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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

It’s all going to pot

In this age of the internet and social media; Donald Trump; “fake news”; widespread global distrust of all politicians and media outlets of every kind; endemic double-dealing, skulduggery and corrupt practices of the elite/Establishment/realpolitik power-brokers everywhere; the [...]

August 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

“Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Stanley …”

Do please stop me if you’ve heard or read this before somewhere but, judging by the views expressed and/or discussed in the circles I currently move in, it would seem that most of the UK population have become so thoroughly bored, confused and possibly numbed by life as it now is in the year 2 [...]

August 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

Some home truths arising from the pandemic

I’ve been getting the impression since the coronavirus pandemic first hit the UK that humanity really needs to make its mind up between whether it would prefer to live free without restraints to “do its own thing” – albeit perhaps within some basic limits (e.g. as long as this doesn’t [...]

July 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Our NHS is a wonderful thing

Yesterday, as it turned out, I didn’t have a procedure at my local hospital in order that a biopsy could be taken of a small blemish in the centre of my forehead in order to check whether it might be something serious – or hopefully confirm that it wasn’t. At my age and getting older by the [...]

July 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

It could get worse again before it gets better

Having taken part in a number of conversations about the progress of the coronavirus pandemic over the last few days, I can say this for a fact: the more one learns about both ‘the science’ and the various ways in which governments around the world have been – and are – dealing with it, [...]

July 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

What’s going on

There’s little doubt that, besides forcing you to face up to the fact that time is passing – I always shock myself in replying whenever someone asks me what my kids are up to these days and how old they are – and, without necessarily meaning to add fuel to the fire, the generations coming [...]

July 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Living in the Covid world

Yesterday I made my first trip to London in 4 months for a dental procedure. Like most of the world I dislike a dental appointment for its discomfort and cost. As one who has got by in life by always seeking the positive side of some crisis I struggle with the dental chair. My best effort is it has [...]

July 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

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