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A serendipitous evening

It’s fair comment that the Rust is pre-occupied with the difficulties of ageing in a confusing and confused world. It therefore gives me much delight to inform our readers that last night I invited a couple of 80 (Ron) and 76 years Jackie for a drink and light supper and they were outstanding [...]

December 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

El Lobo

El Lobo is a Spanish film made in 2006 which I watched for the third time recently. I first came across it in the world section of my local library as a DVD rental. It tells the true story of a Basque construction worker Txema (Eduardo Noriega) infiltrated into the ETA organisation as a mole by [...]

December 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Michael Caine

On Saturday afternoons for non-sport lovers BBC2 broadcasts an interview with a famous film star – normally with Michael Parkinson – followed by a film showcasing the star. Saturday it was the turn of Michael Caine and The Ipcress File. The first interview with Parkinson was in 1973 and [...]

December 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Realism – for and against

Today I provide links for Rusters who might be interested in either photography and/or generally to two items that appear today upon the website of the Daily Mail: Firstly, whilst some may scoff at the practice of colourising vintage photographs, here’s a report by Charlotte Dean upon a set [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Price of Everything/ Bloomsbury art

The Price of Everything is supposed to take the lid off the contemporary art world. It does not do so. Nathaniel Kahn Reason? It is confined to New York and only centres on modern art not the Old Masters. It’s really a series of interviews with the big players: the artists, dealers, auction [...]

December 14, 2018 // 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

Charleston Farm House

The Bloombury set is inextricably linked with that part of London once Thoby Stephen, brother of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, moved to 46 Gordon Square. Its actual origins are to be found at Trinity College Cambridge which Thoby Stephen, Clive Bell, his cousin Lytton Strachey all attended at [...]

December 13, 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

Justin Cartwright

One discovers the death of someone one knows in all sorts of ways. Normally somebody closer to the deceased than I informs me. Yesterday I learned of the passing of novelist Justn Cartwright aged 73 from his obituary in the Telegraph. A few years ago I saw quite a bit of him. I was a consultant to [...]

December 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Christmas fuss about nothing?

With apologies to all Rusters who have already seen it and already formed a view, today I wished to comment upon this year’s BBC One short promotional film for Christmas which – as anyone who reads the newspapers and/or follows social media will know – has become a source of some [...]

December 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

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