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It’s all downhill from here …

Yesterday I knocked out a total of 25,637 steps (as per my Garmin fitness wristband) after deciding that simply going to the gym for a ‘session’ every two or three days was not enough. I’m not talking about having fallen prey to post-Christmas blues as regards how much I ate or drank over the [...]

January 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

SYDNEY’S HARBOUR AND COVES

I have been critical of Sydney’s city but yesterday I spent the day exploring the harbour and coves and felt more positive. When I went to the ATM first thing I could see was Sydney was going back to work after the Xmas break: workers scurrying , lattes in hand, scrutinising their mobiles [...]

January 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s distorted, that’s what it is …

I make no apology for entering the lists today in order to comment upon the latest figures that have been issued in respect of the UK gender pay gap. These come from companies who have over 250 employees – and who will be required by law to publish them on or before April 2018 – but who are in [...]

January 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

It had to come sooner or later

It was bound to happen one day. It is common knowledge among Rusters that one of our columnists on this esteemed organ – who shall remain nameless despite having previously blogged about it himself – is in a relationship with a female robot and, so far as any of us know, is blissfully [...]

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Once upon a time …

Occasionally those of us over a certain age hark back to the great sporting times of yesteryear – when men wore mullet or permed haircuts, moustaches and shorts so tight you could tell the wearer’s religion. In footballing terms let us just name-check Nottingham Forest, Derby County and [...]

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Wonders will never cease

In these modern 2st Century days, in which someone like Donald Trump can not only become a candidate for the post of US President but actually gets himself elected, I guess there should be nothing that surprises anyone. Given my long-held cynicism towards those who are attracted to and/or inhabit [...]

January 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sydney

Daffers always says don’t trust a restaurant with panoramic views. To an extent you could say this of Sydney. As a harbour city, it’s up there with Cape Town, Vancouver and San Francisco. But there is a key word and that is Harbour. Go into the city and it’s an unhappy mish-mash of sky [...]

January 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard

Five restaurants and a hotel to review so I will be briefer than normal on each. When we arrived at the Amora on New Years Eve at 12.30 the rooms were not ready. Fair enough, but not at 2-30. Hotels are charging premium rates for New Years Eve and should get extra staff to cope. The room itself on [...]

January 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

A tour to Hunter Valley

Yesterday ( Tuesday) we went on an organised wine tour of the Hunter Vallley wine region. It’s the main viticulture area of Australia boasting over 130 wineries. I have to confess that I am not a enthusiast or regular drinker of Australian wine. A friend of mine who is deeply knowledgeable on [...]

January 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hello 2018!

Being an incorrigible cynic and unabashed hair-shirt sort of a guy, I have felt ever since my mid-twenties that I was always going to be naturally suited to the role of being an old, ‘off the pace’ curmudgeon – basically an object of (behind my back) amusement to young generations – by [...]

January 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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