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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

Just a ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ thought

Last night I went to Oxford for an evening meal – a round trip of five hours – and spent much of my driving time listening to Radio Four and/or Radio Five Live – both of whom’s air-time that was much devoted to the two Russian ‘ordinary members of public’ or [...]

September 14, 2018 // 1 Comment

Towards an uncertain future

For those of us either declining into old age in a state of semi-delirium – glad if not relieved and relaxed that the endless march of technology is gradually leaving us behind – or perhaps concerned that all notions of human society order, beliefs and norms are being summarily [...]

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

The means may change but History always repeats itself

Overnight the lead stories on both the website of The Guardian newspaper and Radio Five Live have been similar, detailing advance ‘leaks’ of the finding of a Commons parliamentary Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee about the clear and present danger that the recent global [...]

July 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Very English Scandal

I was certainly not disappointed with the second episode last Sunday of A Very English Scandal. This took us from the relationship itself to the botched attempt to murder Norman Scott. The performances of Hugh Grant and Alec Jennings deserve the praise they received. Perhaps it will come in the [...]

May 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A report from the Internet front line …

Today, as part of our ongoing campaign to keep Rust readers in tune with the modern world, I am reviewing some of the latest developments upon the internet.   PASSWORDS For anyone over a certain age the fundamental problem with passwords is of course that we cannot remember them. In my [...]

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

What’s happening

See here for an excellent piece on the ‘chemical capacity’ raids on Syria by Patrick Cockburn as appears today upon the website of – THE [...]

April 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Skripal case

Here’s a useful piece by Nicola Davis as published today upon the website of – THE [...]

April 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pause (cause even) for thought

Here’s a disturbing article by Andreas Whittam-Smith (the first-ever editor of The Independent) on the ‘cluster’ of  paedophile clergymen in one parish that I spotted today on the website of – THE [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The tribulations of trying new things without thinking them through?

On a topic that doesn’t necessarily affect too many of us over the age of fifty – and that’s because we either don’t (and/or don’t want to) the latest means via which we can ‘put ourselves out there’ via posting stuff on the internet, but that’s by [...]

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

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