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Articles by Martin Roberts

About Martin Roberts

A former motoring journalist, Martin lists amongst his greatest achievements giving up smoking. Three times. He holds to the view that growing old is not for the faint-hearted. More Posts

Fending off the inevitable

When you’re a Ruster of a certain age – which arguably we all are – you sometimes have to take shelter behind the slightest suggestion you unearth that you may not be “slipping off the pace” and/or otherwise becoming generally redundant and therefore in need of being placed in the [...]

January 31, 2021 // 0 Comments

My not-so sporting weekend (so far)

Come the weekend and no doubt like many sport (but not betting) obsessed Brits yesterday I set my cable television controls for the Sky and BT channels – and, to be fair, also for the BBC1’s Football Focus with  Dan Walker – in search of something entertaining and/or diverting to watch. [...]

September 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

No more progress, please …

I don’t think this has anything to do with Covid-madness because I was convinced that the modern world of technology had got it in for me (simply because I was over the age of 50) long before Boris’ original lockdown in March. About a fortnight ago, when out and about taking a bit of [...]

September 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Another of Life’s little veils is stripped away

For all obvious reasons the global coronavirus crisis has not only given humanity a sharp jerk on the ‘training reins’ but provided time for reflection – and for some – a general re-think (if not quite yet ultimately a re-set) – of who we all are and what is really [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

What goes on, goes on and then further away …

It is believed that sometimes stuff occurs to you when you’re doing the most unlikely or relaxing things – e.g. the displacement theory that came to Archimedes in an “Eureka!” moment whilst he was wallowing in the bath and enabled him to determine whether a royal trophy was made of solid [...]

March 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

The art of making people laugh is a funny – that’s to say odd – thing. Sometimes comedy gold travels well down the generations and sometimes – often to some surprise among those who were fans ‘first time around’ – it just doesn’t. Sometimes when we look back at the great [...]

August 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s only fair

One of the Rust’s recurring themes is our head-shaking disbelief at the 21st Century’s female-dominance of the now-global political correctness orthodoxy. Cecil Rhodes Under the guise of promoting ‘equality’ and diversity whilst also seeking to reverse/redress the ‘sins’ of Western [...]

June 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever we choose to eat

Yesterday about noon, in advance of an enjoyable family BBQ lunch in the south of England, a nephew I hadn’t seen in a while – still somewhat hungover having been out on the tiles in London until 4.00am before being driven down by his father – was ‘shooting the breeze’ [...]

April 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

You CAN be serious!

All four regular readers of the sports pages of this esteemed organ will be all too familiar with our two longest-running debating points. However, for visitors from Mars, or indeed those who have erroneously alighted here completely by chance when searching the internet for something else, I list [...]

June 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Why does it always happen to me?

About forty-five years ago I came across a couple roughly my parents’ age who ran a preparatory school. Both were steeped in academia and the wife, interested in linguistics, was a huge fan of Noam Chomsky’s seminal tome Theory Of Universal Grammar Is Right; It’s Hardwired Into Our Brains [...]

November 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

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