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There’s nowt so queer as folk

Over the course of the UK’s lockdown from which we are now gradually emerging – I’ve no doubt in common with many Rusters and indeed other people of intelligence and a degree of artistic or creative sensibility – I experienced a wide range of different reactions and moods, some of [...]

July 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

Plenty of hot air but still going nowhere fast

These are indeed strange times. Over the past seven months one doesn’t need have to travelled too far down the avenue of degrees of cynicism to have gained the impression that the world has taken leave of its senses and that every principle of the human condition – and quite possibly also [...]

June 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

An unwelcome ‘Road to Damascus’ moment

That’s it – I’ve had it up to here now … and from this point forward I shall be going to go to my grave behaving as disgracefully as I can. Those Rusters who have been following this organ from the very first will be aware of our mission statement to observe and comment upon the world [...]

June 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Buying into a fantasy – meanwhile, others are living one

We’ve learned plenty about the human race – and individual nations – during this cornonavirus crisis and like the proverbial curate’s egg some of it has proved to be good only ‘in parts’. Unfortunately for him, former Tory prime minister John Major will forever be associated with the [...]

June 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

A trip into the countryside

Yesterday afternoon I travelled up the M40 to visit my daughter Grace for only the second time since the end of February, almost three weeks before the UK’s lockdown began, when she had announced she was pregnant. A combination of the lockdown rules and a natural desire on her part to avoid risks [...]

June 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

One who made it and one who never did

For a fascinating piece on an all-time English cricketing great – and also a New Zealander who toured represented his country at both cricket and rugby, albeit without playing a Test match in either – Rusters interested in sport should follow my link below to Simon Burnton’s [...]

June 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Football is indeed back but not necessarily as we know it, Perkins

Following the resumption of football’s Premier – and other – league seasons there has been much discussion of how playing in empty seasons due to the current post-lockdown restrictions has impacted teams, back-room staff, broadcasters and the game generally. Opinions are somewhat [...]

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Going ‘off piste’ for a moment

One of the Rust’s engaging features to my mind – consistent with comments made by many of its readers that write to me – is its unique and somewhat haphazard approach to its mission. I’ve lost count of those I fall into conversation with – especially those with connections to marketing [...]

June 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

The price of and on expectation

A good friend of mine who is a well-informed wine connoisseur has been preparing a list of wines from his favoured suppliers. The first list was priced between £8 and £24. The second was more expensive going up to £38. I have yet to taste the second batch but I made the point to my friend that [...]

June 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coming out of lockdown (not really)

I’m sure I’m not alone in taking what might appear to be a somewhat laidback approach to where we have reached in the UK’s version of the ongoing coronavirus crisis – partly fuelled by the impression gained from all we read, see and hear that it’s all very complicated, there are [...]

June 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

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