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A partner in an international firm of loss adjusters, William is a keen blogger and member of the internet community. More Posts

“2.22: A Ghost Story” (a report not a review)

Yesterday, accompanied by Her Indoors, I went to the matinee performance of a touring version of the fifth West End production  – the first had premiered in 2021 – of Danny Robins’ highly-regarded dramatic play 2:22 A GHOST STORY at the Chichester Festival Theatre. In its time it has [...]

February 8, 2024 // 0 Comments

Concert review: The Manfreds (Cadogan Hall 3rd November 2023)

I may be treading upon unsure ground here but one of the features of music generally – in its various forms ranging across the spectrum from the primitive to High Art and back again – is its appeal to most sentient members of the human race as they make their journey through life. One [...]

November 5, 2023 // 0 Comments

An expedition to two National Trust properties

Earlier this year the Boss and I joined the National Trust on a “family ticket”. For many years she had been a member of the organisation and occasional visitor to a variety of its properties. In my case, whilst I had been to a few of them over the past six decades, this was more by informal [...]

September 24, 2023 // 0 Comments

Seven Days in North Africa

About a month ago – after a frenetic period of activity and incoming commitments, several of them originally unplanned and/or ‘imposed’ at very short notice by third parties both family and otherwise – She Who Must Be Obeyed and your author decided that we were desirous of “stepping [...]

July 31, 2023 // 0 Comments

Another day at the home office

Coming to readers of The Rust from the “You Just Couldn’t Make It Up” department: Writing as someone in my eighth decade, I hereby forgive in advance all Rusters of more junior years for either passing straight on to the next piece of wisdom from this mighty organ and/or heaving a sigh of [...]

June 24, 2023 // 0 Comments

Mike + The Mechanics at the Guildhall, Portsmouth (28th May)

Last Sunday evening the Mem Sahib and Yours Truly travelled to the Portsmouth Guildhall (capacity 2,500) in order to attend the last concert of the current UK tour of the musical combo known as Mike + The Mechanics. Rusters of a certain age (mine is 71) are unlikely to need it, but for those [...]

May 30, 2023 // 0 Comments

You could hardly make it up!

I guess every one of us experiences incidents or periods in life when events, other people, instances of bad luck (and/or even the weather) conspire to thwart or flip upside down the most careful of best-laid plans, or even our actions taken after having accepted a modest degree of risk or gamble [...]

September 26, 2022 // 0 Comments

Transgender issues and common sense

I’m all for freedom of choice  – within reason, of course, not least provided that this doesn’t involve harm to others and taking into account the primacy of the principle that the pursuit of the greatest good for the greatest number is generally a “good thing” by [...]

September 7, 2022 // 0 Comments

Pride and Fall

Stuff happens in life and sometimes it surprises you. I occasionally post a blog to this organ on the ongoing subject of my attempt to hold back the years by conducting a fitness campaign in my senior years. It’s no secret that I’ve have been doing it for a while now, as a result of which my [...]

August 20, 2022 // 0 Comments

Back on the road again (not)

As regular Rusters will know, on the face of it my driving record – now encompassing two separate six month disqualifications for amassing 12 speeding points in a single clutch (by which statement I mean to refer to the fact that after three years duration each “offence” is treated by the [...]

May 3, 2022 // 0 Comments

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