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Getting something straight

I am do not regard myself as a racist. In opening my contribution today with that statement I’m conscious that – as per Shakespeare’s “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” dictum – it has the danger of exposing me as exactly what I’m claiming to not be, but nevertheless I need to [...]

March 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s come to this

Gawd have mercy upon me for returning to this subject because everyone I know is fed up to the back teeth with the whole kaboosh and – based upon the weekend’s airwaves and media generally – everything about it seems still completely upon in the air, totally confused and showing all the signs [...]

March 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

England have serious issues to address before RWC

Some two seasons now into my ‘break’ from Quins – a state of mind akin to that of a recovering alcoholic, i.e. (medical folklore has it) never cured but at best in ongoing temporary remission – yesterday I settled down with family and friends to watch the final afternoon of 2019 Six [...]

March 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Not waving but drowning (again)

Sadly, it looks as though I’m in danger of gradually acquiring an unofficial new status as the Rust’s motoring/traffic correspondent. Yesterday my main/sole purpose was to drive to the south coast for the weekend, a journey that in ordinary circumstances would take between 90 and 120 minutes [...]

March 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

From absurdity to eternity

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been following the Brexit machinations since last autumn with a strange fascination whilst also simultaneously feeling totally redundant as a Rust columnist, a gig I had accepted with a self-imposed brief to cover the absurdities of British politics. It’s nigh [...]

March 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess

To Chichester yesterday for a Ruster awayday in the cause of viewing of some early 20th Century British artist’s work and then a breezy alcoholic lunch at an establishment not far from the famous Festival Theatre. I had teamed up with Ivan Conway for the trip – a mucker from my university days [...]

March 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A day in the country

In the art world the nature of the beast means that over the course of time certain styles, movements and breakthroughs weave in and out of fashion and thus it was with some anticipation that yesterday I had accepted an invitation to join two fellow Rusters on a jaunt to view the Harold Gilman: [...]

March 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A declaration …

Okay, I am coming out of the woods with my hands up – with just over three weeks to go [well, barring any extension of the Article 50 deadline for Brexit of 29th March and in these weird times one can rule nothing out] – and declaring to the world that I’ve completely changed my mind and have [...]

March 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Edwardians In Colour review: 2 stars out of 5

Last night – during a lull in domestic proceedings that coincided with my early evening gin & tonic and a dearth of anything remotely watchable on the box, I managed to negotiate my cable television complexities and thereby play for myself the first episode of a Channel 5 documentary series [...]

March 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

I’m no expert, but …

This morning I am coming out of the closet – this after a long chat with my fellow Ruster Jane Shillingford at a social gathering hosted by a mutual friend – to declare myself resolutely behind our sports department’s campaign to eliminate unfair gender discrimination in sport by the [...]

March 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

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