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The same old song

For most of yesterday for reasons beyond my control I was sat in front of the television and on at least two occasions was obliged to watch coverage of the Scottish National Party’s annual conference in Aberdeen – the second of them being for the entirety of leader Nicola Sturgeon’s keynote [...]

October 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The influence of testosterone upon sporting performance

As regular readers will be aware – and to the frustration of some including our marketing department – one of the features of the Rust is its deliberate lack of a particular political or other stance on any subject including the pursuit of popularity or commercial success. It is what it is [...]

October 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another step on the road to somewhere

With opening apologies to those Rusters who have had a bellyful of Brexit-related matters and would really rather read of something/anything else, yesterday because of circumstances against my control I happened to watch a large proportion of the BBC’s coverage (fronted by Huw Edwards) of the [...]

October 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Perfection – or glorious uncertainty?

Yesterday sports editor Tom Hollingworth posted an early-morning instant personal reaction to the impact of that super-typhoon Hagibis had wreaked upon the hitherto admirable smooth running of the 2019 Rugby World Cup even before it had hit land. Having, like all good and true followers begun my [...]

October 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

A feature of the modern world

With a nod to “When did you last stop beating your wife?” – the legal phrase allegedly deployed recently and controversially by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC – I wished to turn today to the vexed subject of gender. In doing so, and being (as I am) sufficiently ‘in touch’ to be [...]

October 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Autumn reflections

Without wishing to pile logs on the fire of the national misery surrounding the Brexit crisis, the state that Parliament has got itself into or indeed the culture surrounding political discourse generally as we embark upon one of the most crucial and far-reaching months in the history of this [...]

October 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Emperor has no clothes

It is perhaps a sign of our turbulent and unsettling times that my somewhat eventful weekend brought together events and ruminations that resulted in some uncomfortable conclusions and judgements. To be more specific, a what was later identified as a several-days’ old leak from a flat two floors [...]

September 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

The state of the world

Following the political developments upon both sides of the Pond in the media over the past week it has occurred to me that the world has progressed well beyond the dismissive clichéd truism “You couldn’t make it up”. A combination of ‘Fake News’, the hysterical and embarrassing [...]

September 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Seriously now – you couldn’t make this up …

Rusters might remember eons ago (well from 1985 to 1992) on Saint and Greavsie – which, when I think of it, might have been heralded as the world’s first sporting podcast had it been mounted thirty years later – that former footballer Jimmy Greaves used to intone “It’s a funny old [...]

September 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Who’s watching who and why?

These days – in the circles wot I move in – it has become a bit of a cliché to mention in company that one is a tad concerned by the manner in which we are, or may be, being watched over or observed without our knowledge or consent. Rusters occasionally detail on this organ instances of [...]

September 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

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