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Remorse is also a dish best served cold

As a reasonable and logical lady, I naturally doff my hat to the notion that all men are innocent until proven guilty. I also acknowledge that, not having been in court to actually see the evidence being given, I probably have little basis upon which to make judgements about the key participants [...]

April 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

A trip to Flanders

Yesterday, after about eight months of excuses – both genuine and spurious – as to why I could not return to the continent in furtherance of my current WW1 research project, I finally made it under the Channel to northern France and Belgium. In many respects, given the frequency with which I [...]

April 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Variety is the spice of life, but sometimes also puzzling

As the weather clears again today, and the multi-country search for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 resumes in the southern Indian Ocean, I venture with some trepidation into the world of media comment, mindful of the anguish of the relatives of those have been lost as they seek closure upon [...]

March 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

What goes around comes around

Over the weekend the crisis in Ukraine deepened at least two notches as Russian-backed militia overran several Ukrainian military bases in the Crimea and General Philip Breedlove, supreme commander of NATO, warned that the Russian military forces now massed on the Ukrainian border could be [...]

March 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

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