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The history and joys of Irish rugby in a broader context

Last night I watched my recording of recent BT Sport-transmitted Shoulder To Shoulder, a excellent and thought-provoking documentary made/presented by Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll on the strange not to say unique place that the sport of rugby union occupies in the relationship between Eire [...]

October 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Now you see them – now you don’t …

Okay, I am coming out of the woods with my hands up – I deliberately tuned in yesterday to ITV’s live coverage of the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor, more of curiosity than anything else but half-hoping that the crowds would be sparse and that opportunities for [...]

October 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, whaddya know? Another twist …

Regular and/or chance readers of this organ may remember that yesterday I blogged on the modern era’s spectacular and systematic destruction of the hegemony of what might be termed ‘old style media’ and its replacement with a kaleidoscopic infinite variety of means of social communication and [...]

September 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

A brutal end to a rainy night

Last night I watched the Anthony Joshua versus Alexander Povertkin world heavyweight championship clash at Wembley Stadium on pay-per-view for the princely sum of £20.95 via (I think it was) Sky Sports Box Office. This was a spur of the moment decision on my part prompted by a variety of things. I [...]

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Reunion

I am delighted that The Reunion is back on air every Sunday and repeated today. For those who do not know the programme, its theme is a significant event in which those involved in it reconvene and discuss some years later. Two weeks ago there a reunion of holocaust survivors which Jeremy Corbyn [...]

August 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fake or fortune

I have enjoyed this series now returning to our screens every Sunday. Despite its flaws, the main one being the conversations in front of camera are very contrived, it’s always an enjoyable view. Last Sunday’s episode especially so. It featured a Henry Moore sketch which finished up in the [...]

August 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

The way it’s going even as you sleep …

These days – some three years into the life of this great organ of the internet – it is sometimes worthwhile reminding ourselves of the speed at which the world is moving ever onwards into an uncertain future as we oldies fight our continuing and losing battle to keep up. [When I paused for a [...]

August 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) R.I.P.

What a singer, what an interpreter of other people’s songs! Since the news of her death hit the media yesterday I’ve been wallowing in the tributes coming in from all sides, listening to and/or watching some of her performances on YouTube and listening to the contributions of people who [...]

August 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

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

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