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An unwelcome ‘Road to Damascus’ moment

That’s it – I’ve had it up to here now … and from this point forward I shall be going to go to my grave behaving as disgracefully as I can. Those Rusters who have been following this organ from the very first will be aware of our mission statement to observe and comment upon the world [...]

June 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Buying into a fantasy – meanwhile, others are living one

We’ve learned plenty about the human race – and individual nations – during this cornonavirus crisis and like the proverbial curate’s egg some of it has proved to be good only ‘in parts’. Unfortunately for him, former Tory prime minister John Major will forever be associated with the [...]

June 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

A trip into the countryside

Yesterday afternoon I travelled up the M40 to visit my daughter Grace for only the second time since the end of February, almost three weeks before the UK’s lockdown began, when she had announced she was pregnant. A combination of the lockdown rules and a natural desire on her part to avoid risks [...]

June 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coming out of lockdown (not really)

I’m sure I’m not alone in taking what might appear to be a somewhat laidback approach to where we have reached in the UK’s version of the ongoing coronavirus crisis – partly fuelled by the impression gained from all we read, see and hear that it’s all very complicated, there are [...]

June 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

On the outside, looking in

Like most Rusters I know – whilst in the cause of ‘staying relevant’ I deny it is a foreign land to me when challenged by my juniors – my depth of understanding and indeed use of the manifold intricacies of social media are minuscule. In fact, bar a brief flirtation with (1) [...]

June 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

Drifting towards we know not what

As – six months on and in a collective state of near-chaos – we dive into the coronavirus pandemic’s vast ocean waves crashing onto our section of the beach of global humanity it occurs to me that one item we are sadly lacking at this point – and the one thing we desperately need [...]

June 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get worse before it gets better

From today “non essential” shops in England can open for business provided that in advance they’ve rendered themselves ‘Covid-secure’ or whatever it was that Boris said they should. Obvious I cannot speak for any else’s view of how things are going for the UK at the moment, but mine is [...]

June 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

The mystery unravels

Whilst my flying parasol has been returned, Inspector Tickler is still on the case. In particular why has been there no response from my neighbour? Late in the afternoon there was: she wrote a reply on the back of my second letter which contained an invitation to a barbecue and my request for her [...]

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

It takes all sorts

One aspect of the ongoing pandemic crisis that occasionally irritates me is the stupidity of other people. There, I’ve admitted it. No doubt it springs from my own smugness, racism, snobbery, personal stupidity and arrogant lack of tolerance; however, I cannot help it – listening to people [...]

June 5, 2020 // 0 Comments


Yesterday for the first time in 10 weeks, I judged it safe to take a corporation bus. It was spotlessly clean and for most of my short journey I was the only passenger. The only breach of social distancing I saw was a van by the kerbside that sold hot food. It is popular with workers at the [...]

June 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

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