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Truth as a commodity and other issues

I don’t know whether I’m ga-ga, delusional, or even turning into a hard line, “hang ‘em and flog ‘em” right-wing Tory, but over the past couple of years, on the Stephen Nolan Show (aired from about 2200 hours to 0100 hours most nights) habitual Radio Five Live listeners like myself have [...]

August 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

We get what we deserve (usually)

A puzzling and sometimes amusing feature of modern life are those occasions in which polling research into people’s views and attitudes appears to produce results which on the face of it are unexpected, counter-intuitive or odd. Or, alternatively, perhaps even perfectly normal for that matter. It [...]

August 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Six Minutes in May/ Nicholas Shakespeare

This is an account of how Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in May 1940. It begins with a detailed account of the Norway Campaign. The assault on Narvik which produced iron ore for Germany was Churchill’s brainchild as First Sea Lord. It was a disastrous campaign comparable to Gallipoli and [...]

August 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rugby World Cup preview

With the Rugby World Cup beginning in Japan next month, rugby union fans are gearing up for the biggest festival of the 15-a-side game on the planet with mix of keen anticipation and restrained nervousness as regards their own nation’s prospects. In my view the 2019 tournament is one of the most [...]

August 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Even more insignificant that we thought

Just occasionally – as the world confronts reality on a daily basis as regards international political crises, climate change, mass shootings in the United States and whether fat people should get a grip and admit they eat too much and don’t exercise enough – we are reminded of [...]

August 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Latest on the history frontier

Under the Rust’s service of bringing world developments to those of its readers who may be too busy, distracted or ga-ga to come across them under their own steam, today we offer the following:-   THE MOON For those of us who were pleased and indeed perhaps nostalgic to be reminded recently [...]

July 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Looking forward

For anyone ‘beyond a certain age’ the modern world presents a never-ending series of challenges. Various contributors to the organ over the years have described their experiences of having the rules that once governed the world as they knew it when they were growing up (and then tried to live [...]

July 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

One more sporting overview

As regular readers of the Rust will be aware, our sports department remains ever-vigilant in its monitoring of matters of principle and integrity on behalf of fans everywhere. Here are some links to a couple of issues of the moment:   SPORTS-WATCHING So far as we’re aware Shakespeare never [...]

July 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Circus has come to town

In a variety of forms there exists a maxim called “The Duck Test” which, at one time or another, every man jack of us alive has applied to situations we’ve comes across. I know I have. You know the one: put at its simplest, it runs “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks [...]

July 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Who are we – and what are we doing here?

Beginning my daily review of the news websites this morning I was still reflecting upon last night’s Channel Four documentary Moon Landing Live broadcast at 8.00pm which I happened to watch in the company of a forty-nine year lady and my son Barry who is thirty-seven. It was a fascinating [...]

July 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

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