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In transit

A somewhat hasty and brief note from the Emirates Lounge , Dubai International Airport  en route to Auckland where the All Blacks are also present in shorts and polo clustered in groups all on their mobiles .  One of the oddities of air travel is however much you pay the airline has litttle [...]

December 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

End of term

Yesterday we finished the first term of the Italian cultural and intermediate language course I have been attending. I have enjoyed it as an intellectual distraction and for maintaining my level of Italian. There was festive mood in the class with everyone contributing cakes and biscuits mainly of [...]

December 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Day two of the celebrations

The second day of my great nephew’s barmitzvah celebrations proved to be full on and in the same orthodox vein as the first. I walked to synagogue first thing with my sister-in-law. This was a modern building a community centre adapted to a synagogue with 2 separate areas for men and women. A [...]

November 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Italian adult learning course

I have been most impressed by the quality of the adult intermediate Italian learning course I attend every Wednesday. This costs £80 per term and the course books a further £35. The course teacher is a retired comprehensive teacher of modern languages who runs ours with enthusiasm and skill. [...]

November 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

up the i360

I was by no means in favour of the i360 watchtower, a project that cost the Brighton council £42m, though nearly half has been recouped by the British Airways sponsorship. I could see more worthy causes and doubted whether it would attract the 1 million extra visitors anticipated. Yesterday was my [...]

November 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Good old Sussex by the Sea

Yesterday I awoke to the most beautiful dawn of vivid blues and pinks over the sea. I drove over the glorious South Downs and did some early morning shopping in the picturesque village of Rottingdean. I thought of those London commuters pasty-faced, inhaling foul air struggling to work they do not [...]

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you can’t beat em, app em

A common theme of the Rust is the difficulty we oldies face in the techno society where it is assumed everyone has a smartphone and knows and wants to use it. I have mentioned in the past that the parking machines in Hove are now not coin-friendly but operated via an app. This is unfair to those [...]

November 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Dame on the Train

Yesterday I had an odd experience that might have happened on the start of a Hitchcock film whilst travelling up to London on Southern Railway. I was co-organising a dinner later that evening and looking forward to a leisurely journey. I had started the Telegraph crossword but was put off by a [...]

October 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

The annual medical

Last week my ageing Volvo passed its MOT and yesterday was my turn to present myself at my doctor for mine. I like my doctor, whom one might describe as old school, very much. He does not spend the consultation peering into his computer like many a GP but engages in eye to eye contact listening [...]

October 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Wrapping up

My first trip to Andalusia was successful and I would repeat it. Next time, having seen Córdoba and Granada, I would head south from Sevilla to Ronda and Malaga. Because of the extreme summer heat when the temperature reaches 50 degrees I would only go in October again. I was fortunate to be in [...]

October 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

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