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

All about nothing

We are all different – some might suggest that is what makes the world go around. Whether we are ginger-haired, white, black, mixed-race, bald, short-sighted, disabled in some way, excessively tall or short, male, female, transgender, ‘identifying today as some gender we weren’t yesterday’, [...]

August 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of flogging a dead horse

From time to time on the Rust sports pages we feature one or two recurring themes that interest us – to wit: (1) a hard (not to say unremitting and absolute) line upon the use of performance-enhancing drugs by individual athletes and the managers, agents, ne’er-do-wells (or even [...]

March 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

Female tennis issues

I recently blogged on this organ on the subject of the French Open tennis authorities declaring that in future it would not be acceptable for Serena Williams to wear a cat suit on court during their tournament. Overnight I spotted this piece by Susie Mesure criticising the attitude of the French [...]

August 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Every little helps …

This far in, I’m sure there are few Rusters – or indeed leading world sporting bodies – left unaware of our hardline stance on performing-enhancing drugs and indeed anyone (sorry Christine Ohuruogu, lovely lady no doubt, who retired from athletics last month) ever found to have [...]

July 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A new kid on the block next season

In the context of rugby union’s rapidly-approaching end of the Premiership year – even though the final-knockings of the disaster that has been London Irish’s unfortunate season back in the top flight have yet to take place – let us today congratulate Bristol Rugby on its winning of the [...]

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

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