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

Decline and fall

In the week I was personally involved and witnessed 2 mishaps in restaurants. The first on Monday evening was a meeting  at a private dining room of a club in St James of the Dictator’s Club, a group of industrialists who fund raise money for charity. There was some concern from our Chairman, [...]

February 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Mastering the art

One of the joys of coastal life is the air quality. As part of my new exercise regime, I try to walk at least 3 miles a day. I swim in the gym in bad weather but gyms are not for me: the music is too intrusive and not to my taste, the proliferation of signage reflects the current health and safety [...]

February 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Consumer Update

Last Thursday I returned to the dry cleaners for the third time after depositing my laundry. After a lengthy circumnavigation of the rails by the assistant and “Have the laundry contacted me?” my corduroy trousers were found. I am not one for Check a Trade or Tripadvisor. I simply do [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bob and his bedding

I do not suppose that the laundering of my bedding is of intensive interest to our 2 million readers and our other contributors must be holding back their copy for this post to be published. Nonetheless there is a life story of sorts here. When I moved down here, I engaged various trades and [...]

February 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Modern medicine

Yesterday en route to my doctor I listened to a Radio 4 programme on medicine. It made the point that the modern doctor does not carry a Gladstone bag nor wear a white surgical coat as all the information he/she needs is on his smart phone and the image has changed. It’s precisely because of [...]

February 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Lone Piper

Yesterday I attended the funeral of a lady who died aged 100, the scion of a family I know over 4 generations. There are many similarities with my own family, not least an excellent sense of humour which extends not just to droll witticisms but making random events and personalities amusing. On [...]

January 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Two inspiring meals

No disrespect to Daffers but you do not have to go to “high on the hog” restaurants to have an enjoyable time. On Monday I invited my Italian chiropodist to lunch at a local pizzeria. Trimming the Tickler toe nails might seem an unlikely spring board for a friendship but I have known [...]

January 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another day

Guy de Maupassant, in his novel A Life, ended with the observation that life is neither as bad or as good as you anticipate. I thought of this yesterday in reviewing a day in which I had an unexpected highlight and something I was looking forward to proved a disappointment. The highlight was the [...]

January 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Getting home and wrapping up

We were greeted by the news at check-in that our Qantas flight to Dubai was delayed by some 5 hours. This meant we had at least 30 hours before us until we reached the comfort of our home. Sitting in the soulless executive lounge of Qantas we reviewed the last month. The cricketing fraternity felt [...]

January 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

New Years Eve Sydney

If you have to spend New Years Eve anywhere it might as well be Sydney Harbour. I am no fan of this night of revelling: too noisy, crowded and too many transport problems for my taste. In fact – to extend the Rust ‘be there or at home’ debate to New Years Eve – I suspect a [...]

January 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

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