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Elizabeth is Missing /BBC1

A discussion we  often have amongst us Arts Rusters is whether a great book has ever been turned into a greater film. Neil Rosen came up with the Godfather Part One  but its hard to add to that list.  I offered up The English Patient. So the producer of Emma Healey’s fine first novel [...]

December 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

War and Remembrance

War and Remembrance is the follow up to Winds of War. John Gielgud is cast as the art historian Aaron Plaskow and Jane Seymour replaces Ali Magraw as his niece Natalie. Robert Morley comes in as the jovial British war correspondent Tugsbury whose daughter Pamela (Victoria Tennant) falls in love [...]

December 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Clive James RIP

Yesterday my brother gave me a lift from the south coast back to my home. On the way I commented that we should remember the date Wednesday 27th November 2019 because one day in some far off Pub Trivia Quiz it was possible that the question might come up as to which three culturally-significant [...]

November 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Robert Mitchum and Winds of War

The recent reference in Bernadette’s (Angell) negative review of World on Fire to Winds of War prompted me to acquire the 6 DVDs of the series and revisit the career of Robert Mitchum, one of my favourites of the leading Hollywood actors. Robert Mitchum was certainly not yer normal Hollywood [...]

November 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

World On Fire/ Winds of War

The last episode of World on Fire was a dreadful piece of TV drama. The series lost all credibility as on one hand it was painstaking in its period detail – but on the other, because of BBC diversity policy, a significant number of parts were unrealistically created and cast to provide ethnic [...]

November 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Japanese disaster – viewed from the sofa

So that’s it, then. Another World Cup – rugby’s this time – and “our boys” fall at the Final hurdle again. Global supremacy and immortality oh so near and yet also so far. But that’s how it should be, isn’t it? Wonder, vindication, elation and glory for one finalist – [...]

November 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

When common sense goes AWOL

Yes, I am a male correspondent in his late sixties and therefore – despite any pretensions to being sympathetic to the cause of female emancipation I may claim from time to time – no doubt have the fairly rudimentary attitude towards feminism and women generally that as man of my generation [...]

October 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

I think I’m turning Japanese … [Not?]*

(Note: * above is a reference to the worldwide single hit Turning Japanese by The Vapors, taken off their 1980 album New Clear Days). Despite our Rust delegation out in Japan continuing to set new standards of reporting excellence, overnight I spotted a piece in the British media suggesting that [...]

October 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Aspects of the RWC quarters

For all the prowess of England, the All Blacks and South Africa – or maybe better because of it – the only really competitive game yesterday was Wales’ narrow and undeserved victory over France. Manchester United v Liverpool did not live up to hype. My strategy was to follow the build [...]

October 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

The digital age ….ugh

A common beef of us oldies and on the Rust is coping with the digital age. I suffered yesterday. First up, my bank credit card was cancelled for no given reason as there was an “ issue”. This means I will have to contact all those who use it for renewal but will doubtless miss some company who [...]

October 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

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