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Time for reflection

No apologies today as I return to a what is commonly known as The White Album, a classic and often under-rated Beatles offering recently in the news for being re-released in an anthology version. Here’s a link to a piece by David Lister, setting the album in its historical context as a [...]

November 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

KARAMBA! I have finally come to my senses …

[I begin today’s post with my usual disclaimer/declaration of interest. I’m a political agnostic who has long believed that the Establishment class are little more than condescending, self-interested, ‘holier than thou’, Snakes & Ladders game-players who love the sound of their own [...]

November 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

And now, the end is near/And so I face the final curtain …

After recent events, not least culminating in everything that has occurred hour-by-hour since the Prime Minister unveiled her [is it her infamous Chequers Deal made real… or Chequers Minus Minus Minus  … or Chequers Plus Plus … or even nothing resembling the Chequers Deal at [...]

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess you’ve got us into

I spent much of yesterday in my home bunker flicking between Sky News and the BBC’s coverage of the epic developments beginning with Mrs May’s statement to the House of Commons and ending with the picking over the entrails of its aftermath following her officially-announced 5.00pm Downing [...]

November 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jackson WW1 documentary review

Last night, three days after its first broadcast on British television, I finally got around to watching my tele-recording of Sir Peter Jackson’s highly-acclaimed (colourised and modern-technology enhanced), six years in the making, 90-minute documentary THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD which was produced [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, WADA you know …?

The Rust’s hard line on the use of performance-enhancing drugs is sport is well known. After a number of athletes have come out in the media criticising WADA’s support for Russia returning to international competition despite not having complied fully (or perhaps even at all) with the [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

For those who fell

No apologies for my post today – a special Remembrance Sunday because it marks the centenary of the ending of the First Word War – and I wish to begin by paying a small tribute to those who ply their trade in the UK media, both the Fleet Street and radio/television varieties. The press [...]

November 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Poppy issues

Next weekend – I presume entirely by coincidence – the key Sunday’s UK Remembrance Day commemorations will take place on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month and mark the centenary of the symbolic official end of the First World War. It all seems very fitting. In recent years there have [...]

November 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

I’ve just had an idea

As I was waking from my slumbers overnight I heard a mention on Up All Night – Radio Five Live’s ‘through the night’ programme on this occasion hosted by Dotun Adebayo – (or indeed it may just have been during a news bulletin being reader by a male person just before said programme began) [...]

November 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

A WW1 landmark makes the news

Three and a half years ago now – travelling with a small group in the area of the Somme – my brother and I made a significant breakthrough on a little project we had given ourselves to try and discover the final resting places of two Allied airmen who had been downed upon a reconnaissance [...]

November 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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