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When you’ve got it, you’ve still got it!

Arguably there’s a metaphorical spectrum in terms of ageing and self-awareness along which all of us over a certain age – let’s set it at fifty for these purposes, after all that’s when the Saga organisation begins sending you unsolicited mail inviting you to consider the benefits of their [...]

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Experience teaches you something but I don’t know what it is

It is a supposed burden of having been Winston Churchill – an eminently quotable gentleman – that there exists an entire sub-Churchillian industry in which ‘catchy’ things he didn’t ever actually say are ascribed to his authorship and/or improvisation and thus gain widespread currency on [...]

August 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

(Don’t) play it again, Sam …

Whenever a group of Rust columnists convenes, as you’d expect, we chat mostly about everything and nothing but there always come a point in proceedings – sometimes brief – where the watchwords behind the very purpose of this organ and what we’re trying to do get mentioned if not [...]

July 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

What it’s all about (again)

The other night I met up with a busy professional now in his mid-fifties, who has worked with my family for many years, to discuss ‘stuff’. The subject of mortality came up and it led to a fascinating passage of conversation. You know the sort of thing. We began with the randomness of life [...]

June 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

From the female viewpoint

It’s been a while since I have contributed to the Rust in my ‘reporter at large on female issues’ role and to a degree the explanation this has been because in recent times these have been being treated as mainstream fodder in the world’s media and not simply confined to the [...]

June 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

We didn’t start from here

Most of us go through life contradicting ourselves daily, not there’s anything wrong with this because, in my view, it’s just part of the human condition. For example, whether we’re four, forty-four or eight-four years of age, we all tend to operate on a daily basis as if we are not only [...]

June 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

“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

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