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A new number one and an old one refinds form

I doubt if many outside golf and a few inside it would recognise Brooks Koepka if he passed them in the street but they should do as the thrice Major champion is now golf number one. He achieved this by winning the  CJ Cup in a handsome fashion. After he won the US Open no one wanted to interview [...]

October 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Reflections of a couch potato

Yesterday I spent most of the day watching golf and soccer on the tv. I started in the early hours with the CT Cup in Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea – a USPGA Tour event but part of the South East Asia swing. I have never been to South Korea but over the last year or so have had a few [...]

October 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

An Aggers /Johnston moment

For many the funniest-ever broadcast was when Jonathan Agnew and Brian Johnston lost it in a fit of giggles after Aggers said Ian Botham could not quite his leg over. I later found out that the producer was less than amused and the two were never paired again. Yet even today when I hear it I [...]

October 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The journey from hell

One of my favourite films is Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Steve Martin, an advertising executive, has to get back from New York to Chicago for thanksgiving. It rapidly turns into a journey from hell, shared by John Candy – a shower curtain [...]

October 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Westbury and Goring Hotel

Over the years I have been contributing to the Rust I have often reviewed restaurants and sometimes hotels but never their bars so today’s piece is on the latter at two of London’s most underrated hotels. I was meeting an old friend in the property world so the Westbury in Conduit Street [...]

October 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

My art week

There is always one in every class and we have our resident know-all in our British modernist course. He identified Hitler, Churchill and Daladier in Mark Gertler’s anti-war carousel picture. The only problem it was painted in 1916. Yesterday we studied Paul Nash. Nash was a considerable [...]

October 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

La Traviata/Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne on tour is a less expensive version of the summer festival where the opera is put on the conveyor belt for the eventual production in the festival. There is quite a bit of fine tuning to be done to this La Traviata. The story based on Alexandre Dumas’ Lady of the Camelias is powerful [...]

October 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Peter Brackley

I was so upset to learn of the passing of Peter Brackley aged 67 last night. You would not call him old school as a commentator – he commented on Channel 4’s innovatory Football Italia – but he belonged to a previous non Premier league era. Always a Brighton fanatic he contributed an [...]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Housemaid

The cover of the DVD of this 2010 South Korean film advertises it as “a sexy thriller” with star Jeon Do-youn showing her thigh no doubt to entice the punter but in fact it’s a beautifully-observed film which reminded me of Rebecca.  The story is of of a young nanny called Eun- yi (Jeon [...]

October 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The Ram at Ferle

There is a disconnect between restaurant critics’ reviews, almost invariably metro and new, and restaurants that the vast majority of diners want to visit. That is why diners rely on the internet search engines. A good example of a popular restaurant is a decent country pub but when was the last [...]

October 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

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