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Who are we – and what are we doing here?

Beginning my daily review of the news websites this morning I was still reflecting upon last night’s Channel Four documentary Moon Landing Live broadcast at 8.00pm which I happened to watch in the company of a forty-nine year lady and my son Barry who is thirty-seven. It was a fascinating [...]

July 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

A day at Sissinghurst

I have a friend on the Rust who is addicted to the TV hospital programme Holby even though he has a phobia of hospitals. It’s much the same with me and gardens. I could not name you a single flower nor plant but like nothing better, especially in summer, than to roam in gardens. In their later [...]

July 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Is it just me?

I suspect any oldie out there will empathise with my post today – nothing more than a brief recap of things that happened to me yesterday whilst out and about in the modern world. First up, I’m involved part-time in the conduct of a local organisation which meets occasionally and for which my [...]

July 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

A day at Oxford

A good friend of mine who, despite attending Cambridge University, is deeply knowledgeable on Oxford had arranged a day there for me as a belated birthday present. We took the coach known as the Oxford Tube from Victoria. I do not often use coach travel but it was comfortable with a table for 4, a [...]

July 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Is any of it real?

Yesterday I visited a care home in order to spend time with an aged relative who is currently staying there for a period of “temporary respite” whilst some necessary changes are made to the living arrangements at his home. There are inevitably plusses and minuses to sending a relative [...]

July 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Music and Time

Yesterday’s review by Michael Stuart of the Rod Stewart concert at the Hove cricket ground – an excellent piece on the enduring quality and appeal of one of rock music’s greatest vocal performers – brought to mind a slew of thoughts about the complex issues that sometimes [...]

July 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Making sense of it all

In this modern era of “fake news” – the blurring of lines between what is fact and what is not, even to the point of nakedly-apparent transparency of any incident that takes place being publicly described as an instance of either A … or indeed, e.g. by another supposed news source, as an [...]

July 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Maximising sporting potential

We have all heard of the famous “10,000 hours rule” – the theory that anyone with serious ambition can transform themselves into a competent practitioner of virtually any skill or activity if they apply themselves to it with enough dedication and repetition. The theory is grounded in every [...]

July 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Kitchen W8

I was invited to this restaurant off Kensington High Street. It was my first time and was impressed. I like a set weekday menu which is affordable and sensible as the restaurant was not full. From it I choose a cold pea and courgette soup and sea bream and almond tart. All very delicious. The [...]

July 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Where logic and theory come to grief

For some time now we on the Rust have been reviewing the status and quality of women’s sport – something we shall continue to do – in the context of both the 21st Century’s obsession with political correctness (and its supplementary accessories, not least equality of opportunity, equal pay, [...]

July 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

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