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Grenada

Today, I’m leaving for Grenada as part of a Rust Party comprising Duggie Heath, Daffers and Nancy. This time, ably assisted by Nancy, I organised the trip. It’s a British Airways package and I can see why the airline is only rated 33rd alongside Kenya Air. They had my wrong email and so [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Celebrating those who empathise with the past….

A recurrent theme on the Rust is the difficulty we oldies have in dealing with the present world of internet, diversity and political correctness. The Leave campaign in the referendum maximised this with the slogan “Take back control” which promotes the restoration of British values of yore. [...]

February 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

The golfing image

Golf’s image has been tarnished this year. Sergio Garcia was paid $500,000 for appearing at the Saudi International and vandalised 5 greens; many including me were disturbed that so many golfers – multi millionaires all – were happy to take appearance money from a country with an [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton HAFC 3 Derby 1

I was there at Wembley in 1983 for the FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Brighton which ended 2-2 and famous for “And Smith must score …” (our Gordon Smith fluffed his lines and didn’t) and the replay which we lost 4-0. After that both Brighton and the FA Cup went into [...]

February 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Makioka Sisters /Junichiro Tanizaki

Junichoro Tanizaki is one of the Japanese literary giants of the twentieth century. I was invited to a book club where the book under review was his The Makioka Sisters. This is the story of 4 sisters, the daughters of an Osakan merchant, whose family wealth and status is dwindling in the 1930s. I [...]

February 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Das Boot and Sky Arts “Discovering”

I watched the next two episodes of Das Boot on catch up. Both engrossed me sufficiently to intend to watch the rest of the series. One of the attractions of modern television is the importing of the European production. These begun with The Killing and followed with other Scanda Noir like The [...]

February 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Wagner and somnabulance

Yesterday in our opera class my neighbour fell asleep as we listened to Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. I immediately thought of the judge censured for falling asleep at court. Of course there is a world of difference between sleeping on duty and sleeping in a class. In both cases though it [...]

February 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Art and the counterculture of the fifties and sixties

Yesterday in our art course we studied the gay British artists Francis Bacon, Robert Colquhoun, Robert MacBryde and Keith Vaughan. Our teacher is proficient in putting art in context, she will often prepare a time line of dates of key events and is knowledgeable on philosophy too. So we began with [...]

February 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Crocodile at Saltdean

I have frequently reviewed high end restaurants and country gastro pubs in East and West Sussex but not the quirkier cafes in which Brighton and its environs abound. Yet these are more patronised than the well known eateries or inns by locals. To the north of the rather touristy Lanes in Brighton [...]

February 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Sporting Weekend

The appalling weather is not confined to here as the USPGA in Pebble Beach is, as I write, unfinished though Phil Mickelson holds a three point lead with only a few holes remaining. It’s such a beautiful part of the world with breakers and cliffs alongside the 3 courses but the waves were [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

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