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Maybe we’re not all we’re cracked up to be

One aspect of the British psyche that has its good and bad angles is the innate belief that in this country, unlike the rest of the world, we do things properly i.e. always in line with the rules and/or with an instinctive imperative towards fairness, dignity, impartiality and straight-dealing. [...]

February 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Is it too late for common sense to prevail?

It think it fitting that I should apologise at the outset for returning to the vexed issue of Brexit – especially when (apart from those who are rabid Leavers or Remainers) about 90% of the people I know or come across to talk to are thoroughly fed up with even the sound of the word, let alone [...]

February 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Scientists – another fine mess they’ve got me into!

Doh! On Monday this week – like millions of others – I read the Rust website from cover to cover (as it were) and saw Wendy Lewis’s helpful post linking to the media story that broke over the weekend about a new social group. Never mind ‘millennials’, or [...]

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s complicated

Over the past eight months or so the salaries of UK radio and television presenters have been getting plenty of coverage in the media, largely because of the historical and continuing alleged unequal piles of dosh that have been doled out to men and women. Two main accusations have been made:- [...]

February 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

You pays your money and you takes your choice

I reckon I’m in tune with about 70% of the population in the sense that firstly, – although I have never revealed to anyone which way I voted in the EU Referendum – I take the view “what’s done is done” and now we must all just get on with it … whatever [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thanks and farewell to a treasured rugby icon

And so Ian Robertson is retiring from his BBC jobs as rugby union commentator and reporter. Declaring my twofold interest immediately – ‘Robbo’ is both my fellow countryman and has been a ‘secret crush’ of mine ever since his international playing days – [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s a lot of it about …

Here is a range of noteworthy pieces that have already appeared upon the websites of the British media on what is a crowded sporting weekend:- Jack Austin reporting on the drugs suspension of British sprinter Nigel Levine in – THE INDEPENDENT Before too many rugby fans continue smugly [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

We normal people are going to take over!

Okay, I’m coming out of the closet. After my recent rant about the pain of travelling on passenger airplanes with young, out of control, noisy or badly-behaved kids – which I’m told prompted a huge positive social media response and a new Rust record as the contribution [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fifteen minutes with an old mate

On Tuesday, driving about my business, I received a chasing call (on my hands-free system, obviously) from someone in my accountant’s office. I had not yet returned to them a signed copy of the paperwork they’d sent a fortnight previously regarding my 2016/2017 Income Tax form and the deadline [...]

February 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

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