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A sobering encounter

I spent the past two days at an enjoyable family gathering built around yesterday’s England v Wales rugby match at Twickenham which was also attended by an old friend of my father’s who recently had a major health scare. He’s a worthy addition to any social occasion but reports we had heard [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

We normal people are going to take over!

Okay, I’m coming out of the closet. After my recent rant about the pain of travelling on passenger airplanes with young, out of control, noisy or badly-behaved kids – which I’m told prompted a huge positive social media response and a new Rust record as the contribution [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Suddenly, a shaft of light in the gloom

Yesterday I set off to go and spend the weekend with my ancient father on the south coast. His short-term memory is none too good these days as I have previously mentioned. A representative example would be the fact that – despite having rung him as I was setting off to drive down – when I [...]

February 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Swings and roundabouts

It’s not often that contributors to this esteemed organ receive invitations to the publisher’s country pile on the outskirts of one of the most notable conurbations on the south coast and when we do they are treated by us all as more of a summons than something with an option to decline [...]

February 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

A plea from the afflicted

It is a truism of life that there are two sides to every story – perhaps three if one counts President Trump’s ‘fake news’ [I get the hump whenever a BBC newsreader – presumably in the interests of impartiality, e.g. after a report detailing the latest horror story [...]

February 6, 2018 // 1 Comment

Six Nations: it’s early days yet

At their elite levels rugby union football is a very different sport to its association counterpart because of its physicality. Arguably, there is little more delightful to watch than a great soccer team going about its business – not for nothing is it called ‘the beautiful game’ – and [...]

February 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Next stop decline and fall?

Most Sundays I manage to acquire a copy of an excellent publication for those interested in the sport (The Rugby Paper) – I say that because, when he remembers, my local newsagent holds one back for me. Here’s the text of an article that begins on its front page today – I should [...]

February 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Upon being bored into submission (a treatise)

Friday 2nd February 2018: Anglo-Welsh Cup Round 4: Northampton Saints v Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens, kick-off 7.45pm: Result – Northampton Saints 36 Harlequins 10: Latest position – Northampton Saints qualify for the knockout stage, Harlequins will now have to rely upon results elsewhere [...]

February 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here we go again

Although no doubt our many readers who follow sport will already be aware of this breaking media story yesterday, I feel it is my duty to provide a link today to Martha Kelner’s piece on the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s astonishing decision to overturn the life bans imposed upon 28 [...]

February 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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