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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

Video technology is imperfect but here to stay

The issue of using video and other high-tech gizmos in elite sport – and I don’t have any truck with the reservation ‘if you cannot introduce it comprehensively, you shouldn’t introduce it at all because integrity is affected if different rules apply to different levels of the sport ’ – [...]

January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

And, with a touch of irony …

‘Shorely schome mishtake? …’ – as Sean Connery and/or Private Eye might possibly say. Media reports today – Friday 3rd January 2014 – detail the results of a survey by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) that suggest rates of obesity in developing [...]

January 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ensuring we will remember them …

Tomorrow heralds the beginning of the year in which the world will be commemorating the First World War – originally called ‘The Great War’ – which began for Britain on 4th August 1914. Already the publication-rate of WW1 books, television documentaries and dramas has begun [...]

December 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

An aspect of hobby researching

It serves anyone with a hobby interest well to remember two things, i.e. that: Firstly – it wise to keep your feet on the ground and remain humble. No matter how much you read or research, there are bound to be hundreds of others, of similar tastes and interests, who have been at it longer [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

The role of genetics in education

Today’s news media contains reports upon research recently conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, which suggests that genetics plays a greater part in determining the differences in GCSE exam results than either the influence of a pupil’s educational experience or [...]

December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Integrity in sport is the only thing that matters

Anyone with even a passing interest in sport will be alarmed by the recent revelations about the football/betting in the Sun on Sunday and the National Crime Agency’s confirmation that six people are being held in relation to allegations of spot-fixing. The Football Association, the Professional [...]

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

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