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What a splendid thing is the internet – keeping us all in touch with each other as the Coronavirus pandemic continues its progress around the world! Although out here, bobbing around in the ocean on our mooring off the coast of Tenerife, you’d think we’d find our existence somewhat removed [...]

April 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get worse … before it gets more worse

It occurred to me yesterday that you can get up to some pretty weird things trying to occupy yourself during these lock-down days. It’s all relative, of course. Here in The Rust’s editorial command centre on the second level deck of the publisher’s superyacht moored two miles off the coast of [...]

March 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

What goes around comes around

Returning from my own self-isolation purdah – from about May of 2019 I’ve been sparing in my Rust contributions largely because, the way the world was going, there seemed little point in continuing to air my unflinchingly cynical views upon political matters for fear of boring this organ’s [...]

March 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Hanks For The Memory

Almost from its inception from time to time The Rust has featured a selection of lists. We love them. Most importantly, in times like these, they can be a reliable kicking-off point for conversations and arguments. Inevitably, in the nature of human things, nothing is quite as simple as you might [...]

March 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Taking things in the round

As usual I spent a large proportion of yesterday listening to the BBC’s Radio Five Live in a variety of fashions. The most enlightening of these for me personally, being an oldie, was the moment that, when out in mid-afternoon on my “one per day” permitted exercise outing, complete with my [...]

March 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Mirror and the Light/Hilary Mantel

In these extraordinary times I feel entitled in reviewing a book that I have not read and am not going to read. It’s the third book in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy on Thomas Cromwell. Reviewers I respect have criticised it for being too long and needing editing. Why the fuss? It’s rather like [...]

March 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let’s get serious about where all this is going!

With some trepidation because I am steeping into dark waters today – if Tom H. and his crew on the Rust’s sports team will permit me –  but I’ve suddenly come to realisation that I’m sure will also have occurred to some of our astute readers about the position to which elite sport [...]

March 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

I Can’t Explain

“We are only of our time” is a principle that all human beings would do well to acknowledge, whether they are contemplating past events and historical figures, or indeed those of their own lifetimes and generations. As in Britain our higher educational establishments ban free speech, cover up [...]

March 21, 2020 // 0 Comments


Imagine my surprise when – of all places in my dustbin area – I saw lying around this 2 part DVD produced by Marks and Spencer entitled  A History of Boxing. I had posted on boxing very recently but this enabled me to see footage of the golden age of heavyweight boxing from Joe Louis [...]

March 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

Battening down the hatches

Since 1st January or thereabouts [I’m choosing this at a catch-all date BCE “Before (this) Coronavirus Epidemic”], no doubt in common with many other Rusters, I’ve been doing my best to cope with a growing inner sense of combined “you couldn’t make this up”;  “where the hell did [...]

March 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

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