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Maybe we’re not all we’re cracked up to be

One aspect of the British psyche that has its good and bad angles is the innate belief that in this country, unlike the rest of the world, we do things properly i.e. always in line with the rules and/or with an instinctive imperative towards fairness, dignity, impartiality and straight-dealing. [...]

February 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Scientists – another fine mess they’ve got me into!

Doh! On Monday this week – like millions of others – I read the Rust website from cover to cover (as it were) and saw Wendy Lewis’s helpful post linking to the media story that broke over the weekend about a new social group. Never mind ‘millennials’, or [...]

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Speaking to an expert

I always say there is no substitute to speaking to speaking to someone at the coal face if you want to get to grips with an issue. I have been following the discussion on sick people consulting their pharmacist rather than their GP. At the moment there is pressure on the NHS as a sick person with a [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

A sobering encounter

I spent the past two days at an enjoyable family gathering built around yesterday’s England v Wales rugby match at Twickenham which was also attended by an old friend of my father’s who recently had a major health scare. He’s a worthy addition to any social occasion but reports we had heard [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Modern medicine

Yesterday en route to my doctor I listened to a Radio 4 programme on medicine. It made the point that the modern doctor does not carry a Gladstone bag nor wear a white surgical coat as all the information he/she needs is on his smart phone and the image has changed. It’s precisely because of [...]

February 1, 2018 // 0 Comments


I know that I am not the only contributor to the Rust who has irregular sleep patterns – in fact I think, based on an informal survey I conducted at last month’s office Christmas party, that more of them would subscribe to my quip “I still sleep the same average number of hours [...]

January 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Life keeps moving

Yesterday my brother and I drove separately into the countryside in order to spend some time with our father and attend a meeting with an executive of the agency that provides his live-in carers. Although it may sound glaring obvious, when a close family member reaches his tenth decade one becomes [...]

January 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hello 2018!

Being an incorrigible cynic and unabashed hair-shirt sort of a guy, I have felt ever since my mid-twenties that I was always going to be naturally suited to the role of being an old, ‘off the pace’ curmudgeon – basically an object of (behind my back) amusement to young generations – by [...]

January 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

It started with a noise

Yesterday I did myself proud, rushing out on a trip to collect my laundry, buy some food and drink – take it all back home – and then go out again to a wholefood store in my neighbourhood on foot, all before 9.30am. On top of that I then bought a DVD online via Amazon and selected ‘free next [...]

December 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

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