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Nice awaits

Michael de Vacri From the mayorial office to the stall holders in the Cours Saleya there is excitement for the visit of Monsiuer Bob (Tickler), la Daffers and the National Rust troupe for their annual April pilgrimage to Nice. It will take our minds off the violence of the yellow vest anarchists [...]

March 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of getting the genie back in the bottle

It is in the nature of things that the ingenuity of Man will always outstrip his ability to control the product(s) of his inventions and therefore – should he attempt to do so – his attempts will lag way behind the actualité. In warfare, whether it be developing a fast-repeating machine [...]

March 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

The giving of presents

A good friend of mine recently gave me a photo frame to which you can download digital photos. It was given with the very best of intentions. I’m an old fashioned sort of guy who likes an instruction manual not, as was the case here, an app. My problems started when I must have tapped in my email [...]

March 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of flogging a dead horse

From time to time on the Rust sports pages we feature one or two recurring themes that interest us – to wit: (1) a hard (not to say unremitting and absolute) line upon the use of performance-enhancing drugs by individual athletes and the managers, agents, ne’er-do-wells (or even [...]

March 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon a giant

Earlier this month on this organ fellow Ruster Henry Elkins posted a thought-provoking review of Andrew Roberts’ biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny (Allen Lane, £35), see here – NATIONAL RUST A week or so later I called him to salute his effort because by chance last December I had [...]

March 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Birthday party

Yesterday being my birthday I gave a small dinner for friends in the museum of Hove Cricket Ground. It’s a venue I know and I like being intimate, full of fascinating Sussex memorabilia and stories lovingly assembled by curator Jon Filby and just the right space for a dinner for 14. It’s not [...]

March 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

The monstrous Army on the march

The problems with supposed equality, political correctness and the advance of women generally are, firstly, that females cannot necessarily have it all and, secondly, rightly or wrongly, the vast majority of those campaigning so effectively for the cause are those middle class plus, talented, [...]

March 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Women and elite motor sport

Last night as I retired to bed – shortly after 9.30pm I think it was, though I wasn’t taking note of the time – I turned on Radio Five Live and, as I began drifting away, caught a ten minute segment of a discussion feature upon the issues facing young female motor racing drivers [...]

March 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

A breakthrough? Perhaps …

Today another feather in the Rust‘s cap – and indeed that of Tom Hollingworth, our sports editor – for the uncompromising campaign we have been running to promote the virtues of transparency, honesty and integrity in world sport. Sometimes the best and most principled attitudes to [...]

March 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

What goes on, goes on and then further away …

It is believed that sometimes stuff occurs to you when you’re doing the most unlikely or relaxing things – e.g. the displacement theory that came to Archimedes in an “Eureka!” moment whilst he was wallowing in the bath and enabled him to determine whether a royal trophy was made of solid [...]

March 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

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