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They keep on coming

Apart from taking the opportunity to wish readers of the Rust all the very best for the festive season and indeed 2020, my purpose today is – in keeping with my ‘brief’ as a columnist – to provide them with links to three media stories of potential historical/archaeological [...]

December 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Elizabeth I – coming back to us

This week Queen Elizabeth I has hit the headlines twice as a result of recent academic discoveries – a development that I feel is worthy of note on the pages of the organ. I therefore here provide readers with links to relevant articles on the website of The Guardian: Mark Brown, Art [...]

November 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Clive James RIP

Yesterday my brother gave me a lift from the south coast back to my home. On the way I commented that we should remember the date Wednesday 27th November 2019 because one day in some far off Pub Trivia Quiz it was possible that the question might come up as to which three culturally-significant [...]

November 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

A sense of perspective

One of the troubles with being over a certain age is that – having necessarily and inevitably lived one’s youth and maturing years in a society with one set of mores – it’s often quite easy to get suckered into raising an eyebrow (and sometimes more, e.g. one’s hackles) at the [...]

November 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rise and Kill First/ Ronen Bergman

Thi is an account of the targeted assassinations conducted by the Caesarea unit of the Mossad. The writer does not take a sympathetic stance and states their futility. Although the killings were sanctioned by the Prime Minister, the Mossad soon became a state within a state and though subject to [...]

November 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s all getting rather serious now

… And so last night we reached one of the critical milestones on the way to the General Election vote on 12th December – the live TV debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn on ITV1 at 8.00pm, chaired by Julie Etchingham. The build-up had been tense [...]

November 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tough times when you want to know what’s what …

These days it’s perhaps simultaneously both healthy and damned disappointing that in the 21st Century the safest approach for the average member of the public is to reach for a large pinch of salt when analysing everything they see or hear. Whether it’s anything that US President Trump manages [...]

November 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon Remembrance Sunday

My paternal grandfather, whom I never met, was a territorial soldier for most of his adult life. Twenty years old at the outbreak of war in August 1914, as the saying goes “he had a [relatively] good WW1” in that, despite being wounded several times and at one point buried alive, he fought in [...]

November 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

The legacy continues

On the eve of Remembrance Sunday the thoughts of many of us turn to those who have served or still serve in the military – those who survived unharmed the experience of being ‘in action’, those who survived but were physically or mentally scarred by it and, of course, those who [...]

November 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rediscovering the past at home

I’m currently staying for the weekend at my father’s place on the south coast of England where over the past six months there have been a few changes, not least the departure of a long-serving part-time housekeeper and her replacement by another who is several notches more dynamic and diligent. [...]

October 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

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