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Lives of the artist

When I studied French and German literature for my A levels our teacher had a rather pedantic view that little was served in studying the life of the writer. In fact as I soon appreciated it’s crucial. Michael Stuart was complaining to me that in his music course he learned far too little [...]

July 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

An evening for Sussex Cricket Foundation

Despite my great reservations about Zoom expressed this week I attended an evening on it last night to raise money for the Sussex Cricket Foundation. A specialist company on Zoom events organised the logistics and you could see the immediate difference in professionalism. The event started bang on [...]

July 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: QPR 1 Fulham 2

Fulham’s victory at Loftus Road last night was more necessary than convincing. In the first minute we fans and Fulham were one-down after once again failing to deal with a cross and Jordan Hugill too easily out jumping Tim Read to head home for QPR. Alex Mitrovic had been suspended [...]

July 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

Trouble zooming up

Like some of you and all of the Rust contributors I had never heard of Zoom 3 months ago. Now it is an indispensable means of communication and its net worth as a company more than the seven biggest airlines put together. Yet I don’t like it. An enterprising lady in our Spanish class set up [...]

June 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting week

My tactic of betting against the favourite in football – on the basis that empty stands equalise the odds – did not pay as I lost out on the victories of Leeds, Wolves and Lazio over Fiorentina. At the time of writing my man Victor Novlund looks like to have every chance of an each-way [...]

June 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Leeds 3 Fulham 0

Over my 50 years of support of Fulham I have seen many an away game which Fulham dominated only to lose and this was another of them. In the first half we had 65% of possession and plenty of chances but went in at half time a goal down. The Fulham defence played poorly. We conceded too much space [...]

June 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sussex sport evaluated.

Every Friday I speak to a friend who holds a senior position in Sussex CCC. Like most including me his sporting support extends to the Albion who have started the resumption well. No such good news for cricket when Boris Johnson dispatched all hopes of a speedy resumption with a Viv Richards-style [...]

June 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Kind Hearts and Coronets

This classic – which I watched on the Talking Pictures channel yesterday – passed with flying colours the Rosen test of excellence, namely initially deciding to watch the first few minutes of a film I have seen many times and staying with it right to its end. It’s known for the [...]

June 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Das Boot : a historian’s view

Bernadette Angell (TV critic of the Rust) asked me to appraise the historical  accuracy of Das Boot.      I have seen the much-acclaimed 1981 film which Neil Rosen rates as one of the best war films ever. Aside from the accusation levelled by a New York Nazi, which may have been propaganda, [...]

June 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Roy Keane and punditry

I share Tom Hollingworth’s admiration for Jonathan Liew as one of more original and wittier sportswriters but unlike Llew I certainly had a view about Roy Keane’s rant at half-time in the Spurs v Manchester United game. As with many of the games since resumption behind closed doors the first [...]

June 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

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