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Watching the Detective

The second series of The Bridge is as compelling as the first, largely because of the performance of Sofia Helin as Saga Loren of the Malmo County Police, as she unfailingly answers her mobile. Her autism was well discussed in the Daily Telegraph here – FROM SHERLOCK TO THE BRIDGE I cannot [...]

January 22, 2014 // 0 Comments


To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of Brian Johnston, Johnners to one and all,  Radio 4 Extra had a three hour programme presented by Rory Bremner. It’s doubtful in today’s diverse BBC that Etonian Johnners, with his stink bombs in the tuck box mentality, would have [...]

January 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Misremembered movie quotes

I spotted this piece on the website of the Daily Telegraph this morning, and thought that readers of the National Rust might benefit from seeing it, should they not be habitual readers of that august organ. See here – DAILY [...]

January 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sherlock revisited

Last night was my first opportunity to sit down and watch my recording of the final episode (His Last Vow) of the BBC1 series Sherlock, which – as regular visitors to the National Rust website will know – I failed to review on Monday as intended. This was because, during its original [...]

January 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mea culpa, Sherlock fans

My schedule yesterday, planned well in advance, always included me settling down with my partner in front of the television at 8.30pm – if not before – to watch the final episode of three in the latest Sherlock television series broadcast on BBC1. Having gone for a jog shortly after [...]

January 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

When and where the arts flourish

I am reading The Radeztky March by Joseph Roth, one of those large sweep novels, set in Austria at the decline of the Habsburg empire. Vienna has always interested me. At the start of the last century it produced Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt, Carl Schnitzler, Egon Schiele and Stefan Zweig. Later [...]

January 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rick Wakeman – still an outstanding musician and good bloke

Keyboard player Rick Wakeman occupies an enviable niche in the pantheon of British rock music. I’d hate to saddle him with ‘national treasure’ status but – despite his well-documented professional and personal excesses – he attracts a grudging respect even in those like me who [...]

January 9, 2014 // 0 Comments


I am a big admirer and enjoyer of pantomine. As I sit, or sometimes sleep, through the third act of King Lear or an Ibsen play, I sometimes think of the exuberance and audience enjoyment of pantomime which, although many of the stories come from the Grimm brothers, is a peculiarly British [...]

January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Keeping it all to yourself is not necessarily best

Just over a decade ago, I worked for a media company that had been built from nothing by a single-minded, not to say singular, lady. I was hired specifically to improve its profitability – indeed revive it from just having lost a significant amount in its most recent set of accounts – and [...]

January 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Another log on the WW1 fire

In my personal view the Blackadder project, which began to be funny with the Elizabethan series 2, really hit its stride with series 3 – set in the Regency period, with Hugh Laurie outstanding as the Prince Regent himself. Before that I had watched it more for the aristocracy of its [...]

January 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

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