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Lockdown observations in a full-on day

I once met a psychiatrist who specialised in geriatrics who opined that character faults were heightened as the person grows older. For ‘growing old’ I would substitute ‘in lockdown’. I confess to being more than irritated by casual service and in the last 48 hours encountered this in [...]

May 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

It’s complicated (as they say) …

Being the Rust’s contributing editor on the sport of pugilism, I cannot not claim for myself the privilege of being a particular fan of football. However, it seems to me that one of the ironies highlighted by the recent “attempted breakaway” ESL debacle at the pinnacle of European [...]

May 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Roger Alton/fan power

One of my favourite sporting columns is that of Roger Alton, the former editor of The Observer, in The Spectator. The Spectator has long had a sporting contribution from the more cerebral enthusiast whose view counters the popular grain. Below are Roger Alton’s comments  in this week’s [...]

May 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

All the world’s a stage when you think about it

In common with something like twelve million other Brits, last night I stayed up well past my normal bedtime of 7.30pm in order to watch the seventh and final episode of Series 6 of Jed Mercurio’s highly-successful “police procedural” drama Line Of Duty [BBC1 9.00pm]. I have not long awoken [...]

May 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

That eternal question – what’s the BBC coming to?

I begin my contribution to this organ today by admitting that it is fashionable these days to criticise the BBC. In fact – arguably – it has always been thus, to the point where some veteran Beeb insiders peddle the line that, if on any remotely controversial topic they’re taking [...]

May 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

American native art

Yesterday our course on views on art from the overseas perspective covered American and Caribbean art. Unfortunately I had an issue with scaffolding to be erected outside my home and I had to leave the course to take a lengthy call from an advisor. Nonetheless I learned enough to appreciate that [...]

April 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

Then And Now

A few weeks ago a fellow Rust columnist name-checked a British television channel called Talking Pictures TV, founded in 2015, which broadcasts free-to-air vintage films and television programmes and – as I understand it – can be seen via Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media (though I may be [...]

April 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

A sinister tale of scamming

I always enjoy the visit of my window cleaner Pete. He is a cheerful man well above normal intelligence and we share many interests and views. I happened to mention yesterday that someone from my past – no longer a friend and going through a messy divorce – had obtained my number and [...]

April 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The post opening challenge

I have been to three restaurants since April 12th with varying degrees of enjoyment. There are two main problems: expectation level post-lockdown is unrealistically high and secondly it’s bloody cold. It reminds me of my dating when you wondered for weeks what the first night would be like [...]

April 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

Women and Sport (continued)

As regular Rusters will be aware, despite being an old-fashioned Neanderthal born in the 1950s, I like to demonstrate my continuing relevance to younger generations by monitoring and occasionally featuring on this organ bulletins from the brave new “woke” world as the “Monstrous [...]

April 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

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