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The first day

I spent the whole of the day watching the four-balls and foursomes in what proved a satisfactory start for Europe. The rationale behind the pairings appeared to be to match experience with a debutant. My view is that it is  better to rely on traditionally tried and tested successful pairings like [...]

September 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Let battle commence

The phoney war is over, the first pairings selected and in my case the bets laid. My guru Jeremy Chapman advises a tie or one point win either way  (14.5/13.5) with wagers on Joe Rahm as top debutant and Francesco Molinari and Webb Simpson as top European and American respectively. The rationale [...]

September 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

A brush with the law

I always enjoy the monthly visits of my window cleaner Phil. However like most most trades where I live his timekeeping is not the best. So I allocate a morning on the basis that he will be late. True to form I received a text yesterday that he was running late due to an incident at Costas. It [...]

September 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Tickler’s Book of Practical Cats

A not infrequent occurrence in my household is the noise of crashing objects. At first I feared it was an intruder then I realised it my cat Cassius sighting another moggy whom we call the “little Madam”. The little Madam’s Manor is the boardwalk by the Marina and patios of various flats. [...]

September 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Golfing weekend

The Ryder Cup build up was overshadowed by two comeback kings.  Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship after spinal fusion surgery all but terminated his career. At one stage when he was ranked 1199 in the world it looked like he could not get out of a golf buggy let alone win a tourney. Yet it was [...]

September 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 1 Watford 1

You could see in a first half the away side dominated the difference between the two teams. Watford were totally unchanged in their 6 Premier games, Fulham change their starting eleven every time so we have a back four that has to be introduced to each other. For the second week running we conceded [...]

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Wigmore Hall

Last night I was invited to a recital at Wigmore Hall by the violinist James Ehnes and the pianist Andrew Armstrong. They played 4 violin sonatas by Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms and John Conigliano. The Wigmore Hall with its excellent acoustics is a celebrated venue for chamber [...]

September 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Streets/Anthony Quinn

One of the many joys of writing for The Rust is the collegiate atmosphere. I am no sports buff though I follow the fortunes of West Bromwich Albion and I value the opinions of  Alan (Tanner) Ivan (Conway), Doug (Heath) Rex (Williams) and  Tom (Hollingsworth) on any book I review with a sporting [...]

September 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File: Sampdoria 1 Fiorentina 1

It’s tough for the Fiorentinas of this world. We have tradition, in the late fifties we finshed first or runners up 5 seasons running and were the first Italian club to reach a European final against the mighty Real Madrid and the first to win one, the old European Cup Winners Cup v Glasgow [...]

September 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Saved by the Bell?

Yesterday I was Ivan’s guest at Hove. Sussex entertained Warwickshire the second division leaders, a game they had to win for any chance of promotion. In chilly and gusty conditions Warwickshire closed play at 308 for 2 with Ian Bell scoring a century. Conversation turned to picking him for Sri [...]

September 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

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