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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

Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony

In my music class on the rise of the Symphony we studied this week Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” symphony – composed after a visit to that country by the German composer. Our tutor explained that Scotland exercised a powerful romantic appeal in the 19th century. This was because it [...]

November 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

Enough to drive you to drink

Writing, as I do today, from the perspective of someone just past their seventieth birthday, I have become all too familiar with the occasional brush with indicators of the ageing process as they affect me from time to time. As regards what are sometimes called “senior moments” – e.g. [...]

November 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Medical matters

Around this time of year I have my annual medical. I will spare my readers the detail except to say that nothing untoward has so far been revealed. I will, however, share my thoughts on the medical profession. My late father was an excellent doctor. He was a brilliant diagnostician and a [...]

November 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

Fans are back …

… But much has changed. When the first lockdown came in March 2020 football continued but behind closed doors. Atmosphere was generated by simulated crowd noises and large banners of support covering empty seats. It was eerie. Yet, when fans returned, it was to a more politicised game, notably [...]

October 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

To know or not to know, that is the question

By chance earlier this week, whilst flitting around the newspaper websites, I came across a piece published in the Daily Mail that about a five-minute diagnostic test developed by a Cambridge University spin-off company Cognetivity Neurosciences – designed to predict someone’s chances of [...]

October 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Magician/Colm Toibin

One of the interesting aspects of biography is the attitude – often better described as the relationship – between the writer and his/her subject. Gitta Sereny wrote an excellent biography of Albert von Speer but seemed to be in thrall of him. Tristram Hunt wrote a detailed account of [...]

October 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

A cremation

Yesterday I attended the cremation of the mother (Megan) of a good friend at Wessex Vale near Fareham. I only met the lady once and she struck me as having all her marbles, well-read and well-informed. I knew her son well enough to express my concerns for a lady of 94 living on her own. Her son [...]

October 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Honouring Roy Hodgson

Last night I attended a soccer dinner for Roy Hodgson. Two things struck me immediately: he was worth honouring and he would be the last person to do so. By his own admission a modest player, he went to South Africa and returned with his wife from there Sheila, achieving success in Malmö. Except [...]

October 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

One more trip to the well …

Yesterday I was obliged to take a taxi in order to arrive at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club by 0730 hours in order to play in an annual golf event that was taking place for the 37th consecutive year. [I note here for the record that this cost me some £118.50 before any tip, not far short of [...]

October 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

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