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Chess and Casablanca

One of the features of chess is that it mirrors life. How long have we hung onto a relationship, job or even credo when it is hopeless?  Same in chess. In an internet game my opponent had a weak central pawn which I pressurised. He committed more and more pieces to its defence.  I saw an elegant [...]

April 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: DVD season on 2009/10

Whilst many of my Fulham pals watched on Sky Sports Fulham’s EFL games this season, yesterday I went back 10 years in time to celebrate Fulham’s most successful season in which we finished 12th in the Premier and reached our first ever European final. Roy Hodgson proved another inspired [...]

March 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Teething problems with a new fitness campaign

As Rusters share their experiences of the Coronavirus lock-down here comes an Ingolby dispatch from the front line as I begin my latest doomed fitness campaign. Being one of the freelance Rust correspondents laid off by the publishers on Monday who received a batch of Huwaei smartphones as a [...]

March 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Stuff keeps happening

As part of an assistance drive for Rusters, we occasionally provide a linking service to media stories that have caught the eye. Here are some from the UK  newspapers today: POLITICS Firstly, the latest piece by Tom Peck which appears today upon the website of – THE INDEPENDENT Next, that [...]

March 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Two days into lock-down …

It’s still early days yet, of course, but as an oldie I am gradually settling into this ‘self-isolation’ lark – that’s an attempt at a quip, by the way, this is obviously a very serious situation and one shouldn’t be flippant, but by the same token, for Pete’s sake(!), you’ve got to [...]

March 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s tough out there when fundamentals don’t work

The subject of elite women’s sport is a vexed one in which aspiration, political-correctness and straightforward business reality collide with a distinctive but compelling thud. Here on The Rust we take no particular delight in occasionally drawing attention to, or commenting upon, some of [...]

March 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Back to the future!

Now that we have metaphorically “sent the Sports department home”, the Rust can continue the development of our campaign to take regular readers into the future by providing comprehensive coverage of the world of E-Sport – let it never be said again that this organ is behind the [...]

March 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let’s get serious about where all this is going!

With some trepidation because I am steeping into dark waters today – if Tom H. and his crew on the Rust’s sports team will permit me –  but I’ve suddenly come to realisation that I’m sure will also have occurred to some of our astute readers about the position to which elite sport [...]

March 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

A HISTORY OF BOXING/DVD

Imagine my surprise when – of all places in my dustbin area – I saw lying around this 2 part DVD produced by Marks and Spencer entitled  A History of Boxing. I had posted on boxing very recently but this enabled me to see footage of the golden age of heavyweight boxing from Joe Louis [...]

March 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

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

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