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Treading a careful line

My post today springs from my reaction upon reading a report penned by Roisin O’Conner that appears on the website today of – THE INDEPENDENT (I feel should begin by declaring my inadequate qualifications for my position as occasional Rust musical correspondent. The fact is that, [...]

November 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

On words instead of pictures

Spotted on the website of The Guardian today, a splendid and rewarding piece on ball-by-ball cricket commentary that first appearing in The Nighwatchman by Dan Norcross – see here – THE [...]

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Peter Sellers

I was composing a piece in my study on the history of the casting couch in Hollywood and the bullying autocrat when my wife Gail stuck her head around the door to say that unless I created space in the planner section for her recording of Strictly she would delete several of the 20 or so episodes [...]

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Baker Boy

Though some regard him as a ‘Marmite’ personality – I don’t subscribe to Twitter, but apparently late at night, possibly when somewhat ‘refreshed’, I’m told he sometimes makes a bit of a prat of himself when tweeting – the irrepressible and one-time [...]

October 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

The future is already here, as well as in the future

When it comes to the relationship between audiences and movies or television programmes, the different sectors in the entertainment industry are split into quite simple divisions. Firstly, the production – the process of deciding what to make, whom to hire to make it (e.g. scriptwriters, [...]

September 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Coming to terms with it

Regular readers of the Rust will probably be of a vintage able to recall the Andy Capp cartoon strip drawn by Reg Smythe for the Daily Mirror newspaper. Capp was almost an early version of a British Homer Simpson, a working class Everyman from whose ‘ordinary’ interests in life – pubs, beer, [...]

September 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Stirring the pot Morgan-style

For good or ill, the rather irritating former editor of the Daily Mirror and now all-round ‘shock jock’ celebrity/personality Piers Morgan is currently providing some of the best current affairs entertainment on his several times a week gig – usually partnering former BBC presenter Susannah [...]

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments


QB VII is the name of a court in the Palace of Justice in the Strand where a libel action was fought out between an American Abe Cady  a scriptwriter and Adam Kelso Polish born physician accused of carrying out grotesque operations in a death camp to sterilise by castration Jewish inmates without [...]

September 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Picking your way through a minefield

For those Rusters who are either mad about watching sport on television and/or are miffed by the fact that – on the face of it – they may seem always to be paying through the nose for the privilege of watching say 25 TV channels maximum via the broadcasting organisations deliberately [...]

September 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Better get ready

Spotted on the website of The Guardian this morning – a piece by Mark Sweney on the potential (or is it very real?) threat to mainstream television broadcasters from ‘new media’ giants, see here – THE [...]

August 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

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