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The physicality of female sport (a postscript)

Earlier this month I posted on this august organ a piece listing some of the physiological differences between men and women (The physicality of female sport – 11th March 2021) and discussing how, in modern sport – attended as it is by the strains of extreme training and strength and [...]

March 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

Sport as it was may be back on the horizon

Amidst the details of the Prime Minister’s cautious, once and for all, “road map” out of Lockdown 3 announced yesterday, UK sports fans, clubs and players/athletes will have taken particular interest in the 17th May and 21st June milestones within it applying to the potential return of crowds [...]

February 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

The world keeps going forward in time

A question category that comes with the territory of being a member of the human race – springing from its abilities to rationalise, acquire and then pass on knowledge to its future descendants – is “What if?” Henry Ford may have dismissed history as “bunk” – and arguably to an [...]

February 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

When “equality for all” hits the iceberg

It may be fundamentally inappropriate and/or facile to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic in quasi-wartime terms so I apologise in advance to any Ruster who may be offended by me doing so today. However, it seems to me that with the benefit of hindsight – amidst the snowstorm of incoming competing [...]

February 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Sport and drugs – a slight and unhappy update

On the Rust – taking the view as we do that the sanctity of a “level playing field” is absolute when it comes to sporting contests – we maintain a clear and unforgiving attitude towards the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport in order to cheat and therefore gain victory, whether [...]

December 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

The theory of Life

As I approach my 69th birthday this weekend with alarming speed it is surely a sign of the times when, somewhere in the media earlier this week, I read a report upon a study of 917 people between the ages of 14 and 77 by some Norwegian psychologists demonstrating to their own satisfaction that [...]

October 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

The future of sport – discuss

As yesterday at 11.00am we watched Sir Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty do their Two Ronnies act scaring the heebie-jeebies out of the UK general public with their presentation on the gathering storm of a second “Covid-19” wave of infections and deaths from 10 [...]

September 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Another bulletin from the sporting front line

One of the joys of being a regular visitor – and occasional blogger – to this organ is the wide variety of interests and viewpoints among its correspondents. These can range from the meaning of Life to matters of sporting minutiae, philosophy, great obscurity and then some of the more mundane [...]

August 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sometimes worrying things are close to home

A recurring duty in my list of ‘to dos’ in my capacity as Sports Editor – sometimes delegated to others at times of extremis, I admit – is to sweep the internet in a search for sports stories of potential interest to Rusters, with particular regard to three headings: (1) [...]

July 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

A pair of sporting stories in the UK newspapers

It’s in the nature of this world that necessity is the mother of invention. One potentially positive aspect of this coronavirus crisis is that the lockdown has prompted a wide range of people to come up with unusual, novel and inventive ways of “doing those things that they always intended to [...]

May 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

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