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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

The tribulations of trying new things without thinking them through?

On a topic that doesn’t necessarily affect too many of us over the age of fifty – and that’s because we either don’t (and/or don’t want to) the latest means via which we can ‘put ourselves out there’ via posting stuff on the internet, but that’s by [...]

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Recommended pieces spotted in today’s media

Here’s a list of items on today’s media pages that might be of interest to Rust readers: Here’s an interesting take on probably the biggest internet/politics scandal to break so far this year. Julia Carrie Wong – writing from San Francisco – on the issues arising from [...]

March 20, 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


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

It’s a mad, mad world

At a Rust editorial meeting last week – yes, we do have them! – one of our longer and more intense discussions was on the general state of the planet. It’s an irony in this modern oh-so-politically-correct-world that knocking anyone beyond a certain age is perfectly fair game for anyone [...]

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

Well, whaddya know? ….

More reports on one of our hardy perennials – performing-enhancing drug taking in sport. See here for links to three reports in The Guardian by the excellent Martha Kelner, two of them upon cycling’s Team Sky – SKY ONE and SKY TWO – and the last upon our dear old friend LORD [...]

March 5, 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

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