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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

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

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 la Colthard / The River Cafe

The River Cafe, once the in-house cafeteria of architect Lord Rogers and owned by his wife Ruth, has been going strong since its launch in 1987 which is kinda surprising given its high prices and inconvenient location in that no-man’s -land between Hammersmith and Fulham Football Club. I went [...]

March 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sleeping on it

Over the course of time columnists on this organ possessed of far greater intellect and sensibility than mine have referenced and/or mocked the internet phenomenon of endless media reports detailing the latest academic research surveys or findings that seemingly ‘prove’ (or the opposite) some [...]

March 8, 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

Events, dear boy, events

Harold MacMillan’s observation nicely caught my day yesterday. I was returning from an appointment yesterday by car and a motorist had abandoned his car blocking the roadway in the opposite direction. Behind the empty car was a dustcart blocking my entrance gates and behind that vehicle a queue [...]

March 6, 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

Review of the sporting weekend

As some sports – e.g. football and rugby union – move towards the business end of their domestic seasons, others are in the early stages of their new ones, witness the European indoor athletics championships in Glasgow that featured widely upon the BBC main television channels over the [...]

March 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

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