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Few things – not even politics – promote opinion and controversy like sport, which is half the reason it’s so central to modern culture and makes for such compelling viewing. Currently two leading sportsmen – one a soccer player, the other a cricketer – who may have departed [...]

February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Postscript to a seaside holiday

With my daughter joining her husband upon a business trip on July 2012, it felt to my wife Beth and I (as grandparents) to step into the breach – as it were – and look after the grandchildren for a two week period. Having previously done a sea cruise and trips to Wales and Cornwall in the [...]

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The need for perspective

Maybe I’m going ga-ga in my old age, but some of the news items currently occupying the media are increasingly causing me angst, frustration and irritation. Take the issue of what can be described as the British happy-clappy, politically-correct, ‘compensation culture’, for example. This week [...]

February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Be careful what you wish for

I’m sure that in the right situation – perhaps a private dinner party with friends – Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman is a warm, funny, charismatic lady. However, in public, she increasingly comes across to this observer as an over-serious, prim, hectoring, one-track mind promoter of [...]

February 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The EU dilemma

In terms of assessing the evidence and expert opinion, I am neither intelligent or nor perceptive enough to know whether – in practice – Britain would be better off in or out of the EU. They say that, as a rough guide, there as many different economic theories in the world as there are [...]

February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Another one leaves the stage

Having awoken at my usual ungodly hour this morning – not to tune in to live coverage of the Super Bowl but simply because I went to bed at 8.30pm last night – I dressed, made my jug of coffee and came to the computer, where Radio Five Live was awash with the ‘breaking’ news of the [...]

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s all over now

There seems to be a constant discussion ongoing about the state of the British high street. The celebrity expert Mary Portas produced a report for the Government a while back on how to improve the situation that was subsequently supported and attacked in roughly equal measure. There are tales, and [...]

January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

The kind of thing that passes me by

This week the world has been mourning the passing of highly-respected banjo-plucking folk music legend Pete Seeger at the age of 94. I’ve been reading a range of obituaries setting out the highlights of his long career and the extent of his influence upon American society that extended way [...]

January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain’s Great War

I trust our regular National Rust readers – 57,000 per day, according to the latest figures – will forgive me beginning this review of the first episode of BBC’s first World War One centenary offerings, Jeremy Paxman’s Britain’s Great War series [BBC1, 9.00pm Monday 27th January], with a [...]

January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse

Back in the days when – unravaged by the cumulative effects of time, drink, drugs, sloth and dementia – I still had the brain power to surprise even myself with my intelligence and improvised perspicacity, I once travelled to Canada to attend a family wedding. One evening, drinking beers with [...]

January 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

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