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

Prom revisited and poor letting practice

Yesterday on a gloriously sunny day when the temperature reached 21 degrees we made a long walk on the Prom to an apartment block well past the Negresco. The reason for this is that sadly the flat we have rented is going to be sold and if we are to revisit Nice we must relocate. A balcony is an [...]

April 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Internet frustration

Frustration with the internet is a common theme of the Rust but when you are deprived of it you really appreciate it. This happened yesterday in our apartment when for no apparent reason my iPad lost its WiFi connectivity. It still worked on my mobile. I tried all the obvious ways of [...]

April 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fully institutionalised

We are now all settled which raises another Rust travel debate as to whether you return to the same place or explore new ones. I am in the latter category and for that reason was never attracted to a second overseas home. Aside from the commitment you are subject to currency fluctuations and local [...]

April 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pleased to be back

Over recent years nothing excites me more travel-wise than to return to Nice in spring. In the 1970s and 80s I felt this way about New York. It was a city of vitality and energy living on its commercial, financial and sexual edge. At Plato’s Republic and the flop houses anything and everything [...]

March 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

The giving of presents

A good friend of mine recently gave me a photo frame to which you can download digital photos. It was given with the very best of intentions. I’m an old fashioned sort of guy who likes an instruction manual not, as was the case here, an app. My problems started when I must have tapped in my email [...]

March 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Medical & Internet Issues

Yesterday I attended at the Spire Montefiore Hospital to see a urologist regarding a kidney stone which has this year caused pain and discomfort. The previous day I called my medical insurers to confirm my cover. When I presented myself the receptionist took my details but erroneously registered me [...]

March 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Events, dear boy, events

Harold MacMillan’s observation nicely caught my day yesterday. I was returning from an appointment yesterday by car and a motorist had abandoned his car blocking the roadway in the opposite direction. Behind the empty car was a dustcart blocking my entrance gates and behind that vehicle a queue [...]

March 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

The last day

On our last full day the highlight was an invite to the home of hotel owner Sir Royston Hopkin. He is quite a guy. After leaving school he joined British American insurance company but moved into the family business at Ross Point Inn. In 1969 he was appointed to the board of Spice Island Hotel [...]

February 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

A typical day in Paradise

I have now settled into my routine. My day begins with an early morning walk on Gran Anse beach. I find such places best in the early morning with only a few dog walkers about. The beaches at Grenada are public and I assumed that over the weekend the loveliest one at Gran Anse would be full to [...]

February 25, 2019 // 0 Comments


Today, I’m leaving for Grenada as part of a Rust Party comprising Duggie Heath, Daffers and Nancy. This time, ably assisted by Nancy, I organised the trip. It’s a British Airways package and I can see why the airline is only rated 33rd alongside Kenya Air. They had my wrong email and so [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

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