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A retired academic, Jeremy will contribute article on subjects that attract his interest. More Posts

Get your hand-cart ready, we’re all going to Hell

I make no apology for the fact that my post today runs the risk of being pigeonholed as the pathetically-sad ramblings of a sterotypical old, out of touch, git who epitomises everything that 21st Century, “woke” ‘Generation X’, Millennial youngsters around the globe waste their time blaming [...]

June 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Is it the money?

One thing that has intrigued me since Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League has been the almost universal ‘kicking’ of Pep Guardiola for his team choices and tactics on Saturday evening among media pundits, journalists, football cognoscenti and fans generally. [...]

May 31, 2021 // 0 Comments

Upon coming out of it

As we come back from lockdown to “normality” some of us have had time for reflection as to how the past twelve months has affected the general public and ourselves in particular. If I’m honest, at the beginning – both in prospect and reality – I tended to be in tune with another resident [...]

May 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

Goodbye To All That (Mark 2)

Some sixty-plus years ago now I was sent aged 7 (actually I turned 8 two months into my first term) to a boarding prep school in East Sussex, an experience which – after about a week of initial nightly blubbing – I grew to love and thrive upon. Like the bulk of my contemporaries, [...]

May 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Then And Now

A few weeks ago a fellow Rust columnist name-checked a British television channel called Talking Pictures TV, founded in 2015, which broadcasts free-to-air vintage films and television programmes and – as I understand it – can be seen via Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media (though I may be [...]

April 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

Get a life, everybody!

Today I’m coming out of the closet – if that is the appropriate phrase – as a curmudgeonly old fascist git. We hear and read plenty these days about how “woke” the modern world has become (or is it just the Millennials, or even our “Generation X” youngsters as a group, that is being [...]

March 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Defence is a no-win matter

Today is the anniversary of the imposition of the UK’s first lockdown – a milestone that I’m sure most of us will not be celebrating. During my overnight trawl of the newspaper websites I noticed a piece in The Independent detailing that apparently the nation’s total of 126,000 Covid-19 [...]

March 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

The dilemmas of uncertain times

The other day it occurred to me that in these uncertain and troubled times one of the few advantages of being an oldie is that one doesn’t have to worry about how to obtain a decent job and make one’s way in the world. For good or ill, whether by now one has become a multi-millionaire basking [...]

March 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

Keeping in touch with modern life (up to a point)

I suspect in common with many Rusters from time to time as an oldie I find myself engaged in an unequal and often unsuccessful struggle with the inevitable onward march of developments in modern technology. My contributor colleague Michael Stuart has blogged in the past about his watershed moment [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

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