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Articles by Jane Shillingford

About Jane Shillingford

Jane spent the bulk of her career working on women’s magazines. Now retired and living on the south coast, she has no regrets and 'would do it all again'. More Posts

How it all works

Years and years ago – in the early 1970s – I once interviewed Tony Elliott, sometime husband of Janet Street-Porter, who is best known for having founded and being the original editor of Time Out magazine, the alternative ‘entertainment’ guide to what was on in London. Being [...]

September 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Food for thought

Two aspects of modern life that reoccur in most people’s reflections upon modern life are: Firstly, the various ways we acquire knowledge, keep in touch with what is happening around us and across the world and choose to spend those proportions of our free leisure (or non-working) time that are [...]

August 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

A storm in a cooking pot

Though to be honest I haven’t given this much thought, I never imagined that one day I’d be feeling sympathy for Jamie Oliver who – as with many so-called TV chefs – for me has a pronounced simultaneous ability to irritate and inform (if that’s you how you regard it). For those who [...]

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

From the female viewpoint

It’s been a while since I have contributed to the Rust in my ‘reporter at large on female issues’ role and to a degree the explanation this has been because in recent times these have been being treated as mainstream fodder in the world’s media and not simply confined to the [...]

June 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Those were the days

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing – if you can think back that far – and, as my kids keep reminding me, as my short-term memory fades by the day I shall probably soon be able to recall the Sixties and Seventies better than what happened last week despite the old counter-culture, rock [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Spreading the gold dust around

There’s a slight tendency among Rust contributors to poke derision and/or fun at what they see as slavish modern politically correct ‘pro-diversity and/or female equality’ attitudes and initiatives. We possessed of a liberal frame of mind allow them a little latitude on the [...]

May 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Direct from the “Give me strength!” department:-

For those Rust readers who marvel with bemusement at 21st Century ‘Millennial snowflake’-fuelled political correctness and other ‘right on’ liberal causes … You know the sort of thing I’m talking about – e.g. ‘competitive sport should be banned [...]

May 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Then and now – is it really progress?

The subject of how society evolves over time is a complicated thing, especially when you’re an oldie. Not least because you can remember the days when things were different and you just got on with it. Particularly when it comes to social attitudes and humour, because they will always only be [...]

April 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s complicated

Over the past eight months or so the salaries of UK radio and television presenters have been getting plenty of coverage in the media, largely because of the historical and continuing alleged unequal piles of dosh that have been doled out to men and women. Two main accusations have been made:- [...]

February 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

It had to come sooner or later

It was bound to happen one day. It is common knowledge among Rusters that one of our columnists on this esteemed organ – who shall remain nameless despite having previously blogged about it himself – is in a relationship with a female robot and, so far as any of us know, is blissfully [...]

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

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