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It’s going to get worse before it gets better

You’d think things couldn’t get much more extraordinary and depressing these days as we continue to inhabit the dark days of the Brexit crisis, the President Trump era and goodness knows what else. It is now 221 years since Thomas Malthus first published his Essay On The Principle of [...]

May 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rendering unto Caesar

According to legend – or rather Plutearch’s Life of Caesar – Julius Caesar used the phrase “Veni, vidi, vici” [translation: “I came, I saw, I conquered”] in a report to his friend Amantius after achieving a swift victory during his war against Pharnaces II of Pontus at the Battle of [...]

May 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Weekend (so far) sporting review

Having settled in for a weekend to be spent (well, whaddya know?) largely watching televised sport, there seem to be a number of interesting issues buzzing at the moment and so I thought I’d bring Rusters up to speed with my impressions upon some of them as follows:-   RUGBY UNION With our [...]

May 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Getting to the nub of it

It will not have escaped sport-loving Rusters that the Easter weekend was loaded to the gills with action across the board – I shall just cite in evidence the fact that the business ends of football’s European Champions and Europa Leagues are in full sway and the English Premiership and [...]

April 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

EDITORIAL – The exciting times we live in

It is incontestable that the average punter on the proverbial Clapham omnibus could be forgiven for thinking that the world has lost both its marbles and bearings and has taken a one-way ticket to Hell in a handcart. These days you can go to bed day-dreaming up the whackiest and most unlikely [...]

April 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Those “I was there” moments (sort of)

One of the oddities of life are those occasions when one has a brush, however slight or inconsequential, with an event of great historical importance e.g. whilst watching television. Delving back into the mists of time as I begin typing I can think of two representative examples my personal past [...]

April 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

A literary discovery from the 1920s

It was both a little surprising but also perhaps a sign of the times to learn by chance recently that the BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow programme – now occupying the 8.00pm transmission slot on Sunday evenings – is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in this year. I open with that [...]

April 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fateful Choices:The Decisions that changed the World 1940-1/Ian Kershaw

Historian Ian Kershaw has analysed the critical decisions that shaped World War Two but whether they changed the world is perhaps another matter. Several are quite obvious: Hitler ‘s decision to launch Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union when Western Europe was under the Nazi jack boot [...]

April 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A Brexit contribution

Purely out of a (perhaps erroneous) impression that amidst all the Brexit confusion Rusters might appreciate having the opportunity to have a degree of levity introduced to proceedings, I am providing a link to the latest piece on the subject penned by Tom Peck – currently my favourite [...]

April 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

The subtle art of waving goodbye

One could be forgiven for thinking that, given where we have now reached with the Brexit crisis, the smart money should be on the likelihood of it all ending badly and with no winners. A worrying phenomenon in the whole mess are those commentators like myself who for the past one hundred and fifty [...]

April 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

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