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The Sandham Chapel

Yesterday in the company of Alice Mansfield and Douglas Heath I visited the Stanley Spencer chapel in Burghclere, Newbury. For a number of reasons I was underwhelmed. First the chapel itself seems more a modern crematorium more than a spiritual place. Second, it had a rather confused gestation. The [...]

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thinking about it

These days scarcely a week goes by in which a potentially far-reaching new development in the world of science and technology doesn’t get featured. Irrespective of whether this happens in the fields of medical treatments or diagnosis, artificial intelligence (AI), genetically-modified crops that [...]

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Marking the Centenary

The the centenary next month of the end of the conflict sometimes described by those alive at the time and/or both shortly afterwards as ‘the war to end all wars’ – and otherwise generally known as either ‘The Great War’ or ‘First World War’ – is [...]

October 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The price of something – and then its value

Less than a month ago, at private lunch also attended by both the publisher and the editor of The Rust, I was pleased to learn from them that a recently-conducted survey had revealed our arts coverage had registered the highest ‘quality appreciation’ score of all amongst our readership. Here I [...]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well it didn’t take long

A few days ago I blogged about developments in the Skripal attempted murder case that took place in Salisbury – back then it was about the first of the two Russian secret service officers being identified. Since then, of course, (or so it seems to my personal satisfaction) the second bungling [...]

October 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so complicated as folk

To begin today, first a necessary disclaimer paragraph or two. Women and men – never mind anyone technically (physically or mentally) somewhere in between – are simultaneously both very similar and very different. I’d suggest that logic and scientific research tells us this, though no [...]

October 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Looking on the positive side …

Having deliberately refrained from addressing my favourite subject (you can file it under the general heading Cynicism Towards Everyone Who Has Ever Been Involved in Politics) in recent months, I return to it today following a dinner party I attended recently at which the future of the globe became [...]

October 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some things and people are just beyond the Pale

As has been my wont for over thirty years – along with others of a similar bent – I played in an informal annual golf tournament yesterday. The participants are an eclectic bunch. Some have been pals for all this time, some are friends of regulars picked up at some point along the way and [...]

October 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, whaddya know? Another twist …

Regular and/or chance readers of this organ may remember that yesterday I blogged on the modern era’s spectacular and systematic destruction of the hegemony of what might be termed ‘old style media’ and its replacement with a kaleidoscopic infinite variety of means of social communication and [...]

September 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

What going on – and what’s not going on

It is noticeable – particularly in the Trump/’fake news’ era, but also further back in the case of numerable examples, not least such world-shattering events as the JFK assassination and the 9/11 attack upon the United State of America – how conspiracy theories not only spring up but [...]

September 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

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