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Positively ignoring my first Olympics

In accordance with what seems to have become a newly-adopted Rust policy stance that elite sporting games/events staged in the absence of crowds are unedifying to the extent of being unwatchable, I am currently “not watching” the Tokyo Olympics. Despite whatever brave and noble performances our [...]

July 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

In praise of Mark Cavendish

With all the hoopla of the Euros and Wimbledon Mark Cavendish’s win yesterday has rather slipped under the radar. The Manxman is now within one of Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins and he still has four more sprints to come including the finale at Paris. This is all the more praiseworthy as [...]

July 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Le Tour – so far

I watched Friday and Saturday’s stages in the company of a cycling aficionado and 2 wine experts – a  fruitful combination. Normally the first week of the Tour can be dull as the riders traverse the flatland of northern France before hitting the more demanding mountain stages. This week [...]

July 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Pargie strikes again

For the second week running I napped the winner when Harris English won the play-off of the Travellers at the Highlands River Course in Connecticut over Kramer Hickok. Like all flutterers it’s never good enough, nor am I totally happy, as I was on Bubba Watson each way who bogeyed his last 5 [...]

June 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

A strange thing indeed

The sport of road racing version of professional cycling – absolute pinnacle in the minds of sports fans generally around the globe the Tour de France – has long had a relationship (or indeed a series of them) with the murky dark waters of performance-enhancing drug taking. The former [...]

October 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

For an avid TV sport watcher Sunday was manna from Heaven with cricket, the Tour and golf. The new kid on the block Hojgaard of Denmark won his second European tour victory in the Welsh Open at Celtic Manor in a play off with Julian Walters. The BMW  on the USPGA tour also went to a play-off with [...]

August 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

Le Tour de France

I felt a whole range of emotion at the first day of the Tour. With so many sporting events ruined, would the Tour be? In fact it was only postponed from late June. Notwithstanding that Nice is in the danger zone for Covid and the Tour being a non-stadium event so impossible to impose social [...]

August 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Another bulletin from the sporting front line

One of the joys of being a regular visitor – and occasional blogger – to this organ is the wide variety of interests and viewpoints among its correspondents. These can range from the meaning of Life to matters of sporting minutiae, philosophy, great obscurity and then some of the more mundane [...]

August 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Cyclists – a national pest

A common theme amongst us Rusters is our dislike of cyclists. Yesterday morning I was walking alongside the sea on a wide pavement by the main coastal road. At great speed a  Cyclist came hurtling towards me. With an imperious wave he motioned me to walk 2 metres away from him. It’s bad enough a [...]

May 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let’s get serious about where all this is going!

With some trepidation because I am steeping into dark waters today – if Tom H. and his crew on the Rust’s sports team will permit me –  but I’ve suddenly come to realisation that I’m sure will also have occurred to some of our astute readers about the position to which elite sport [...]

March 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

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