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On London – and Bolt reaching the finishing line

Since last Friday evening from time to time I have dipped in to the BBC television coverage of the 2017 Athletics World Championships being staged at the former London 2012 Olympic Stadium, now renamed the London Stadium and primarily used as the home venue of the Premiership soccer team West Ham [...]

August 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

The effects of the First (or Great) World War

There is little doubt that the nation’s fascination with all matters relating to WW1 will continue for centuries. The reasons for this are bound up in such issues its status as a major milestone on human society’s perhaps inevitable route to potential self-annihilation; the fact that [...]

August 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

A storm in a tea cup?

Today a brief comment upon the current media furore arising in advance of the forthcoming Channel Four programme alleged to feature taped conversations between Diana, Princess of Wales, and her voice coach Peter Settelen. As I awoke overnight I happened to catch a phone-in section of the Stephen [...]

July 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

What’s a chap got to do?

Arguably, there’s a certain in-built irony even in the themes that statistically most concern Rust contributors upon a regular basis. The Conservative and Unionist Party (or ‘Tories’) basically appeals to those – generally the older generations – who, under the guise of pretending to [...]

July 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Getting from here to there

This week the UK government – and I think now also the French equivalent – have announced that from 2040 it will no longer be possible to buy a new fossil-fuel (petrol or diesel) powered car. Since then climate change and ecological campaigners have attacked the decision as ‘too little and [...]

July 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

The art of staying relevant

On a personal level I am an agnostic on the issue of the British monarchy. On the face of it in the modern age monarchy as a principle seems a monumental anachronism but – as these things go – I’m prepared to accept that the British version, most probably by nothing more than a combination of [...]

July 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

A blockbuster arrives

The reviews for the movie Dunkirk which is released in Britain this Friday (21st July) – written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan – are currently cascading across the newspaper pages, television and radio outlets and all across social media presumably to the delight of all [...]

July 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

What comes around

It so happens that, via a chance meeting a couple of years ago in a quite different context, this September I shall be setting off with an informal group of WW1 enthusiasts to tour a section of the battlefields of Verdun. Our plan is that, on the way back to the Eurotunnel terminal at Calais, we [...]

July 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

The charging of service

According to Wikipedia, it is believed that in Western European culture the practice of giving a tip or gratuity began around 1600 – the first reference to ‘giving a gratuity’ is apparently specifically dated to 1706 – and ‘tip’ was probably first adapted for use in a slang context from [...]

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Southwold: an Earthly Paradise

For many years my second husband Laurie and I had a second home in Southwold. He is an a illustrator and taught in evening classes in Roehampton College. There a Polish student with blue eyes, glossy hair and full young breasts, none of which I possess, seduced him and our marriage broke up. We [...]

June 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

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