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Blighted by the weather

I travelled up to London to watch the Test with Dougie Heath only to spend much of the day in the hotel room following sport. I am not the only Rust staffer to fall foul of Southern Fail. All trains from the station to London were delayed or cancelled because of an earlier trespass incident. What [...]

August 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

The art of making people laugh is a funny – that’s to say odd – thing. Sometimes comedy gold travels well down the generations and sometimes – often to some surprise among those who were fans ‘first time around’ – it just doesn’t. Sometimes when we look back at the great [...]

August 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Night To Remember

Yesterday – 18 hours after the heatwave had broken in London courtesy of a very welcome thunderstorm whose best/worst effect somehow seemed to pass Mon Repos – I was faced with a still airless weekend and not much more upon the agenda than a food shop, a visit to my local bank branch (assuming, [...]

July 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s all somebody’s Fake News, if you think about it

I suspect like many others I’ve lived the bulk of my life in a warm bubble of perception in which – broadly speaking, despite growing evidence to the contrary as from the late 19th Century onwards as Britain slid from a Grade A imperial power into something a little more mundane – at least [...]

July 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

“Don’t tell him, Pike!”

Some people I know positively hate it, but at the end of this month the BBC’s Dad’s Army – still a staple of ‘repeat show’ channels the world over – will reach the milestone of passing the fiftieth anniversary of its first-ever broadcast – a distinction that few still-popular TV [...]

July 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

A viewer’s view

We coach potatoes have our likes and dislikes when it comes to commentators and analysts. I sometimes wonder that one of the reasons why the Rust advocates no attendance as it saves sending out the chief sports correspondent, normally one of the highest paid on the paper, possessed of a creative [...]

July 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Bridge

The Bridge had its eighth  and final episode last Friday.  Final is the word as the ending made it clear that sadly we have heard and seen the last  of “Saga Noren, Lanskrim Malmo “ ( Malmo CID) as she answers the phone .  Never mind the unraveling of the criminal drama there was always [...]

July 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

World Cup coverage

As we approach the business end of the competition who is winning the television battle? The BBC always has the advantage of no adverts.They have gone for their stalwarts of Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, the grumpy Mark Lawrenson with more than a nod to the female lobby. ITV are using the excellent [...]

June 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Very English Scandal/The Bridge

I enjoyed all three episodes of the A Very English Scandal. Not only did the cast act with great authority they bore a close resemblance physically to the characters they played. Hugh Grant had all the arrogant jauntiness of Jeremy Thorpe but revealed subtly also how in a right corner he lost his [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Up to speed but unfulfilled

I’m still just young and in touch enough both to have heard of the concept of ‘guilty pleasures’ and know what it means. Often used in the context of television series or musical artistes, it is the situation whereby those of discerning, even progressive, mind are also simultaneously careful [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

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