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Life goes on

I’m currently spending a couple of days in the country with my aged father. He’s not in a particularly good shape these days, mentally or physically, but hey that’s life when you’re a nonagenarian. Yesterday shortly before lunch an octogenarian gent and friend of my father’s drove over, [...]

August 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Impressions do count

As I understand it, phrenology is – or was – the scientific (medical) theory which has held sway to differing degrees at various times in history to the effect that the shape or look of someone’s head somehow signifies their personality traits and/or character. Flitting around the [...]

August 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

A sign of our times

Someone commented to me a fortnight or so ago that the Rust is losing both its edge and relevance. “How so?” I asked. The unabashed response that latterly it had been progressively developing into a one-eyed reactionary organ, no doubt because our contributors are uniformly ancient and [...]

August 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

A storm in a cooking pot

Though to be honest I haven’t given this much thought, I never imagined that one day I’d be feeling sympathy for Jamie Oliver who – as with many so-called TV chefs – for me has a pronounced simultaneous ability to irritate and inform (if that’s you how you regard it). For those who [...]

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

At least I didn’t have to pay for it!

There is no doubt that professional boxing is enjoying a revival in the UK but sometimes it doesn’t help itself. Last night, for example, Carl Frampton (a former world featherweight champion) – seeking to emulate the sold-out stadium successes of Anthony Joshua – successfully defended his WBO [...]

August 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Going out and about in the modern world

Yesterday I went shopping in Kingston, a town in south-west London well known for its facilities in this respect. As it happens, courtesy of my senior citizen’s Freedom Pass, I chose to travel there by bus – not an experience that I have often embraced in recent times. The expedition was [...]

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Stoking the flames

Today I wish to comment upon the news from Bristol yesterday that England cricketer Ben Stokes had been found not guilty of affray after a seven-day trial and before doing so feel it necessary to begin with a few scatter-gun points. Firstly, of course, every man is innocent unless and until proven [...]

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

When you’ve got it, you’ve still got it!

Arguably there’s a metaphorical spectrum in terms of ageing and self-awareness along which all of us over a certain age – let’s set it at fifty for these purposes, after all that’s when the Saga organisation begins sending you unsolicited mail inviting you to consider the benefits of their [...]

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some things never change

From time to time we all ponder the mysteries of mortality, the purpose of life and indeed what’s it all about, Alfie? Overnight I spotted this piece by John Lister using the occasion of Madonna reaching her 60th birthday to salute those female musicians/artistes past the first flush of youth [...]

August 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

The beginning of a bright new dawn

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the past couple of days thinking through the implications of recent media reports referenced by Rust columnists suggesting that the recent spate of forest wildfires in Portugal and California and the current all-out drought destroying the farming industry [...]

August 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

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