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The art of keeping up

Regular readers will be aware that from time to time the Rust has taken to featuring pieces on long-running issues, arguments or campaigns in which it is interested, many of them concerned with the world of sport. My opinion piece today is another. It is a fact of life that – in common with every [...]

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

What we knew then and now

The biggest media story of the moment is that of the rise and fall of 65 year old movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – well, not so much about his rise to being one of the most powerful men in Hollywood for more than two decades, but his spectacular fall from grace over his predatory sexual behaviour. [...]

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Coming to terms with it

Regular readers of the Rust will probably be of a vintage able to recall the Andy Capp cartoon strip drawn by Reg Smythe for the Daily Mirror newspaper. Capp was almost an early version of a British Homer Simpson, a working class Everyman from whose ‘ordinary’ interests in life – pubs, beer, [...]

September 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sport – and the same old, same old …

No apologies as today I revisit two of the Rust’s favourite vexed sporting subjects, corruption and performance-enhancing drugs. THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT Today the UK media’s ‘back pages’ – okay, European football apart – are full of reports about the IOC ceremony celebrating the award of [...]

September 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Pretending they were there

From time to time those of us who live relatively straightforward and uncomplicated lives come across media stories that seem to come from another (alien) world altogether. It’s one in which con artists, fraudsters, fantasists and Walter Mitty-types ‘live out’ lifestyle scenarios [...]

August 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Everything works fine until it doesn’t

One of the ironies of the age is that anyone of ‘a certain age’ (like me) can be found harping on about how things were in their youth – and how baffling or stupefying the modern world increasingly tends to be – and yet half the time we’re also part of it. On the Rust there’s always [...]

August 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Whose news is it anyway?

In these strange times there are moments when you find yourself shaking your head wondering just what the hell is going on. My son is currently staying with me and scarcely a day goes by when, reacting to the latest news from the United States about the antics of Donald Trump, he doesn’t comment [...]

August 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Is the future electric?

As an old geezer, I like to swing back and forth between being ‘up with the latest technological advances’ and the direct opposite. It so happens that I was looking through a recent copy of Stuff magazine the other day – it’s the monthly one whose obvious competitor is called T3 – just to [...]

August 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

A modern conumdrum

Amidst the madness that seems to have engulfed the world recently – whether you’re talking the 2017 UK General Election result, Brexit, the 2016 US Presidential campaign, the current confrontation between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un or indeed the weekend’s events in [...]

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Watt is what it’s all about

With my son Barry staying with me at the moment recovering from his somewhat complicated broken wrist operation we are currently having what might be described as ‘quality time’ together at my gaff. This inevitably has two sides to it because I normally live on my own and he, only semi-house [...]

August 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

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