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About Darren Buckley

Darren is one of our younger contributors, having been born in 1979. He is finance director of an IT marketing company based in Litchfield and was a fanatical club-level triathlete until his growing family helped him come to his senses. His regular exercise these days come from walking the dog. More Posts

A review of a book that took three years to read

Since the beginning of December – with some unexpected spare time on my hands – I have turned to a pastime that frankly I do far too little of … reading. Quite without justification because, of course, “if you want something done, give it to a busy person” – or, in this context perhaps, [...]

December 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

My record has got stuck again …

Many Rusters will share my exasperation at the stupidities and frustrations of 21st Century life and nurse perfectly understandable nostalgia for the good old days of ‘brick’ mobile phones, flared trousers, Afro haircuts, audio cassettes and the classic Dukes of Hazzard television series. Last [...]

May 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

A chat across the road

As routines become entrenched I enjoy my daily chats with the gent who runs the independent high street supermarket shop from where I buy both my newspapers and odds and sods of food and drink. Yesterday when I popped over the road to collect my Sunday newspapers including The Sunday Times, he [...]

May 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

A pause for thought

Amidst the current and justifiable concerns over the plight of Coronavirus safety in care homes for the elderly – and this may not be a popular aspect to mention – there are care homes … and there are private care homes. This not a tilt at those who work in care homes because invariably in my [...]

April 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Where’s it all going?

Take a pinch of White man Wrap it up in Black skin Add a touch of blue blood And a little bitty-bit of Red Indian boy Curly Latin kinkies Mixed with yellow Chinkees If you lump it all together Well, you’ve got a recipe for a get-along scene Oh what a beautiful dream If it could only come true [...]

November 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

When common sense goes AWOL

Yes, I am a male correspondent in his late sixties and therefore – despite any pretensions to being sympathetic to the cause of female emancipation I may claim from time to time – no doubt have the fairly rudimentary attitude towards feminism and women generally that as man of my generation [...]

October 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Whatever you want

As a forward-looking 21st Century man I like to think that I’m pretty liberal on most matters to do with human relationships and hold a relaxed attitude towards the interests of others, even if they should differ from mine. The universe is an entity without boundaries or limits, that is, if [...]

November 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Like mushrooms in the dark

Someone said on the radio yesterday that there are now just 35 days until the EU Referendum and last night I watched – well, until I nodded off about ten minutes from the end – Jeremy Paxman’s BBC1 programme Paxman on Brussels: Who Really Rules Us? I read somewhere that, given Paxo’s [...]

May 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

Having your cake and eating it

I’m conscious that I might well be barking up the wrong tree in commenting upon this issue but overnight I spent a period up to 0100 hours this morning listening to Radio Five Live. One of the topics of the moment was the ‘gay cakes’ discrimination case in Northern Ireland, in which (as I [...]

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Worth a read

Having acknowledged that anyone begins a piece with the words ‘Don’t get me wrong, …’ runs the risk of falling foul of the quotation from Shakespeare’s Hamlet ‘The lady doth protest too much, methinks …’ and/or the natural cynicism that accompanies [...]

January 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

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