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About Martin Roberts

A former motoring journalist, Martin lists amongst his greatest achievements giving up smoking. Three times. He holds to the view that growing old is not for the faint-hearted. More Posts

Another of Life’s little veils is stripped away

For all obvious reasons the global coronavirus crisis has not only given humanity a sharp jerk on the ‘training reins’ but provided time for reflection – and for some – a general re-think (if not quite yet ultimately a re-set) – of who we all are and what is really [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

What goes on, goes on and then further away …

It is believed that sometimes stuff occurs to you when you’re doing the most unlikely or relaxing things – e.g. the displacement theory that came to Archimedes in an “Eureka!” moment whilst he was wallowing in the bath and enabled him to determine whether a royal trophy was made of solid [...]

March 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

The art of making people laugh is a funny – that’s to say odd – thing. Sometimes comedy gold travels well down the generations and sometimes – often to some surprise among those who were fans ‘first time around’ – it just doesn’t. Sometimes when we look back at the great [...]

August 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s only fair

One of the Rust’s recurring themes is our head-shaking disbelief at the 21st Century’s female-dominance of the now-global political correctness orthodoxy. Cecil Rhodes Under the guise of promoting ‘equality’ and diversity whilst also seeking to reverse/redress the ‘sins’ of Western [...]

June 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever we choose to eat

Yesterday about noon, in advance of an enjoyable family BBQ lunch in the south of England, a nephew I hadn’t seen in a while – still somewhat hungover having been out on the tiles in London until 4.00am before being driven down by his father – was ‘shooting the breeze’ [...]

April 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

You CAN be serious!

All four regular readers of the sports pages of this esteemed organ will be all too familiar with our two longest-running debating points. However, for visitors from Mars, or indeed those who have erroneously alighted here completely by chance when searching the internet for something else, I list [...]

June 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Why does it always happen to me?

About forty-five years ago I came across a couple roughly my parents’ age who ran a preparatory school. Both were steeped in academia and the wife, interested in linguistics, was a huge fan of Noam Chomsky’s seminal tome Theory Of Universal Grammar Is Right; It’s Hardwired Into Our Brains [...]

November 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

Some things never change – or should they?

There’s a new survey out that apparently concluded that nobody above a certain age – the beginning of one’s sixth decade – should ever wear a pair of jeans. See here for a piece on this in – THE GUARDIAN Confession time. I’m writing today as someone who lives by the Bob Dylan lyric [...]

November 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

It’s all in the mind – or is it?

For someone who played a lot of sport in my youth, albeit in a ‘keen but averagedly talented’ fashion, I reckon I’m in reasonable shape. I’ve had the occasional twinge over the years – e.g. two broken matatarsals in my feet (one retaining its metal pin some four [...]

July 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Whoever would ever have thought it?

[Disclaimer: There’s been a long-running in-joke on the Rust team for years about ‘filler’ media reports setting out supposed insightful findings about humanity, as discovered by obscure research teams in obscure universities around the world, usually via surveys they have conducted featuring [...]

May 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

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