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Sport and principles

Sport – either as a recreation or as simply a joyful celebration of what human beings can potentially achieve given the required combination of genetic gifts, hard work, beneficial nutrition, ambition, drive and no doubt random injects of good fortune – inevitable attracts some troubling [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Straight from the hip

With women’s issues increasingly assuming mass mainstream awareness – some might say not before time – despite the occasional huffing and puffing of male Rusters, it is a welcome and positive thing to come across a piece of traditional no-nonsense opinion from a fellow female [...]

January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Jeanne Augier 1923-2019

Despite being 95 when she passed away the whole of Nice was shocked and saddened by the death of the owner of the Negresco Hotel, Jeanne Augier. The best hotel in Nice and once the whole Riviera was her fiefdom, she resided there till her passing. Royalty, artists like Picasso Chagall and Dali who [...]

January 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

Probably as a form of defence mechanism, or alternatively an easy stock manner of beginning a conversation, in response to any incoming “How are you?” query on the phone or in person my aged father would habitually reply “I’m alive”. Elsewhere – e.g. upon meeting or being introduced [...]

January 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Make of it (anything) what you will

Last week I found myself in conversation with my father’s current carer, who formerly held a senior position in a church school in his native South Africa. Somehow our discussion moved onto the subject of the wide variety of different ways in which elderly people cope with the vicissitudes of [...]

January 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Feminism and the art of being a woman

These days, being something of an old crone in the scheme of modern feminism since I was supposedly in my prime – burning my bra and breaking down the barriers between the sexes – during the late Sixties and early Seventies, I’m acutely conscious of the wide spectrum of opinion and [...]

January 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

On the high street at Christmas

For reasons which need not detain us here – well, all right, relations with Her Indoors had broken down because as a male I’d done the logical and ventured to suggest that she should choose any present I bought her if she wished to get what she really wanted/needed, which apparently was totally [...]

December 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Christmas fuss about nothing?

With apologies to all Rusters who have already seen it and already formed a view, today I wished to comment upon this year’s BBC One short promotional film for Christmas which – as anyone who reads the newspapers and/or follows social media will know – has become a source of some [...]

December 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

The problem with oldies

Though it hurts me to say it (because I am one) we urgently need to get a grip on the problem of old people. Well, the wrong sort of old people. Yesterday I drove to my local Sainsburys in order to do a food shop mid-morning – I mention the fact is was a Sainsburys only because it was one: I [...]

December 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

A difficult topic

Rape – not least its relationship with UK law – is a complicated subject that affects us all and, of course, especially women. There is widespread concern in some quarters about the apparent ‘gap’ that exists between the number of actual rapes and those those result in [...]

December 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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