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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

That all-important second jab

It so happened that yesterday I joined a very British queue. I’d been rung on Tuesday afternoon by someone from my local GP surgery about my second vaccination jab. I’m sure that every GP surgery, pharmacy, NHS “walk in centre” and other unit involved in rolling out the UK’s vaccination [...]

April 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Normandy 2021

It is said that “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” – and it was certainly true when, as a young teacher on my first assignment, devoid of geography knowledge, I was given a textbook by my headmaster and told that – as long as I stayed one chapter ahead of the pack – [...]

April 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Some things never change

One of every senior’s bug-bears in life is wresting with 21st Century “modern technology” and means of communication. I hate buying stuff online. Last week I ordered three items via Amazon in the same transaction and, after doing so, discovered that somehow in one case I’d bought a [...]

April 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Another milestone on the road back to where we were?

This is an important day. At some point the Prime Minister is going to formally announce his heavily-leaked “road map” by which the UK will gradually emerge from Covid-19 Lockdown 3 and ascend to the sunny uplands of its post-Brexit prosperity and world domination. Or possible not. Overnight I [...]

February 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

The view from here

Your correspondent has recently been inactive in terms of contributing to the Rust primarily because he has been busy on intensive but boring domestic/administrative matters of little consequence which has prompted him to shelter under our magnificent guiding editorial principle that “If you [...]

January 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Stuff happens

Yesterday, in furtherance of his quest to return to work urgently after a three-week trip to the UK (14 days of it spent in quarantine), I took my son Barry to Terminal Five at Heathrow so that he could catch the one available flight that was going to Madrid. Or rather, I didn’t do that. The [...]

December 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

On Women And Sport

I’m risking the wrath of female Rusters everywhere – never mind our esteemed lady columnists who, it may be said here without fear of  contradiction, are more than capable of looking after themselves in matters of opinion – but my theme for today is a push-back against the fashionable modern [...]

November 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Better than I could say it, perhaps – or better from her than me?

I’m not proud – I’m always happy to admit inferiority when I see and accept it! From time to time on the pages of this organ I have waxed lyrical about the ridiculous aspects of  the “womens’ equal pay” campaign as exhibited inside organisations such at the [...]

November 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

Traffic issues

I have not been having much luck recently whilst travelling in my car. Last Friday, having been detained on the south coast until mid-afternoon, I then embarked upon my drive home to south-west London – a trip I’d estimate I have undertaken in either or both directions well over a thousand [...]

October 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

We are a grandfather!

Sometimes privately I liken my existence as akin to being a passenger in a second class railway carriage of a runaway express hurtling along a toy Hornby Double-Oh track, with the countryside, hills, animals, hamlets, towns and people whizzing past (relative to the train) and – as they do – [...]

October 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

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