Just in

History

How it all works

Years and years ago – in the early 1970s – I once interviewed Tony Elliott, sometime husband of Janet Street-Porter, who is best known for having founded and being the original editor of Time Out magazine, the alternative ‘entertainment’ guide to what was on in London. Being [...]

September 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

A flying visit to a flying museum

Yesterday – partly because we, particularly my father, had never been there before – his carer and I drove for two and a half hours to take my aged father to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton in what I’d describe as the West Country but may just not be: put it this way, [...]

September 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park is a gorgeous parkland of water, redwoods, rhodedendra and azaleas with a lively political, historical, military and sporting background. It was first given to his  half brother Robert Mortain by William the Conqueror, its owners after him were the aristocratic families the Howards, [...]

September 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Aiming off …

Earlier this week I went to a showing of the new ‘feature’ documentary Spitfire, made by Altitude Films, produced by Mark Stuart and directed by David Fairhead and Ant Palmer, in a small art-house style cinema screening at Chichester in West Sussex. As a small boy in the 1950s and beyond I [...]

August 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

A storm in a cooking pot

Though to be honest I haven’t given this much thought, I never imagined that one day I’d be feeling sympathy for Jamie Oliver who – as with many so-called TV chefs – for me has a pronounced simultaneous ability to irritate and inform (if that’s you how you regard it). For those who [...]

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A few good actors …

Today I’m referring Rusters to two items related to the world of cinema that I spotted in the media overnight. JOAN CRAWFORD (1904-1977) Firstly, a straightforward link to an article worthy of being read by as wide a readership as possible, written by Clarisse Loughrey on the subject of the [...]

August 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

The art of making people laugh is a funny – that’s to say odd – thing. Sometimes comedy gold travels well down the generations and sometimes – often to some surprise among those who were fans ‘first time around’ – it just doesn’t. Sometimes when we look back at the great [...]

August 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The means may change but History always repeats itself

Overnight the lead stories on both the website of The Guardian newspaper and Radio Five Live have been similar, detailing advance ‘leaks’ of the finding of a Commons parliamentary Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee about the clear and present danger that the recent global [...]

July 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s all up in the air and staying there

My sermon today covers ground far beyond that of my normal brief and in one sense that probably justifies today’s topic (and with bells on) anyway. At some point last year in one of my Rust columns I announced that, post the election and inauguration of US President Donald Trump, I was [...]

July 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

A few days in the country

I have spent a few days away seeing an old friend and his family. I have been visiting their family home since the mid-70s and it’s the house I have been most to over the lengthiest period. The House has had to adjust the passing of the parents, the father bought if from the Estate after the war, [...]

July 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

1 2 3 9