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A la Colthard/ eating out update

Yesterday  my accountant invited me to lunch at La Brasseria Milanese an upmarket Italian restaurant in Marylebone High Street. As I was a guest it seems churlish to find fault but it epitomised the contemporary London experience. On arrival at 12-45 the table was not ready (how can this [...]

February 28, 2024 // 0 Comments

Rolling Stones Tribute Band at the Palladium

I recently saw a Rolling Stones tribute band at the London Palladium. This consisted of a backing group, 3 female vocalists and the radio music presenter Cerys Williams. Cerys Williams explained the circumstances behind each song, most of which were composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richard, the [...]

February 26, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Manchester United 1 Fulham 2

Next month I’m speaking at a Fulham gathering on the happiest moments of my 57 years of support. I will refer to the 3-1 victory at Old Trafford in 2003 under Chris Coleman when Sir Alex Ferguson and his United team were in their pomp. Since then we have seen the rise of their City light blue [...]

February 26, 2024 // 0 Comments

Rugby Union – van der Merwe’s second try for Scotland yesterday

Yesterday afternoon, as it happened for the first time in this season’s Six Nations rugby union tournament, I settled into my favourite armchair shortly before 4.30pm in order to watch the BBC’s live television coverage of the match between Scotland and England that took place at [...]

February 25, 2024 // 0 Comments

Technology is great … when it works

A common theme of us elderly Rusters is frustration with the digital age. It all seems so unfair that we are thrust into a world of apps and mobiles which are unreliable. I was making a call to make a minicab booking yesterday when for no reason my phone cut out. It turned out I had exceeded my [...]

February 24, 2024 // 0 Comments

Mike Procter

Most of us Rust contributors are of an age that we remember those that departed in their prime. Their passing is a salutary reminder that none of us are immortal. So I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Procter aged 77. He was one of the best all rounders I ever saw and he satisfied the [...]

February 22, 2024 // 0 Comments

Brighton & Sussex

With their best ever victory 5-0 away at Sheffield United last Saturday the Seagulls go from strength to strength in the Premiership and Europa League. It’s a magnificent achievement given the players sold and injured. Also we play elegant attractive football under Roberto de Zerbi who is top [...]

February 21, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Motive and the Cue

This play by Jack Thorne – directed by Sam Mendes -is the hottest ticket in town. Its subject is the direction of Sir John Gielgud (Mark Gatiss) of Richard Burton (Johnny Flynn) in a 1966 Broadway production of Hamlet. I went to the matinee yesterday with my customary companion after we [...]

February 16, 2024 // 0 Comments

Michael Portillo’s Cornwall and Devon walk

Michael Portillo has emerged from his political career as an informative and engaging travel and railway enthusiast and presenter. As he retired from politics at the end of the last Century many will only now know him for his television programmes. On “catch-up” I chanced upon with his [...]

February 14, 2024 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Six Nations

There has been an engrossing discussion on the sports pages of The Times between their two main rugby correspondents Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes. Jones argues that fans want wins,  Barnes disagrees, citing entertainment. If Jones is correct why are the RFU ‘ bigging up’ the Twickenham [...]

February 12, 2024 // 0 Comments

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