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Those were the days

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing – if you can think back that far – and, as my kids keep reminding me, as my short-term memory fades by the day I shall probably soon be able to recall the Sixties and Seventies better than what happened last week despite the old counter-culture, rock [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

An infinite variety?

Sometimes lists and historical industry overviews allow a combination of reflection and education. In the world of cinema I often find rewards from reading analyses of genres – horror, biography, sci-fi, comedy etc. – and/or the entire bodies of work of individual actors or directors, [...]

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bob Dylan’s time out

I’m not a one-eyed Dylan worshipper but acknowledge him as one of the all-time greats of rock music. To put it in context, my favourite Dylan album is his thirtieth – Time Out Of Mind (1997) – probably because I related to its themes of world-weariness at the time – and for large [...]

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Backing into the limelight again …

Today I’m breaking my vow of silence upon the subject of Brexit, moved to do so by pieces I have spotted overnight on newspaper websites. So far as I can tell nobody is disputing that the Government’s conduct of the UK’s ‘leaving the EU’ negotiations gives every impression of being worked [...]

June 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Around and around

I have just returned from a stay with a pal of forty years and more, a far more well-read and sociable cove than me. It was a fascinating experience as I knew it would be. I’ve rarely read much purely for pleasure, which he does on practically a daily basis and I admire him for it. Instead I have [...]

June 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Getting it right, but also across …

In July, with four others. I am scheduled to take part in an (unguided) WW2 battlefield tour of Normandy. Actually in the interests of  accuracy I ought perhaps to qualify the term ‘unguided’: one of our number is an officially-accredited WW1 tour guide and all us are veterans of [...]

May 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

A report from the Internet front line …

Today, as part of our ongoing campaign to keep Rust readers in tune with the modern world, I am reviewing some of the latest developments upon the internet.   PASSWORDS For anyone over a certain age the fundamental problem with passwords is of course that we cannot remember them. In my [...]

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it’s enough to drive you mad

As I begin today’s post I feel I need to declare the warning/caveat or interest that I’m not quite sure where it’s going to be going. Actually no – let me put that another way: I know roughly where I’m starting from but at this stage have no idea where I’m going to end up. I guess [...]

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Overdue return of a football icon

Of course, when you consider it in the round – it all makes sense. With the mega-money sloshing around in the Premiership – and to a degree fans of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal et al. not caring a jot whether their first team is filled with [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A non-downfall (and my part in it)

With the Harlequins now dispersed and probably lying on beaches around the world – and I learned overnight that the club have approached the RFU having apparently decided that Paul Gustard (one of Eddie Jones’ chosen coaches) is their preferred choice of new head coach – there were at [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

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