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Believing everything and nothing

If someone ever conducted a poll of 100-plus people beyond a certain age – who in advance had managed to satisfy the examiners they still possessed their marbles – I’d be reasonably confident that the phrase “You couldn’t make it up” would just about cover their general reaction [...]

January 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

How things used to be

Spotted overnight upon the website of the Daily Mail, this piece by Darren Boyle introduces a remarkable set of vintage photographs of the London Underground – taken between the 19th Century and the 1980s – which Rusters may be interested in viewing: see here – DAILY [...]

January 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

The morning after the night before

Yesterday it may not surprise Rusters that I had the 24/7 news channels broadcasting the Brexit crisis from the corner of my front room all day. Mostly this was because – I suspect like not a few Brits – I sensed this was an occasion of national and historical importance and wished to be a [...]

January 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another Olympics (drugs) record

Spotted overnight on the website of The Guardian, this rather depressing piece by Andy Bull on the real enduring legacy of the ‘wonderful’ 2012 London Olympic Games – THE [...]

January 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

History as bunk (or maybe not)

It inevitably comes with the territory that dramatic depictions of historical figures and events have a tenuous relationship with the actualité. On several levels there is nothing particularly bizarre in that statement if you think about it. Let’s begin with the fact that virtually all dramatic [...]

January 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Just a few sporting things to sort out in 2019 …

And so we welcome Rusters to another new year with a promise to continue our crusades for purity and honesty in all avenues of human life – but particularly in the world of sport. Here are three things that we feel would improve or advance the causes of the following:- Better and corruption-free [...]

January 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

With an apology for droning on

As this rather eventful year draws to a conclusion it seems to me that the latest overnight media reports upon developments in the Gatwick Airport drone attack incident, specifically the news that the police have admitted the possibility that there may never have been a drone at all – Sussex [...]

December 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

El Lobo

El Lobo is a Spanish film made in 2006 which I watched for the third time recently. I first came across it in the world section of my local library as a DVD rental. It tells the true story of a Basque construction worker Txema (Eduardo Noriega) infiltrated into the ETA organisation as a mole by [...]

December 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Don’t worry, be happy …

When it comes to the really big issues – e.g. such as instances of life imitating art, or perhaps vice versa – the world can sometimes get its knickers in a twist. We have all heard real or apocryphal tales of screenwriters submitting to Hollywood producers diligently-researched and [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Realism – for and against

Today I provide links for Rusters who might be interested in either photography and/or generally to two items that appear today upon the website of the Daily Mail: Firstly, whilst some may scoff at the practice of colourising vintage photographs, here’s a report by Charlotte Dean upon a set [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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