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Where we are all going

Yesterday I witnessed on television an item about the official unveiling of a statue in Parliament Square of – no doubt a great lady – the Suffragette Millie Fawcett who thereby became the first female ever to be so honoured. Many thousands were present on this memorable occasion and, on the [...]

April 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

On fading into the distance

Whenever I accept an invitation to be a guest speaker at rotary lunches, CBI dinners or charity functions – a healthy way of making a little extra loot to eke out a meagre pension that I’d recommend to any Rust reader – and I’m ever asked to describe the raison d’être behind this organ [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riviera at War//George Kundahl

This is a most detailed account of World War 2 on the Riviera by American writer George Kundahl. Sometimes it is difficult to extricate themes from the mass of statistic. Nonetheless the account serves to enlighten the reader on a relatively undocumented region and theatre of war. The Riviera [...]

April 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever floats your boat?

Religion … political correctness … freedom of expression … faith … enlightened thinking … each to their own … progressive ‘modern’ attitudes … simply straightforward basic human rights … ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’ [...]

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

What’s happening

See here for an excellent piece on the ‘chemical capacity’ raids on Syria by Patrick Cockburn as appears today upon the website of – THE [...]

April 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess

The problem with the 21st Century ‘Fake New’ era – or is that’s there’s always been fake news but we ‘right thinking’ people’ (and by that I don’t mean ‘Right wing’ people) kidded ourselves that that the BBC reports the world impartially as it really is? – is that nobody [...]

April 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The French Character – a Paradox

Last night we met Muriel – the lady who was so helpful, when I was pickpocketed, for a drink. She is a social worker in some of the large sink housing estates around Nice such as Ariane. She is clearly a good soul like Regine. Yet it proved a somewhat convoluted arrangement. We agreed to meet [...]

April 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bias, of course, depends upon where you’re coming from

Over the past few weeks, probably closer to months now, my posts to this organ have been rather thin on the ground – partly because admittedly I’ve had other things occupying my time and interest, but mainly because of a growing impression in my mind that could be filed under either ‘no [...]

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Getting a grip

There was a time not a few moons ago when, as a matter of editorial policy, a group of Rust contributors informally agreed among themselves that wherever possible – in the interests of balance, fairness, harmony, understanding and perhaps even revenue protection/development(!) – they [...]

April 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Skripal case

Here’s a useful piece by Nicola Davis as published today upon the website of – THE [...]

April 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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