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Peering into the future

It’s a funny old place, this 21st Century, politically-correct, equal opportunity driven, gender neutral or fluid (whichever it is, I’m getting confused these days) world we live in. The latest retailer to fall foul of the do-gooders – or is it ‘game changers’? – is John Lewis, [...]

September 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

What’s sauce for the goose …

As I understand it from media reports overnight, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn – who was once in favour of them on principle, has now rejected the proposal made earlier this week by shadow fire minister Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, that ‘women only’ railways carriages should [...]

August 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Judging a book by its cover (or not)

From time to time when hopping around the newspaper websites of this great nation I come across items which I either enjoy and/or I feel readers of the Rust might benefit from having an opportunity to read (if they have not already done so off their own bat). Today is an example. I am not [...]

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

The French Riviera: a literary guide for travellers/Ted Jones

Travel writing is not one of my preferred reading genres though I recognize the merit of Eric Newby, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and the humour of Bill Bryson. Travel for me is visual and personal not objective and written. However I do enjoy a book on the characters that lived in a region I know well [...]

July 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

I didn’t know I had it, but it makes sense

As someone with a lifelong ‘early to bed and early to rise’ habit, I don’t mind admitting that my practice from the age of about fifty had been to rise on the dot of 5.24am, come wind, rain or shine. I didn’t even need to set an alarm clock; somehow it seemed I was programmed to awake at [...]

July 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

A case of pulling out the pin and getting out of here …

Okay, I’m coming out of the woods with my hands up. I’m male and my ‘topic de jour’ is the vexed one of women in sport. Last night, by complete chance since my gaff had been invaded by an electrician who has taken the best of two months to repair the non-working lights system in my front [...]

July 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Road to Damascus

Old people – and I am one – who needs them, huh? Before the pedants among you get out your New Testaments and quote the story about the desirability of taking the beam out of your own eye before taking the mote of someone else’s [at first I wasn’t going to look the reference up, but then I [...]

June 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Has the age of the female super hero arrived?

In common with some other Rust staffers, I’m sufficiently dinosaur in my attitudes to the world that as a matter of principle I regard ‘positive action’, e.g. the concept of women-only political party shortlists and the BBC’s insistence upon awarding semi-equal coverage to [...]

June 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s one or the other

It’s no secret that contributors this particular media organ tend to reflect, describe or report upon events and occurrences – if not modern life itself – from the perspective of people who are rather older than “that the average bear” (as Yogi Bear might have said, not that many [...]

May 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Health and relationships

It’s an open secret that the editorial board of the Rust rarely meets in person, conducting as it does most of its business via the modern technological marvel of the internet. However, it is also metaphorically true that – at our editorial ‘gatherings’ over the ether – nothing invites [...]

April 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

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