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“Never in the field of …” (or Sandy The Duck, Part Three)

This morning I have tried and failed to summon my best but inadequate Churchillian powers of composition in an effort to do justice to my third instalment of the stirring tale of Sandy The Duck. Regular readers, together with his 17 million global fans – the biggest ever reaction to a Rust story [...]

June 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Just another day in the life

A vignette from yesterday. At some point during the morning, my 92 year old father’s carer rang from the coast to report an incident. As per usual, he had taken a cup of tea up to his bedroom at 7.00am in advance of returning a quarter of an hour later in order to get him up for the day and then [...]

June 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Up to speed but unfulfilled

I’m still just young and in touch enough both to have heard of the concept of ‘guilty pleasures’ and know what it means. Often used in the context of television series or musical artistes, it is the situation whereby those of discerning, even progressive, mind are also simultaneously careful [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ducking marvellous!

Such has been the viral nature of the worldwide interest in the story of Sandy The Duck [see above, in his indoor paddling pool] that I feel compelled this morning to provide Rust readers with an update upon his progress from doomed ‘runt of the litter’ fledgling to the tentative [...]

May 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

A non-downfall (and my part in it)

With the Harlequins now dispersed and probably lying on beaches around the world – and I learned overnight that the club have approached the RFU having apparently decided that Paul Gustard (one of Eddie Jones’ chosen coaches) is their preferred choice of new head coach – there were at [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Generations think differently, or do they?

At a recent social gathering I was discussing the issue of musical tastes with a gent aged 28. In the middle of our conversation – out of interest, having no idea of what answer he might give and alert to the possibility that it might be a combo or artiste of which I had never heard – I asked [...]

May 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Events dear boy events

When Harold Macmillan made this memorable observation on how polices and strategies are undermined by events it seemed better suited to the macro world of politics than the macro world of Robert Tickler but it was the best description of my day yesterday. It began with the mild gastric upset I [...]

May 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so queer as folk (again)

It is a universal given that there are certain types – one might say stereotypes – of executives in all walks of life. We could all list our own selection and I trust I won’t bore the reader unduly by offering a version of mine as an opening gambit: *the unrestrainable and supremely [...]

March 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes things come to you in dreams

I awoke this morning and suddenly it came to me in a flash. It probably won’t work of course – partly because these things never do, and partly because I’m in the happy position of knowing virtually zilch about my subject this morning (Inheritance Tax issues) – but [...]

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

The tribulations of trying new things without thinking them through?

On a topic that doesn’t necessarily affect too many of us over the age of fifty – and that’s because we either don’t (and/or don’t want to) the latest means via which we can ‘put ourselves out there’ via posting stuff on the internet, but that’s by [...]

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

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