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It’s all getting rather serious now

… And so last night we reached one of the critical milestones on the way to the General Election vote on 12th December – the live TV debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn on ITV1 at 8.00pm, chaired by Julie Etchingham. The build-up had been tense [...]

November 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tough times when you want to know what’s what …

These days it’s perhaps simultaneously both healthy and damned disappointing that in the 21st Century the safest approach for the average member of the public is to reach for a large pinch of salt when analysing everything they see or hear. Whether it’s anything that US President Trump manages [...]

November 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Going through the motions

Some older readers may remember my former life wherefrom I reported for the Rust upon matters pertaining to Harlequins FC, the Premiership rugby union club from a personal viewpoint as an unabashed and devoted – not to say one-eyed – fan and supporter. About three seasons ago all that [...]

November 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Something that came back to me

A snapshot from the past. Yesterday, as I was walking into town to do some shopping, for no reason at all I remembered a scene from my past that made me smile. Eons ago – well, it must have been about 1966 because I was fourteen at the time – I was living away in the countryside at a boarding [...]

November 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

A wine tasting with a difference

The local wine tastings I irregularly attend are as interesting for the effect of the wine as their quality. Last night we had a private cellar evening where attendees brought their own wine as well as the wine tutor. There were ten present and at first a certain awkwardness as the wine tutor was [...]

November 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Get your hard hats at the ready …

Rusters might not have noticed but the UK’s General Election process is now cranking into gear with just over a month ago. While the rest of us – the flood-suffering residents of Fishlake included – are just trying to get on with our lives having now collectively reached the terminal stage of [...]

November 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Flint House Brighton

Ben and Pamela Mckellar have been around the Brighton restaurant scene for some 21 years now with their Gingerman group with outlets in Kemp Town, Hove and Hurstpierpoint. I have visited the first two and would categorise them as good but not so good as to wish to return. The notion that the couple [...]

November 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Saga endeth

Readers may recall my dispute with Saga who increased the renewal premium for my medical insurance by 100% and when I queried this added on another £600. It was also virtually impossible to communicate with them. I received a holding letter that my complaint was still being investigated a week [...]

November 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Heaven can wait

My subject today is one of sport’s current cause célèbres – the use of video technology to ‘improve’ the quality of refereeing and umpiring decisions. Even that statement raises an issue. Simply because it involves judgements and decisions made by one or more human beings, the skill of [...]

November 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon Remembrance Sunday

My paternal grandfather, whom I never met, was a territorial soldier for most of his adult life. Twenty years old at the outbreak of war in August 1914, as the saying goes “he had a [relatively] good WW1” in that, despite being wounded several times and at one point buried alive, he fought in [...]

November 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

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