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Then and now … and then some

For those of generations after mine – and indeed my own to the extent that memories may be fading – one of Britain’s light-entertainment stars of yester-year was proud Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978). Pickles’ signature radio programme Have A Go graced the BBC airwaves from 1947 to [...]

October 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

John Mann MP/ what a man

I suspect the name of John Mann is not that familiar with many of our readers and, if it is, it would be as the man who called to his face Ken Livingstone “a fucking Nazi”. He is the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, taking over from Joe Ashton and elevated to the House of Lords by Theresa May as [...]

October 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

A feature of the modern world

With a nod to “When did you last stop beating your wife?” – the legal phrase allegedly deployed recently and controversially by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC – I wished to turn today to the vexed subject of gender. In doing so, and being (as I am) sufficiently ‘in touch’ to be [...]

October 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Something to write home about

As it happens I was out on the golf course yesterday partaking in a traditional practice round in the company of a Canadian relative by marriage in advance of an annual family tournament – an outing in days of yore used to be a welcome warm-up for the main event. Sadly, I fear that at my stage of [...]

October 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

And in The End …

It is in the nature of things that at a Ruster’s stage of life reminders of tempus fugit – welcome or otherwise – tend to come thick and fast in all areas of existence. Recently in the field of music a new edition of the Beatles’ penultimately released (but last recorded) album Abbey Road, [...]

October 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

The state of the world

Following the political developments upon both sides of the Pond in the media over the past week it has occurred to me that the world has progressed well beyond the dismissive clichéd truism “You couldn’t make it up”. A combination of ‘Fake News’, the hysterical and embarrassing [...]

September 28, 2019 // 0 Comments


I saw and read both sides of the argument yesterday in the Rust. The BBC has lost direction and as often happens where there is an impasse a dominating but not necessarily representative group appears, in this case the sisterhood. Virtually every arts programme has a feminist contributor who does [...]

September 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Who’s watching who and why?

These days – in the circles wot I move in – it has become a bit of a cliché to mention in company that one is a tad concerned by the manner in which we are, or may be, being watched over or observed without our knowledge or consent. Rusters occasionally detail on this organ instances of [...]

September 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

The name on the Trophy

With the Rugby World Cup almost upon us – it begins on Friday morning (UK time) – it is currently the ‘Phoney War’ moment during which the media to provides us with a blizzard of copy about every aspect of the country, the culture, the competing teams and indeed every [...]

September 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Droning on

It was inevitable, if you think about it. The moment that video-gaming and the world of super-technology came together and took the concept of recreational flying toy aircraft – a refuge of anoraks the world over for the best part of 75 years – beyond all norms and to the logical [...]

September 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

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