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Ashes commentary

I suspect there is little argument in the Great Rust Debate other than the best way to follow the Ashes is on the radio warm and toasty under the duvet. This said, I have been ever so slightly disappointed by the transmission. Aggers TMS has always had an irreverent side and long may that continue. [...]

December 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Quiz/ Chichester Festival Theatre

James Graham is definitely the playwright flavour of the month. To the two hits he has written playing in the West End This House and Ink he can add Quiz which is transferring there from Chichester in 2018. I saw it last night and found it an unsatisfying theatre experience. The play is based [...]

December 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

We are free to believe what we believe

Scribes contributing to the Rust have previously offered their opinions upon perception and reality as we find these in the world – whether the subject be ‘fake news’, politics, or the prospect of great movie or music stars being resurrected years after their death and having new [...]

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

I am an art critic therefore I am

I sometimes pose the question to myself and other critics “Why are we doing this?” and “To whom are we doing it for?” The answer, if we are honest, is this is our way of  making our living but this does not apply to every case. Charles Saatchi is not short of a bob or two [...]

November 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Popular does not mean bad

Over in the arts section of the Rust we beat the drum that popularity does not mean an artist or writer is poor and conversely critics do not always read the public mood. Melanie Gay extols the virtues of Daphne du  Maurier, still vastly read over 100 years after her birth and 80 years after [...]

November 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Babylon Berlin

SKY ATLANTIC’S Berlin Babylon come to an end last night and I was not much the wiser how the various plot threads tied up. This was because even before the final credits the next series was being promoted. Central character Inspector Rath is not returning to Cologne, he had destroyed the porno [...]

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Still at it

A while back the Rust featured an appreciation of refreshingly candid and slightly maverick veteran UK neurosurgeon Henry Marsh who had been interviewed on an edition of Radio Five Live’s afternoon show about a second autobiographical book that he had written. He’s evidently got [...]

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

How the Other Half Loves/Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn’s play made its debut on the 31st July 1969 at the Library Theatre Scarborough but after that had a troubled time. At Scarborough the actor playing  Frank Foster, Jeremy  Franklin, slipped a disc and Ayckbourn had to take over the role,reading his lines from  a book which [...]

November 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Does it matter? I don’t suppose he cares …

“There’s nowt so queer as folk …” was, from my personal recollection, a famous catch-phrase of actor, radio presenter and most of all professional Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978), despite – interestingly – it not being included in the list of them in his [...]

November 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Seville Communion /Artur Perez Reverte

My local bookshop Daunts, which was originally a travel bookshop, recommended this book for the National Rust trip to Andalusia. Arturo Perez-Reverte Reverte is  regarded amongst the best of the modern Spanish authors and I enjoyed his The Fencing Master.  This as the title suggests is set in [...]

November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

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