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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

Ice with everything

Encouraged by the proverbial sackful of Twitter and email feedback – not all of it positive – in response to my article upon women and sport, I now feel emboldened to take unto myself the title of National Rust’s unofficial Winter Olympics correspondent, not least since the position [...]

February 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Women and sport

In my own sweet way, I regard myself as an enlightened metrosexual gentleman – in this context I would cite the example that I go to the expense of applying shaving cream before scraping my chin, rather than just soap and water as was the habit of my grandfather. And yet we are also children, if [...]

February 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Maybe there’s no solution …

Through a combination of prolonged sessions on my computer, watching too much television and a touch of insomnia, in the last 24 hours I have been subject to a deluge of information and discussion about the heavy weather afflicting the UK and its ongoing effects. Most recently, by accident, having [...]

February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Waiting for the tide of political correctness to go out

This week we learn that the BBC Trust has ordered its programme commissioners and makers to increase female representation on comedy show panels and the like – see today here, on the website of THE GUARDIAN Please pardon me for being male, old and set in my ways, but this sort of [...]

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Another one leaves the stage

Having awoken at my usual ungodly hour this morning – not to tune in to live coverage of the Super Bowl but simply because I went to bed at 8.30pm last night – I dressed, made my jug of coffee and came to the computer, where Radio Five Live was awash with the ‘breaking’ news of the [...]

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just getting back to it gives a boost

For reasons which not detain us here, I began my New Year’s fitness campaign on Tuesday 7th January 2014, i.e. instead of upon New Year’s Day, as originally intended. Following my practice of previous years, I did so by purchasing a bog-standard desk diary from WH Smith’s, in which I began my [...]

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Something For The Weekend

I should like to make it crystal clear from the outset that – except for weekly missives sent to the three main party leaders during General Elections campaigns – I do not make a habit of sending excrement through the post via the Royal Mail. Nevertheless, it is a fact that mass ‘screening’ [...]

January 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Keeping it all to yourself is not necessarily best

Just over a decade ago, I worked for a media company that had been built from nothing by a single-minded, not to say singular, lady. I was hired specifically to improve its profitability – indeed revive it from just having lost a significant amount in its most recent set of accounts – and [...]

January 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

John Fortune – a talented and amusing satirist

Sad news this week that satirist John Fortune – frequent collaborator with John Bird – died over the festive period at the age of 74. For me, obituaries are a bitter-sweet opportunity to review the life and influence of a person even though – in far too many cases – by the [...]

January 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Board game shock

Spotted today on the website of The Independent, a piece on the allegation that one of the rising stars of chess may have been cheating. I suppose that after the advent of chess-playing computers – and now expert chess-playing apps for smart-phones – suspicions relating to top players [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

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