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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

Time flies, doesn’t it?

Spotted on the website of the Daily Telegraph today, the 50th anniversary of the first issue of the classic film [...]

January 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

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