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About William Byford

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

Stuff happens

It sometimes occurs that extraordinary events can accompany even the least important and mundane aspects of everyday life. The above statement is an appropriate preface to my post today, which comes straight from the folder marked “Things you couldn’t make up”. For no reason that I can [...]

November 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess someone got me into

At the considerable risk of beginning to bore Rusters – for which I now apologise – today I return to the travails of travelling by the “Great” British railway system as I experienced them yesterday. I would like to preface my account by asking readers to note that, firstly, I used [...]

November 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

And yes, you couldn’t make it up!

Yesterday I had occasion to travel from Chichester to the outskirts of London in order, inter alia, to attend my local GP surgery to have my annual ‘flu jab. As it happened, the ‘flu jab was the only “fixed” appointment (at 1400 hours) in my schedule – everything else was domestic or [...]

October 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

One more trip to the well …

Yesterday I was obliged to take a taxi in order to arrive at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club by 0730 hours in order to play in an annual golf event that was taking place for the 37th consecutive year. [I note here for the record that this cost me some £118.50 before any tip, not far short of [...]

October 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

A day spent travelling by train

Last Sunday, of all things, it fell to me as the possessor of a senior Railcard to travel by train from Richmond in Surrey to Bicester – ordinarily a 90 minute drive up the M40 beyond Oxford if one is allowed to make it – which I am currently not, the court authorities having recently [...]

September 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Slipping off the pace (but not necessarily quietly!) …

My latest dispatch from the front line of the battle between “how thing used to be” (sensible, straightforward, logical and – albeit not perhaps not necessarily fair – at least always transparent and understandable) and the complete illogicality as to how the world works in the 21st [...]

September 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Bulletin 3: surviving life with a driving disqualification

Here is the third dispatch on my disqualification from driving because of “speeding” offences – specifically the one I committed in January whose 3 penalty points took me up to the 12 in total which inevitably meant that a disqualification had to be considered by the presiding court. Regular [...]

August 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

Not much difference so far

Eight days ago, in reporting to readers of this organ that I was about to begin a driving ban for having amassed a cumulative 12 points for minor speeding offences upon the roads of Britain, I concluded my piece by stating that I proposed to offer occasional reflections upon the ban as I endured [...]

August 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

An inconvenient development

Some regular Rusters will be aware of my occasional brushes with “the long arm of the law” over my tendency as a driver of motor vehicles to pay slightly more attention to the condition of Britain’s roads – and the activities of those using them – than I do to whatever “speed [...]

August 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Family matters

A fortnight ago this Friday – on one of his rare visits back to Blighty – my son Barry flew in from the Mediterranean at 36 hours’ notice to spend what he intended to be four to six weeks “sorting out” his belongings before placing them in storage, renewing his commercial licence [...]

July 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

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