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“Never in the field of …” (or Sandy The Duck, Part Three)

This morning I have tried and failed to summon my best but inadequate Churchillian powers of composition in an effort to do justice to my third instalment of the stirring tale of Sandy The Duck. Regular readers, together with his 17 million global fans – the biggest ever reaction to a Rust story [...]

June 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Just another day in the life

A vignette from yesterday. At some point during the morning, my 92 year old father’s carer rang from the coast to report an incident. As per usual, he had taken a cup of tea up to his bedroom at 7.00am in advance of returning a quarter of an hour later in order to get him up for the day and then [...]

June 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Swimming against the tide

Someone else will have to determine whether true Rusters are old-fashioned, out of touch, fuddy-duddies who want the world to stop spinning so that they can get off, or whether from time to time we have rational and worthy points to make about the way the world is developing. However, if being [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Paranoia – or what?

Those of us of a certain age sometimes emphasise with the famous line from Kenneth Williams (playing Caesar in Carry On Cleo, when confronted by the conspiracy to assassinate him) “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me …!” In which context here’s a link to a [...]

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of flogging a dead horse

I think I write for the many who contribute to this organ when I begin my post today by stressing that our antipathy to performance-enhancing drug-taking among sportsmen and sportswomen is semi-absolute – by which I mean that one must always allow for the scintilla of of a possibility that [...]

May 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

Between how we see ourselves and how others do

At some point in our lives most people begin to wonder about their size, heath and fitness and then perhaps whether or not they can be bothered to diet or exercise in order to improve their self-confidence and/or body image. That’s assuming, of course, that they’re not in the group that thinks [...]

May 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Just when you thought it was safe

For as long as I can remember here on the Rust we have featured the absurdities thrown up by media reports upon innumerable academic research projects that have been conducted into the most ridiculous of subjects and/or survey results that seem to have come up with the most ludicrous of [...]

May 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s only a matter of telling the truth (if it is the truth) …

Yesterday, for my sins, I was watching ITV’s early morning show (6.30am–8.30am) Good Morning Britain which I tend to do on days when Piers Morgan is presiding alongside Susannah Reid because he’s a larger-than-life character and far more entertaining than anything the BBC can offer. [...]

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

The future of medical science

The never-ending onward march of medical science is a wonderful thing but sometimes carries with it occasional causes to pause for thought. For me personally, every time I learn of some stunning new advance in research and/or treatment in (to take but two examples as illustration) say cancer or [...]

May 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Mediterrenean diet

No  disrespect to Daffers and her ilk that spend significant amount of their waking hours in restaurants but often you cannot beat a simple meal at home. Yesterday after a stroll down the Promenade we partook of asparagus, prawns, ham and salad all fresh from the market that day on the terrace and [...]

April 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

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