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It is an axiom of life that one man’s – or indeed woman’s – meat is another’s poison. One might say this state of affairs makes the world go around – how boring might it be if was not the case? A while back one of my father’s carers, who in a former life had been deputy headmaster of [...]

June 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A missed opportunity (perhaps?)

Here I must begin with an admission that by personal choice I watched but fifteen minutes of last night’s Liverpool’s historic victory in the European Champions League Final in Madrid before going to bed and that therefore this piece is largely based upon overnight radio reports to which I have [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon the D-Day 75th anniversary celebrations

This time next month I shall be embarking a five-day pilgrimage to France as part of a small battlefield touring group scheduled to visit specific WW1 and WW2 sites. Last summer we made a similar expedition – given my background albeit varying knowledge in such matters, surprisingly my first – [...]

June 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another irony of it all

Today, I’m coming straight from the “stuck record” department of the Rust and at the calculated risk of potentially boring our readers once more by returning to the subject of the ongoing Brexit impasse. It remains – as it has throughout – my view that the heart of the [...]

May 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of being oneself?

Regular readers may have noticed that our current affairs department, of which I am a notional member, has effectively declared an unofficial moratorium upon matters political and Brexit these past few months, having assumed that most Rusters – like ourselves – had become heartily sick if not [...]

May 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

To vote, or not to vote …

Yesterday was a busy but sobering day for me – apart from the two pints of Harveys Sussex beer that I sank over a pub lunch with a mate – and, reflecting upon it overnight, seemed to chime with the state of modern life in Britain in the context of general malaise arising from the Brexit crisis [...]

May 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Phew! What a Scorcher!

One of my regular purchase these last fifty years has been Private Eye the satirical magazine founded in 1961 by amongst others comedian Peter Cook, Andrew Osmond and Peter Usbourne. I’m a firm believer in turning over every proverbial stone and exposing the shady dealings, inconsistencies, [...]

May 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get worse before it gets better

You’d think things couldn’t get much more extraordinary and depressing these days as we continue to inhabit the dark days of the Brexit crisis, the President Trump era and goodness knows what else. It is now 221 years since Thomas Malthus first published his Essay On The Principle of [...]

May 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Suddenly a flash from the past

I spent the weekend on the south coast, spending time with my 93-year old father and his current residential carer. He’s currently on reasonable form as it happens though, as is the nature of these things, he’s on a path from which you never get back to being your former self. One of the [...]

May 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

No change there, then?

These days the comedian Frankie Howerd has – as is sometimes the lot of showbiz people with a particular persona or style – somewhat fallen out of fashion and I doubt that anyone under the age of forty has ever heard of him. There was even a period in the late 1950s and early 1960s [...]

May 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

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