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Another fine modern mess

Recently I had an extraordinary brush with the way the digital world works – so remarkable that it invites the comment “You couldn’t make it up!” It ran as follows (and here I will add that I am avoiding identifying any of the parties in order to protect both the innocent and the less [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Keeping in touch with modern life (up to a point)

I suspect in common with many Rusters from time to time as an oldie I find myself engaged in an unequal and often unsuccessful struggle with the inevitable onward march of developments in modern technology. My contributor colleague Michael Stuart has blogged in the past about his watershed moment [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Robert Maxwell

I neither knew nor had any dealings with Bob Maxwell but I knew well two he did. A recent biography by John Preston called The Fall has received good reviews but I do not really want to spend the time reading it. However the BBC serialised it over 5 episodes and it was read by actor Henry Goodman. [...]

February 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

A sporting life

The news of Tiger Wood’s serious car accident in California yesterday has been dominating the world’s news media outlets since it happened and will have saddened many – and not just golfing and sports fans. At this stage – before the investigations are completed and the facts established [...]

February 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Another milestone on the road back to where we were?

This is an important day. At some point the Prime Minister is going to formally announce his heavily-leaked “road map” by which the UK will gradually emerge from Covid-19 Lockdown 3 and ascend to the sunny uplands of its post-Brexit prosperity and world domination. Or possible not. Overnight I [...]

February 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Covid injection appraised

I support the consensus view that the rollout vaccination programme has been extremely well organised – the cynic might say the government’s sole success to date. My letter of eligibility arrived a week ago, I made the appointment at the local racecourse for early morning last Thursday. [...]

February 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

The world keeps going forward in time

A question category that comes with the territory of being a member of the human race – springing from its abilities to rationalise, acquire and then pass on knowledge to its future descendants – is “What if?” Henry Ford may have dismissed history as “bunk” – and arguably to an [...]

February 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

This far in it’s boring to listen to nonsense

Maybe the travails of Lockdown 3 are getting to me, or maybe my senility rate is accelerating, but recently I’ve begun to notice that my ability to tolerate Covid-idiocy in any form – not least rent-a-mouth “so called experts” being invited on the national media programmes to spout lunacy [...]

February 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Covid – my part in its downfall.

On Saturday I received notification from the NHS that I was eligible for the Covid vaccination and yesterday I booked an appointment this Thursday at a local racecourse. I refrained from following the Covid information from the first lockdown as I preferred to listen to an expert I trusted, Grania, [...]

February 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Rick Stein

Many years ago when Daffers was in “I-like-a-bit-of-rough” mode I knew an ex-boxer in Rock, Cornwall who sold his night club to a certain Rick Stein. He opened the Seafood Restaurant there and the rest is history. You could sit quayside and enjoy fresh fish caught that day and divine apple [...]

February 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

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