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Royal Ascot

It will be interesting to see how the TV companies meet the challenge tonight of covering football behind closed doors. I suspect initially that just to have football back will be sufficient for most fans but after Liverpool have won the title most games will be meaningless. Horse racing is not [...]

June 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sporting comparisons

A quiz is doing the football rounds of an Earth best ever XI v Mars. It’s bit of fun but behind it is the serious question of comparison of players from different eras. Yesterday I was engaged in a conversation with a fellow Ruster on this very point. Great soccer players from the 60s and 70s [...]

May 16, 2020 // 0 Comments


The prominence in the sporting calendar of the horse racing meet at Cheltenham is difficult to explain. The weather is invariably bitter, it’s not that easy to access or egress and the iconic Grand National is less than 2 months away. Even the laddishness of male bonding and the notion of Ladies [...]

March 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

A Day at the Races

Yesterday our Players Club of Sussex CCC organised a day out at Plumpton races.  Always curious to enjoy a new sporting experience I went along. Plumpton is near Lewes in the fold of the South Downs. Sussex is blessed with racecourses. Aside from Plumpton, there are Brighton, Fontwell and the [...]

February 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

Pargie’s sporting weekend

I haves been off the air these past weeks after my big win on Danny Willett at Wentworth. Good to see the Sheffield slugger back to winning ways and nice few quid in my coffers. I duly noted Jeremy Chapman’s tips for the Spanish Open and the US PGA Shriners Children Hospital in Las Vegas without [...]

October 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Royal Ascot

On both Wednesday and Thursday I watched on TV the horse racing at Ascot. This I did with a certain degree of sad nostalgia as Ladies Day (Thursday) was one of our few regular family outings. My father, a conscientious doctor, would do his morning surgery which made for a late start. My mother, [...]

June 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of keeping up

Regular readers will be aware that from time to time the Rust has taken to featuring pieces on long-running issues, arguments or campaigns in which it is interested, many of them concerned with the world of sport. My opinion piece today is another. It is a fact of life that – in common with every [...]

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

My sporting week

I totally agree wiht Tom Hollingsworth that in calling the first Test between the British Lions and the All Blacks the so called experts got it spectacularly wrong. Of the 10 experts consulted in the Telegraph special supplement , Sir Ian McGeechan, Brian Moore and rugby correspondent Mick Cleary [...]

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Royal Ascot

A recurrent theme of the Rust Is ‘Fings ain’t what they used to be’ – not even nostalgia is as good. There is no doubt that memory can play tricks but not in the case of Royal Ascot an event I attended with my late parents for some 30 years but now have little wish to do so [...]

June 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

One for the old man

Yesterday, having arrived on the south coast to spend the weekend with my aged father, we had an idyllic time of it. The early conditions were so-so – to clear the overnight condensation that bedecked my car windows I had to wipe them with a cloth before I could set off at 6.00am to collect [...]

April 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

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