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We all accept that world sporting bodies – just like national governments – have to spend a great deal of their time treading a balance between principle and practicality. Whether it is better to ‘play ball’ with pariahs in the hope that exposure to the rest of us will [...]

November 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Yet another troubled day in the life of

Yesterday I had occasion to attend a lunch in the City of London. Everything went according to plan until I decided to nip into the local branch of my own bank in the high street on my way to the railway station in order to deposit two cheques that I had received in my favour. You’d think – and [...]

October 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here we go …

Former Tory Prime Minister David Cameron has a lot to answer for and will go down in history for it. No doubt if he could have the chance to re-run the day he thought of instigating the 2016 EU Referendum – and indeed every party whip, and every MP in the House of Commons at the time of the vote [...]

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Friday night meal

Yesterday my godson Jamie and his mother C and I were invited for a Sabbath meal by my niece. She comes from an orthod0x Jewish family and it was very much the traditional meal. C is a RI teacher and always eager to see at first hand religious practices. Amongst these Jewish orthodox practices are [...]

October 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

On our choice of political leaders

[Before launching today’s treatise, I’m going to issue a disclaimer. The fact is that a subject theme suddenly occurred to me and I’ve now come to the keyboard with no particular idea where it’s going to lead. In short, I’m embarking upon some improvised riffing and therefore I must [...]

October 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

The never-ending quest

It is a truism to state that our planet the Earth is a wondrous thing. Never mind all the life-threatening 21st Century issues – climate change, deforestation, ongoing destruction of natural habitats, the finite aspect of fossil fuel and other resources, population growth, geopolitical anarchy, [...]

October 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sandham Chapel

Yesterday in the company of Alice Mansfield and Douglas Heath I visited the Stanley Spencer chapel in Burghclere, Newbury. For a number of reasons I was underwhelmed. First the chapel itself seems more a modern crematorium more than a spiritual place. Second, it had a rather confused gestation. The [...]

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thinking about it

These days scarcely a week goes by in which a potentially far-reaching new development in the world of science and technology doesn’t get featured. Irrespective of whether this happens in the fields of medical treatments or diagnosis, artificial intelligence (AI), genetically-modified crops that [...]

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Marking the Centenary

The the centenary next month of the end of the conflict sometimes described by those alive at the time and/or both shortly afterwards as ‘the war to end all wars’ – and otherwise generally known as either ‘The Great War’ or ‘First World War’ – is [...]

October 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The price of something – and then its value

Less than a month ago, at private lunch also attended by both the publisher and the editor of The Rust, I was pleased to learn from them that a recently-conducted survey had revealed our arts coverage had registered the highest ‘quality appreciation’ score of all amongst our readership. Here I [...]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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