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The way it’s going even as you sleep …

These days – some three years into the life of this great organ of the internet – it is sometimes worthwhile reminding ourselves of the speed at which the world is moving ever onwards into an uncertain future as we oldies fight our continuing and losing battle to keep up. [When I paused for a [...]

August 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Aiming off …

Earlier this week I went to a showing of the new ‘feature’ documentary Spitfire, made by Altitude Films, produced by Mark Stuart and directed by David Fairhead and Ant Palmer, in a small art-house style cinema screening at Chichester in West Sussex. As a small boy in the 1950s and beyond I [...]

August 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Life goes on

I’m currently spending a couple of days in the country with my aged father. He’s not in a particularly good shape these days, mentally or physically, but hey that’s life when you’re a nonagenarian. Yesterday shortly before lunch an octogenarian gent and friend of my father’s drove over, [...]

August 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Impressions do count

As I understand it, phrenology is – or was – the scientific (medical) theory which has held sway to differing degrees at various times in history to the effect that the shape or look of someone’s head somehow signifies their personality traits and/or character. Flitting around the [...]

August 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Decluttering

I recently read an article on Marie Kondo, an expert on decluttering, which she has made into a global business charging her superfans £1675 for one of her seminars. This accompanies her best selling book Spark Joy: an Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying which sold 5 million copies. [...]

August 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

A sign of our times

Someone commented to me a fortnight or so ago that the Rust is losing both its edge and relevance. “How so?” I asked. The unabashed response that latterly it had been progressively developing into a one-eyed reactionary organ, no doubt because our contributors are uniformly ancient and [...]

August 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

A storm in a cooking pot

Though to be honest I haven’t given this much thought, I never imagined that one day I’d be feeling sympathy for Jamie Oliver who – as with many so-called TV chefs – for me has a pronounced simultaneous ability to irritate and inform (if that’s you how you regard it). For those who [...]

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

At least I didn’t have to pay for it!

There is no doubt that professional boxing is enjoying a revival in the UK but sometimes it doesn’t help itself. Last night, for example, Carl Frampton (a former world featherweight champion) – seeking to emulate the sold-out stadium successes of Anthony Joshua – successfully defended his WBO [...]

August 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Going out and about in the modern world

Yesterday I went shopping in Kingston, a town in south-west London well known for its facilities in this respect. As it happens, courtesy of my senior citizen’s Freedom Pass, I chose to travel there by bus – not an experience that I have often embraced in recent times. The expedition was [...]

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Stoking the flames

Today I wish to comment upon the news from Bristol yesterday that England cricketer Ben Stokes had been found not guilty of affray after a seven-day trial and before doing so feel it necessary to begin with a few scatter-gun points. Firstly, of course, every man is innocent unless and until proven [...]

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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