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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

David Gresham

Yesterday I watched a recording of the film Shadowlands – the true story of C.S.Lewis’s late marriage to a Jewish American divorcee Joy Gresham. Joy’s son Daniel featured in the film but not her second son David. David was in fact at Cambridge at the same time as me. He attached himself [...]

January 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

A secret Christmas Day mission

Yesterday I duly completed without incident my pre-announced illegal early morning expedition to visit my daughter and family in an area of the country that since – at one minute past midnight (i.e. into Boxing Day) – has now joined mine in Tier 4 of the Government’s latest localised [...]

December 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do

These days almost anything one is told, discovers on the internet and/or can think of for ourselves can be so strange and apparently counter-intuitive – after this much flaffing about, endless Government U-turns and collective national pain – that it barely causes the needle on the dial of [...]

December 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

And so it comes to this

This second supposed Covid-19 “lockdown” has somehow managed both to serve up many absurdities and yet also reveal telling reminders about how slim the gap is between “life as the human race knows [or should that be ‘knew’?] it” and complete anarchy. Let me give some examples: Yesterday [...]

November 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

We are a grandfather!

Sometimes privately I liken my existence as akin to being a passenger in a second class railway carriage of a runaway express hurtling along a toy Hornby Double-Oh track, with the countryside, hills, animals, hamlets, towns and people whizzing past (relative to the train) and – as they do – [...]

October 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

Something of a first

Yesterday for the first time I attended by Zoom a memorial service to commemorate the life of an old family friend. The person whom I will refer to as J was a real character. He dressed and behaved like a Lord but never as far as I knew had any career. He was entertaining, a beau, a gentleman of [...]

August 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

Some complex issues aren’t solved by simple solutions

Nobody would claim that rape is not a heinous and abhorrent crime. In principle it carries with it many complex and varied potentially unpleasant and worrying issues including breaches of fundamental human rights, coercion, denial of the right to give sexual consent (or not), degradation, the [...]

July 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

On the outside, looking in

Like most Rusters I know – whilst in the cause of ‘staying relevant’ I deny it is a foreign land to me when challenged by my juniors – my depth of understanding and indeed use of the manifold intricacies of social media are minuscule. In fact, bar a brief flirtation with (1) [...]

June 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

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