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Rust “woke watch” latest (part 14)

No apologies here from me for today linking Rusters to two pieces in which columnists for one of the UK’s national newspapers decide to vent against the latest concessions to the forces of Generation X “wokedom” … THE EVER-ONWARD MARCH OF CYCLISTS AND E-SCOOTER LOONIES First [...]

January 25, 2022 // 0 Comments

Late Mozart and The Rest is History

One of my favourite presenters is Donald Macleod who on Radio 3 at midday presents The Great Composers.    Occasionally it will be a composer of whom I have not heard but, as often as not, I have. Last week he covered the late period of Mozart’s life. For me, Mozart is the greatest of them all [...]

December 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

Upon entering Christmas week …

Since the beginning on the month, I suspect in common with the bulk of the British public, my family has spent much of its time keeping our originally intended plans for celebrating Christmas under review while also monitoring the latest daily developments in the Omicron variant crisis in case the [...]

December 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

When the only consistent thing is the lack of it

Last night I had an early dinner for the first time at a highly-recommended pub in West Sussex, which shall remain nameless partly because it is irrelevant for present purposes and partly because I enjoyed the atmosphere and my meal sufficiently that I fully intend to return there again and [...]

December 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Party time at Number 10

One of the more surprising aspects of the current snowstorm of crises surrounding the besieged regime of Boris Johnson is that anyone finds it surprising. From his teenage years onwards, almost everyone who ever came into close contact with the present incumbent of Number 10 had him marked down as [...]

December 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Grinding to a halt under the eco-activist yoke

At the risk of becoming tagged as the Rust‘s unofficial motoring correspondent, today I return to the the subject of two significant threats to the quiet enjoyment of Britain’s public roads by the ordinary, average, law-abiding, private motorist – namely, cyclists and those who [...]

December 7, 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

We fight Fascists/Daniel Sonnabend

This is the true story of the 43 Group constituted by Jewish people to fight domestic fascism after World War Two. It is a graphic account of violence, disruption of fascist marches and meetings, and intelligence gathering by a group fearful that – having defeated Nazism – the creed [...]

November 17, 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

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