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Waiting for the tide of political correctness to go out

This week we learn that the BBC Trust has ordered its programme commissioners and makers to increase female representation on comedy show panels and the like – see today here, on the website of THE GUARDIAN Please pardon me for being male, old and set in my ways, but this sort of [...]

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Mercure

I am reviewing Brighton’s sea front hotels, starting with the Mercure. The problem that virtually all of them have is that the buildings are old and prone to draughtiness. The Mercure, which is set on the front on the border with Hove, is no exception. I checked in early and gave them full [...]

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Talking to God

Earlier this week I accompanied my father to his club, where he was hosting a lunch attended by two friends, both members of an important charity board. This passed off most satisfactorily, save for the indignities of old age – as he would describe them – that are now his lot. He is markedly [...]

February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

Tozi

  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

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