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A Day At The Races

Yesterday I made my annual visit to Plumpton racecourse. I go with a sporting friend who is also involved in retail and yesterday it was his turn to entertain. He also invited a sportsman with whom he grew up locally Ian “Gunner” Gould. The latter had been in a Arsenal youth team (hence his [...]

February 28, 2023 // 0 Comments

Mobiles no, nature yes

Where I live and as I look out writing this I see my balcony, patio below, public boardwalk and Marina. A common occurrence on the boardwalk  –  a popular place for walking – is someone loudly on their mobile. One man yesterday held out his mobile on front of him and was blaring out [...]

May 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

The artist with the needle

This was the flattering but largely accurate description of my late father who as a doctor rose to prominence for vaccination. He inoculated the Royals, England’s football team, the Royal Opera company, symphony orchestras and Harold Macmillan whom he much admired. He found Macmillan to be a [...]

September 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

“Never in the field of …” (or Sandy The Duck, Part Three)

This morning I have tried and failed to summon my best but inadequate Churchillian powers of composition in an effort to do justice to my third instalment of the stirring tale of Sandy The Duck. Regular readers, together with his 17 million global fans – the biggest ever reaction to a Rust story [...]

June 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ducking marvellous!

Such has been the viral nature of the worldwide interest in the story of Sandy The Duck [see above, in his indoor paddling pool] that I feel compelled this morning to provide Rust readers with an update upon his progress from doomed ‘runt of the litter’ fledgling to the tentative [...]

May 31, 2018 // 0 Comments


I had a free day in Sevilla before a French friend Valerie was due to join me. I still had to see the interior of the cathedral but chose instead to do what I enjoy most namely to wander around the city going wherever I choose. I set off in the direction of the bull ring. I have mixed views on [...]

October 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Peering into the future

It’s a funny old place, this 21st Century, politically-correct, equal opportunity driven, gender neutral or fluid (whichever it is, I’m getting confused these days) world we live in. The latest retailer to fall foul of the do-gooders – or is it ‘game changers’? – is John Lewis, [...]

September 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

RIP, Horace

Let me tell you a story. I am currently in residence on the south coast of the UK with my father. It has become our practice while staying here to feed the birds on the terrace and on the lawn beyond, only because it means that we benefit from having a small aviary-worth of little (and not so [...]

August 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

“Wait for the number 3!”

Please pardon me for bothering you if this is ‘old hat’ because you’ve seen it previously – possibly many times – but yesterday I was shown for the first time a video of a dog who has been trained follow commands to an extraordinary degree. What was particularly [...]

July 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Something new every day

As regards the wonderful world of natural science I’m a complete philistine. Nobody could ever accuse me of following in the footsteps of the likes of David Attenborough, Matt Baker or Chris Packham – though I’m bound to confess that in the late 1950s, as small boy of six or seven, I became [...]

April 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

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