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One small step for man …

Both regular contributors – and indeed visitors to this organ – will be aware that, for the most part, we do our level best to avoid harping back to the past when “in our day” (supposedly!) virtually every aspect of the human condition was more sensibly ordered and just [...]

July 10, 2024 // 0 Comments

Fings Ain’t What They Used Ter Be …

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if, in any list of the top 100 complaints about modern life compiled by any group of still mentally-competent senior citizens, that of “Why-oh-why can’t things just stay as they used to be?” wasn’t in the top 5 – if not the top 3. Take banks, for [...]

January 27, 2024 // 0 Comments

Rugby union: England go from bad to worse

As England’s women’s team prepares to play Spain in the Women’s Football World Cup Final in Sydney, Australia later this morning UK time, one is reminded of just how big a moment this is. England – no, let’s make that UK – sports teams don’t often make World Cup Finals (or indeed, any [...]

August 20, 2023 // 0 Comments

Another day at the home office

Coming to readers of The Rust from the “You Just Couldn’t Make It Up” department: Writing as someone in my eighth decade, I hereby forgive in advance all Rusters of more junior years for either passing straight on to the next piece of wisdom from this mighty organ and/or heaving a sigh of [...]

June 24, 2023 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on LIV/PGA/DP World Tour

They say God lives in the details but if so where is his Divine Presence in the above merger? No one seems to know how the ‘framework agreement’ will work in practice. Superficially, it’s about Saudi Arabia money and soft power versus greedy golfers. However, LIV is not just about lucre [...]

June 9, 2023 // 0 Comments

Mike + The Mechanics at the Guildhall, Portsmouth (28th May)

Last Sunday evening the Mem Sahib and Yours Truly travelled to the Portsmouth Guildhall (capacity 2,500) in order to attend the last concert of the current UK tour of the musical combo known as Mike + The Mechanics. Rusters of a certain age (mine is 71) are unlikely to need it, but for those [...]

May 30, 2023 // 0 Comments

It never rains but it pours

Comedian Frankie Howerd traditionally used to gain a titter of laughter – often just after he’d shared a conspiratorial juicy and/or vicious put-down of a fellow member of his cast – by admonishing his (live or television) audience with an arch aside “No, don’t laugh [...]

May 30, 2023 // 0 Comments

The process of waving goodbye

There comes a time in the affairs of men and mice when something happens – one might describe it as hitting a watershed – which causes us, for example, to let go of a previously-held firm conviction and switch to another, or perhaps it involves accepting that we cannot do this or that which [...]

May 27, 2023 // 0 Comments

The travails of the sport of Rugby Union

Regular readers will be fully aware of the Rust’s somewhat idiosyncratic approach to editorial matters which is why today I make no apology for returning to the subject of the current state of the sport of rugby union generally – and specifically some of the “take aways” from the [...]

March 23, 2023 // 0 Comments

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