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The Art Mysteries (BBC4) Waldemar Januszczak

Every Wednesday evening on BBC4 Waldemar Januszczak unravels the mystery of a painting and last night it was Paul Gauguin’s Vision After the Sermon.   The picture depicts Jacob’s famous wrestle with the Devil in the bible, symbolises good and evil before a congregation in a small church. There [...]

April 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let’s get serious about where all this is going!

With some trepidation because I am steeping into dark waters today – if Tom H. and his crew on the Rust’s sports team will permit me –  but I’ve suddenly come to realisation that I’m sure will also have occurred to some of our astute readers about the position to which elite sport [...]

March 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Directors/Sky Arts

This excellent series has continued with Peter Weir and John Schlesinger. The Rosen test of a great director is the legacy of at least 4 memorable films. I found Peter Weir’s breakthrough film Picnic on Hanging Rock slow paced. Gallipoli was more for Australians and New Zealanders. Witness is [...]

March 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Joni got it right

Straying for a moment from my daily brief, today I am joining other Rust columnists who recently have been detailing their brushes – and frustrations – with the modern world and how it doesn’t really work in favour of those of us beyond the first flush of youth. In the year 2020, when [...]

March 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

The balance of life

Earlier this week (Monday 9th March) I alighted upon a piece by Clare Foges on page 21 of my copy of The Times commenting upon the latest developments in the coronavirus epidemic and the UK government’s official advice on self-isolation – “Remain in your home. Do not go to work, school or [...]

March 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

Some things keep changing – and some don’t

It is of these things that in the world of entertainment some of the standard rules of business apply and some don’t. In one sense it’s an obvious point to make – and no doubt most sectors (e.g. fishing, fashion, flying and … er porn) would probably claim similar – but few have been more [...]

March 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

GREAVSIE /BT SPORT

BT SPORT are beginning to make a name for themselves for their sporting documentaries. I did not see their documentary on the Stop The Tour – the demonstrations against the South African rugby tour of 1969/1970 and cancellation of the cricket tour led by Peter Hain but those that did liked [...]

February 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Reviewing the reviews of the Pale Horse

I  am going “off piste” by, instead of starting with my own review of Sunday night dramatisation of Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse, I am examining the reviews thereof. There is a reason for this: I did not get the final scene in which Mark Easterbrook, the suave amoral antique [...]

February 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

In Our Time

Although the BBC has come in for a fair bit of stick on The Rust and elsewhere, I’m here to praise another radio programme – In Our Time on Radio 4. This is presented by Melvyn Bragg and each week a subject is examined by him and three academics. Yesterday’s subject was the French [...]

February 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

Pay your TV licence … or else

Yesterday I received the renewal demand for my BBC licence costing £154. Under “what else do you need to know” is: “The licence fee must be paid”. I am from that class of person – white middle class, heterosexual – that the BBC no longer want but that does not stop them [...]

February 6, 2020 // 1 Comment

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