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Rugby Union – van der Merwe’s second try for Scotland yesterday

Yesterday afternoon, as it happened for the first time in this season’s Six Nations rugby union tournament, I settled into my favourite armchair shortly before 4.30pm in order to watch the BBC’s live television coverage of the match between Scotland and England that took place at [...]

February 25, 2024 // 0 Comments

Michael Portillo’s Cornwall and Devon walk

Michael Portillo has emerged from his political career as an informative and engaging travel and railway enthusiast and presenter. As he retired from politics at the end of the last Century many will only now know him for his television programmes. On “catch-up” I chanced upon with his [...]

February 14, 2024 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Six Nations

There has been an engrossing discussion on the sports pages of The Times between their two main rugby correspondents Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes. Jones argues that fans want wins,  Barnes disagrees, citing entertainment. If Jones is correct why are the RFU ‘ bigging up’ the Twickenham [...]

February 12, 2024 // 0 Comments

Wonderful days of TV sport

A good friend of mine has had painful side effects after a knee procedure but thankfully is a keen sport lover. So he can put his knee up and enjoy some wondrous TV sport, chiefly the Six Nations and the second England v India cricket Test match. Maybe Friday night’s match between France and [...]

February 5, 2024 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on a great Test victory in India

In an era of Test match decline Ben Stokes has done so much to restore its status. The final day, resulting in an improbable England victory, was as exciting as it gets. So much so that I dared not leave the TV transmission for fear of missing something. Ollie Pope’s 196 put England back into [...]

January 29, 2024 // 0 Comments

American dynasties/The Kennedys – PBS

PBS produces outstanding documentaries and I have particularly enjoyed the one broadcast this week on the Kennedys. There have been innumerable films and documentaries on President Kennedy’s assassination so it’s interesting to see all the Kennedys in context. Joe Kennedy the patriarch was [...]

January 26, 2024 // 0 Comments


I am now into the fifth series of this entertaining production.  Certain characters have made it through from the first notably British scriptwriters Beverley ( Tamsin Greig) and Sean ( Stephen Mangan) , Carol ( Kathleen Rose Perkins)   Merk Lepidis ( John Pankow) and Matt Leblanc playing [...]

January 22, 2024 // 0 Comments

Hitler and the Jews

My favourite podcast The Rest Is History, presented by Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook, has run two episodes on Hitler and the Jews and they make for searing listening. For 2,700 years Jewish people had been targeted – initially because of their alleged rôle in the death of Jesus Christ [...]

January 20, 2024 // 0 Comments


The other day I was chatting to theatrical folk and complaining about the dire state of television. We have never had more choices of viewing yet with worse content or appeal. My friends suggested the right approach was to watch via “Catch-up” and iPlayer for decent programmes from the [...]

January 16, 2024 // 0 Comments

Critique of Channel 4

My post today would get me into serious trouble at many work places and on many organs less liberal than the Rust.   Channel 4’s board has criticised itself for its own lack of female representation. This has set me thinking about the achievements of women in high political office or [...]

January 13, 2024 // 0 Comments

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