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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

What the doctor said

Throughout the pandemic I have heard very little from doctors on the coal face on how grave the situation is. This is a question I posed to the doctor who gave me a thorough medical yesterday. He said there was far too much ill-informed hype. There were some 70,000 illnesses out there of which [...]

September 26, 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

A la Colthard /Oswalds and the Goring Hotel

Yesterday I went to London for the day to have lunch at a venue (Oswalds, Albermarle St) I did not know – and dinner at one I did. Oswald was the name of the grandfather of Robin  Birley, the son of Mark who founded Annabel’s, and sold it to Richard Caring . This is the latest creation of [...]

September 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Water, water all around and not a drop to drink/wash or use for appliances.

At 11.00 am yesterday there was a knock on my door and a Chinese lady identified herself as my neighbour. She asked if I had water and on turning the taps I said no. It was 12 hours before the water supply was restored. To have no water for such a long time is a massive inconvenience but – at [...]

September 15, 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

Great Dixter Gardens

Yesterday I visited Great Dixter Gardens. These are the brainchild of gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust. I was disappointed. The first negative is that the Gardens are not that accessible. They are to be found to [...]

September 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

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