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On fading into the distance

Whenever I accept an invitation to be a guest speaker at rotary lunches, CBI dinners or charity functions – a healthy way of making a little extra loot to eke out a meagre pension that I’d recommend to any Rust reader – and I’m ever asked to describe the raison d’être behind this organ [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riviera at War//George Kundahl

This is a most detailed account of World War 2 on the Riviera by American writer George Kundahl. Sometimes it is difficult to extricate themes from the mass of statistic. Nonetheless the account serves to enlighten the reader on a relatively undocumented region and theatre of war. The Riviera [...]

April 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The French Character – a Paradox

Last night we met Muriel – the lady who was so helpful, when I was pickpocketed, for a drink. She is a social worker in some of the large sink housing estates around Nice such as Ariane. She is clearly a good soul like Regine. Yet it proved a somewhat convoluted arrangement. We agreed to meet [...]

April 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so queer as folk (again)

It is a universal given that there are certain types – one might say stereotypes – of executives in all walks of life. We could all list our own selection and I trust I won’t bore the reader unduly by offering a version of mine as an opening gambit: *the unrestrainable and supremely [...]

March 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

A worthy man remembered – then and now

Sometimes life and historical research combine to throw up seemingly puzzling or even random media attention and/or ‘issues of the moment’. Take the current splash of publicity surrounding the remarkable tale of the splendid Walter Tull – the black or, to be specific, half-black [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

A upgrade that has certainly worked

Yesterday to the Public Records Office at Kew in order to begin a new research campaign on subjects in both WW1 and WW2 respectively, this in advance of recce trips upon both to the continent and then informal group tours that I will be making later this year. I’d guess it has been about eighteen [...]

March 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Munich

Before leaving for Munich yesterday for a four day trip I was indebted to my colleagues on the Rust for their input. Henry Elkins recommended  a short but highly informative history of Germany by Neil McGregor , Melanie Gay Munich by Robert Harris and I was interested to learn from Neil  Rosen [...]

March 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rendezvous Russian Tea Rooms/ Paul Willetts

In  a recent post I referred to Mers el Kebir as an understated event in Winston Churchill’s Premiership and today in reviewing the above I shall be referring to another equally important but uncovered one. Archibald ‘Jock’ Ramsay MP This book is a true and gripping account of [...]

March 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Digging it up

Sometimes reports appear in the media that provide fascinating glimpses into the historical past. It’s all too easy to pour ‘seriously, what possible use is this to us today?’ scorn upon research into subjects like archaeology or the origins of the universe but – from my [...]

March 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hey you! Get Off Of My Cloud!

And so the Rolling Stones are about to embark upon yet another UK & European tour this summer. See here for a report on the announcement in the – NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS As a former music journo who cut his teeth in the late Sixties and has spent over forty years in and around the industry I [...]

March 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

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