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I have always found cleaners an odd breed, supposedly  providing a service but in reality imposing their own foibles on your household. French cleaners are no different, worse in fact. I have engaged a cleaning agency that offers a but not the cleaner twice a week as I have yet to have the same [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rugby: sports fans and current issues

On Monday this week Harlequins’ director of rugby John Kingston parted company ‘by mutual agreement’ with the club following Quins’ abject performance against London Irish last weekend. See here for the story as covered by Robert Kitson upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN Upon hearing the [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Town and country

It’s funny how townie and country-dwellers have different perspectives on life as it is or ought to be lived. An example of what I mean is the story I heard or read somewhere about the formerly all-round hero film-maker (now somewhat discredited because of rumours or worse about his [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

comparing notes

It’s interesting to compare notes with William (Byford), both of us victims of crime. A burglary is a far more invasive crime than a pickpocket and more was stolen from him too. I still notice that the first reaction in both cases is  disbelief – “Has it really happened ?” Followed by [...]

April 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Getting a grip

There was a time not a few moons ago when, as a matter of editorial policy, a group of Rust contributors informally agreed among themselves that wherever possible – in the interests of balance, fairness, harmony, understanding and perhaps even revenue protection/development(!) – they [...]

April 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

A new nadir reached

Saturday 7th April 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 19: Harlequins v London Irish at the Stoop, kick off 3.00pm: Result – Harlequins 5 (0 league points) London Irish 35 (5 league points, 4 for for the win and 1 four-try bonus point): League positions – Harlequins 9th of 12 on 36 points, London [...]

April 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Lunch at Blue Beach

Sometimes – often actually – the simple pleasures in life are the best. Yesterday I met Sebastian, a former soldier who decided to make a new life for himself in Nice, and who always has been helpful in advising on Niocis matters. He is our man on the ground and my pleasure to invite [...]

April 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

You live and learn most days

I cannot remember which Southern railways franchise has been getting all the flak for the past few years but it’s entirely possible that it’s the one that sends trains from the London terminals down towards Portsmouth Harbour upon which I travelled to Chichester in West Sussex yesterday [...]

April 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Easter Monday / Nice

Whilst it rains back home, here the sun shines brightly till 7.30 pm. On a Monday the fruit and flower market of the Cours Saleya is replaced by a broccante, a flea market. Personally, having to stroll through a crowded flea market is my idea of hell, but as my guest enjoys it so much so that I [...]

April 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Then and now – is it really progress?

The subject of how society evolves over time is a complicated thing, especially when you’re an oldie. Not least because you can remember the days when things were different and you just got on with it. Particularly when it comes to social attitudes and humour, because they will always only be [...]

April 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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