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Treading a careful line

My post today springs from my reaction upon reading a report penned by Roisin O’Conner that appears on the website today of – THE INDEPENDENT (I feel should begin by declaring my inadequate qualifications for my position as occasional Rust musical correspondent. The fact is that, [...]

November 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week’s sporting headlines

For the benefit of Rust readers everywhere, here are two sports stories from today’s media that caught my eye:   FORMULA ONE After the departure of Bernie Ecclestone and the purchase by Liberty Media of the Formula One juggernaut, there were always going to be changes – some might say [...]

November 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

What we knew then and now

The biggest media story of the moment is that of the rise and fall of 65 year old movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – well, not so much about his rise to being one of the most powerful men in Hollywood for more than two decades, but his spectacular fall from grace over his predatory sexual behaviour. [...]

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Wow! The opening night of a brand new season

The currently-embattled Football Association’s new Women’s Super League season kicked off last night with the female version of a famous ‘city derby’ match between Everton Ladies and Liverpool Ladies played at Widnes. Reports of the match will testify that the match ended in a 0-2 [...]

September 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Grooming and relationships

On this organ we sometimes poke fun at the ways of the media – you know the sort of thing, ‘silly summer stories’, spectacular ‘fails’ going viral, and of course the time-honoured staple of madcap scientific surveys with blanket generalisations for conclusions that are either [...]

September 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

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