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It’s the second day and I feel fully institutionalised. Not that the stay has been free of problems as you will read. Breakfast is a buffet of healthy options of cereals and fruit or hot dishes from the menu and maintained the high standard of cuisine. I continue to be amazed that working [...]

March 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

They’re off! The Referendum race begins …

And so we now know that the UK’s Referendum on whether or not to remain in the EU will take place on Thursday 23rd June. There’s little doubt – based upon the last six to eight months of the Prime Minister’s apparent tactics on the issue and the various splits within the Tory cabinet that [...]

February 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Turning up the volume

There’s a famous scene in the 1984 spoof documentary movie This Is Spinal Tap in which a member of the band proudly shows a reporter one of their amplifiers on which the volume control (normally numbered 1 to 10) goes up to 11 – at my age I’m a bit hazy on details, but something tells me the [...]

February 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Answering Ireland’s call – but which one?

Sometimes one spots an article in the national media that is not only enlightening and informative and actually makes one sit up and think. Here’s a link to one from Robert Fisk, who normally covers things connected with politics and conflict in the Middle East, on the centenary celebrations [...]

January 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Wrapping up

It proved a rewarding and productive trip from which all four Rusters would have taken away their own perceptions. It should be remembered that Cape Town is rather a bubble for many reasons not least that it is run by the Democratic Alliance (DA). The DA under a black leader Mmusi Maimani is doing [...]

January 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

The danger of action and consequence

Robert Fisk is a long-time and respected reporter/commentator upon affairs in the Middle-East, north Africa, Syria and Palestine. I don’t know full details of his political standpoint, but let’s put it this way – he never seems to hold back when criticising the West and/or Israel. [...]

December 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Flame and Citron

A topic that comes up regularly on the Rust is how we oldies never appreciate the full potential of our computerised appliances. Some time ago I acquired a state of the art Smart television. The installer explained how I could do my emails on it but I confess it all went over my head. Recently [...]

December 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Peake of achievement

Yesterday, almost by chance, I watched the take-off of the Russian spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan that took with it the European Space agency British astronaut Major Tim Peake to a rendezvous with the International Space Station. I had been out shopping and, upon returning, [...]

December 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chocks away, chaps … !

On this rather important day for the Government, the Labour Party and indeed the nation here’s a link to a withering piece from Defence specialist Patrick Cockburn that appears today on the website of  – THE [...]

December 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

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