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Thinking the unthinkable

Last week brought media reports of a new study undertaken by Professor Willie Stewart at the University of Glasgow which apparently demonstrates that professional footballers who play in defence for ten to fifteen years are five times more likely to suffer dementia that the general population, [...]

August 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

One-all … and one to go

Family events conspired to prevent me watching the entirety of the rugby union Second Test match yesterday between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions in Capetown as I had originally planned. I did not reach the sanctuary of home until just before half-time last night and made an [...]

August 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

The dictatorship of the cycling brigade

Every stout and upright member of the British public over the aged of fifty will be familiar with the notion that the 21st Century’s “woke” Generation X do-gooders have a regrettable supposedly politically-correct stranglehold over the thinking and policies of the craven UK [...]

July 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

Can we believe what we see?

This isn’t exactly rocket science, but occasionally every man (or woman) jack of us gets reminded that – for the human race generally – either things are never quite what they seem to be and/or (alternatively) sometimes they can be exactly what each of us want them to be, simply because [...]

July 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

Positively ignoring my first Olympics

In accordance with what seems to have become a newly-adopted Rust policy stance that elite sporting games/events staged in the absence of crowds are unedifying to the extent of being unwatchable, I am currently “not watching” the Tokyo Olympics. Despite whatever brave and noble performances our [...]

July 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

It will get worse before it gets better

IS IT FOOTBALL, OR ACTUALLY A SECTION OF THE BRITISH POPULATION, THAT IS THE PROBLEM? Sitting my editorial suite in Rust Towers was an interesting experience once J.S. Bird’s strident post yesterday on the aftermath of 2020/2021 Euros tournament had “hit the airwaves”. It would be [...]

July 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Par for the course, I’m afraid

Today, courtesy of the pages of The Rust, I present to the world my uncompromising and woke-free sixpenny-worth on the troubling subject of the background, the circumstances and, of course, the crowd control and innumerable other events and incidents surrounding the staging of 2020/2021 Euros Final [...]

July 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

A ball of considerable confusion

It’s difficult to avoid the impression that – in what (nobody needs reminding) has been something of a strange a disconcerting world these past eighteen months – the “crazy” factor has recently gone up several notches in the UK as both world sport – not least football, [...]

July 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

Approaching our release from ‘prison’ …

As we approach the much-heralded “UK Freedom Day” from the grip of the Covid pandemic [Monday 19th July], my most recent review of the Government’s plans and preparedness for our ‘return to normal’ leads me to a significant degree of confusion and a whiff of suspicion that the forces of [...]

July 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Funny how things can change, isn’t it?

Not being a football fanatic – and having declared myself a Euros 2020/2021-free zone for the duration – I had a hard time of it this morning upon rising at my usual unearthly hour and perusing the UK national newspaper websites in order to catch up with what has been happening in the world. [...]

July 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

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