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What the doctor said

Throughout the pandemic I have heard very little from doctors on the coal face on how grave the situation is. This is a question I posed to the doctor who gave me a thorough medical yesterday. He said there was far too much ill-informed hype. There were some 70,000 illnesses out there of which [...]

September 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Supper and entertainment

Yesterday for my sins I went for an early evening meal in the suburbs with a couple I have known for nearly five decades – and, as we remarked during our meal, that fact alone drives home both just how old we are and how fast time flies. (Only people above a certain age can say that). It was an [...]

September 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Zooming in

Yesterday I had occasion to visit my daughter Grace and her husband for a coffee and chat in advance of an online family conference courtesy of Zoom. I hesitate to use the phrase ‘killing two birds with one stone’ in this context but, being barely semi-literate when it comes to modern [...]

August 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Another bulletin from the sporting front line

One of the joys of being a regular visitor – and occasional blogger – to this organ is the wide variety of interests and viewpoints among its correspondents. These can range from the meaning of Life to matters of sporting minutiae, philosophy, great obscurity and then some of the more mundane [...]

August 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

“You ought to check it out”

A familiar subject on the Rust is health for the senior citizen. One of my colleagues posted about a spidery mark on his forehead which when checked by a dermatologist proved to be nothing sinister. I had a similar issue with my calf and foot which have been swelling. It causes neither discomfort [...]

August 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

A brief return to an earlier subject

Somewhat to the surprise of the Rust‘s editor (he told me) but also as it happens myself, I have been receiving a steady flow of feedback since I began my occasional series on off-beat musical items I have come across whilst surfing the internet since the UK Covid-19 lockdown occurred – [...]

August 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Unchartered territory

Regular readers will have to bear with me but – for those newer visitors attracted to this organ by its ever-growing global audience but perhaps unfamiliar with its origins and viewpoint(s) – I should explain that one of our founding principles is that we endeavour to provide a different, not [...]

August 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Once more unto the breach … (again)

For obvious (coronavirus) reason Rugby’s 2019-2020 Premiership season made a welcome but weird and tentative return last night at the Stoop some three months after it had scheduled to finish in May, with the 7th in the table Harlequins hosting 2nd-placed Sale Sharks. Despite its inherent sexism, [...]

August 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Hot weather and a mad world

For the mental health of citizens throughout the United Kingdom – and quite possibly also the world – on Monday I shall be setting up a petition calling upon the Government to introduce an emergency law immediately banning use of the word “unprecedented” in media reports [...]

August 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

One step forward, one step back …

On the Rust editorial team we have a regular ‘in joke’ about (and ongoing informal search for examples of) a syndrome not limited to the media but often spotted in it, i.e. reports, most often o – but not limited to – specific foods, medicines/treatments or lifestyle choices, that [...]

August 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

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