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Two for the price of one

Today the world mourns two of its unlikely icons – overnight the deaths were announced of Christine Keeler, the girl at the centre of the infamous 1960s British sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair, and the legendary French ‘bad boy’ pop idol Johnny Hallyday at the ages of 75 and 74 [...]

December 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Where is it all going to end, and when?

Yesterday Prince Harry officially announced his engagement to Meghan Markle and apparently aired his tip for success when embarking upon a relationship, viz. spending time together at home first before venturing out on romantic dates, outings, trips to the theatre or ballet and even meals – see [...]

November 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Reunion with an old friend

This is an item that needs adding to my ever-growing pile being filed under the heading “Things that remind you that you’re getting older and more forgetful”. At some point in the receding mists of time – if I estimated it was about five years ago I might either be 100% correct or [...]

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Some men achieve

Stuck miles away in the depths of the countryside staying with my aged father this weekend, for a good part of yesterday we sat in the drawing room reading the newspapers and, after those had been consumed, he then looked through a pair of old family photograph albums whilst I picked up a hardback [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Marginal gains and morality – and an error

Today I would like to draw the attention of Rust readers to an article on the use of TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) in professional cycling – the perhaps most notorious example being that involving a package containing ‘nobody knows what’ that was sent for the use of Sir [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Munich/Robert Harris

Munich by Robert Harris is one of those readable novels you can devour in one go. This perhaps surprising as we all know what happened in Munich in 1938. The main story is of  the collusion between Hugh Legat, an aspiring diplomat in the Foreign Office, and his friend at Oxford Paul von Hartmann, [...]

November 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Two of a kind

Towards the end of last week, based solely upon its reviews in the Arts sections of the newspapers, I bought a copy of Walter Isaacson’s new book Leonardo Da Vinci – The Biography (525 pages not counting Cited Sources, Notes to Chapters, Illustration Credits, Index and About The Author, [...]

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week’s sporting headlines

For the benefit of Rust readers everywhere, here are two sports stories from today’s media that caught my eye:   FORMULA ONE After the departure of Bernie Ecclestone and the purchase by Liberty Media of the Formula One juggernaut, there were always going to be changes – some might say [...]

November 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sign of the times

When everything that US President Trump touches, discusses, gets involved with and/or comments upon seems to be controversial, it is difficult to decide upon which issue he poses the gravest threat to humanity and indeed the planet we inhabit. Some moaning liberals might suggest global climate [...]

October 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

A seminar at the Argentine Embassy

Last night I attended a seminar at the Argentinian Embassy on ‘Football Diplomacy’. The theme was bridge-building through football and on the panel was Ossie Ardiles, one of the first overseas imports who made Britain his home notwithstanding the Falklands conflict. Many years before [...]

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

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