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Combating the Lockdown/Poirot

I am no admirer of Boris Johnson but I will concede that – in having to deal with three seemingly contradictory Covid issues, namely the risk to physical health, its economic consequences and the mental consequences of locking the population up – he was on new ground for a Prime [...]

August 7, 2023 // 0 Comments

A return to the fold …

I have not exactly troubled the scorer much with the frequency of my blogs to the Rust recently but today I thought I’d share a pair of reflections upon things that have happened or occurred to me in the past week or so. TEN THOUSAND STEPS PER DAY Firstly, yesterday I reached the milestone of [...]

May 6, 2023 // 0 Comments

Medical matters

Yesterday I saw my private doctor in consultation. She belongs to a successor practice of a doctor who was as popular as he was competent. He had all the attributes one would wish: an excellent diagnostician, a fine judge of consultant, not too expensive and above all an optimist. Our 20 minute [...]

May 3, 2023 // 0 Comments

Sideways/Radio 4

Yesterday Matthew Syed presented a programme on the chess player Jonathan Nunn. He was something of a prodigy as a mathematician – he was the youngest person to gain admission to Oxford since Cardinal Wolsey. He switched to chess and, although excellent, he was never world grandmaster class. [...]

February 9, 2023 // 0 Comments

South Africa v England – the recent ODI series

This series has somehow slipped under the radar with all the spending in the football transfer window and the forthcoming Six Nations. Yet it was an important series to assess the fitness of Jofra Archer and England’s chances of retaining the World Cup in India this October. The South African [...]

February 2, 2023 // 0 Comments

Rugby union’s new “waist and below” tackle rule won’t work

Sometimes one could be forgiven for forming the view that some newsworthy developments just couldn’t be made up if one was writing fiction. It’s just been announced that – in effect – in the the amateur version of rugby union in England, tackles must now be made at waist [...]

January 21, 2023 // 0 Comments

Watching the world from the top of a hill

Despite the global dominance and enormous commercial success of the Rust – and to the surprise of some, the breadth of its demographic appeal – it remains the case that a core viewpoint amongst its regular contributors tends to be that of those beyond the first flush of youth. As the festive [...]

January 2, 2023 // 0 Comments

George Cohen

The passing of George Cohen was certainly felt by all Fulham supporters and beyond. We only have 11 World Cup winners and of them – George – was the only one-club man, totting up 450+ games for the Cottagers between 1959 and 1968. Fulham, in terms of trophies, are not one of the most [...]

December 25, 2022 // 0 Comments

Elite female sport 2022: a year of big advances but also some complications

Over time it has become a bit of a cliché, but “back in the day” – when comic Frankie Howard (1917-1992) was a British household name milking his “conspiratorial” relationship with his stand-up audiences and/or television viewers – he often compounded the effect by chiding them for [...]

December 23, 2022 // 0 Comments

My father, NHS & modern medical practice.

It’s always interesting to find something new out about a parent and recently my brother informed me that our father was a founding doctor in the first NHS clinic at Woodberry Down, Hackney – now called the Sir John Scott. Aneurin Bevin, the Labour Minister in Clement Attlee’s government [...]

November 28, 2022 // 0 Comments

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