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Our journey from Lanzarote to Tenerife was no simple island hop largely because of the lack of signage in Canarian airports. The taxi driver in Lanzarote dropped us off at the international terminal – not the domestic one – though neither seemed marked. At the correct terminal we could [...]

January 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Second Day/Lanzarote

I cannot claim to have suffered a Xmas of family argument, turkey leftovers and boring telly but this was my first festive period in the UK for many years and so I was delighted to sign up for the latest Rust tour with the promise of winter sunshine. I had never visited the Canary Islands before [...]

January 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

My New Years Eve

It was another first for me last night: a New Years Eve spent in the UK. The last three have been in Sydney, the South China Seas and Cape Town respectively. New Years Eve is overrated, an excuse for restaurants to charge much more and the minicabs taking you there and back. However it is also the [...]

January 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

In praise of the NHS

The NHS is a political football that a moaning public sometimes likes to kick around. Middle class friends of mine with private doctors and private medical insurance to the hilt, the critical media and anyone who has suffered a delay or worse love to tell us it’s in a crisis. My own personal [...]

December 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

More banking woes

The subject of poor banking service is one visited by our correspondents and yesterday I fell victim to it. In using an ATM first thing yesterday the machine retained my card for no reason nor explanation. This means that for the second time in a few months I have to undertake the rigmarole of [...]

December 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

A stressful upgrade

My old iPad never really recovered from a drop onto the hard flooring of the flat I rent in Nice. He staggered on valiantly but was never quite the same. I realised with sadness the time had come to replace him. I knew this would be a stressful process. It first required a visit to the Apple Store. [...]

November 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

St Paul’s School (1967-71)

I always enjoy reading my old school magazine called Pauline. In my day it was a light blue and A3 in format. It was little more than a formal record with Salvete welcoming new teachers and Valete an appreciation of those departing. There were sections on the sports teams, societies, play reviews [...]

November 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

What’s in a name ?

Yesterday I had lunch with an old school chum. He is something of an internet entrepreneur who developed a successful airline reservation site. Conversation turned to how best to deal with long haul flights. I mentioned how germs incubate and mutate in the cabin. My chum’s remedy was to take a [...]

October 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of conversation

According to Arthur Nelson the young have lost the art of conversation but yesterday proved that amongst our Rust Belters it’s still going strong. At 31 my p/a Polly is hardly blue rinse let alone silvery, indeed as a triathlete she is a picture of glowing health looking like a Nordic ski [...]

October 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

The journey from hell

One of my favourite films is Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Steve Martin, an advertising executive, has to get back from New York to Chicago for thanksgiving. It rapidly turns into a journey from hell, shared by John Candy – a shower curtain [...]

October 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

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