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The morning after

Travelling to the centre of Brighton by bus for my hair appointment yesterday morning it was very much business as usual and I heard no reference to the election on the bus or in the hairdressing salon. As usual passengers were on their mobile droning on about the mundanity of their day. I like my [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Election Reflections

My invariable practice with all night events is to hit the sack early, knowing I will wake up regularly but in truth – once the exit poll is announced at 10.03pm – we know the result. It was interesting to see the differences between the last campaign and this, from the micro-level of [...]

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments


My late father lived from 1923 to 2013 and witnessed most of the great events of the twentieth and early twenty first century. We had many fascinating conversations and I wish I had preserved his thoughts on these events, notably the Second World War. However, when I asked him to name life-changing [...]

December 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Preston NE 2 Fulham 1

I  would like Scott Parker to succeed, I really would. He is part of that distinguished tradition of ex-players becoming successful managers – Bill Dodgin Junior, Malcolm MacDonald and Chris Coleman in my supporting years. He has good footballing values and is diligent but humble. He gets on [...]

December 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Elizabeth is Missing /BBC1

A discussion we  often have amongst us Arts Rusters is whether a great book has ever been turned into a greater film. Neil Rosen came up with the Godfather Part One  but its hard to add to that list.  I offered up The English Patient. So the producer of Emma Healey’s fine first novel [...]

December 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Cinderella/ New Wimbledon Theatre

I have a hate-love-love relationship with panto. I rarely look forward to it but always enjoy it. The exuberance, the children in the audience’s evident enthusiasm, the costumes, the traditions and joie de vivre all subsume except if I was going  to the anti-austerity panto foisted on [...]

December 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Bristol City 2

Fulham did not deserve anything from this game but some poor refereeing deprived us from sharing the spoils. The cardinal selection and tactical error made was to play Josh Onomah, the loanee from Spurs, just behind Alex Mitrovic. To play in that position you have to be slight, quick and with [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Cricketing matters

It’s a bit strange to be writing on cricket with the sun setting at 4.00 pm but the recent series in New Zealand and the passing of Bob Willis are worthy of Rust review. It was a dull series in New Zealand largely due to placid pitches. Crucial questions were left unresolved notably Joe Root’s [...]

December 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Arsenal 1 Brighton 2

Inevitably this fine win by the Seagulls will be seen in the context of Arsenal’s worst run since 1977. Yet the win was thoroughly deserved: Brighton were the more passionate and adventurous, better in possession and more accurate in their passing and the stats confirm had more possession and [...]

December 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Kings Cross Development

No longer living in London I was wholly unaware that Kings Cross had had a total makeover. I knew the run down area in my youth as my father was Chief Vaccination officer of the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in York Way. I once asked him how he obtained this position to which he replied with [...]

December 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

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