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A fortnight ago this Friday – on one of his rare visits back to Blighty – my son Barry flew in from the Mediterranean at 36 hours’ notice to spend what he intended to be four to six weeks “sorting out” his belongings before placing them in storage, renewing his commercial licence [...]

July 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

Recent fiction: Barcelona Dreaming & Widowland

Both the above two books – written by Rupert Thomson and C.L. Carey – were favourably reviewed but I had not heard of either author. Barcelona Dreaming is three interlocking short stories set in modern Barcelona. In the first Amy, who has a curio shop, meets a young Moroccan outside [...]

July 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

La Piscine (1969)

My Alain Delon season has been interrupted by the Euros but I saw this film last night. It reflects the best and worst of French cinema. The best? A beautiful villa location in St Tropez with beautiful people – Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin. The worst ? It has its longeurs and the [...]

July 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

Hemingway/BBC 4

A new Ken Burns documentary is worth waiting for though not worth missing England v Germany as it clashed. You know that the production values will be high and he will lay out the facts in a non-judgemental way. By contrast the Channel 4 type of documentary, normally on the royals, will be more of [...]

July 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Hypocrisy in politicians and public figures

As I contemplate any cause célèbre scandal, such as that which engulfed Government Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday after The Sun published him snogging one of his close advisers Gina Colodangelo in the office, one of the first things that always comes to my mind is the phrase “Let he [...]

June 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

Get your hand-cart ready, we’re all going to Hell

I make no apology for the fact that my post today runs the risk of being pigeonholed as the pathetically-sad ramblings of a sterotypical old, out of touch, git who epitomises everything that 21st Century, “woke” ‘Generation X’, Millennial youngsters around the globe waste their time blaming [...]

June 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Far less than its billing …

For my sins, dear reader, yesterday I deliberately sat down at 9.30am in order to watch Dominic Cummings’ appearance before the joint inquiry of the Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee at the House of Commons. Before doing so I went out for a brief “breath [...]

May 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

A convivial lunch & a clearance

Monday  took place my regular Xmas lunch with two brothers took place in English’s. This lunch first began in the late 1970s and only Covid prevented its annual occurrence last year. Since its inception two of us have retired and two divorced and remarried, whilst I remain outside the conjugal [...]

May 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

A familiar tale

Last Saturday the Weekend Section of The Times featured an article titled I married a  Conman – it  cost me £150,000 and my self dignity”.   I would provide the link but as a matter of policy we do not to those newspapers and journals which demand a subscription.  Besides it’s a [...]

February 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

The view from here

Your correspondent has recently been inactive in terms of contributing to the Rust primarily because he has been busy on intensive but boring domestic/administrative matters of little consequence which has prompted him to shelter under our magnificent guiding editorial principle that “If you [...]

January 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

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