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All That Glitters/Orlando Whitfield

This is an account of the friendship between two art dealers – Orlando Whitfield and Inigo Philbrook – who met at Goldsmiths College. After an internship at the White Cube Gallery of mega-successful art dealer Jay Jopling, Inigo Philbrook made a fortune as a dealer in the secondary [...]

June 23, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sussex sport on the march

Sussex Sharks sit atop their Southern Division Vitality Blast whilst the County Club top the second division of the Championship. Over last weekend the Sharks won away at the Oval over “moneybags” Surrey and then beat up Gloucestershire in Bristol. The County side have beaten Yorkshire, [...]

June 10, 2024 // 0 Comments

Middlesex v Sussex

Yesterday I went to Lords as a guest of Duggie Heath. This fixture in my youth was played on the August Bank Holiday and attracted a crowd of 10,000 but at the most there were 5,000 spectators at Lords with the Edrich, Mound and Tavern stands all closed. It was an attritional day of cricket. Sussex [...]

May 25, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Sunday Times Rich List

I always read The Sunday Times Rich List, which arrived with the paper last weekend, but with increasing cynicism. Firstly, how do they evaluate wealth and, secondly, debt? The Irish entrepreneur Tony O’Reilly passed recently. He was the businessman that built up the Kerrygold butter brand, had a [...]

May 23, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sussex win & top League Two

After two draws and yesterday’s win by four wickets against Gloucestershire, Sussex now top the second division. After coach Paul Farbrace went on record saying that we will never witness again the golden period of the noughties when Sussex won 3 Championship titles and the Cheltenham & [...]

April 23, 2024 // 0 Comments


I have been inactive both in posting and betting for a while as I have been shut out of my Betfair account. I do not believe this to be bad luck as, speaking to another punter who was shut, he believed it done by Betfair who do not make money from those who win and retain their money. With some [...]

March 16, 2024 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The Permit Room

The Permit Room on Brighton’s Lanes is part of the successful Ishoom chain with a funky makeover. I went there yesterday, treating my ex-doctor whom I have always liked and dispensed good optimistic advice. In particular, he holds to my own view that – as we approach old age – zest [...]

March 13, 2024 // 0 Comments

Gentlemen’s clubs – do they have a feature ?

The traditional St James Club has many advantages but many are perceived as anti-women and offer little to the younger generation. Their historic buildings are breath-takingly attractive. My club the Reform has admitted women since 1982. Clubs like the Reform also offer accommodation which is [...]

March 1, 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

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

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