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Reality and perception

Regular readers of the Rust will be aware that for many years now I have been interested in both the possibilities – and moral/ethical issues attendant upon – presented by the rapid advances being made in the fields of robotic science, artificial intelligence and computer-generated [...]

August 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

What’s sauce for the goose …

As I understand it from media reports overnight, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn – who was once in favour of them on principle, has now rejected the proposal made earlier this week by shadow fire minister Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, that ‘women only’ railways carriages should [...]

August 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

The passing of a legend

Perhaps the biggest media story of the week was the news that UK national treasure and all-round entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE had died on Friday afternoon at the ripe old age of eighty-nine. As on other similar occasions, I am afraid I have not bothered to read the special six-page newspaper [...]

August 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Judging a book by its cover (or not)

From time to time when hopping around the newspaper websites of this great nation I come across items which I either enjoy and/or I feel readers of the Rust might benefit from having an opportunity to read (if they have not already done so off their own bat). Today is an example. I am not [...]

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

On London – and Bolt reaching the finishing line

Since last Friday evening from time to time I have dipped in to the BBC television coverage of the 2017 Athletics World Championships being staged at the former London 2012 Olympic Stadium, now renamed the London Stadium and primarily used as the home venue of the Premiership soccer team West Ham [...]

August 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s in the telling …

There is – as Northern Irish comic Frank Carson was wont to ruminate – something in the way jokes are told that makes them funny, or is that makes them funnier, or indeed less so, depending (of course) upon the skill and timing of the teller. For my part, I don’t regard myself as a naturally [...]

August 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

What’s a chap got to do?

Arguably, there’s a certain in-built irony even in the themes that statistically most concern Rust contributors upon a regular basis. The Conservative and Unionist Party (or ‘Tories’) basically appeals to those – generally the older generations – who, under the guise of pretending to [...]

July 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

A July sporting round-up

This morning, for the second day running, I awoke and spent the morning going about my usual business whilst feeling rather ‘empty’ and hard done by. Fortunately I didn’t need to be Einstein to work out why. After Wimbledon followed by the sporting extravaganza that was the back end of last [...]

July 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

New television series to be launched

I wish to make it plain from the outset of this piece that I personally have not seen a single trailer or even episode of Love Island, the current ‘cause célèbre’ of the reality TV genre – I didn’t even know which channel it was broadcast upon until I googled the answer just now (it was [...]

July 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hands up anyone who’s worth a hill of beans

Like most people I came across yesterday, I was fascinated to learn the details of ‘who gets what’ when the BBC published (in bands) the salaries of its presenters and actors who earn 150,000 pounds sterling or more and yet at the same time I also had misgivings about the disclosures. The first [...]

July 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

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