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About Miles Piper

After university, Miles Piper began his career on a local newspaper in Wolverhampton and has since worked for a number of national newspapers and magazines. He has also worked as a guest presenter on Classic FM. He was a founder-member of the National Rust board. More Posts

A strange thing indeed

The sport of road racing version of professional cycling – absolute pinnacle in the minds of sports fans generally around the globe the Tour de France – has long had a relationship (or indeed a series of them) with the murky dark waters of performance-enhancing drug taking. The former [...]

October 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

A farewell to two notables

At our stage of life – it comes with the territory – brushes with mortality in one form or another attend Rusters all too often but it is fitting that today we salute two Brits whose deaths were announced on Thursday. DAME DIANA RIGG Diana Rigg will remain an iconic figure in British [...]

September 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s all going to pot

In this age of the internet and social media; Donald Trump; “fake news”; widespread global distrust of all politicians and media outlets of every kind; endemic double-dealing, skulduggery and corrupt practices of the elite/Establishment/realpolitik power-brokers everywhere; the [...]

August 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

Some complex issues aren’t solved by simple solutions

Nobody would claim that rape is not a heinous and abhorrent crime. In principle it carries with it many complex and varied potentially unpleasant and worrying issues including breaches of fundamental human rights, coercion, denial of the right to give sexual consent (or not), degradation, the [...]

July 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

Upholding the right not to pay for something twice

Today – and in doing so possibly in a cool ‘post-modern’ manner raising profound issues over the media edifice of artifice that dominates how we view art, marketing and fashion – I am revealing to Rusters how most days I educate myself about what is going on in the world. It’s not exactly [...]

July 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Buying into a fantasy – meanwhile, others are living one

We’ve learned plenty about the human race – and individual nations – during this cornonavirus crisis and like the proverbial curate’s egg some of it has proved to be good only ‘in parts’. Unfortunately for him, former Tory prime minister John Major will forever be associated with the [...]

June 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Drifting towards we know not what

As – six months on and in a collective state of near-chaos – we dive into the coronavirus pandemic’s vast ocean waves crashing onto our section of the beach of global humanity it occurs to me that one item we are sadly lacking at this point – and the one thing we desperately need [...]

June 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coronavirus percentages and life chances

Here’s a link to an article by Professor Karol Sikora on the pandemic and the current factors – and the “at risk” groups prey to them – that appeared overnight on the website of the – DAILY MAIL No doubt there’ll be many people – like me – going [...]

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Jonathan Sumption speaks

Jonathan  Sumption, brilliant lawyer, High Court judge and medieval historian has been called the cleverest man in England. Here he cogently argues that the lockdown is unnecessary, ineffective and disastrous for the economy: Link courtesy of – YOUTUBE     [...]

May 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Hancock’s half hour

The ridiculous controversy over Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock’s highly ambitious announcement that the Government would be doing 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by 30th April – and specifically as to whether the Government had achieved its target or not when the [...]

May 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

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