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For those who fell

No apologies for my post today – a special Remembrance Sunday because it marks the centenary of the ending of the First Word War – and I wish to begin by paying a small tribute to those who ply their trade in the UK media, both the Fleet Street and radio/television varieties. The press [...]

November 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Upon the eve of battle

Last night a member of the RFU Council asked my opinion upon the outcome of this afternoon’s rugby union international between England and the All Blacks – [there, I’ve always wanted to write that opening line (or at least something very like it) and for the first time in my life can [...]

November 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Poppy issues

Next weekend – I presume entirely by coincidence – the key Sunday’s UK Remembrance Day commemorations will take place on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month and mark the centenary of the symbolic official end of the First World War. It all seems very fitting. In recent years there have [...]

November 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

A musical milestone remembered

As a fiftieth anniversary ‘remastered’ anthology edition of the flawed but brilliant Beatles’ White Album is being issued accompanied by with all sorts of analysis, out-takes and different demo versions – I cannot help but reveal myself as owning an original issue of it [...]

November 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

I don’t BELIEVE it

We learned today that Wayne Rooney – who retired from international football before the World Cup – is to return to the England set-up as captain for a one-off friendly match against the USA at Wembley. This is a total travesty in my humble opinion. International squads should surely [...]

November 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

I’ve just had an idea

As I was waking from my slumbers overnight I heard a mention on Up All Night – Radio Five Live’s ‘through the night’ programme on this occasion hosted by Dotun Adebayo – (or indeed it may just have been during a news bulletin being reader by a male person just before said programme began) [...]

November 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Squeaking home at HQ

Yesterday’s 12-11 England victory against South Africa at Twickenham was an example of international rugby union at its best, a no quarter-given epic between two sides with a chance of being quarter-finalists or better at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Forget the recent proliferation of [...]

November 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here they come!

This afternoon the Northern Hemisphere (European) autumn international series will kick-off: England play South Africa at Twickenham, Wales play Scotland and Ireland play Italy. It goes without saying that rugby fans all over the United Kingdom and Eire – let alone our Italian brethren -will be [...]

November 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Is it everyone else – or just me?

Bland generalisations can always cover a multitude of sins, prejudices and misjudgements. However, one ironic aspect of making occasional contributions to the Rust (if I can be forgiven a touch of gallows humour here) is that if – because of a memory that is becoming less sharp than it once was  [...]

November 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, whaddya know?

We all accept that world sporting bodies – just like national governments – have to spend a great deal of their time treading a balance between principle and practicality. Whether it is better to ‘play ball’ with pariahs in the hope that exposure to the rest of us will [...]

November 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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