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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


There are several notable features about the artistic work of Christo who died recently aged 85. His large scale outdoor works were not commissioned – he received nothing for them – and although they took years sometimes decades to plan with his wife Jeanne Claude they were dismantled [...]

June 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of life thing

As the vicissitudes of encroaching senility gradually creep up behind me I am also conscious that not-dissimilar is happening to those close at hand. Given my past history of occasional mishaps with my attire – cue a reference to those unfortunate times when I have exposed myself to Mrs Patel [...]

May 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

There is a positive too

Every morning when I do my 10,000 steps I see a young woman probably in her early twenties walking her Pomeranian dog along the broadwalk. She is  clearly a popular character as her walk is accompanied by those on their balcony greeting her and engaging in conversation. She has probably done this [...]

May 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

‘Tisn’t fair! (but it may be life)

Please pardon the self-pitying whine but there’s little doubt that the sports fans among us could be forgiven for coming to the view that we have more to lose than most from the present coronavirus crisis. Arguably elite female sport in the UK has come under huge pressure precisely because its [...]

May 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Of Cabbages and Kings

“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk… we talked of many things… of Cabbages and kings.” The Walrus and the Carpenter Lewis Carroll. Every week I  have a regular  chat with an old friend whom I would classify as a top 30 close friend but not a top ten. He was at university with me [...]

May 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Last Dance (Netflix series)

Today I can offer a recommended listen for Rusters of a sporting bent. For good or ill when out for my daily exercise expedition – or should I say “one of them” because we’re now allowed as many as we choose? – I habitually listen via a bluetooth earpiece to Radio Five [...]

May 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

You live and learn

Further to my post yesterday about my reluctance, never mind inability, to master some of the intricacies of social media and not being bothered about this, I came across a case in point last night. Having prepared my habitual gin & tonic at 5.50pm in advance of settling in front of my 72 inch [...]

April 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

The pressure ramps up

We may all be going a bit nuts at the moment this far into the lockdown but – when I rose for my day-shift this morning and fired up my computer – it seemed as if somehow in the period between 8.45pm last night and the present the world had suddenly shot forward about four days, such [...]

April 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Easter weekend musings

Here’s another of my reports from the fitness front line, hampered as it is slightly by the callus or growth – you’ll have to excuse my lack of medical knowledge – on the ball of my left foot and the Achilles tendon yank/chronic inflammation which has troubled me now for seven months. [...]

April 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

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