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Truth as a commodity and other issues

I don’t know whether I’m ga-ga, delusional, or even turning into a hard line, “hang ‘em and flog ‘em” right-wing Tory, but over the past couple of years, on the Stephen Nolan Show (aired from about 2200 hours to 0100 hours most nights) habitual Radio Five Live listeners like myself have [...]

August 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

We get what we deserve (usually)

A puzzling and sometimes amusing feature of modern life are those occasions in which polling research into people’s views and attitudes appears to produce results which on the face of it are unexpected, counter-intuitive or odd. Or, alternatively, perhaps even perfectly normal for that matter. It [...]

August 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

All about nothing

We are all different – some might suggest that is what makes the world go around. Whether we are ginger-haired, white, black, mixed-race, bald, short-sighted, disabled in some way, excessively tall or short, male, female, transgender, ‘identifying today as some gender we weren’t yesterday’, [...]

August 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Waiting for something

The ironies are running thick and deep as the United Kingdom continues its trajectory through what Fleet Street traditionally calls “the silly season” (when no news is actually happening and – back in the day during any given August – ITN used to end its bulletins with fillers such [...]

August 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fighting against the odds

In its observations upon the 21st Century the Rust community regularly reports upon the travails faced by senior citizens in coping with the modern world, not least the manner in which younger generations seem to be able to assimilate the blizzard of new ‘facilitating’ technological solutions [...]

August 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Change is always gonna come

Reflecting upon my sports-watching over the weekend, together with reviewing other developments, it occurred to me that we are currently in an era of great and far-reaching changes right across the spectrum of elite sport and – sitting on the sidelines as most of us do – we may as well prepare [...]

August 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Latest on the history frontier

Under the Rust’s service of bringing world developments to those of its readers who may be too busy, distracted or ga-ga to come across them under their own steam, today we offer the following:-   THE MOON For those of us who were pleased and indeed perhaps nostalgic to be reminded recently [...]

July 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sport, money and television

“There’s nowt so queer as folk …” is (and I’ve just looked this up) an old idiom from either Yorkshire or Lancashire and probably comes from the same stable as “There’s always someone worse off than yerself …”. Be that as it may, I was reminded of it overnight as I saw a report in [...]

July 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get hotter, some say …

It was billed as potentially going to be the hottest day ever in Britain – and what’s wrong with that, bring on climate change if we’re going to get scorching summers, better vineyard produce and no need to go on any more package holidays to Mallorca, I say(!) – but as I watched the news [...]

July 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Circus has come to town

In a variety of forms there exists a maxim called “The Duck Test” which, at one time or another, every man jack of us alive has applied to situations we’ve comes across. I know I have. You know the one: put at its simplest, it runs “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks [...]

July 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

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