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The general view of the three Rusters in Las Canarias was that this was a successful trip. Indeed Bob was saying that rather than visit Cape Town next January for the South Africa v England Test – being his 5th trip there – he would be happier to return to Lanzarote and Tenerife. We had [...]

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

From the moment we were greeted warmly at reception on arrival I knew I would like the Hotel Botanico. It’s an old fashioned hotel that majors on their service which is impeccable. It also has excellent amenities like 2 swimming pools, 3 superb restaurants and a more than adequate pool cafe, [...]

January 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Second Day in Tenerife

This proved a full-on day which we all enjoyed. Breakfast was a buffet but with waiter service and a chef preparing omelettes. It was copious and I’ve grown to like the crispy Canary bread. We did not miss the screaming kids of the Lanzarote hotel but we did the pink vin moscato sparkler. After [...]

January 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Murray should still make a mint

I have a confession to make. Ever since earlier this week – on the eve of the Australian Open – Andy Murray made his not altogether unexpected but nevertheless shock announcement that the chronic hip condition he has been suffering from these past two years had almost certainly brought him [...]

January 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tenerife

Our journey from Lanzarote to Tenerife was no simple island hop largely because of the lack of signage in Canarian airports. The taxi driver in Lanzarote dropped us off at the international terminal – not the domestic one – though neither seemed marked. At the correct terminal we could [...]

January 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

Probably as a form of defence mechanism, or alternatively an easy stock manner of beginning a conversation, in response to any incoming “How are you?” query on the phone or in person my aged father would habitually reply “I’m alive”. Elsewhere – e.g. upon meeting or being introduced [...]

January 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Adios Lanzarote

Today the party is leaving Lanzarote from Tenerife. We liked Lanzarote a lot, our only real beef was the hotel with it’s deficient key cards and buffet. Bob says he will come back but as regards hotel will move up a star. My friends took me to lunch at Brisa Marina a popular sea food restaurant [...]

January 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Make of it (anything) what you will

Last week I found myself in conversation with my father’s current carer, who formerly held a senior position in a church school in his native South Africa. Somehow our discussion moved onto the subject of the wide variety of different ways in which elderly people cope with the vicissitudes of [...]

January 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Manrique Tour

Yesterday we went on a coach tour to learn more about the places of the extraordinary Cesar Manrique. The words ‘eco-friendly’ turn me off for me as it normally means someone is getting high and mighty about the environment. However I admire a man such as Manrique, who imports into his [...]

January 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

“Goodbye cruel world …” he said, but couldn’t remember why …

Hello – this may be one of my last messages to my fellow Rusters if the latest reports in the media prove to be true – or should that be ‘come to fruition’? Today I appear before you honestly yet nakedly as a 70 year old male with a slight tendency to obesity – I’m not prepared to [...]

January 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

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