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Some complex issues aren’t solved by simple solutions

Nobody would claim that rape is not a heinous and abhorrent crime. In principle it carries with it many complex and varied potentially unpleasant and worrying issues including breaches of fundamental human rights, coercion, denial of the right to give sexual consent (or not), degradation, the [...]

July 18, 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

The umbrella and story unravels

Readers will recall the saga of my garden parasol. My neighbour E had it. She declined my invitation for a barbecue as she is a vegan and offered me a tomato plant. To show that vegans don’t hold the rights on being picky I declined her gift on the grounds I don’t like tomatoes. Not [...]

June 13, 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


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

An outing under the new rules

Yesterday – I believe as permitted under the latest Government rules/advice – I travelled to Oxfordshire in order to see my daughter Grace in the flesh for the first time since she formally announced to the world that she was pregnant and due to produce in late September. It is, of course, [...]

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

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

A birthday celebration with a difference

Yesterday my sister-in-law turned 70 and her son and daughter organised a sort of This is Your Life on Zoom. Three month ago I had never heard of Zoom. If you include my Spanish class quiz  and a couple of cocktail hour chats with friends, it is now becoming quite a feature of my life. [...]

May 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

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