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The fine art of sporting fairness

Here in the sports department on The Rust we try to move with the times and stay fixed in the moment (and/or even the future) but there are occasions when – yes, even in this post-Trump false reality – one’s mind harps back with wistful nostalgia to the wacky 1961 Leslie Bricusse and [...]

July 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Where sport (and life) is going

As the world moves on, so does the appliance of scientific advance – and not least to sport. I’ve touched upon this subject previously in the context of the ways throughout history in which sports stars have sought to gain a competitive advantage because, of course, ever since human beings [...]

May 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Up yours, you son of a gun! (geddit?)

[I’m rather proud of my headline today – for the slow off the mark, it’s a clever (I think) oblique reference to the rapid-firing Gatling gun – a forerunner of the machine gun – patented by US inventor Richard Gatling on 4th November 1862.] William Boyd as Hopalong [...]

December 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

In sport as in life?

Sport is without doubt the most exasperating, mind-expanding, joyous, life-enhancing and wonderful pastime ever gifted to the human race. One might venture to suggest that it makes the world go around. However, as we reach the end of a year in which the extraordinary new US President seems [...]

December 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Marginal gains and morality – and an error

Today I would like to draw the attention of Rust readers to an article on the use of TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) in professional cycling – the perhaps most notorious example being that involving a package containing ‘nobody knows what’ that was sent for the use of Sir [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week’s sporting headlines

For the benefit of Rust readers everywhere, here are two sports stories from today’s media that caught my eye:   FORMULA ONE After the departure of Bernie Ecclestone and the purchase by Liberty Media of the Formula One juggernaut, there were always going to be changes – some might say [...]

November 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

The art of keeping up

Regular readers will be aware that from time to time the Rust has taken to featuring pieces on long-running issues, arguments or campaigns in which it is interested, many of them concerned with the world of sport. My opinion piece today is another. It is a fact of life that – in common with every [...]

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sporting behaviour and team discipline – on or off the pitch

When it comes to sport – one of the main interests of columnists on this website – the Rust has a number of recurring subjects, issues and themes. Currently there’s plenty happening on the world stage – no surprise there – but today I’ve decided to post some personal reflections [...]

October 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

The art of earning respect

As any fule no (reference Nigel Molesworth, the fictitious character invented by Geoffrey Willians, first appearance in Down With Skool (1953), illustrations by Ronald Searle of St Trinians fame, public recitations of which by our deputy headmaster were a staple of Saturday afternoons from about [...]

September 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

The joys of maturity

It so happens yesterday that I was engaged upon a schedule that saw me setting off from the south coast to London at sparrow’s first fart in the morning, spending much of the day in town and then returning to the coast in the early evening. As part of my general scheme, I first [...]

August 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

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