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Ashes commentary

I suspect there is little argument in the Great Rust Debate other than the best way to follow the Ashes is on the radio warm and toasty under the duvet. This said, I have been ever so slightly disappointed by the transmission. Aggers TMS has always had an irreverent side and long may that continue. [...]

December 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

We are free to believe what we believe

Scribes contributing to the Rust have previously offered their opinions upon perception and reality as we find these in the world – whether the subject be ‘fake news’, politics, or the prospect of great movie or music stars being resurrected years after their death and having new [...]

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Babylon Berlin

SKY ATLANTIC’S Berlin Babylon come to an end last night and I was not much the wiser how the various plot threads tied up. This was because even before the final credits the next series was being promoted. Central character Inspector Rath is not returning to Cologne, he had destroyed the porno [...]

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Babylon Berlin

One of the features of modern criminal drama has been the quality series from mainland Europe. The Killing  started a whole new genre of Scanda Noir and The Spiral and Montalbano proved popular and watchable too. I have now watched 4 episodes of Babylon Berlin, a joint-production of German [...]

November 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Treading a careful line

My post today springs from my reaction upon reading a report penned by Roisin O’Conner that appears on the website today of – THE INDEPENDENT (I feel should begin by declaring my inadequate qualifications for my position as occasional Rust musical correspondent. The fact is that, [...]

November 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

On words instead of pictures

Spotted on the website of The Guardian today, a splendid and rewarding piece on ball-by-ball cricket commentary that first appearing in The Nighwatchman by Dan Norcross – see here – THE [...]

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Peter Sellers

I was composing a piece in my study on the history of the casting couch in Hollywood and the bullying autocrat when my wife Gail stuck her head around the door to say that unless I created space in the planner section for her recording of Strictly she would delete several of the 20 or so episodes [...]

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Baker Boy

Though some regard him as a ‘Marmite’ personality – I don’t subscribe to Twitter, but apparently late at night, possibly when somewhat ‘refreshed’, I’m told he sometimes makes a bit of a prat of himself when tweeting – the irrepressible and one-time [...]

October 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

The future is already here, as well as in the future

When it comes to the relationship between audiences and movies or television programmes, the different sectors in the entertainment industry are split into quite simple divisions. Firstly, the production – the process of deciding what to make, whom to hire to make it (e.g. scriptwriters, [...]

September 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Coming to terms with it

Regular readers of the Rust will probably be of a vintage able to recall the Andy Capp cartoon strip drawn by Reg Smythe for the Daily Mirror newspaper. Capp was almost an early version of a British Homer Simpson, a working class Everyman from whose ‘ordinary’ interests in life – pubs, beer, [...]

September 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

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