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Fings ain’t what they used ter be …

There are those among the contributors to this organ – and probably also its readers – who are familiar with – and/or are even habitual visitors to – the Talking Pictures television channel whose particular raison d’etre is to broadcast popular British and other television [...]

August 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

Write around the world/BBC4

I was attracted to this programme presented by actor Richard E Grant for several reasons. Firstly, I had seen his programme on the art of The French Riviera and enjoyed it. Secondly I knew the Analfi coast which he was visiting well. Thirdly most of the books he was discussing set in that region I [...]

August 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Olympic coverage

Like my colleagues on the Rust I find the back drop of empty seats in the stadiums a distinct turn off. In the week of track and field I miss the winning athlete draped in the national flag going over to supporters. I am also less than impressed by the BBC coverage. The BBC has so few sporting [...]

August 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

Countdown to surrender/PBS

It’s an interesting issue as to why and how capably the German army fought in the latter stages of World War Two when there was little chance of successful resistance. The answer was supplied in this excellent documentary. The most telling reason was Adolf Hitler himself who not only thought [...]

July 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

A famous victory

Your author watched last night’s rugby First Test between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions at home with the family including my “other half”, who was slightly less delighted than I was to see Scotland’s Stuart Hogg make his first Lions Test debut at last. As it [...]

July 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Hundred/a spectator’s view

I watched both the women’s and men’s Hundred on television and to my surprise enjoyed both. This said I believe it has more drawbacks than attractions. First is association. Neither Brighton nor Sussex have a franchise.  The nearest venue is Southampton where the Ageas Bowl hosts the Southern [...]

July 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

Hemingway & Ken Burns

A colleague of mine on the Rust sent me a revealing interview with Ken Burns on documentary making. See here – THE GUARDIAN He revealed that he can take 10 years to make a documentary and – though the funding is a problem as he operates in the public broadcasting sector – he would [...]

July 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

Par for the course, I’m afraid

Today, courtesy of the pages of The Rust, I present to the world my uncompromising and woke-free sixpenny-worth on the troubling subject of the background, the circumstances and, of course, the crowd control and innumerable other events and incidents surrounding the staging of 2020/2021 Euros Final [...]

July 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

Le Tour – so far

I watched Friday and Saturday’s stages in the company of a cycling aficionado and 2 wine experts – a  fruitful combination. Normally the first week of the Tour can be dull as the riders traverse the flatland of northern France before hitting the more demanding mountain stages. This week [...]

July 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on England 4 Ukraine 0

Let’s not get totally carried away. England played well against a poor side. Three of the four goals came from headers when the scorer was unmarked. Denmark – let alone Spain and especially Italy – are unlikely to concede such  goals. Once again at a crucial stage in the first half [...]

July 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

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