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Another one leaves the stage

Having awoken at my usual ungodly hour this morning – not to tune in to live coverage of the Super Bowl but simply because I went to bed at 8.30pm last night – I dressed, made my jug of coffee and came to the computer, where Radio Five Live was awash with the ‘breaking’ news of the [...]

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Everything has structure or it has nothing

Anyone who has ever worked in the creative industries, most specifically theatre, film or television, gains some understanding of the importance of ‘structure’ in presenting the fruits of their labours to the public audience in an entertaining fashion. Novels, plays and television pieces [...]

January 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Watts Gallery

The Watts gallery which I visited yesterday with Dominic, a collector of Victorian painting, houses the work of George Frederick Watts (1817-1904), one of the most celebrated artists of his day. Watts married first the actress Ellen Terry when she was just 16 and Mary Seton Fraser herself 42 years [...]

January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

The kind of thing that passes me by

This week the world has been mourning the passing of highly-respected banjo-plucking folk music legend Pete Seeger at the age of 94. I’ve been reading a range of obituaries setting out the highlights of his long career and the extent of his influence upon American society that extended way [...]

January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain’s Great War

I trust our regular National Rust readers – 57,000 per day, according to the latest figures – will forgive me beginning this review of the first episode of BBC’s first World War One centenary offerings, Jeremy Paxman’s Britain’s Great War series [BBC1, 9.00pm Monday 27th January], with a [...]

January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse

Back in the days when – unravaged by the cumulative effects of time, drink, drugs, sloth and dementia – I still had the brain power to surprise even myself with my intelligence and improvised perspicacity, I once travelled to Canada to attend a family wedding. One evening, drinking beers with [...]

January 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Stand to, chaps!

The opening salvos in the major campaign to mark – we mustn’t say ‘celebrate’ – the centenary of WW1 are about to begin. Yesterday I had business to attend to in central London. After I had returned home, I relaxed by reading another passage of Max Hastings’ Catastrophe – [...]

January 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Italy unpacked

I do not get that excited by the type of travel programme which pairs a jovial Italian with a more phlegmatic Brit, but I did watch Italy Unpacked last night with some enthusiasm. This was largely nothing to do with the two presenters, the chef Georgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham Dixon, the art [...]

January 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Publishing is a world of its own

Half an age ago, I wrote and self-published a book about an English rugby hero who lived in the early 20th Century. The experience gave me a brief and ultimately disappointing insight into the world of publishing. I guess there’s an extent to which every industry known to man is – or regards [...]

January 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ooh la la

The privacy extended by the French media to the sexual gallivanting of President Xavier Hollander is something we neither understand nor tolerate this side of the channel. I remember in the final days of John Major’s regime there was a sex scandal almost every week and the vain plea of the [...]

January 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

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