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On the Rust we occasionally like to feature lists we’ve come across that might interest our readers. Here’s one I spotted today on the website of – THE INDEPENDENT More soon, I expect [...]

October 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Party

Older Rusters and readers may remember The Wednesday Play an often obscure dramatic venture into the avant garde on BBC. I felt the same slightly bored detachment that I experienced watching it as I did  during The Party. This might be because it was filmed in black and white and set in the [...]

October 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Well, what do you know?

I have a confession to make. I am not a great reader of books and never have been. Being a robust, physical little kid, I always found the prospect of concentrating upon anything as sedentary as studying or indeed ‘reading for pleasure’ as a waste of valuable mischief or sport time. I suppose [...]

October 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Table Manners/ Chichester Festival Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn is the supreme and sublime observer of middle class life which might explain his enduring appeal as the only seat to be had in the auditorium was next to me as I quite forgot I purchased  two sometime ago. Table Manners is part of the Norman Conquest trilogy though oddly you  can [...]

October 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Peter Sellers

I was composing a piece in my study on the history of the casting couch in Hollywood and the bullying autocrat when my wife Gail stuck her head around the door to say that unless I created space in the planner section for her recording of Strictly she would delete several of the 20 or so episodes [...]

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cloudstreet/Tim Winton

Tim Winton is an Australian writer rapidly acquiring a fine reputation. His novels are set in Perth, Western Australia and Cloudstreet is the first I have read. It was recommended to me by a university friend who spoke very highly of him. It covers the period from World War Two to the 60s when [...]

October 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Judgment at Nuremberg (1962)

Spencer Tracy was unquestionably a Hollywood great, both a fine actor and a big star though not possessing the conventional hunky good looks of some box office male stars. His career was however, rocked if not racked by excessive drinking and a catholic guilt over his 26 year old affaire with [...]

October 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Oh What a Lovely War

I am often asked how and why my interest in World War One began. The first long playing record I bought was the Joan Littlewood production  of Oh What A Lovely War in 1964. Yesterday in the car I listened to the whole of it. It starred two actors who are hardly known these days but huge talents: [...]

October 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

You read it here first!

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery … or maybe it is just that at last the long-held Campion-Brown view of the Brit Establishment gaining some adherents. Here’s an opinion piece by Quentin Letts that I spotted today on the website of the – DAILY [...]

October 7, 2017 // 0 Comments


I had a free day in Sevilla before a French friend Valerie was due to join me. I still had to see the interior of the cathedral but chose instead to do what I enjoy most namely to wander around the city going wherever I choose. I set off in the direction of the bull ring. I have mixed views on [...]

October 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

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