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The decline and fall of Marks and Spencer

Many conventional reasons are given to explain the decline of Marks and Spencer – their failure to adapt to the digital age;  the dowdiness of their womenswear; the arrival of new kids on the block like Primark, New Look and Boohoo; the reduction in value of their high street sites; and a [...]

January 27, 2022 // 0 Comments

Decluttering

A Japanese businesswoman Marie Kondo has made a fortune by advising on decluttering. She calls herself a consultant organiser. Her books are best sellers. She sets up seminars which are moderated by one of her employees. Her philosophy is only to retain items which spark joy. I decided to adopt a [...]

January 26, 2022 // 0 Comments

Rust “woke watch” latest (part 14)

No apologies here from me for today linking Rusters to two pieces in which columnists for one of the UK’s national newspapers decide to vent against the latest concessions to the forces of Generation X “wokedom” … THE EVER-ONWARD MARCH OF CYCLISTS AND E-SCOOTER LOONIES First [...]

January 25, 2022 // 0 Comments

New Highway Code outrage

It perhaps doesn’t quite become me, as someone who is still serving a six months disqualification from driving on the roads of the UK, to get on my high horse over the woke-prompted “positive discrimination” in favour of cyclists in the latest edition of the Highway Code which [...]

January 24, 2022 // 0 Comments

“Wokeness” is here to stay, folks …

Here are a selection of some latest media stories on the state of “wokeness” in the United Kingdom – and, inevitably, the Rust‘s “You couldn’t make it up” department would have had a field day with some of them:- The University of Northampton has decreed that some of its students [...]

January 23, 2022 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Stoke City 2 Fulham 3

There is a cliche in football that runs “A cold night in Stoke”. It is normally applied to the skilful, fancy Dan, footballer who may not fancy it in cold, harsh conditions. Stoke is certainly a hard place and a team that traditionally gives no quarter. To win there is never easy and for us [...]

January 23, 2022 // 0 Comments

Harlequins 36 Castres 33

The performance of Harlequins is getting so predictable that it’s almost becoming dull. I say ‘almost’ as dull and Harlequins are a contradiction in terms, an oxymoron. Castres took the inevitable lead but Quins fought back. Referee Mike Adamson was definitely whistle-happy and broke up the [...]

January 22, 2022 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Gravetye Manor

This was my second visit to Gravetye Manor, a former baronial-style hall near East Grinstead, with exquisite gardens that was converted into a hotel in 2005. It’s more of a summer place to enjoy the formal walled garden and the expansive grounds by a lake. The dining room is set in a conservatory [...]

January 21, 2022 // 0 Comments

There are two sides to every situation, including life

Regular readers will be aware of The Rust‘s mission statement and purpose – i.e. watching, reviewing and analysing events in the 21st Century world from the perspective of those of us who are slightly beyond the first flush of youth. One of the fundamental challenges of the human condition [...]

January 20, 2022 // 0 Comments

Rugby matters

One quote from Eddie Jones, after selecting his squad for the Six Nations, surprised me – namely, the reference that Marcus Smith needs Owen Farrell as the latter has ‘the big picture’ and can effectively play in the style of the All Black second 5/8th. In fact it’s Marcus Smith who has [...]

January 20, 2022 // 0 Comments

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