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Don’t worry, be happy …

When it comes to the really big issues – e.g. such as instances of life imitating art, or perhaps vice versa – the world can sometimes get its knickers in a twist. We have all heard real or apocryphal tales of screenwriters submitting to Hollywood producers diligently-researched and [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Realism – for and against

Today I provide links for Rusters who might be interested in either photography and/or generally to two items that appear today upon the website of the Daily Mail: Firstly, whilst some may scoff at the practice of colourising vintage photographs, here’s a report by Charlotte Dean upon a set [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Charleston Farm House

The Bloombury set is inextricably linked with that part of London once Thoby Stephen, brother of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, moved to 46 Gordon Square. Its actual origins are to be found at Trinity College Cambridge which Thoby Stephen, Clive Bell, his cousin Lytton Strachey all attended at [...]

December 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

“It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”

Whether one likes or loathes Bob Dylan and his music, there is no escaping the fact that he will go down in history as one of the greatest and most influential figures in popular music during the 20th Century – and quite possibly ever. It might be said that the mark of a great musician and [...]

December 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fascinating comparisons

From time to time we spot items in the British media that are worthy of being brought to Rusters’ attention, hence my post today. If we are to believe the ‘popular’ scientists who either present TV/radio programmes or pitch up as experts on the internet and/or in the media, it is [...]

November 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Time for reflection

No apologies today as I return to a what is commonly known as The White Album, a classic and often under-rated Beatles offering recently in the news for being re-released in an anthology version. Here’s a link to a piece by David Lister, setting the album in its historical context as a [...]

November 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

KARAMBA! I have finally come to my senses …

[I begin today’s post with my usual disclaimer/declaration of interest. I’m a political agnostic who has long believed that the Establishment class are little more than condescending, self-interested, ‘holier than thou’, Snakes & Ladders game-players who love the sound of their own [...]

November 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

And now, the end is near/And so I face the final curtain …

After recent events, not least culminating in everything that has occurred hour-by-hour since the Prime Minister unveiled her [is it her infamous Chequers Deal made real… or Chequers Minus Minus Minus  … or Chequers Plus Plus … or even nothing resembling the Chequers Deal at [...]

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess you’ve got us into

I spent much of yesterday in my home bunker flicking between Sky News and the BBC’s coverage of the epic developments beginning with Mrs May’s statement to the House of Commons and ending with the picking over the entrails of its aftermath following her officially-announced 5.00pm Downing [...]

November 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jackson WW1 documentary review

Last night, three days after its first broadcast on British television, I finally got around to watching my tele-recording of Sir Peter Jackson’s highly-acclaimed (colourised and modern-technology enhanced), six years in the making, 90-minute documentary THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD which was produced [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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