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First round of the Championship round-up

Sussex supporters are entitled to feel aggrieved that they only drew with Northamptonshire. Had the start been at 10-30am – and floodlights been switched on – neither of which happened, they might have beaten Northants who were 173-9 at close of play and only 64 runs needed for victory. [...]

April 9, 2024 // 0 Comments

Venue Vede Vince

Nowadays maximising the revenues of a sports stadium is vital – not just in sport but theatre too. This has attracted bad publicity as the high prices of tickets have been cited at Fulham, Chelsea and popular West End theatrical productions. It’s a slightly skewed argument as the top price [...]

March 25, 2024 // 0 Comments

Saracens 52 Harlequins 7

It comes with the territory that anyone in their eighth decade – as I am – has to contend with “incoming” accusations from friends and family (in jest or otherwise) that they are prone to repeating themselves. I became a guilty party myself once my own father reached a certain age. [...]

March 24, 2024 // 0 Comments

The death knell of the Gentleman’s club?

Does the decision of Simon Case (Cabinet Secretary) and Sir Richard Moore (Head of SIS) to resign from the Garrick Club herald the end of the Gentleman’s club? The title ‘Gentleman’s Club’ itself is anachronistic but I think that talk of their ending is premature. They still [...]

March 21, 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

The rise of M & S

After many years in the doldrums M & S are now doing really well and their rise in status and appeal is based on their food hall. Traditionally M & S had valuable freehold sites and a reputation for quality goods. They paid suppliers within 7 days which ensured excellent supply lines. They [...]

March 9, 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

A la Colthard/ eating out update

Yesterday  my accountant invited me to lunch at La Brasseria Milanese an upmarket Italian restaurant in Marylebone High Street. As I was a guest it seems churlish to find fault but it epitomised the contemporary London experience. On arrival at 12-45 the table was not ready (how can this [...]

February 28, 2024 // 0 Comments

Rolling Stones Tribute Band at the Palladium

I recently saw a Rolling Stones tribute band at the London Palladium. This consisted of a backing group, 3 female vocalists and the radio music presenter Cerys Williams. Cerys Williams explained the circumstances behind each song, most of which were composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richard, the [...]

February 26, 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

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