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The facts of life

Despite the inevitability that time keeps moving on and things change, arguably some of them don’t. Amidst the often-mocked doctrines of the “woke” generation, diversity, political correctness – and yes the feminist-inspired “Me Too” campaign – one cannot [...]

March 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Getting used to it …

Misconceptions are two a penny in the 21st Century world and one of them is that this organ is for old people, which is not the case at all. The Rust covers everything and anything – okay, many of its contributors are as old as the hills, but what’s wrong with that? We cannot help it, can we? I [...]

February 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

The subtle art of letting it creep up on you …

Ageing is a weird process because every living thing does it without ever – I suspect – fully knowing (or should that be ‘acknowledging’) it. Every dog begins as a ball-of-fluff puppy, acts like one until they’re about eight or even ten and then gradually turns in to a wheezing, rarely [...]

February 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

The perils of non-surprise

When you’re my age – i.e. a stage at which most of what was once worth retaining of one’s body has already “gone south” (or missing) there’s a certain rhythm and lack of expectation to life. The prospect of being lured upstairs on the spur of the moment by an [...]

February 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

It Ain’t Right …

It’s funny how the modern world operates sometimes – I’m thinking of such recent phenomena as the ‘diversity’ row over at the recent BAFTA awards which even Prince William felt necessary to complain about, even though he’s President of the ruddy organisation. As an oldie, what strikes [...]

February 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

Not everyone can be telling the truth

Some readers will have noticed, or possibly even followed, the disturbing case in Cyprus of a 19 year old British girl who was allegedly raped by up to twelve Israeli youths and yet (as things currently stand) has ended up with a conviction for making a false allegation. I need provide background [...]

January 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let us go forward into a brave new world

… And, yes, it’s welcome back to what some openly refer to as “Misogynists’ Corner” – viz. the sports pages of the Rust. Yesterday my papers and the media were full of the brilliant performance of one Farron Sherrock who made history of sorts by becoming the first woman to beat a man [...]

December 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

The benefits of openness

Few are more repelled by 21st Century ‘wokeism’, post-modern feminism and general Millennial ‘guilt’ about the glories or otherwise of Western ‘First Nation’ countries’ past exploits and achievements than me, but content in my status as a cantankerous old [...]

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

The lady has a point …

For the most part in the social circles I inhabit the subject of gender equality occasionally arises but causes debate less often. Credit where it is due – in more senses than one – for last summer’s revelatory Lyon & Turnbull exhibition Bright Souls: The Forgotten Story of [...]

November 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

When common sense goes AWOL

Yes, I am a male correspondent in his late sixties and therefore – despite any pretensions to being sympathetic to the cause of female emancipation I may claim from time to time – no doubt have the fairly rudimentary attitude towards feminism and women generally that as man of my generation [...]

October 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

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