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A la Colthard /Lorne & the Glasshouse

On Friday I made my second visit to Lorne and was impressed. It’s located in Wilton Street, not far from Victoria Station, and its owners learned their trade at the River Cafe, a breeding ground for chefs and restauranteurs. My host and I ordered the same: a warm winter salad of parsnips and [...]

November 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

What it’s all coming to, possibly …

Regular visitors to the Rust will be all too familiar with our mission statement, raison d’etre, ethos, quirky attitudes and interests – and even our total lack of interest in the potential commercial upsides of our unique and extraordinary success and global domination of the market [...]

November 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

To know or not to know, that is the question

By chance earlier this week, whilst flitting around the newspaper websites, I came across a piece published in the Daily Mail that about a five-minute diagnostic test developed by a Cambridge University spin-off company Cognetivity Neurosciences – designed to predict someone’s chances of [...]

October 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Magician/Colm Toibin

One of the interesting aspects of biography is the attitude – often better described as the relationship – between the writer and his/her subject. Gitta Sereny wrote an excellent biography of Albert von Speer but seemed to be in thrall of him. Tristram Hunt wrote a detailed account of [...]

October 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

No exhibitions nor art on telly this week but two fascinating lessons in our art course. In the first – on British art and visual culture 1950 to the present – we studied David Hockney and Francis Bacon. Hockney, though it was not compulsory, studied line at Bradford Art College and [...]

October 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Rockwater

Readers will recall my wariness of restaurants with great views. The Rockwater is one such and where I lunched yesterday. It is situated on the esplanade at Hove and from our window table we could see the breakers. Yet the whole restaurant experience was unsatisfying. There did not seem to be [...]

October 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

A cremation

Yesterday I attended the cremation of the mother (Megan) of a good friend at Wessex Vale near Fareham. I only met the lady once and she struck me as having all her marbles, well-read and well-informed. I knew her son well enough to express my concerns for a lady of 94 living on her own. Her son [...]

October 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

My art week

Looking back at my art week money seems to be the dominant theme, whether it’s the artist or the museum provider. In our art course we studied Andy Warhol the ultimate consumer painter. Walking down Fifth Avenue after emigrating from Russia he was fascinated by the marketing of consumer objects [...]

October 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Public School film genre

On Friday at the unusual time of 6 am I watched the 1994 version of The Browning Version.    It was originally the directorial project of Ridley Scott but then taken over by Mike Figgis. The screenplay was by Ronald Harwood (The Dresser) and the stellar cast included Albert Finney, Greta Sacchi [...]

October 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

Ridley Road/BBC 1

Every Friday in the 1960s amd 1970s my late mother would shop at Ridley Road market in Dalston. Even when we moved upmarket from Stoke Newington to St John’s Wood in 1964 this routine continued, involving a long car journey. So when I heard of a BBC drama based on the Jo Bloom novel I was [...]

October 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

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