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It makes your blood boil

Yesterday I attended my GP surgery for my annual blood pressure review. As an example of good medical practice I was impressed that the pharmacist, in supplying my medication, told me I must see my GP – from whom I also received a letter to attend. The appointment was with the practice nurse, [...]

January 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s a ‘lose-lose’ situation …

Some of our National Rust readers may have read, as I have, of the findings of a new study conducted by the University of Oslo, which are widely reported in the British media this morning. Based upon research into a range of primates, these apparently demonstrate that there is a direct correlation [...]

January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Deciding which side of the line you fall

I have written previously on the subject of the hypocrisy of obese people who continually complain about the discrimination and lack of respect they receive from non-fatties and yet simultaneously also claim that they are entirely happy about their weight. Today, on the website of the Daily [...]

January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Italy unpacked

I do not get that excited by the type of travel programme which pairs a jovial Italian with a more phlegmatic Brit, but I did watch Italy Unpacked last night with some enthusiasm. This was largely nothing to do with the two presenters, the chef Georgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham Dixon, the art [...]

January 25, 2014 // 0 Comments


  I detect something exciting and innovative in the restaurant scene. For the last 20 years it has been driven by celebrity chefs. Now new vistas are opening. I already praised, as have many, Mr Wong for its combination of street food and haute cuisine, in offering Hong Kong Chinese in a new [...]

January 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

A once-in-a-lifetime visit?

Just occasionally, ever since I was a small boy with a vivid imagination – and rather in the style of mountaineer George Mallory who is said to have replied “Because it’s there” when asked why he wished to climb Mount Everest – I have actively considered making a pilgrimage to [...]

January 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Am I right when people keep telling me I’m wrong?

As a senior citizen – that is, someone beyond the age of sixty, shall we say – for me the issue of memory loss, alleged or proved, is a near-constant companion. To an extent it is all about different people’s perceptions. I have had a fair number of instances in the past where I know exactly [...]

January 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just getting back to it gives a boost

For reasons which not detain us here, I began my New Year’s fitness campaign on Tuesday 7th January 2014, i.e. instead of upon New Year’s Day, as originally intended. Following my practice of previous years, I did so by purchasing a bog-standard desk diary from WH Smith’s, in which I began my [...]

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

A stone setting of a friend

Yesterday I attended the stone setting of a local friend I know from the David Lloyd gym, who had an untimely death aged 60. Alan neither ate nor drank to excess, played tennis and golf and had a placid temperament. Last year he complained of severe pain that he thought was sciatica and was later [...]

January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Body hair issues

Taking a break from comparing ourselves with each other – plus, of course, ‘sizeism’, eating disorders and the fashion industry’s inability to relate to everywoman – it seems the latest fad is a backlash against the removal of female body hair. From a feminist point of view, this involves [...]

January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

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