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A blight upon the Earth

I trust it would not be wholly outrageous if I was to posit that I am no more and no less than an ordinary human being in that I probably harbour a range of subconscious prejudices against all manner of things and people in addition to those I openly admit. In which context let me proclaim that my [...]

April 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

I was one, but I’m over it now

As a former columnist I have remained both a member of the Rust ‘family’ and a regular reader since I voluntarily quit after failing to renew my season tickets and unofficially quitting as a Harlequins fan nearly two years ago now. At the time I subsequently continued posting to the website for [...]

April 7, 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

The subtle art of waving goodbye

One could be forgiven for thinking that, given where we have now reached with the Brexit crisis, the smart money should be on the likelihood of it all ending badly and with no winners. A worrying phenomenon in the whole mess are those commentators like myself who for the past one hundred and fifty [...]

April 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

A sign of the times, perhaps

A true story. Yesterday, shortly after the hour of noon and the commencement of Prime Minister’s Question Time on BBC1 which I had been watching in furtherance of keeping myself abreast on Brexit matters – under just-issued orders obeyed because my practice is to get my chores out of the way so [...]

April 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

A scene from modern life (Number 26)

It naturally comes with the territory that we oldies have to contend with occasional but increasing ‘senior moments’ – e.g. failing to find things where you thought you left them; doing one thing and then getting interrupted by something else and not being able to remember what the first [...]

April 3, 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

From there to where?

As I contemplated this post earlier this morning I considered beginning it with “Some Rusters may remember Saint and Greavsie …” because I wanted to reference the catch-phrase of Jimmy Greaves (“It’s a funny old game …”) in the context of my intended theme-for-the-day of Life being [...]

March 31, 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

A drink in a pub

Last night I went for a drink with a Kiwi in his early seventies whom I first met in the sauna at my local health club six or seven years ago. He’s the sort of the cheerful chap who will strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone he comes across, as I had seen him doing habitually doing [...]

March 28, 2019 // 1 Comment

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