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Another day gone

It’s getting tough out here in Lockdown-land. I don’t know what it’s like where other Rusters are living in self-isolation – and don’t get me wrong, we’re all in this together – but living in solitary confinement, which by personal choice I’ve been doing these past twenty years, is [...]

March 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Taking things in the round

As usual I spent a large proportion of yesterday listening to the BBC’s Radio Five Live in a variety of fashions. The most enlightening of these for me personally, being an oldie, was the moment that, when out in mid-afternoon on my “one per day” permitted exercise outing, complete with my [...]

March 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it comes to this

I once heard an interview in which the learned guest offered the statement “If you ask forty-two economists their view, you’ll get forty-two different answers”. Arguably – if you’re anywhere as cynical as I am – the logical extension of this dictum is the assumption that, if just [...]

January 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Final day, summing up and travel

We all spent one week within the luxurious confines of the Mamounia.  Almost out of guilt a trip was planned to see the sun set on the amber walls of El Fna Square aspected by the Atlas Mountains but there was not that much enthusiasm primarily as we had seen already this in better light and [...]

January 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Once more unto the breach (again)

Earlier this week I attended a speed awareness course for (I suspect) the main reason that anyone opts to do so – in order to avoid a fine and three points on my licence after being ‘nabbed’ exceeding the speed limit on whatever type of road I was driving on at the time somewhere in the East [...]

January 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Day three

As the politicians say “I have nothing more to add” to the two posts on Marrakech and the Mamounia, but of course I will. We flew British Airways, an airline that has made huge profits under the stewardship of Willie “Slasher” Walsh but also has had a strike, left passengers [...]

January 11, 2020 // 0 Comments


Nancy,Daffers and myself decided on a winter sun break at Marrakech. We did discuss with the cricket Rusters a trip to Cape Town. That would have been my sixth time in South Africa and I’m of an age where there are more new places to be seen. Also after Japan I did not fancy another long haul [...]

January 9, 2020 // 0 Comments


We both started and ended our trip at the beautiful Rotterdam Central station. Rotterdam is Holland’s second city and as its denizens like to say “Rotterdam makes it and Amsterdam spends it.” It’s also the fourth largest port in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of Art has to be seen in [...]

December 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pieter van Hooch of Delft

Pieter van Hooch is not one of the big three of Dutch Art (Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh) but this exhibition at the Prinsenhof Delft shows he is an artist of innovation, a master of light and painter of everyday life in Delft. Born in Rotterdam, the son of a bricklayer, he came to Delft in 1652 [...]

December 19, 2019 // 0 Comments


To Delft on a trip organised by Alice to pursue her interest in the Golden Age of Dutch art. We are based in Delft famous for its ceramics, the birthplace of Johannes Vermeer and midway between Rotterdam and The Hague. We decided against air travel. I cannot  take the crowded airports, the [...]

December 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

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