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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

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

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