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A crackpot scheme

Labour’s election pledge to deliver free broadband by 2030 has been more or less capsized on techno, financing and competitiveness grounds but – for me – the greatest idiocy as outlined in the scheme by John McConnell is that, due to the size of the investment, Labour would take it [...]

November 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The story so far

Like others in the Rust party I am intrigued by Japan. It’s not just the language that makes it inscrutable but some of the customs too. One is “No tipping”. In the taxi from the shrines of Kyoto to our hotel I covered the fare and there was very small change of about one pound. I naturally [...]

October 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

The land of the rising sun .. and heated loo seat

One aspect of Japan on which the Rust party is unanimous is the delight of the heated loo seat. We first encountered this today on the bullet train from Kobe to Tokyo. The bullet train is super fast but inside not that much different from any train ‘though of course superior to Southern [...]

October 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

Japan -here we come

I am much looking forward to the next 10 days in Japan. The Rust party comprises Sandra, Derek and Tom to report on matters rugby and Nancy, Daffers and myself on everything else. My rugby playing experience was at my London school where I alongside other myopic, fatties and non-athletes were [...]

October 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

The digital age ….ugh

A common beef of us oldies and on the Rust is coping with the digital age. I suffered yesterday. First up, my bank credit card was cancelled for no given reason as there was an “ issue”. This means I will have to contact all those who use it for renewal but will doubtless miss some company who [...]

October 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

John Mann MP/ what a man

I suspect the name of John Mann is not that familiar with many of our readers and, if it is, it would be as the man who called to his face Ken Livingstone “a fucking Nazi”. He is the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, taking over from Joe Ashton and elevated to the House of Lords by Theresa May as [...]

October 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Two weddings – no funeral

Rather like the buses I don’t go to a wedding for months and then two come along in successive weekends. Yesterday I went to Claridges to celebrate the wedding of an old friend. For both he and his bride to be it was the second time round. They opted for Claridges and a cocktail party from 5-8 [...]

September 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

The artist with the needle

This was the flattering but largely accurate description of my late father who as a doctor rose to prominence for vaccination. He inoculated the Royals, England’s football team, the Royal Opera company, symphony orchestras and Harold Macmillan whom he much admired. He found Macmillan to be a [...]

September 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

The wedding celebration

This three day celebration was my first experience of a millenial wedding. Most that I have attended in the past take place in a House of God with an officiating vicar or rabbi. This was in the open air in an elegant setting of the gardens of a villa with a lay celebrant. Various vows were made, [...]

September 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

The curious incident of the man in the bathrobe

At 7.30 am yesterday there was a knock on the door and there I find a man in a bathrobe, apparently from the room below, creating in a heavy German accent that the noise from my chair kept him awake all night. This was curious as I awoke at 4.30 am and sat at the desk working on my laptop. [...]

September 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

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