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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

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Liverpool 3

The difference between teams like Fulham is the bench. Liverpool could bring on – and did – Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez as game changers. Fulham have no such advantage. It was not a high octane game and there was not much to choose between either side until Trent Alexander Arnold floated [...]

April 22, 2024 // 0 Comments

Bye bye Volvo, Hallo 7 Bus …

Some five years ago I made the momentous decision to give up driving. The precise moment came when I happened to take the lower Roedean road between Rottingdean and Brighton. I saw a group of kids by the roadside. Fortunately I am not a fast driver as one of the group dashed across the road in [...]

April 12, 2024 // 0 Comments

Michael Portillo’s Cornwall and Devon walk

Michael Portillo has emerged from his political career as an informative and engaging travel and railway enthusiast and presenter. As he retired from politics at the end of the last Century many will only now know him for his television programmes. On “catch-up” I chanced upon with his [...]

February 14, 2024 // 0 Comments

West Wittering outing

On Wednesday I organised a day trip of Rusters to Bob Tickler’s beach hut on West Wittering beach. The trip was organised some time ago and of course –  when the day arrived – Storm Gerrit was on its way. A cricketer turned successful artist friend of Alice’s is painting a [...]

December 29, 2023 // 0 Comments

A horrendous journey

Yesterday, because of the rail strike, I was forced to take the National Express coach from my native Brighton to London. Being a seasoned traveller and stickler for punctuality – on this occasion a lunch at 1-00pm – I did some preliminary planning. The 9-05am bus service was – on [...]

December 7, 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

John Craxton/Pallant Gallery Chichester

The Pallant Gallery has done – more than any other museum – much to redeem the reputation of many 20th Century British painters. In some cases, like the 1920s society artist Glyn Philpott or Leon Underwood, I wondered why, whereas with others – like Johnny Minton, regarded as the [...]

November 22, 2023 // 0 Comments

Bernard Levin, Michael Portillo, Simon Sebag Montefiore

What do the three above have in common? You may be surprised by my answer: a Panama Hat. Sir Ttevor MacDonald recently paid an affectionate tribute to Bernard Levin. . This tribute also included his travel programmes, made late in his life following Hannibal’s march and the length of the Rhein, [...]

November 16, 2023 // 0 Comments

Venice: City of Pictures (Martin Gayford)

As one might expect from such an eminent art historian Martin Gayford’s latest work on Venetian art and architecture is a thorough, well-researched study with beautiful images. He covers the ‘Big Four’ of Venetian art – Titian, Tintoretto (the only artist born in and of Venice) [...]

November 11, 2023 // 0 Comments

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