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Farleys Farm House (second visit)

Last Friday I arranged to take two friends, D & His wife L, – whose main home is Petworth – to Farleys, the home of surrealist painter Roland Penrose who founded the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Lee Miller, sometime Vogue cover model, international photographer and innovative [...]

June 16, 2024 // 0 Comments

On the trials and tribulations of modern life

Yesterday at about 3.00pm in the warm mid-afternoon sunshine – after a relatively sedentary day to that point – my “other half” and I decided to go walking at a local coastal area of protected wildlife and other things. As we arrived we were seeking nothing more than a quiet, reflective, [...]

May 17, 2024 // 0 Comments

A Saturday afternoon watching rugby

Over several years now this organ has covered the Northern Hemisphere version of the sport of rugby union in some depth, covering everything from specific matches and trends in the financial fortunes and playing tactics of elite professional clubs to its ongoing inherent dangers and medical issues. [...]

April 28, 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

Kurt Hamrin

The passing of Kurt Hamrin this weekend was probably not covered by the British sporting medusa but he was a legend for Fiorentina and Sweden. He and Gabriel Batistuta were joint Viola capocannoniere (top scorers) with 151 goals. Kurt Hamrin – known as the ‘Little Bird’ – played [...]

February 5, 2024 // 0 Comments

It happens to us all (eventually)!

I haven’t troubled the pages of this mighty organ a great deal in recent times, but some Rusters may know me best for my occasional reports upon the “stop/start” exercise regimes that I take up from time to time – motivated less by vanity than an effort to keep fit and thereby hopefully [...]

December 12, 2023 // 0 Comments

Dear England/James Graham

James Graham’s latest play has had an extended run from the National Theatre and we saw it yesterday at Cameron Mackintosh’s Prince Edward Theatre. I can see why as, whilst my theatre companion was a football fan and follower like myself, the play went beyond its central theme of how Gareth [...]

December 10, 2023 // 0 Comments


On Friday I made my first visit to Chartwell. I was influenced by the September post of my colleague William Byford who was ‘underwhelmed ‘ after his visit in the summer.  I share that view. William’s car  journey was marred by traffic on the M25, mine by a driver who incessantly moaned [...]

December 3, 2023 // 0 Comments

Watford Forever/John Preston

This is an illuminating account of the rise of Watford, focussing on Elton John and Graham Taylor. The relationship between the owner and manager is the key one in any club. There were few better than that between Elton John and Graham Taylor despite the fact the two were polar opposites. Elton [...]

November 29, 2023 // 0 Comments

Terry Venables

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Venables . He was more than an acquaintance less than a friend. As in lifetime, opinion is divided on his merits and achievements. For some he was a progressive football man managing at the highest international and club level. For others he did not [...]

November 28, 2023 // 0 Comments

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