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Make of it (anything) what you will

Last week I found myself in conversation with my father’s current carer, who formerly held a senior position in a church school in his native South Africa. Somehow our discussion moved onto the subject of the wide variety of different ways in which elderly people cope with the vicissitudes of [...]

January 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

“Goodbye cruel world …” he said, but couldn’t remember why …

Hello – this may be one of my last messages to my fellow Rusters if the latest reports in the media prove to be true – or should that be ‘come to fruition’? Today I appear before you honestly yet nakedly as a 70 year old male with a slight tendency to obesity – I’m not prepared to [...]

January 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another Olympics (drugs) record

Spotted overnight on the website of The Guardian, this rather depressing piece by Andy Bull on the real enduring legacy of the ‘wonderful’ 2012 London Olympic Games – THE [...]

January 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Feminism and the art of being a woman

These days, being something of an old crone in the scheme of modern feminism since I was supposedly in my prime – burning my bra and breaking down the barriers between the sexes – during the late Sixties and early Seventies, I’m acutely conscious of the wide spectrum of opinion and [...]

January 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

At last – a solution to all ills (not)

It was always going to come to this, of course, when you think about it. With our capacity for scientific and technological exploration and advancement limited only by the confines of the human ability to dream – one day someone was always going to be able to ‘square the circle’ between [...]

January 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

An iconic couple and a List

Here follow two more links to movie-related items that may be of interest to Rusters, both of them appearing today upon the website of The Independent: On the back of a new-and-soon-to-be-released-in-the-UK movie Stan & Ollie (starring Steve Cooghan and John C. Reilly) Martin Chilton writes on [...]

January 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

History as bunk (or maybe not)

It inevitably comes with the territory that dramatic depictions of historical figures and events have a tenuous relationship with the actualité. On several levels there is nothing particularly bizarre in that statement if you think about it. Let’s begin with the fact that virtually all dramatic [...]

January 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Family times

They say that simple things please simple minds. Over time the Byfords, who love playing parlour games such as Name In The Hat, a variation of it – sometimes known as Who Am I? – in which everyone is issued with a ‘sticky’ on their forehead on which is written the name of a [...]

January 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Just a few sporting things to sort out in 2019 …

And so we welcome Rusters to another new year with a promise to continue our crusades for purity and honesty in all avenues of human life – but particularly in the world of sport. Here are three things that we feel would improve or advance the causes of the following:- Better and corruption-free [...]

January 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

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