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Watching the modern world go by

During the course of this week – amongst other things (of course, we must not forget Brexit) – the British media has been featuring of pair of stories that some might argue have the archetypal ‘two sides’ to them and they both concern the youth of the nation. We need to dig down into [...]

February 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Modern life

If you asked me to list the most negative aspects of modern life – and indeed possibly in the entire history of the human race – I would unhesitatingly nominate as joint Number One the 21st Century’s technological wherewithal [e.g. the internet, social media, website ‘cookies’, [...]

February 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

In the realms of fantasy again

Sometimes in this crazy 21st Century world, even when on an organ like this you’re running an occasional (head-shaking-in-disbelief) column entitled Things Which Are Actually Happening But So Loopy That, Even If You Were Trying, You Couldn’t Possibly Make Up you begin to wonder whether in fact [...]

February 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

And yes, you couldn’t make it up!

The UK Ministry of Defence does not have a particularly good reputation – and, down through history, its predecessors likewise. It was said that British Army’s approach to strategic and tactical planning at the time of the Crimean War (1853-1856) had barely changed from time of the Battle of [...]

February 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

He’s the Man

Administrators in the world of art and museums often spend a greater proportion of their time under fire for their apparent lack of acumen, ingenuity and inspiration than perhaps they should. Good intentions are fine, but in the modern world of political correctness, challenging economic [...]

February 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

The subjectivity and sincerity of different views

For my sins, yesterday I happened to watch a segment of Good Morning Britain, ITV’s early morning show anchored by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid in which some advance relish Morgan took on an elected member of the Scottish Parliament – and the Scottish Greens spokesman on Europe – named Ross [...]

January 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Believing everything and nothing

If someone ever conducted a poll of 100-plus people beyond a certain age – who in advance had managed to satisfy the examiners they still possessed their marbles – I’d be reasonably confident that the phrase “You couldn’t make it up” would just about cover their general reaction [...]

January 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

How things used to be

Spotted overnight upon the website of the Daily Mail, this piece by Darren Boyle introduces a remarkable set of vintage photographs of the London Underground – taken between the 19th Century and the 1980s – which Rusters may be interested in viewing: see here – DAILY [...]

January 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

The morning after the night before

Yesterday it may not surprise Rusters that I had the 24/7 news channels broadcasting the Brexit crisis from the corner of my front room all day. Mostly this was because – I suspect like not a few Brits – I sensed this was an occasion of national and historical importance and wished to be a [...]

January 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another Olympics (drugs) record

Spotted overnight on the website of The Guardian, this rather depressing piece by Andy Bull on the real enduring legacy of the ‘wonderful’ 2012 London Olympic Games – THE [...]

January 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

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