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About Robert Tickler

A man of financial substance, Robert has a wide range of interests and opinions to match. More Posts

Rail travail

I was brought up to respect thrift. My parents were of that post-war generation who did not espouse extravagance. Rationing was not abolished until 1954. Going to a restaurant other than Lyons Corner House was a rare treat.  Their first house was rented. Gradually by the sixties they came to enjoy [...]

July 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

My day at Wimbledon

I must confess straightway that I acquired my Wimbledon debenture as an investment. Such a debenture is freely traded and a seat on Centre Court much prized. I did not become a tennis fan overnight. However I missed the deadline for selling the seat back to Wimbledon but the debenture office [...]

July 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

Covid- living with it, or dying of it ?

Two recent incidents defined to me, and and increasingly I should suspect the public’s, attitude to Covid. Staying with some friends in the country, which I presently am, I arranged a cat/house-sitter for my beloved pussy cat who requires 2 insulin injections daily. The said cat/house-sitter [...]

July 3, 2021 // 0 Comments


ODTAA was a novel by John Buchan and stands for “one damn thing after another”. It’s the best description for my travails in trying to sort out a problem with sending and receiving emails on my devices. You Could Not Make It Up or Technology Is Great As Long As It Works would be [...]

June 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

Black cab v Uber

In the Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver about urban alienation the Presidential candidate Charles Palantine rather condescendingly praises taxi driver Travis Bickle for his metropolitan knowledge. Personally I find most taxi drivers  will offer their opinion whether you praise them or not. On the [...]

June 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

More woes of the digital age

Frustration in the digital age is a well-worn topic in The Rust – so much so that the reader must find it as tedious as the writer. I will be as concise as possible and offer my theory why it happens. My mobile banking app often produces an unprompted notice of ‘version info’. This blocks [...]

June 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

A convivial lunch & a clearance

Monday  took place my regular Xmas lunch with two brothers took place in English’s. This lunch first began in the late 1970s and only Covid prevented its annual occurrence last year. Since its inception two of us have retired and two divorced and remarried, whilst I remain outside the conjugal [...]

May 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

There is always someone worse off

Astrology may not be a subject dominating the pages of the Rust but frustration with the internet is. I experienced this first thing with a simple – I hoped – procedure. I had rented a guest flat in my complex – scarcely used because of lockdown. I terminated this as soon as I [...]

May 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

Astrology matters?

It’s fair to say that this is not only my first post on astrology but that of any Rust correspondent. It came about when Alice Mansfield and I had a conversation in which I asserted art was a poor investment. In response she recommended the Waldy and Bendy podcast. I liken a podcast to being [...]

May 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Borrowers/Mary Norton

Just before my late grandfather passed away in 1964 he gave me a gift 0f 5 children’s books, one of which was The Borrowers by Mary Norton. It’s a story of underground creatures that live beneath a house and surface to take things. I thought it might be long out of publication but no, [...]

May 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

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