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We on this organ take a sense of humble pride in our ability to move with the times. One of the guiding principles of the Rust that has contributed significantly to its global success is that, besides our self-imposed remit to observe the doings of human society from our perspective as citizens [...]

March 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Assistance required please

Yesterday I was going about my daily business when I first heard the disturbing news that the Cabinet Office has inadvertently published the home addresses of over 1,000 people who feature in New Year’s Honours List on the gov.uk website – see here for a representative report upon the incident [...]

December 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Our old friend Ennui kicks in

Discerning Rusters may have noticed a strange irony emerging from this ‘sudden, short, sharp (and December) General Election campaign’ which has been pitched by Boris as the best and/or only way of breaking the deadlock of the paralysed Houses of Parliament over Brexit as a result of the secret [...]

November 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

Well it didn’t take long

A few days ago I blogged about developments in the Skripal attempted murder case that took place in Salisbury – back then it was about the first of the two Russian secret service officers being identified. Since then, of course, (or so it seems to my personal satisfaction) the second bungling [...]

October 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some things and people are just beyond the Pale

As has been my wont for over thirty years – along with others of a similar bent – I played in an informal annual golf tournament yesterday. The participants are an eclectic bunch. Some have been pals for all this time, some are friends of regulars picked up at some point along the way and [...]

October 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

The female cause rumbles on

On this organ we sometimes debate the complicated ground occupied by the stark binary issue of whether we’re either (1) out of touch with the 21st Century world and therefore should justifiably be treated as irrelevant simply because of our supposedly ‘old-fashioned’ views and the stage of [...]

September 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Stoking the flames

Today I wish to comment upon the news from Bristol yesterday that England cricketer Ben Stokes had been found not guilty of affray after a seven-day trial and before doing so feel it necessary to begin with a few scatter-gun points. Firstly, of course, every man is innocent unless and until proven [...]

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Experience teaches you something but I don’t know what it is

It is a supposed burden of having been Winston Churchill – an eminently quotable gentleman – that there exists an entire sub-Churchillian industry in which ‘catchy’ things he didn’t ever actually say are ascribed to his authorship and/or improvisation and thus gain widespread currency on [...]

August 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s all somebody’s Fake News, if you think about it

I suspect like many others I’ve lived the bulk of my life in a warm bubble of perception in which – broadly speaking, despite growing evidence to the contrary as from the late 19th Century onwards as Britain slid from a Grade A imperial power into something a little more mundane – at least [...]

July 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The march of sporting equality

If today I begin today’s post by issuing a denial that the Rust is one of the last bastions of bigoted misogyny, terminally opposed to the advancement of equality and/or feminism and political-correctness in any form, then no doubt the social media trollers will once again assault us with a [...]

July 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

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