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My not-so sporting weekend (so far)

Come the weekend and no doubt like many sport (but not betting) obsessed Brits yesterday I set my cable television controls for the Sky and BT channels – and, to be fair, also for the BBC1’s Football Focus with  Dan Walker – in search of something entertaining and/or diverting to watch. [...]

September 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Farewell to one of the best

When it comes to having had personal acquaintance with the world’s Great and Good my historical record is relatively modest. Those that judge these things may hold that there are several degrees of qualifying ‘acquaintance’ but today I am concentrating upon just two – on the one hand, those [...]

September 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

The future of sport – discuss

As yesterday at 11.00am we watched Sir Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty do their Two Ronnies act scaring the heebie-jeebies out of the UK general public with their presentation on the gathering storm of a second “Covid-19” wave of infections and deaths from 10 [...]

September 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Rosh Hashanah

It’s Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).  The Hebrew calendar is about a month out of kilter with our own and has its own month and year. This causes me particular anguish as the dates of my beloved parents’ death are not the same in both calendars. In the Jewish religion it’s [...]

September 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coming to terms with Tempus Fugit

There can scarcely be a Ruster alive who missed the big event of the weekend – the seismic, life-changing news that the BBC has axed chairperson of its iconic but safe and cuddly peak-time evening sports quiz programme A Question Of Sport (Sue Barker) and its two captains (Matt Dawson and Phil [...]

September 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

Supper and entertainment

Yesterday for my sins I went for an early evening meal in the suburbs with a couple I have known for nearly five decades – and, as we remarked during our meal, that fact alone drives home both just how old we are and how fast time flies. (Only people above a certain age can say that). It was an [...]

September 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

A farewell to two notables

At our stage of life – it comes with the territory – brushes with mortality in one form or another attend Rusters all too often but it is fitting that today we salute two Brits whose deaths were announced on Thursday. DAME DIANA RIGG Diana Rigg will remain an iconic figure in British [...]

September 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

No more progress, please …

I don’t think this has anything to do with Covid-madness because I was convinced that the modern world of technology had got it in for me (simply because I was over the age of 50) long before Boris’ original lockdown in March. About a fortnight ago, when out and about taking a bit of [...]

September 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

There’s a lot going on when you think about it …

Within ten minutes or so of waking and coming to my computer today in order to tour the websites of those few UK newspaper websites still permitting free access to their pages, two things struck me. Firstly, that in the 24 hours since I had last conducted said exercise there had been a considerable [...]

September 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

The art of being paid your true worth

As preachers might say “My text for today is …” a report by Bhvishya Patel upon remarks chippy made by Sarah Sands, the departing editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, about the disparity in salaries between BBC presenters and other staff who contribute to programmes – see here, as appears [...]

September 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

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