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Here’s another fine mess …

There’s little doubt that the overwhelming majority of the UK electorate is heartily sick of the subject of Brexit which has been dominating the thoughts and schemes of our political establishment – like no other issue – ever since the morning of 24th June 2016 (date upon which most [...]

September 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Just a ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ thought

Last night I went to Oxford for an evening meal – a round trip of five hours – and spent much of my driving time listening to Radio Four and/or Radio Five Live – both of whom’s air-time that was much devoted to the two Russian ‘ordinary members of public’ or [...]

September 14, 2018 // 1 Comment

Calling all sensible UK citizens!

It’s confession time – I’m an agnostic when it comes to the Royal Family. I’m broadly content in principle with the modern version of the institution, i.e. the one that – whilst supposedly representing a fairy-tale romantic ‘continuation of the line’ and connection to our past [...]

September 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

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

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

The beginning of a bright new dawn

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the past couple of days thinking through the implications of recent media reports referenced by Rust columnists suggesting that the recent spate of forest wildfires in Portugal and California and the current all-out drought destroying the farming industry [...]

August 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Experience teaches you something but I don’t know what it is

It is a supposed burden of having been Winston Churchill – an eminently quotable gentleman – that there exists an entire sub-Churchillian industry in which ‘catchy’ things he didn’t ever actually say are ascribed to his authorship and/or improvisation and thus gain widespread currency on [...]

August 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Towards an uncertain future

For those of us either declining into old age in a state of semi-delirium – glad if not relieved and relaxed that the endless march of technology is gradually leaving us behind – or perhaps concerned that all notions of human society order, beliefs and norms are being summarily [...]

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Remain-watch (first of an occasional series)

It occurred to me last week that, unpalatable as any mention of politics may seem during the current heatwave, some Rusters might benefit from occasionally being kept abreast of some of the more absurd Bremoaner tosh on offer in the British media. Apart from providing a degree of amusement, I [...]

August 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

The means may change but History always repeats itself

Overnight the lead stories on both the website of The Guardian newspaper and Radio Five Live have been similar, detailing advance ‘leaks’ of the finding of a Commons parliamentary Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee about the clear and present danger that the recent global [...]

July 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

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