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The Rust sports department unashamedly reports from time to time upon its pet campaigning topics – this year performance-enhancing drugs (as usual); gender issues; athlete-health/welfare; aspects of sporting ‘business reality; and just corruption generally – and therefore today makes no [...]

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Murray should still make a mint

I have a confession to make. Ever since earlier this week – on the eve of the Australian Open – Andy Murray made his not altogether unexpected but nevertheless shock announcement that the chronic hip condition he has been suffering from these past two years had almost certainly brought him [...]

January 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Make of it (anything) what you will

Last week I found myself in conversation with my father’s current carer, who formerly held a senior position in a church school in his native South Africa. Somehow our discussion moved onto the subject of the wide variety of different ways in which elderly people cope with the vicissitudes of [...]

January 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

“Goodbye cruel world …” he said, but couldn’t remember why …

Hello – this may be one of my last messages to my fellow Rusters if the latest reports in the media prove to be true – or should that be ‘come to fruition’? Today I appear before you honestly yet nakedly as a 70 year old male with a slight tendency to obesity – I’m not prepared to [...]

January 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Feminism and the art of being a woman

These days, being something of an old crone in the scheme of modern feminism since I was supposedly in my prime – burning my bra and breaking down the barriers between the sexes – during the late Sixties and early Seventies, I’m acutely conscious of the wide spectrum of opinion and [...]

January 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

With an apology for droning on

As this rather eventful year draws to a conclusion it seems to me that the latest overnight media reports upon developments in the Gatwick Airport drone attack incident, specifically the news that the police have admitted the possibility that there may never have been a drone at all – Sussex [...]

December 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

To Hell in a handcart

Sometimes, whichever human grouping(s) one belongs to – viz. any or all of oldies, kids, insomniacs, men, women, intellectuals, sports nuts, academics, disabled, naturalists, the military, impoverished, gamblers, billionaires, glamour models, musicians, entrepreneurs, social workers, doctors or [...]

December 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

And they used to call the back end of summer “the silly season” …

The impression that the world has gone plumb loco is difficult to avoid at the moment, especially if like me you’ve been watching the ‘drone attack’ developments at Gatwick airport on the 24 hour news channels over the last couple of days. On top of the Parliamentary chaos and paralysis over [...]

December 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Oh well …

In the cause of keeping Rusters up to date as we hurtle towards decrepitude and senility, I feel it my duty to draw the attention of those who may have missed them to the following media pieces that I spotted overnight upon the website of the Daily Mail: Reporter Carl Honore review a new book on [...]

December 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes I wish people would just listen to themselves

It is not yet 1.00am as I begin typing. I have already been at my computer for an hour with Radio Five Live’s Steven Nolan Show in the background discussing – yes, you’ve guessed it – Brexit and specifically the notion of holding a Second Referendum as a way of resolving the current chaos, [...]

December 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

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