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The tribulations of switching careers

Though his success in both his careers – footballer and TV host/presenter – is undeniable, I have never personally warmed to Gary Linker. Well, save for the time he made those gestures – caught vividly on the TV cameras – to England manager Bobby Robson on the bench during the 4th July [...]

January 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard The Kennels, Goodwood Estate

There are places who are dog-friendly and take dogs but the Kennels, the clubhouse for all activities on the Goodwood Estate goes beyond that. Almost every group had their dog with them and in the entrance hall is a collection of dog bowls, including one for Pedro – the pooch of the couple [...]

January 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

“Fake News” musings

One of the joys of being ‘being a certain age’ is the sense you has seen it all before even if, on a personal level, that isn’t quite necessarily true. The art of staying personally relevant in the 21st Century is tied to the notion that, whatever is going on, the essential nature of the [...]

January 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it comes to this

I once heard an interview in which the learned guest offered the statement “If you ask forty-two economists their view, you’ll get forty-two different answers”. Arguably – if you’re anywhere as cynical as I am – the logical extension of this dictum is the assumption that, if just [...]

January 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Investment matters

Later this month investors in Neil Woodford’s flagship fund Equity Income will receive their first pay out since it was suspended – known as “gated” in the trade. “ Equity income” is a misnomer as the equities were mainly private companies and illiquid (he could find no market [...]

January 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

How the world goes around

As I begin today’s post I need to declare an interest – I do not believe in God. That registered, I would also like to add that I do not consider myself to be anti-religion per se, say in the style of Professor Richard Hawkins who delights in crusading (to use a word) against those who [...]

January 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

The importance of realism

Let us be blunt – despite all its special camaraderie and virtuous trappings rugby union is no different to any other sport at the highest elite level. Without donning the rose-tinted glasses, down through its illustrious amateur history those who played the game, and its many fans, wallowed in a [...]

January 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Back to the future, maybe

This organ used to pride itself on its unique and contrary, slightly left-field ‘oldie’ takes on aspects of modern living. Indeed this was the central theme our board’s USP when pitching for the US$1.6 billion funding injection in the fall of 2016 that took us into exclusive league of [...]

January 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Banks – revisited

The issue of bank service – or lack of it – is something discussed in this illustrious organ and I make no apology in returning to it now after a recent visit. There are only 2 Barclays banks in the centre of  the city in which I live, one of which was closed for refurbishment. I had [...]

January 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

I suppose you could (just) make it up

Following Sandra McDonnell’s piece in the Rust touching upon the Saracens scandal engulfing rugby’s English Premiership, here is a link to a piece by Robert Kitson that appears today upon the website of – THE [...]

January 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

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