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A lady who lived life to the full

It was announced yesterday that Clarissa Dickson Wright had died, aged 66. Although I shall leave full appreciations of her life to the media obituary writers, I noted that in the piece by Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail today that – according to Who’s Who – her recreations were listed as [...]

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

What goes around comes around

This week, battened down in my metaphorical trench dug-out, enduring the snowstorm of incoming centenary WW1 articles, news stories, television and radio programmes, I was reminded that the conflict – at various times described as ‘The Great War’ and ‘the war to end all wars’ – was also [...]

March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the absence of policy, try handwringing

Yesterday, as the Ukrainian crisis vied with the opening of the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa for the attention of the world’s media, the West’s confusion over how best to exert pressure upon – and ultimately restrain – Russia became more evident than ever. However, apart [...]

March 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The crisis in Ukraine

Somewhat to my own credit and surprise, I can still recall sitting in class, waiting for our English teacher to arrive, at my prep school in the autumn of 1962 just as the US/Russian Cuban missile crisis was reaching its height. He was a popular chap, not least because – then aged somewhere [...]

March 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ice with everything

Encouraged by the proverbial sackful of Twitter and email feedback – not all of it positive – in response to my article upon women and sport, I now feel emboldened to take unto myself the title of National Rust’s unofficial Winter Olympics correspondent, not least since the position [...]

February 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Raid on Entebbe

One or two readers have questioned my assertion that the film Raid on Entebbe was authentic. So I bought Israel’s Lightening Strike by Simon Dunstan.  Apart from the singing of We Are All Brothers Now by the commandos in the plane, which has been questioned, the detail was correct in every [...]

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

WW1 casualties may be under-estimated

It is generally estimated – I have taken my figures from that unique organ of record the Wikipedia website – that the total number of deaths caused by the First World War exceeds 15 million. Of this number, some 9 million were military personnel, and over 2 million of the non-combatant [...]

January 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

For those who do what I cannot

Overnight reports have been appearing in the media about the murder of Roger Pratt, a British businessman, in St Lucia – where he and his wife had reached halfway through a year-long sailing holiday to celebrate her 60th birthday. Apparently, he was beaten up and eventually shot by three armed [...]

January 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

The scale of time

There is a report featured on the website of The Independent today about the discovery of a cemetery of a previously little known Ancient Egyptian pharaohs’ dynasty at Abydos, about seventy miles from the Valley Of The Kings. I bring it to the attention of National Rust readers because I have had [...]

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Goodbye and good riddance?

As the USA and Britain military forces prepare to make their ignominious withdrawals from Afghanistan, there is much speculation as to what legacy – if any – they will leave behind. There is also a lot of spin and froth from politicians and military commanders of both countries, naked [...]

January 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

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