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Two recommended articles

Today – from the Sports department – links to two insightful and superbly written pieces that appear today upon the website of The Guardian. Arguably – as were well-testified to in the eulogies to the recently-late, great journalist Hugh McIlvanney – there are few more [...]

February 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sport and principles

Sport – either as a recreation or as simply a joyful celebration of what human beings can potentially achieve given the required combination of genetic gifts, hard work, beneficial nutrition, ambition, drive and no doubt random injects of good fortune – inevitable attracts some troubling [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Two passings

Yesterday when I was en route to my old friend’s A funeral I received a voice message that one of my parents’ closest friends, an entrepreneurial publisher and broadcaster, had passed away last Sunday. I had his birthday (March 13) in my diary as he now lives abroad and he likes to know whether [...]

February 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

A dinner in absentia

Last night our dining club was due to meet in the absence of A who passed away on Saturday. He was going to provide drinks and canapés at his home and afterwards the remaining three would eat locally. We decided to preserve the booking and meet up and the universal reaction was we were pleased we [...]

January 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

A sad passing

Unlike some of my esteemed colleagues on the Rust I am not always comfortable about sharing personal recollections with our readers but last night there was such a momentous, devastating call that to write of anything else is impossible. My best friend at university and a constant and valued friend [...]

January 27, 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

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

An ongoing exchange

I am sometimes harbour misgivings about ‘reporting from the frontline’ upon my experiences of dealing with my aged father who needs live-in care assistance – but not necessarily for the reasons you might think. I was chatting to a Rust colleague the other day about the motivations that [...]

December 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

On the high street at Christmas

For reasons which need not detain us here – well, all right, relations with Her Indoors had broken down because as a male I’d done the logical and ventured to suggest that she should choose any present I bought her if she wished to get what she really wanted/needed, which apparently was totally [...]

December 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Christmas fuss about nothing?

With apologies to all Rusters who have already seen it and already formed a view, today I wished to comment upon this year’s BBC One short promotional film for Christmas which – as anyone who reads the newspapers and/or follows social media will know – has become a source of some [...]

December 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

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