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Fake or Fortune

It’s good to see Fake or Fortune back on our screens – not on Sundays at 8.00pm but Thursday evening at 9.00 pm. Its formula of the investigation into whether a painting is genuine or not clearly attracts the viewing public. It’s a bit contrived with the informal chats between presenter [...]

August 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sport, money and television

“There’s nowt so queer as folk …” is (and I’ve just looked this up) an old idiom from either Yorkshire or Lancashire and probably comes from the same stable as “There’s always someone worse off than yerself …”. Be that as it may, I was reminded of it overnight as I saw a report in [...]

July 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Who are we – and what are we doing here?

Beginning my daily review of the news websites this morning I was still reflecting upon last night’s Channel Four documentary Moon Landing Live broadcast at 8.00pm which I happened to watch in the company of a forty-nine year lady and my son Barry who is thirty-seven. It was a fascinating [...]

July 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

I must go down to B & Q’s

As an avid reader of the Rust I often smile when reading the campaign running by my sport colleagues and sometimes wonder why they haven’t been attacked on social media or even reported to those authorities concerned with imposing “equality” upon Britain in the 21st Century. Nevertheless, [...]

July 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Open (Day One – from a distance)

… And so to the first day of the 148th holding of The Open yesterday and a brief note upon my personal experience of it. For reasons which need not concern us here, as background, Rusters need to know that for large parts of the day I was en route by car to and from the South Coast and thus – [...]

July 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Is any of it real?

Yesterday I visited a care home in order to spend time with an aged relative who is currently staying there for a period of “temporary respite” whilst some necessary changes are made to the living arrangements at his home. There are inevitably plusses and minuses to sending a relative [...]

July 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Second Tuesday thoughts

Yesterday afternoon, no doubt like many who had time and opportunity, I settled down in front of the television to watch the BBC’s live coverage of Wimbledon – specifically, by flicking back and forth between BBC1 and BBC2, the Women’s quarter-finals between Elina Svitolina and Karolina [...]

July 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Where logic and theory come to grief

For some time now we on the Rust have been reviewing the status and quality of women’s sport – something we shall continue to do – in the context of both the 21st Century’s obsession with political correctness (and its supplementary accessories, not least equality of opportunity, equal pay, [...]

July 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Still Killing Eve

For reasons which need not concern us here I was obliged to spend a number of hours watching the television over the weekend which partly explains why today I have departed from my normal areas of interest to report upon the second episode of Series 2 of the drama Killing Eve, broadcast on BBC1 on [...]

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Flogging a dead horse

Today I begin with a declaration of interest: I have long held the view that the BBC had outlived its original “Voice of the Nation” (inform, educate and entertain) purpose by about 1970 and, underpinned by its unique position and funding privilege, has been abusing it ever since. Let me [...]

June 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

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