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Into 2012 and beyond

Surveying the UK newspaper websites overnight – with the latest developments and reactions thereto on the advent of Lockdown Three dominating most of the coverage – I found myself moved once again to reflect upon some of the fundamentals underlying the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. I [...]

January 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

Waiting for it

Not being someone who sets much store by celebrating birthdays or religious festivals, last night the supposed weirdness that many of my family and friends have commented upon at marking the commencement of the New Year under the constraints of a Tier 4 lockdown or worse would have passed me by but [...]

January 1, 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

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do

These days almost anything one is told, discovers on the internet and/or can think of for ourselves can be so strange and apparently counter-intuitive – after this much flaffing about, endless Government U-turns and collective national pain – that it barely causes the needle on the dial of [...]

December 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Spotted on the internet

As we reach the silly stage of the festive season, here are some items of potential interest to regular Rusters that I came across during my overnight tour of the newspaper websites: SIR PETER JACKSON PROVIDES AND UPDATE ON FORTHCOMING BEATLES DOCUMENTARY Following on from his highly-acclaimed 2018 [...]

December 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Festive musing

Increasingly it seems this Covid-19 crisis become ever more bizarre, to the point where the general public is abandoning logic and reason, ignoring what the Government are saying (because, clearly as confused as we are, they’ve begun changing their rules and guidelines virtually on a daily [...]

December 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

The End Of The Year Show

Reflecting upon what by any yardstick has been a crowded and extraordinary 2020 – viewed in two tranches from the inside of supposed lockdowns but otherwise generally (as usual) from my habitual sedentary position in front my television and computer screens – I have been struck repeatedly time [...]

December 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

A first hand account

At noon midday this week on Thursday 17th December in Knightsbridge the auction house Bonham’s will be holding its latest auction of fine books, atlases, manuscripts and historical photographs. Included in the sale is the handwritten account of the famous siege of Rorke’s Drift in South [...]

December 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Stuff happens

Yesterday, in furtherance of his quest to return to work urgently after a three-week trip to the UK (14 days of it spent in quarantine), I took my son Barry to Terminal Five at Heathrow so that he could catch the one available flight that was going to Madrid. Or rather, I didn’t do that. The [...]

December 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

A sign of the times perhaps …

One might venture to suggest that one of the plusses of the global Covid-19 pandemic is that it has forced the human race to confront – or revisit – some of the threats to its way of life, if not existence. Most of them can be summarised or epitomised by the description “itself” – namely [...]

December 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

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