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Not just a matter of self-identification

Many of those who contribute to this organ take pride in the Rust‘s long and healthy record of pointing out both the oddities and absurdities of modern 21st Century “woke”, politically-correct, “Let’s invent new groupings of supposedly disadvantaged put-upon minorities [...]

December 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

Happy Christmas, everyone!

One of the fascinating aspects of the ongoing saga of the Covid-19 pandemic – latest development the “discovery” of the Omicron variant believed by some to have first occurred in southern Africa, if not South Africa itself – is that the battalions of both the “No other way to deal with [...]

December 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Boris Johnson, Judaism and politics

My niece sent me this Chanukah message from Boris Johnson – see here, courtesy of – TWITTER Like many including the Rust political columnists she cast Bojo as bumbling, lacking genuine conviction, chaotic, rackety, with an unusual personal life. However, even his sternest critics must [...]

November 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

Driving disqualification developments

Yesterday I was interested to come across a media story that, following a Freedom of Information Act request from the Press Association, the DVLA has revealed that some 8,632 UK motorists who have amassed 12 points on their driving licences for either speeding and/or drunk-driving offences – and [...]

November 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

View from the coal face

Last week I completed my annual medical review with a consultation with a cardiologist. I do not imagine this is is of great interest to the reader other than that I can report I passed my MOT and was signed off for another year. What may be of interest is how a medical professional views the [...]

November 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Enough to drive you to drink

Writing, as I do today, from the perspective of someone just past their seventieth birthday, I have become all too familiar with the occasional brush with indicators of the ageing process as they affect me from time to time. As regards what are sometimes called “senior moments” – e.g. [...]

November 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Happy birthday Prince Charles

November 14th is Prince Charles’ birthday. I can claim a connection as my brother was born 4 days earlier in the same place (the Lindo Wing, Queen Mary Hospital, Paddington) and delivered by the same gynaecologist (George Pinker). There the similarity ends. Prince Charles might well be a future [...]

November 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the autumn internationals

I watched both games yesterday – Ireland beating the All Blacks and England overcoming Australia. The first game was covered on Channel 4. The commentator was Miles Harrison but I missed his normal sidekick Stuart Barnes. The All Blacks were ring-rusty and short of the high standards that one [...]

November 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

And now for something completely different

It’s difficult – in these strange times – to retain any sensible perspective upon what’s going on in the world. Here I’m not referring to “fake news” and/or the apparently ever-increasing phenomenon in which people begin to retreat behind extreme trenchant viewpoints and then take [...]

November 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

Medical matters

Around this time of year I have my annual medical. I will spare my readers the detail except to say that nothing untoward has so far been revealed. I will, however, share my thoughts on the medical profession. My late father was an excellent doctor. He was a brilliant diagnostician and a [...]

November 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

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