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A marketing experience

Although my daughter took her first degree in marketing and I know several people who work or worked in advertising, I am neither expert in the theories behind persuading people to buy things they didn’t know they wanted, nor a fan of the means by which they do so. For me, television commercials [...]

June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

An old friend drops by

After lunch at the coast yesterday, I spent some time sitting with my father on the terrace overlooking his lawn, ‘chewing the cud’ together. With thunderstorms and torrential rain predicted for today, the weather couldn’t quite make up its mind and was alternating weak sunshine with dark [...]

May 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Oh dear – my record’s got stuck again

Today, at the risk of boring regular readers, I must begin with my traditional opening statement of declared interest – I personally have no time at all for the political class. In fact, I’d go further and state I despise and distrust them on sight. When the news broke recently that Jeremy [...]

May 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Let’s face it – making a hash of things is easy

There are strange parallels between the issues surrounding September’s referendum on independence and David Cameron’s supposed pledge that, if he is still Prime Minister, he will oversee an ‘In – Out’ referendum in 2017 on whether Britain should remain a member of the EU. If you allow for [...]

May 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

The higher education battleground

[Preface: One of the great joys of being a National Rust contributor is that, generally speaking, the restrictions and constraints to which one is subjected are few. Nobody is pretending that we are attempting to emulate the output of professionals in the media world. We are simply commentators [...]

May 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Shooting oneself in the foot

Yesterday I deliberately sat down to watch BBC2’s Daily Politics show, hosted by Andrew Neil. His first guest guests were James Delingpole of The Spectator and Daily Telegraph and wunderkind left-wing commentator Owen Jones, currently of The Guardian. One of the first topics of the day was the [...]

May 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

A piece worth reading

It was inevitable that 2014 would see the beginning of a four-year media blitz in honour of the centenary of the First World War. So far, based only upon those I have come across, there have been many novel and insightful items – including contributions from ordinary members of the [...]

May 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

The old ones are the best

Yesterday I drove to the coast to spend a couple of days with my father. In the late morning, my brother arrived to join us for lunch. As the local pub turned out to be shut for the day, we strayed further afield and ended at a gastro-pub close to the sea-shore. My father has a reservoir of [...]

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Like a comfy old armchair

To begin at the beginning, as I embark upon this piece, I am happy to declare once more my well-known personal interest when it comes to British politicians: I have no time for any of them. That said, in turning to the subject of Tony Blair today, I am mindful of the possibility that I might [...]

April 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

A worthy read

I would like to commend to all National Rust readers this article by Marina Hyde upon the sexual/social climate within Parliament, as published today on the website of THE [...]

April 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

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