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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

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

Goodwood Revival 2021

Yesterday I was invited to Goodwood Revival, a celebration of classic car motor racing on the Goodwood circuit. The event is a  sell-out as it attracts a global audience, most of whom are in 1930s and 40s dress. Military uniform and overalls are most popular with the men, pleated dresses and [...]

September 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

More “Sport and Health” …

Referencing once again the Rust’s ongoing review of post-career health for those who play – or participate in – elite sport, overnight I came across a number of media stories reporting that Liverpool football legend Terry McDermott has dementia. He joins an ever-lengthening list [...]

August 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

A sense of proportion, perhaps?

From time to time, it seems to me, events or developments both at home and around the world remind us of the variety and randomness of each individual’s life chances, opportunities and indeed whatever are deemed to be our “human rights”. In the past week I have seen – on the one hand [...]

August 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Hundred – a blessing for the women’s game.

The Rust has often been critical of The Hundred. However in his excellent Spectator sport column Roger Alton made the good point how much the woman’s game has benefited from it. He wrote in this week’s edition:- “It’s the perfect format to engage young girls… their game is more [...]

August 7, 2021 // 0 Comments


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

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