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Das Boot : a historian’s view

Bernadette Angell (TV critic of the Rust) asked me to appraise the historical  accuracy of Das Boot.      I have seen the much-acclaimed 1981 film which Neil Rosen rates as one of the best war films ever. Aside from the accusation levelled by a New York Nazi, which may have been propaganda, [...]

June 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Inside Monaco/Playground of the Rich/BBC 2

I  have enjoyed this three-part documentary on Monaco bringing back memories of the Cote d’Azur though I have always found Monaco too congested for my taste. I was interested to see Prince Albert had let the cameras in but I have the feeling that, wary of extensive filming and ruthless editing, [...]

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Das Boot (episodes 3 & 4)

Das Boot is for me the most captivating series on TV and after 4 episodes I’m totally hooked. There are three locations each with their own story line and a different language. The first is the U-boat and this is truest to the 1981 film. A U-boat skipper has broken ranks and is about to defect. [...]

June 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

Great Paintings of the World/Sunflowers

Andrew Marr continue his series with Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, one of four of the subject the Dutch master painted. It did not really tell you too much you did not know already but I guess the series is not pitched at the connoisseur – more the interested learner. My friend Martin [...]

June 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

England v West Indies 1991 (1st Test)

I watched highlights of this game last night hungry for any sort of cricket. There are those who say a replay is unsatisfying as you know the result. I do not agree. I enjoy seeing cricket as it was competed 30 years ago – the hairstyles, the billboards, the players you have forgotten and [...]

June 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

Das Boot

I was so pleased that the second series of this German broadcast was back on screen. It’s based on the 1981 film but the series oscillates between the U-boat and La Rochelle, the port where many U-boats were berthed. The original film did not feature La Rochelle but both series and the film gave [...]

June 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

The state of opinion forming (not informed opinion)

My contribution today comes from my perspective as a privileged, white, sixty-something male with no particular political axe to grind – which description in itself probably marks me as someone who has as many weaknesses (and lack of appreciation of the world’s problems) in terms of his genes, [...]

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Keeping an eye on what’s happening

It’s a funny old world. During the gestation period of this organ, in our wildest imaginings not a man jack among the original editorial team had the slightest idea that in a few short years the Rust would become one of the world’s most popular go-to websites or achieve its current ever-growing [...]

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments


I had reservations about listening to the broadcast last night on Radio 3 of Michael Frayn’s play Copenhagen for 3 reasons. Niels Bohr 1) It is based on the meeting in 1941 of two leading physicists Niels Bohr, a Jewish Dane, and Werner Eisenberg, a Jewish German who headed up the Nazi nuclear [...]

May 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Another of Life’s little veils is stripped away

For all obvious reasons the global coronavirus crisis has not only given humanity a sharp jerk on the ‘training reins’ but provided time for reflection – and for some – a general re-think (if not quite yet ultimately a re-set) – of who we all are and what is really [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

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