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Artisan gins – a sort of a review

Today, my Ruster friends, a departure. Earlier this week I took the unique step of calling Algy Belville – whom I had previously only met at The Rust’s editorial two-day summer party in August on board the 120 foot super-yacht of ‘mine host’ Bob Tickler in the Brighton marina, a [...]

October 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

What’s in a name ?

Yesterday I had lunch with an old school chum. He is something of an internet entrepreneur who developed a successful airline reservation site. Conversation turned to how best to deal with long haul flights. I mentioned how germs incubate and mutate in the cabin. My chum’s remedy was to take a [...]

October 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Yet another troubled day in the life of

Yesterday I had occasion to attend a lunch in the City of London. Everything went according to plan until I decided to nip into the local branch of my own bank in the high street on my way to the railway station in order to deposit two cheques that I had received in my favour. You’d think – and [...]

October 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here we go …

Former Tory Prime Minister David Cameron has a lot to answer for and will go down in history for it. No doubt if he could have the chance to re-run the day he thought of instigating the 2016 EU Referendum – and indeed every party whip, and every MP in the House of Commons at the time of the vote [...]

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Wine tasting/champagne and sparkling wines

Several Rusters are involved in courses; Alice (Mansfield) goes to an art course on British modernism, Bob (Tickler) and Ivan ( Conway) on languages,  all at their local learning centre and I attend irregularly a wine course. There is a common denominator as in every one there is a a know-all [...]

October 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

On our choice of political leaders

[Before launching today’s treatise, I’m going to issue a disclaimer. The fact is that a subject theme suddenly occurred to me and I’ve now come to the keyboard with no particular idea where it’s going to lead. In short, I’m embarking upon some improvised riffing and therefore I must [...]

October 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thinking about it

These days scarcely a week goes by in which a potentially far-reaching new development in the world of science and technology doesn’t get featured. Irrespective of whether this happens in the fields of medical treatments or diagnosis, artificial intelligence (AI), genetically-modified crops that [...]

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of conversation

According to Arthur Nelson the young have lost the art of conversation but yesterday proved that amongst our Rust Belters it’s still going strong. At 31 my p/a Polly is hardly blue rinse let alone silvery, indeed as a triathlete she is a picture of glowing health looking like a Nordic ski [...]

October 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Quelle horreur! I’ve just realised I’d like to be young again …

It’s very important for Rusters that – with our famous mission statement being to observe and comment upon the modern world from our viewpoint as ‘people beyond a certain age’ – to maintain a degree of balance between comparing the now with the past and also looking to the future. [...]

October 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The journey from hell

One of my favourite films is Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Steve Martin, an advertising executive, has to get back from New York to Chicago for thanksgiving. It rapidly turns into a journey from hell, shared by John Candy – a shower curtain [...]

October 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

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