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The longest night

For reasons which need not concern readers of National Rust – they don’t really concern me either – I was up earlier than normal overnight. At 11.40pm to be precise, having gone to bed just two hours previously. A by-product is that I have been able to tune in to Radio Five Live’s Scotland [...]

September 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Going down to the (barbed) wire

In the context of there being now effectively just three campaigning days left in the referendum on Scottish independence, the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show and The Politics Show yesterday provided me with my latest first-hand ‘fix’ of what’s happening. [The trouble with newspapers these days is [...]

September 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s okay for some

I hadn’t personally noticed it, but apparently ‘the thinking classes’ are up in arms about the Daily Mail’s coverage of David Cameron’s recent Cabinet re-shuffle – specifically the fact that he axed a number of men, supposedly in order to promote women in their places for the express [...]

July 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some things are always there

Operation Yewtree … the Butler-Sloss inquiry withdrawal … this week’s reported sudden arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles, only 39 of which were previously on the sex offenders register. Britain’s safe, secure, idealistic, fantasy world of the Daily Mail and ‘Middle England’ has been [...]

July 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Getting to the truth

Following in the wake of this week’s announcement by Home Secretary Teresa May that she is setting up an inquiry into the previous inquiry as to why 114 files sent to the Home Office by Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens in about 1990 on suspected child abuse and paedophilia activities by members of the [...]

July 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The art of not helping yourself

Sometimes your public reputation precedes and defines you. For four decades now, no doubt fuelled by my willingness to believe the ever-more outlandish press stories published about him, Prince Charles has struck me as being a prat of the first order. Down the years a host of impressionists and [...]

June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

D Day remembrance

It was a deeply moving experience to follow the proceedings yesterday, especially the humility of the 20 or so veterans. During the boring bits, when the Heads of  State individually took their seats for example, and the commentators had to pad, I found myself reflecting on my own memories. I was [...]

June 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Court drama thrills

Yesterday, having nothing to achieve beyond booking my car in for an MOT and egged on by my brother who telephoned to recommend it, I spent most of my morning watching the Sky News coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial, live from South Africa. Well, I say ‘live’, but (according to the screen [...]

April 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

The BBC catches a crab

A side-product of having a hobby interest is that, however weak your understanding of it in the vast scheme of such things, you do tend to be able to spot or hear a factual mistake when one occurs. Having been researching First World War soldiers on and off for over twenty years, I have acquired [...]

April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

An interesting taxi ride

My piece today reflects upon a totally unexpected – and therefore shocking – national news story that occurred yesterday morning, albeit coming to my personal attention only at about 10.40am. Unusually, I had spent my breakfast-time listening to neither the radio nor television because [...]

March 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

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