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A man of financial substance, Robert has a wide range of interests and opinions to match. More Posts


Yesterday for the first time in 10 weeks, I judged it safe to take a corporation bus. It was spotlessly clean and for most of my short journey I was the only passenger. The only breach of social distancing I saw was a van by the kerbside that sold hot food. It is popular with workers at the [...]

June 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

There is a positive too

Every morning when I do my 10,000 steps I see a young woman probably in her early twenties walking her Pomeranian dog along the broadwalk. She is  clearly a popular character as her walk is accompanied by those on their balcony greeting her and engaging in conversation. She has probably done this [...]

May 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Of Cabbages and Kings

“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk… we talked of many things… of Cabbages and kings.” The Walrus and the Carpenter Lewis Carroll. Every week I  have a regular  chat with an old friend whom I would classify as a top 30 close friend but not a top ten. He was at university with me [...]

May 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Mobiles no, nature yes

Where I live and as I look out writing this I see my balcony, patio below, public boardwalk and Marina. A common occurrence on the boardwalk  –  a popular place for walking – is someone loudly on their mobile. One man yesterday held out his mobile on front of him and was blaring out [...]

May 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Rich List

My colleague yesterday jokingly referred to his absence from The Sunday Times Rich List but in so doing revealed one of its flaws – namely the reluctance to exposure of some of the very rich. Other flaws in its compilation are the absence of debt and the unreliability of valuations. I think [...]

May 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Cyclists – a national pest

A common theme amongst us Rusters is our dislike of cyclists. Yesterday morning I was walking alongside the sea on a wide pavement by the main coastal road. At great speed a  Cyclist came hurtling towards me. With an imperious wave he motioned me to walk 2 metres away from him. It’s bad enough a [...]

May 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Peter Sellers

I have three none too proximate connections with Peter Sellers. My late father was once on a plane with Peter Sellers, a fellow passenger going to the South of France, when he experienced cardiac problems. My father did his best to tend to him but he was  none too impressed by celebrities as [...]

May 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Alma Mater

I do not harbour strong feelings for my old school which I attended between 1967-71. I had my first year in a red brick Waterhouse-designed school in West Kensington and then it moved to Barnes, one of those 60s buildings which resembled a biscuit factory. There were a few teachers I liked, one who [...]

May 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

A week is a long time …

Last week I praised my local supermarket ASDA over the efficiency and courtesy shown when I  did my weekly shop. Today I castigate it. I returned at roughly the same time yesterday and was agreeably surprised to see a shorter queue. I duly waited in it till 8.00am for its opening. There was [...]

April 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

A surprising shop

I was dreading my weekly shop at my local supermarket. I don’t like it at the best of times as they have little fresh food outside fruit and veg, the clientele are rather aggressive, they play music loudly and the staff are cliquey. So the notion of queuing for an hour or so filled me with [...]

April 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

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