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Confusion grows as time goes by

In terms of the fundamental conflict between what has made the human race tick since pre-history (not least naked common sense) on the one hand – and the fashionable crackpot ‘woke’ concerns increasingly being taken up by campaigning members of what is known as ‘Generation Z’ [...]

May 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Second jab

Yesterday, later than most, I had my second jab at the Brighton Racecourse. My first was on February 18 and I was getting a tad worried that I had received no notification about the second. The theme of this week’s Rust is speak to a human and I called the Racecourse hotline. The recorded message [...]

May 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Astrology matters?

It’s fair to say that this is not only my first post on astrology but that of any Rust correspondent. It came about when Alice Mansfield and I had a conversation in which I asserted art was a poor investment. In response she recommended the Waldy and Bendy podcast. I liken a podcast to being [...]

May 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Goodbye To All That (Mark 2)

Some sixty-plus years ago now I was sent aged 7 (actually I turned 8 two months into my first term) to a boarding prep school in East Sussex, an experience which – after about a week of initial nightly blubbing – I grew to love and thrive upon. Like the bulk of my contemporaries, [...]

May 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

The art of serendipity

Like I suspect many Rusters I follow my colleague Algy Belville’s posts on the wine trade avidly and – though certainly I would never claim to be an expert – I should estimate that over the past six decades I have drunk very nearly my share of wines of every variety that any sane [...]

May 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Borrowers/Mary Norton

Just before my late grandfather passed away in 1964 he gave me a gift 0f 5 children’s books, one of which was The Borrowers by Mary Norton. It’s a story of underground creatures that live beneath a house and surface to take things. I thought it might be long out of publication but no, [...]

May 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

What’s worth keeping (and what isn’t)

In recent times I’ve had the opportunity to re-evaluate my past personal history with some fascinating results. Nearly thirty years ago now my first wife died of cancer and – for a change of scenery – my kids, then quite young, and I moved some seven miles as the crow flies to a new home in [...]

May 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

Lockdown observations in a full-on day

I once met a psychiatrist who specialised in geriatrics who opined that character faults were heightened as the person grows older. For ‘growing old’ I would substitute ‘in lockdown’. I confess to being more than irritated by casual service and in the last 48 hours encountered this in [...]

May 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

Great Lives/Harry Hopkins

Radio 4’s Great Lives can can be very variable. As often as not the subject is some female trail-blazer of whom I have never heard. Yesterday Matthew Parris presented an episode on Harry Hopkins advocated by Jonathan Dimbleby a respected historian of World War Two. Harry Hopkins was the [...]

May 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

It’s complicated (as they say) …

Being the Rust’s contributing editor on the sport of pugilism, I cannot not claim for myself the privilege of being a particular fan of football. However, it seems to me that one of the ironies highlighted by the recent “attempted breakaway” ESL debacle at the pinnacle of European [...]

May 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

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