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Some men achieve

Stuck miles away in the depths of the countryside staying with my aged father this weekend, for a good part of yesterday we sat in the drawing room reading the newspapers and, after those had been consumed, he then looked through a pair of old family photograph albums whilst I picked up a hardback [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Marginal gains and morality – and an error

Today I would like to draw the attention of Rust readers to an article on the use of TUEs (therapeutic use exemptions) in professional cycling – the perhaps most notorious example being that involving a package containing ‘nobody knows what’ that was sent for the use of Sir [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

The conceit of living

You know how it is. In public and indeed on the pages of the Rust, you make jokes about being old, forgetful, hopeless with social media and smartphone technology – basically being totally ‘past it’ and yet, far from getting depressed, you don’t give a row of beans about these signals of [...]

November 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

At least I was there

Sunday 19th November 2017: Premiership Rugby, Round 8: Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins at Sandy Park: Result – Exeter Chiefs 31 Harlequins 17 (Exeter four-try bonus point win): Premiership table after Round 8 – Exeter Chiefs 1st on 31 points, Harlequins 7th on 20 points. My weekend just past [...]

November 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Day two of the celebrations

The second day of my great nephew’s barmitzvah celebrations proved to be full on and in the same orthodox vein as the first. I walked to synagogue first thing with my sister-in-law. This was a modern building a community centre adapted to a synagogue with 2 separate areas for men and women. A [...]

November 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Family Celebration

Last night I travelled up to North London for the bar mitzvah of my grand nephew. It’s a 24 hour celebration of festivities beginning with a Sabbath dinner last night, lunch and dinner today. I was billeted at a hotel nearby. Orthodox Jews do not drive on the Sabbath so everyone present at [...]

November 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Does it matter? I don’t suppose he cares …

“There’s nowt so queer as folk …” was, from my personal recollection, a famous catch-phrase of actor, radio presenter and most of all professional Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978), despite – interestingly – it not being included in the list of them in his [...]

November 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

The original and true amber nectar

Some might feel I’m warming to my task as a relatively new contributor to the Rust – others than I’m rather hogging things – but sometimes these things cannot cannot be helped! For those interested in drink generally, here’s a link to an article by Brendan Hodrien that [...]

November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

He may have said something interesting, but …

It was my lot yesterday to travel into central London in order to attend the annual lunch of an esteemed organisation with friends in high places. The venue was ancient, sophisticated and impressive and the lunch excellent in both quality and service for such a number. Many of those attending, all [...]

November 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Italian adult learning course

I have been most impressed by the quality of the adult intermediate Italian learning course I attend every Wednesday. This costs £80 per term and the course books a further £35. The course teacher is a retired comprehensive teacher of modern languages who runs ours with enthusiasm and skill. [...]

November 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

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