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It happens, sometimes …

Just occasionally, and not often – when tuned to the television or radio broadcasting media – the viewer or listener gains the sense that he or she is being exposed to something ‘live’ on air which might possible later make a news story of its own. I’ve had two such examples in [...]

December 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

As the eleventh hour approaches

Monday 23rd December, 1255 hours: Chaos, a state with which the Stuarts are not unfamiliar, has now taken up full-blown residence as we enter Christmas week. So has my son Barry. I’m not implying that those two statements are necessarily connected, but you can draw your own conclusions, as I do [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Believe it or not

Robert Ripley, an American,  travelled to 201 countries and was a explorer, broadcaster and reporter. His life was a constant search for the unbelievable.  He coined the phrase ” believe it or not” and there are 30 of his odditoriums . Yesterday I visited one at Piccadilly Circus with [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/the Guinea Grill

For many years we have been having the Danida lunch – Davina, Nicola and Daffers at the Guinea Grill . Nic, an interior designer who has gone into  refurbishing houses in the Fulham area, is maddeningly well preserved. Years running her own ad agency and the consequent liquid lunching that [...]

December 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Reversing the effects of ageing

There is an interesting article on the website of The Guardian newspaper this morning, about research being done by Australian and US researchers into how effects of ageing might be held back or reversed – see here – THE GUARDIAN It brought to mind a conversation I had some years ago now at the [...]

December 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

When the time comes to stop

As our publisher has been at pains to point out, this is not so much a website for oldies as an observational organ for those of us who are past the first flush of youth. It is therefore natural that, from time to time, we feature items upon aspect of life that affect senior citizens more than [...]

December 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

And a Merry Christmas to you too!

Christmas is traditionally a time of festive joy, fun, presents, turkey, drinks, over-eating and family reunions. I’m sure my National Rust readers will be delighted to learn this year the Stuarts will be complete, in the sense that my son Barry will be joining us. A professional yachtsman based [...]

December 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sobering Up

Chris Middleton was one of the talents at my school. Although we have not stayed in touch I always enjoy reading his feature articles. Yesterday one appeared in the Telegraph. He described a service called Sober Services for those of an addictive bent. A sober companion accompanies you to social [...]

December 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Supermarket v local trader

Yesterday our godson and his mother came for lunch. My wife and I did our regular shop at M & S. We were attracted to the weekend deal of a main, side and dessert and bottle of wine for £10. After lunch, our godson’s mother complimented us fulsomely on the roast chicken, garlic [...]

December 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A note of caution on dementia

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that Boots, Lloyds Bank and First Group have become the first major companies to commit to helping dementia sufferers as part of prime minister David Cameron’s ‘fight back’ against the disease, including a [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

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