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About Lavinia Thompson

A university lecturer for many years, both at home and abroad, Lavinia Thompson retired in 2008 and has since taken up freelance journalism. She is currently studying for a distant learning degree in geo-political science and lives in Norwich with her partner. More Posts

A storm in a tea cup? Possibly yes and no …

Today, with an admitted smidgeon of nervousness, I step into the recent row that has blown up in the media and elsewhere over the BBC’s alleged biased and unfair treatment of Diane Abbott, Labour’s shadow home secretary, upon the BBC’s staple Question Time programme, which was recently hosted [...]

January 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

The morning after the night before

Yesterday it may not surprise Rusters that I had the 24/7 news channels broadcasting the Brexit crisis from the corner of my front room all day. Mostly this was because – I suspect like not a few Brits – I sensed this was an occasion of national and historical importance and wished to be a [...]

January 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

With an apology for droning on

As this rather eventful year draws to a conclusion it seems to me that the latest overnight media reports upon developments in the Gatwick Airport drone attack incident, specifically the news that the police have admitted the possibility that there may never have been a drone at all – Sussex [...]

December 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Oh well …

In the cause of keeping Rusters up to date as we hurtle towards decrepitude and senility, I feel it my duty to draw the attention of those who may have missed them to the following media pieces that I spotted overnight upon the website of the Daily Mail: Reporter Carl Honore review a new book on [...]

December 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Don’t worry, be happy …

When it comes to the really big issues – e.g. such as instances of life imitating art, or perhaps vice versa – the world can sometimes get its knickers in a twist. We have all heard real or apocryphal tales of screenwriters submitting to Hollywood producers diligently-researched and [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

What’s going on? What’s going on?

(As the late, great, Marvin Gaye once warbled …) On the Rust – given our supposed demographic, thought I might add that according to recent Google Analysis research 27% of our web visitors are aged between 18 and 24 – it may not surprise regular readers to learn that we are used to being [...]

November 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

And now, the end is near/And so I face the final curtain …

After recent events, not least culminating in everything that has occurred hour-by-hour since the Prime Minister unveiled her [is it her infamous Chequers Deal made real… or Chequers Minus Minus Minus  … or Chequers Plus Plus … or even nothing resembling the Chequers Deal at [...]

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess you’ve got us into

I spent much of yesterday in my home bunker flicking between Sky News and the BBC’s coverage of the epic developments beginning with Mrs May’s statement to the House of Commons and ending with the picking over the entrails of its aftermath following her officially-announced 5.00pm Downing [...]

November 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thinking about it

These days scarcely a week goes by in which a potentially far-reaching new development in the world of science and technology doesn’t get featured. Irrespective of whether this happens in the fields of medical treatments or diagnosis, artificial intelligence (AI), genetically-modified crops that [...]

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, whaddya know? Another twist …

Regular and/or chance readers of this organ may remember that yesterday I blogged on the modern era’s spectacular and systematic destruction of the hegemony of what might be termed ‘old style media’ and its replacement with a kaleidoscopic infinite variety of means of social communication and [...]

September 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

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