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A recommended read or two from the Editor

What a splendid thing is the internet – keeping us all in touch with each other as the Coronavirus pandemic continues its progress around the world! Although out here, bobbing around in the ocean on our mooring off the coast of Tenerife, you’d think we’d find our existence somewhat removed [...]

April 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

A little bit of honesty wouldn’t go amiss

US President Donald Trump – a special and indeed unique case in the history of Man – aside, yesterday the UK Government stood out yesterday by continuing its ludicrous late afternoon “Number 10 press conferences” seeking to give the impression that from the outset it had been in charge, and [...]

April 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

Situation Report: could do better

Apart from trying to do to some PT (as we used to call it) in a pair of 1980s leotards and leg-warmers – plus an old Jane Fonda JVC video that of course I cannot play because nobody has a video-record/player these days – that I found in the corner of one of my wardrobes, my biggest [...]

April 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get worse … before it gets more worse

It occurred to me yesterday that you can get up to some pretty weird things trying to occupy yourself during these lock-down days. It’s all relative, of course. Here in The Rust’s editorial command centre on the second level deck of the publisher’s superyacht moored two miles off the coast of [...]

March 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

What goes around comes around

Returning from my own self-isolation purdah – from about May of 2019 I’ve been sparing in my Rust contributions largely because, the way the world was going, there seemed little point in continuing to air my unflinchingly cynical views upon political matters for fear of boring this organ’s [...]

March 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Stuff keeps happening

As part of an assistance drive for Rusters, we occasionally provide a linking service to media stories that have caught the eye. Here are some from the UK  newspapers today: POLITICS Firstly, the latest piece by Tom Peck which appears today upon the website of – THE INDEPENDENT Next, that [...]

March 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Taking things in the round

As usual I spent a large proportion of yesterday listening to the BBC’s Radio Five Live in a variety of fashions. The most enlightening of these for me personally, being an oldie, was the moment that, when out in mid-afternoon on my “one per day” permitted exercise outing, complete with my [...]

March 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Another “spot” from a favourite scribe

No apologies from me for my link today. I have made no secret of firstly, my respect and admiration for Tom Peck who writes political sketch/opinion pieces for The Guardian newspaper and secondly, my conviction that we Rust columnists exist not to ‘ape’ or attempt to provide front-line [...]

March 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Battening down the hatches

Since 1st January or thereabouts [I’m choosing this at a catch-all date BCE “Before (this) Coronavirus Epidemic”], no doubt in common with many other Rusters, I’ve been doing my best to cope with a growing inner sense of combined “you couldn’t make this up”;  “where the hell did [...]

March 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

On the other hand – and indeed side of the Pond …

I’m bound to say that if we in the UK have had some weird political times since the 2016 EU Referendum, they’re nothing compared to what the United States of America has been going through since Donald Trump was elected President. “As any fule no” – to quote the legendary Nigel [...]

February 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

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