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Glorious Arundel

One of the many reasons I dislike the Hundred concept is its assumption that cricket is a metropolitan game. As far as back as Hambledon, the first ever cricket club, to matches on the village green and the gloriously picturesque ground at Arundel cricket is at its best in a rural setting. The [...]

June 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The World Cup so far

It’s too early to make any predictions as winning World Cup teams tend to grow in stature rather than hit the ground running but it’s nonetheless valuable for the Rust to present its customary contrarian view. Pre-tourney there were many fears in the popular press of hooliganism provoking a [...]

June 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Impressionist and modern art collection

If I were to tell you you can see for free Picassos, Chagalls, Degas, Monet’s Gare De St Lazare, Rodin’s The Kiss, Matisse, Gauguin, Renoir, Braque and Utrillo in the centre of London in comfortable and uncrowded conditions you might think I am bonkers but I did exactly that last Saturday at [...]

June 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The US Open

The US Open may well be remembered for two things other than Brooks Koepka’s second successive triumph. The first is the Phil Mickelson incident and the second the severity of the course. For the benefit of our non-golfing aficionados, Mickleson on the 13th hole putted past the hole and then [...]

June 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard/ Goring Hotel and Outlaw at the Capital Hotel

Having recently been critical of Brighton restaurants I was pleased to dine elegantly at two London  hotels. The Goring in Victoria is one of the few London hotels still in private family hands. It’s agreeably old fashioned with a comfy bar and a good dining room and a garden too. The dining [...]

June 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

The travails of modern living

A question I’m often asked is “What do you all day?”. Unlike some of my chums I don’t have a fistful of non-executive directorships. In fact, a significant portion is my day is lost to correcting a poor service . A couple of days ago I went to my pharmacist. It opens at 9.00 am and I [...]

June 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bobby Robson/More Than a Manager: the documentary

A strong case can be made for Bobby Robson being the most successful post-War British manager. He brought a decade of success to Ipswich, he oversaw England’s most successful World Cup campaign in 1990 since 1966 and he managed abroad achieving trophies at Porto, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Sir [...]

June 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dead if you don’t/Peter James

It is significant that this crime novel by the popular Brighton writer was recommended to me by the former Chief Constable of Sussex. It is clear that James has a close relationship with the police force which benefits both. The police explain procedure and criminal background and he represents the [...]

June 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

World Cup and US Open Preview

Generally I am given the review slot on a Monday but today I am wearing an unfamiliar hat as I preview the World Cup and US Open in golf which both start tomorrow. Always looking for value, in the World Cup I am attracted to Uruguay at 30-1. They are in Group A comprising Russia, Saudi Arabia and [...]

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Royal Academy Summer Show

The Royal Academy has had a considerable architectural transformation, with a new lecture theatre, campus  and expanded space for exhibitions. Concurrently – and to celebrate its 250th anniversary – the summer show curated by Grayson Perry has had a makeover. I wish I could be more [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

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