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Inspired by the excellent Ken Burns documentary of Ernest Hemingway I decided to read one of his works. For Whom the Bell tolls I read at school and found it heavy going. Farewell to Arms I knew the story from the film. I’m not a reader of short stories so I plumped for the audio version of The [...]

July 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

It will get worse before it gets better

IS IT FOOTBALL, OR ACTUALLY A SECTION OF THE BRITISH POPULATION, THAT IS THE PROBLEM? Sitting my editorial suite in Rust Towers was an interesting experience once J.S. Bird’s strident post yesterday on the aftermath of 2020/2021 Euros tournament had “hit the airwaves”. It would be [...]

July 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Par for the course, I’m afraid

Today, courtesy of the pages of The Rust, I present to the world my uncompromising and woke-free sixpenny-worth on the troubling subject of the background, the circumstances and, of course, the crowd control and innumerable other events and incidents surrounding the staging of 2020/2021 Euros Final [...]

July 13, 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

Time and tide waits for no man

Occasionally on the pages of this organ contributors, myself included, address aspects of the passing of time upon sporting careers and particularly the point at which top sportsmen and woman decide to call a halt. In this context the truisms can flow long and hard. Some elite athletes are [...]

July 12, 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

Female sports issues (continued)

Sometimes it’s best to stand back and let superior/professional journalists have the floor … At the risk that it may only be a matter of a few hours before The Guardian website “cuts off” access to articles on its website, here’s an excellent piece by Tanya Aldred on [...]

June 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

Female sport issues

When it comes to picking the greatest all-round sportswoman in history – a definition that for present purposes requires excellence in at least two different sporting disciplines – there are a select few who come immediately to mind. Perhaps the lady most frequently cited is the legendary [...]

June 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Confusion grows as time goes by

In terms of the fundamental conflict between what has made the human race tick since pre-history (not least naked common sense) on the one hand – and the fashionable crackpot ‘woke’ concerns increasingly being taken up by campaigning members of what is known as ‘Generation Z’ [...]

May 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Then And Now

A few weeks ago a fellow Rust columnist name-checked a British television channel called Talking Pictures TV, founded in 2015, which broadcasts free-to-air vintage films and television programmes and – as I understand it – can be seen via Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media (though I may be [...]

April 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

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