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Then and Now

On the back of such as this week’s 75th commemorations of the D-Day Landings it is not hard to be left reflecting upon aspects of the randomness of life. In a sense there was no irony in the “Don’t call us heroes …” pleas made by several of them in their television and [...]

June 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Phew! What a Scorcher!

One of my regular purchase these last fifty years has been Private Eye the satirical magazine founded in 1961 by amongst others comedian Peter Cook, Andrew Osmond and Peter Usbourne. I’m a firm believer in turning over every proverbial stone and exposing the shady dealings, inconsistencies, [...]

May 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

You had to be there … or did you?

Some internet operations are a wonder of the modern world – as an example (and I’m not being paid to suggest this) I’d cite YouTube which, for those just browsing or perhaps searching for ‘footage’ items half-remembered or recommend to them, is as good as they come as a potential source [...]

April 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

That was then but this is now (revisited)

Without doubt a prime candidate as the greatest agent of impetus in human civilisation is the invention of means of ‘recording’ first language (in the form of writing) and then – as regards performing arts – the use of devices capable of recording sound and movement ‘in the moment’. [...]

April 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

A ‘good in parts’ dose of Sunday night TV

Yesterday I had returned home from a demanding weekend in the country, made myself a late lunch and then retired to my pit. As a result I slept for two and a half hours straight, partly because I felt exhausted and partly because it was going to be my only route to staying up long enough to see the [...]

April 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

From there to where?

As I contemplated this post earlier this morning I considered beginning it with “Some Rusters may remember Saint and Greavsie …” because I wanted to reference the catch-phrase of Jimmy Greaves (“It’s a funny old game …”) in the context of my intended theme-for-the-day of Life being [...]

March 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Covert Cornwall

I cannot be totally sure but I believe I heard the folk group A Fisherman’s Friend sing their sea shanties at the little quayside of Fowey South Cornwall some 6 years ago. I say I cannot be sure as, although I videoed the performance, it does not entirely marry with those of the folk group based [...]

March 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A busy press day

Some days there seems to be nothing happening in the world – and the next the internet just keeps giving. Here are links to some pieces that appear today upon the websites of UK national newspapers: POLITICS From a world which some Rusters feel may be over-represented on the pages of this [...]

March 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

A selection of stuff

As the festive season gathers pace – I don’t know about you – but it seems to me that external events increasingly begin flying in to disrupt our attention from things that we really ought – or want – to be doing. (And I’m not referring to Christmas shopping). In [...]

December 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Stranger on the Shore

It’s funny how once you get a tune in your head you cannot readily dispel it. Yesterday being an unexpectedly clear and sunny day I took a long stroll by the sea. Not altogether unlinked, the instrumental Stranger on the Shore by the clarinetist Acker Bilk lodged in my brain. On the Rust we [...]

December 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

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