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THE STEPPING MACHINE Last night, after yet another day spent largely in front of a computer screen (for reasons of both necessity and choice) – bar one short trip by car for a food shop – at about 5.00pm I deliberately set off to stride up to my gym for a session intended to ‘blow the [...]

October 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Time to strap yourselves in, folks!

Okay, so these are pretty weird times in both British and world politics – so let’s review where we’ve got to, shall we? BREXIT IS A COMPLETE DISASTER Whether we blame that pompous Eton-educated Tory posh boy David Cameron for promising the UK electorate an In-Out EU Referendum – either [...]

October 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sign of the times

When everything that US President Trump touches, discusses, gets involved with and/or comments upon seems to be controversial, it is difficult to decide upon which issue he poses the gravest threat to humanity and indeed the planet we inhabit. Some moaning liberals might suggest global climate [...]

October 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Over to you, God

It is a plan fact of life that, via nature or nurture, some people are just designed to irritate others. Here’s my story for today. Deep in my past I, partly because of my legal training, at one stage in my life I became involved in taking the minutes of board and other important meetings. [...]

October 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Another report from the exercise frontier

This is another in a sequence my occasional Rust posts reporting and commenting upon my late-life attempts (well, at 65 I don’t think I can qualify anymore as ‘middle-aged’) to improve the health-promoting aspects of my lifestyle habits via a self-devised dietary/fitness campaign. Firstly, [...]

October 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

On words instead of pictures

Spotted on the website of The Guardian today, a splendid and rewarding piece on ball-by-ball cricket commentary that first appearing in The Nighwatchman by Dan Norcross – see here – THE [...]

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

The slippery pole

These days I no longer spend much of my time pondering upon the great mysteries of life, a fact that I tend to put down to the fact that – in my mid-sixties – if I haven’t worked them out by now, and were suddenly to find the ‘key’ to everything this time tomorrow, it wouldn’t matter a [...]

October 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Well, what do you know?

I have a confession to make. I am not a great reader of books and never have been. Being a robust, physical little kid, I always found the prospect of concentrating upon anything as sedentary as studying or indeed ‘reading for pleasure’ as a waste of valuable mischief or sport time. I suppose [...]

October 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Get over it!

I must apologise today for returning to the vexed subject of Brexit. There are of course new reasons – and indeed reports or comments upon on old reasons – for doing so almost on a daily (or even more frequent) basis. However, I do get irritated by the small but significant number of [...]

October 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

The art of scoring an own goal

Yesterday a little after lunch, at a loose end and completely by chance, I had Sky News playing on the television in the corner of my room whilst tootling around on the internet on my computer when – out of the blue – anchor presenter Kay Burley suddenly announced that coverage was crossing [...]

October 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

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