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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 thing of beauty is a joy forever”

Yesterday, John Keats’ poem Endymion came to mind yesterday as I concluded Alice Mansfield’s thoroughly absorbing Rust post on Courbet’s The Origins Of The World [10th July] and thereafter spent many hours contemplating the ideas and issues that it brought to focus. One of the features of [...]

July 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

Cruising takes a bruising

As our doughty UK businesses emerge from lockdown in order to take the country back into the bright sunny uplands of a post-Brexit, post-coronavirus world in which we start paying for the famously mega-big “unprecedented’ level of Treasury support that the Tory Government has thrown at [...]

July 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

What’s in a name? Plenty … er, obviously

It’s stating the obvious to mention it, but in a 21st Century dominated as it is in cultural and campaigning circles by themes of equality, diversity, LGBT [and is it Q? – in any event, the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning rights], anti-colonialist and [...]

July 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

A coincidence of sorts

Yesterday – Tuesday 7th July 2020 – I happened to read fellow columnist J.S. Bird’s latest post to the Rust entitled “Just another notch on the ‘Strange Times’ belt”. In it he commented upon the wide variety of reactions from ‘special interest’ [...]

July 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

Just another notch on the “strange times” belt

Mention has been made of it before on this organ but my subject today is the irony of some of the ‘interest group’ reactions, justified or not, to the Covid-19 crisis. Few would argue that the actions taken by the Government have been exemplary, timely or uniformly correct, despite its attempts [...]

July 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so queer as folk

Over the course of the UK’s lockdown from which we are now gradually emerging – I’ve no doubt in common with many Rusters and indeed other people of intelligence and a degree of artistic or creative sensibility – I experienced a wide range of different reactions and moods, some of [...]

July 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

Trouble zooming up

Like some of you and all of the Rust contributors I had never heard of Zoom 3 months ago. Now it is an indispensable means of communication and its net worth as a company more than the seven biggest airlines put together. Yet I don’t like it. An enterprising lady in our Spanish class set up [...]

June 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Plenty of hot air but still going nowhere fast

These are indeed strange times. Over the past seven months one doesn’t need have to travelled too far down the avenue of degrees of cynicism to have gained the impression that the world has taken leave of its senses and that every principle of the human condition – and quite possibly also [...]

June 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

An unwelcome ‘Road to Damascus’ moment

That’s it – I’ve had it up to here now … and from this point forward I shall be going to go to my grave behaving as disgracefully as I can. Those Rusters who have been following this organ from the very first will be aware of our mission statement to observe and comment upon the world [...]

June 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

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