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My New Years Eve

It was another first for me last night: a New Years Eve spent in the UK. The last three have been in Sydney, the South China Seas and Cape Town respectively. New Years Eve is overrated, an excuse for restaurants to charge much more and the minicabs taking you there and back. However it is also the [...]

January 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Birthday party

These days I don’t often get invited to parties and I cannot say I miss this aspect of my social life. I have no real desire to meet new people, my optimal hope is to encounter someone I like but don’t see often. My reaction to an invitation to the birthday party of my Thai Housekeeper Lin was [...]

December 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

An ongoing exchange

I am sometimes harbour misgivings about ‘reporting from the frontline’ upon my experiences of dealing with my aged father who needs live-in care assistance – but not necessarily for the reasons you might think. I was chatting to a Rust colleague the other day about the motivations that [...]

December 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

With an apology for droning on

As this rather eventful year draws to a conclusion it seems to me that the latest overnight media reports upon developments in the Gatwick Airport drone attack incident, specifically the news that the police have admitted the possibility that there may never have been a drone at all – Sussex [...]

December 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

On the high street at Christmas

For reasons which need not detain us here – well, all right, relations with Her Indoors had broken down because as a male I’d done the logical and ventured to suggest that she should choose any present I bought her if she wished to get what she really wanted/needed, which apparently was totally [...]

December 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

A serendipitous evening

It’s fair comment that the Rust is pre-occupied with the difficulties of ageing in a confusing and confused world. It therefore gives me much delight to inform our readers that last night I invited a couple of 80 (Ron) and 76 years Jackie for a drink and light supper and they were outstanding [...]

December 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

To Hell in a handcart

Sometimes, whichever human grouping(s) one belongs to – viz. any or all of oldies, kids, insomniacs, men, women, intellectuals, sports nuts, academics, disabled, naturalists, the military, impoverished, gamblers, billionaires, glamour models, musicians, entrepreneurs, social workers, doctors or [...]

December 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

And they used to call the back end of summer “the silly season” …

The impression that the world has gone plumb loco is difficult to avoid at the moment, especially if like me you’ve been watching the ‘drone attack’ developments at Gatwick airport on the 24 hour news channels over the last couple of days. On top of the Parliamentary chaos and paralysis over [...]

December 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

In praise of the NHS

The NHS is a political football that a moaning public sometimes likes to kick around. Middle class friends of mine with private doctors and private medical insurance to the hilt, the critical media and anyone who has suffered a delay or worse love to tell us it’s in a crisis. My own personal [...]

December 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Oh well …

In the cause of keeping Rusters up to date as we hurtle towards decrepitude and senility, I feel it my duty to draw the attention of those who may have missed them to the following media pieces that I spotted overnight upon the website of the Daily Mail: Reporter Carl Honore review a new book on [...]

December 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

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