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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

What’s it all about?

My subject for today – illustrated by two examples – is the vexed one of how the human race copes with life on a planet with finite resources on the one hand and apparently infinite complications upon the other. I grant you that’s a hell of an opening statement but there’s no particular [...]

April 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

A new dawn begins

Yesterday after lunch, on the eve of the first major step out of “lockdown”, I went for a two hour walk in south-west London, first alongside the River Thames and later into Richmond Park. To be frank, as I compose this post I’m personally still somewhat hazy as to what today’s new Covid-10 [...]

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

This far in it’s boring to listen to nonsense

Maybe the travails of Lockdown 3 are getting to me, or maybe my senility rate is accelerating, but recently I’ve begun to notice that my ability to tolerate Covid-idiocy in any form – not least rent-a-mouth “so called experts” being invited on the national media programmes to spout lunacy [...]

February 17, 2021 // 0 Comments


From, time to time we feature “Lists” of people, performers, plays, movies, sports teams … well, just anything you can make a list of and discuss/debate. Here’s one I spotted today, chosen by Graeme Ross, on the website of  – THE INDEPENDENT [...]

February 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon an unwelcome milestone

Yesterday the UK had to come to terms with the sobering news that our total number of deaths so far due to the Covid-19 virus has just passed 100,000. From memory I can recall that one of our boffin masters – almost certainly either Professor Chris Witty (chief medical officer) or Sir Patrick [...]

January 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Spotted on the internet

As we reach the silly stage of the festive season, here are some items of potential interest to regular Rusters that I came across during my overnight tour of the newspaper websites: SIR PETER JACKSON PROVIDES AND UPDATE ON FORTHCOMING BEATLES DOCUMENTARY Following on from his highly-acclaimed 2018 [...]

December 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

The End Of The Year Show

Reflecting upon what by any yardstick has been a crowded and extraordinary 2020 – viewed in two tranches from the inside of supposed lockdowns but otherwise generally (as usual) from my habitual sedentary position in front my television and computer screens – I have been struck repeatedly time [...]

December 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

A small confession

It is no secret that every business begins with the production of some sort of business plan. The originators of the business need to work one out for their own purposes – to research the product or service they are intending to provide; to estimate the costs of bringing their concept to [...]

November 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

All over the place

Regular readers will have noticed that on The Rust – rather through an osmosis-like process than editorial decree – we have tended to shy away from too much day-to-day coverage or indeed comment upon the Covid-19 crisis. This development has occurred for the obvious reasons – not least the [...]

November 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

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

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