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It’s complicated …

Hands up all bog-standard average guys born before 1965 like me – sports loving, liberal with a small ‘L’, tolerant (‘live and let live’), likes a drink down the pub on a Friday night and the odd bet on the gee-gees, grew up in the days when men and women behaved like [...]

March 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Treading very carefully into the lionesses’ den …

I’ve just donned my battered tin helmet as a precaution before beginning to pen this piece. I did it in anticipation there’s a very good chance that I’ll soon be dodging ‘incoming’ (flak) simply because I’m happy to admit membership of the ‘unreconstructed male’ camp which decided a [...]

February 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thanks and farewell to a treasured rugby icon

And so Ian Robertson is retiring from his BBC jobs as rugby union commentator and reporter. Declaring my twofold interest immediately – ‘Robbo’ is both my fellow countryman and has been a ‘secret crush’ of mine ever since his international playing days – [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Something not quite right?

This short post is merely an unimportant observation upon the controversy surrounding Phil Neville’s recent appointment as the manager of the England women’s football team. The furore has been over two issues: firstly, whether or not his ‘celebrity’ as a former [...]

January 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

Battle of the Sexes on an unsteady course

Call me a misogynistic old git if you wish, but am I the only one who finds the current media obsession with the vexed ‘issue’ of male sexism and attitudes to women bordering upon over the top? Here’s the text of the latest initiative designed to assist female victims of rape as reported by [...]

January 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Arthur Davidson

I was so saddened to learn last night of the passing of my great friend Arthur Davidson aged 89. He made a substantial mark in two fields. He was Labour MP for Accrington from 1966-83, losing the seat by 21 votes and was the leading libel  lawyer of his generation. I was particularly sad as I [...]

January 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

A welcome phone call

Yesterday I had a phone call from an old pal whom has known my extended family for years. At first we chatted about this and that – bringing each other up to date on our various relations and offspring – which took an enjoyable and interesting quarter of an hour. He then said he had [...]

January 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Life keeps moving

Yesterday my brother and I drove separately into the countryside in order to spend some time with our father and attend a meeting with an executive of the agency that provides his live-in carers. Although it may sound glaring obvious, when a close family member reaches his tenth decade one becomes [...]

January 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

It had to come sooner or later

It was bound to happen one day. It is common knowledge among Rusters that one of our columnists on this esteemed organ – who shall remain nameless despite having previously blogged about it himself – is in a relationship with a female robot and, so far as any of us know, is blissfully [...]

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

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