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Leaving for Down Under

Today the National Rust delegation leaves for a trip Down Under to Australasia. We asked each of the party for their views   Algy Bellville “Think New Zealand wines and you think Sauvignon Blanc but their cool climate with hot summers produces a lot of interesting wines. I am [...]

December 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Birmingham 0

In a scrappy match not unlike the 1-0 victory over Millwall, Fulham at least achieved 3 points, our third home win and a second consecutive clean sheet. Birmingham were a very poor side with nil firepower. Our pleasing but sometimes over-intricate passing game resulted in an early goal when Kebano [...]

December 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Old bones

Yesterday over breakfast I discussed the comments made about Johnny Halliday with an intelligent French friend of mine. She accepted that  whilst Johnny Halliday was France ‘s most celebrated rocker he scarcely compared with American and British music legends. She continued that the most [...]

December 9, 2017 // 1 Comment

Some interesting chats

Yesterday  I met up with an old pal for a catch-up over a coffee at the Westbury Hotel. He is one of those people that is well informed on almost every area but always manages to shed new light on a topic in a thought provoking way. Thus, when we discussed modern footballers, he made the point [...]

December 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

End of term

Yesterday we finished the first term of the Italian cultural and intermediate language course I have been attending. I have enjoyed it as an intellectual distraction and for maintaining my level of Italian. There was festive mood in the class with everyone contributing cakes and biscuits mainly of [...]

December 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

World Cup early review

I have not had the chance as yet for a proper conflab with Pargie but I know he is big on France for value as in his view they combine top league experience with the likes of Koscielny, Lloris, Giroud, Schmeidelin, Cabaye, Pogba and Payet, Veraine of Real Madrid and Griezmann of Atletico allied to [...]

December 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Golf winners new

Once again Jeremy Chapman came up trumps picking the winner of the Mauritius Open, Dylan Frittelli and the Hero in the Bahamas (Ricky Fowler). Dylan Frittelli and the winner of the Australian PGA Cameron Smith epitomise the talented generation of fine young golfers of whom you will be hearing more [...]

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Liverpool 5

Whilst it did not happen in gritty performances against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, we were going to catch one eventually and we did yesterday when we were the whipping boys. My neighbour said a fair score would have been 8-5. Liverpool took a 2-0 lead into the half-time [...]

December 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Quiz/ Chichester Festival Theatre

James Graham is definitely the playwright flavour of the month. To the two hits he has written playing in the West End This House and Ink he can add Quiz which is transferring there from Chichester in 2018. I saw it last night and found it an unsatisfying theatre experience. The play is based [...]

December 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Wine Tasting Evening

I am becoming something of a regular at the wine school which meets most Tuesdays and Thursdays. I was particularly looking forward to last night’s private cellar evening where we are encouraged to bring our own, preferably more esoteric, wine. I  chose for the evening the Thymiopoulos [...]

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

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