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Remembering ROUND ONE

I too served my journo apprenticeship with Round One along with Jimmy Westacott and retain the happiest memories. Walter Schlumbermayer contributed a column he wired over in those pre internet days called `Stateside with Schlumbermayer’. He took us into the Garden, steaks at Jack Dempsey’s [...]

June 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

Tony Zale – hewn of rock

Many years ago I cut my teeth as a boxing hack on alternative boxing publication called Round One. It was comprised of wannabees like me and has beens like Walter Schlumbermayer. Uncle Walt as we called him was as well known and respected as AJ Leibling and to have met him was a considerable [...]

June 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

Keeping an eye on what’s happening

It’s a funny old world. During the gestation period of this organ, in our wildest imaginings not a man jack among the original editorial team had the slightest idea that in a few short years the Rust would become one of the world’s most popular go-to websites or achieve its current ever-growing [...]

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Ciao from Florence

We had a more severe lockdown than you maybe because we Italians are not too good at respecting the law! Messaging  my friends and colleagues on the National Rust, I understand  that at every level English lockdown is a matter of interpretation, usually in favour of the person deciding. As with [...]

May 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

Women and sport

It is arguable that one of the greatest casualties of the global coronavirus pandemic has been the last half century’s advancement of female equality. Already it has been reported that, in direct consequence of the UK lockdown, female employees has been more likely to be furloughed and/or [...]

May 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

‘Tisn’t fair! (but it may be life)

Please pardon the self-pitying whine but there’s little doubt that the sports fans among us could be forgiven for coming to the view that we have more to lose than most from the present coronavirus crisis. Arguably elite female sport in the UK has come under huge pressure precisely because its [...]

May 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Chess in lockdown

We all have our pastimes to pass the lockdown time and mine is chess. An Austrian opponent Motzmarkus who has the beating of me invited me to join his 15 player tournament on the internet chess site. I duly accepted. You had to move every two days which is normally too frequent for me but in [...]

May 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

“On the nodder, Kevin …”

For those who follow the round ball game, here’s a link to a first rate piece by Gregg Bakowski upon his favourite ‘wizards of the wing’ that appears today upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN Those wishing to challenge his choices – or champion the credentials of [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Last Dance (Netflix series)

Today I can offer a recommended listen for Rusters of a sporting bent. For good or ill when out for my daily exercise expedition – or should I say “one of them” because we’re now allowed as many as we choose? – I habitually listen via a bluetooth earpiece to Radio Five [...]

May 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

After the virus – or fiddling while Rome burns

In these uncertain times it is inevitable that occasionally one’s thoughts turn to the future and specifically how things might – or will – be once “normality” has returned. Admittedly the concept does have its complications – whose “normality” are we talking about? Many I speak to [...]

May 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

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