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I have just finished Art of the Extreme 1905-1915 by Philip Hook the ex-Director of Impressionism and Modern Art at Sothebys. His background is sales. He writes well. He is on safer ground discussing the great collectors Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov in Russia and the emerging super rich ones [...]

December 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

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

West Ham 1 Brighton 1

The Seagulls maintained their unbeaten record against the Hammers in their second consecutive draw. They left it rather late – and had only 10 players on the pitch – when Neil Maupay atoned for previous misses by equalising with a spectacular overhead kick. West Ham had taken an early [...]

December 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

It’s all about a load of hot air …

Now some two months into my new life living on the south coast of England, I have been learning much – in my terminally technologically illiterate way – about the practicalities of living upon semi-agricultural land. One of first stages in our project is going to be the transformation of our [...]

December 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

Duck into the bouncer, Doug!

In 1993 I was on the beach at Bridgetown Barbados facing a skinny 11 year old with a mean bouncer. At the other end was my friend Wayne Daniel who advised me to “duck into the bouncer”. The young tyro must have heard him as the next ball kept low and struck me amidships. Cue forward 21 [...]

December 1, 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

A la Colthard /Lorne & the Glasshouse

On Friday I made my second visit to Lorne and was impressed. It’s located in Wilton Street, not far from Victoria Station, and its owners learned their trade at the River Cafe, a breeding ground for chefs and restauranteurs. My host and I ordered the same: a warm winter salad of parsnips and [...]

November 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Preston NE 1 Fulham 1

This was our second successive draw and a lacklustre performance. After taking a first half lead when defender Tim Ream converted Jean Michel Seri’s free kick from close in we gradually lost our grip on the game. Preston’s equaliser came after two handballs assisted the ball in to the net but [...]

November 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

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