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Review of the sporting weekend

As some sports – e.g. football and rugby union – move towards the business end of their domestic seasons, others are in the early stages of their new ones, witness the European indoor athletics championships in Glasgow that featured widely upon the BBC main television channels over the [...]

March 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

A busy press day

Some days there seems to be nothing happening in the world – and the next the internet just keeps giving. Here are links to some pieces that appear today upon the websites of UK national newspapers: POLITICS From a world which some Rusters feel may be over-represented on the pages of this [...]

March 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Watching the world and frightening yourself

One by-product of being someone who daily trawls the UK newspaper websites over the years is that one notices the frequency with which reports of latest scientific and medical research findings, particularly relating to health and ageing, appear to contradict each other. Thus one day we learn that [...]

March 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Knowing me, knowing them …

With the return of Alan Partridge to our television screens thankfully providing a welcome tit-bit of light relief as the endless drip-feed of bizarre developments in the House of Commons over Brexit defies the last vestiges of both logic and satire, your correspondent has been finding it [...]

February 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

A cross to bear

Family obligations such as visiting an ageing relative can sometimes be strange and double-edged experiences. Ordinarily, being all part of life’s rich tapestry, they are undertaken freely and willingly out of both filial duty and the commendable urge to spend time with the individual concerned [...]

February 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

An evening of televised sport

Yesterday was bathed in warm sunshine – one might suggest surprisingly so given the time of year – and locals and tourists came out in their droves in my part of the metropolis to enjoy the spring-like conditions. Having decided at the outset to spend my late afternoon and evening watching [...]

February 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

On being plugged into civilisation

Sometimes simple things please simple minds and today I’m going to hold my hand up and plead guilty. After five weeks with a blow-heater in the drawing room being my mainly/only source of warmth – and beginning from a situation where, with the recent New Year cold snap in full swing and both my [...]

February 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

Thoughts upon the word of news – and vaginas

One aspect of the universality of social media and the internet is that it has not just broken the mould of what used to be the traditional (and for ages presumed unchangeable) means of news dissemination but actually blow the whole world of news information and human interaction wide-open. For [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Interesting times

We can all remember times when it seemed the world was just coasting along with nothing much happening – and there are periods like now (let me suggest that this one began about a decade ago) in which a metaphorical “Chaos” button somewhere on high has been pressed and all hell [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sport and principles

Sport – either as a recreation or as simply a joyful celebration of what human beings can potentially achieve given the required combination of genetic gifts, hard work, beneficial nutrition, ambition, drive and no doubt random injects of good fortune – inevitable attracts some troubling [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

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