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The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Cardiff 0

Fulham achieved a play-off place with an assured victory over Cardiff last night. Cardiff with their physical style and seeking to secure a play-off position are tough opponents. They won the early exchanges when Fulham were sloppy but gradually the home side prised control and did not relinquish [...]

July 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Origins of the World/Gustave Courbet 1866

A popular figure in the National Rust is our picture editor Malcolm. One of the joys of us contributors is – after we have completed our post as a draft – seeing what accompanying photos Malcolm has selected for it. He has a totally free hand but if he feels them to be inadequate he [...]

July 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Brighton 1 Liverpool 3

Brighton have now lost successively at the Amex to Manchester United and Liverpool. Against Liverpool last night the Seagulls were 2 down within 9 minutes and I feared the worst. In fact Brighton rallied, Leandro Trossard pulled one back before half time but a late Salah goal put the game beyond [...]

July 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Nottingham Forest 0 Fulham 1

Many years ago, after George Best had once again gone AWOL, I went to Stamford Bridge to see Manchester United in his absence beat Chelsea 2-1. A lad called Alan Gowling within a exceptionally thin face and a gangling stride scored a brace. That proved his golden career moment as he never really [...]

July 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

What’s in a name? Plenty … er, obviously

It’s stating the obvious to mention it, but in a 21st Century dominated as it is in cultural and campaigning circles by themes of equality, diversity, LGBT [and is it Q? – in any event, the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning rights], anti-colonialist and [...]

July 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

American Pastoral/Philip Roth

Readers may recall that I kept this book by my loo as an aid to constipation. Occasionally when a passage of writing engrossed me it moved location but before long was back in its place of residence. It’s problem is that it is long, over-detailed, wordy and there is no narrational time arc. [...]

July 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

Bryson DeChambeau comfortably won the Rocket Mortgage US PGA event held in Detroit, seeing off the challenge of 21 year old Matt Wolff. DeChambeau intrigues and divides the golf community. On one hand the “mad scientist” – or the “incredible bulk” as he now calls himself – [...]

July 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report; Fulham 1 Birmingham 0

It looked like another bad day at the Craven Cottage office heading for our first home goalless draw in many years then Josh Onomah popped up in the final embers of extra time to score the winner. Without top scorer Alex Mitrovic red-carded retrospectively and not available till next Friday’s [...]

July 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Directors/Sky Arts

I was so pleased that a further series of The Directors was being run by SKY. I happened to see listed under SKY Documentaries a documentary on Don Siegel, most famous for the Dirty Harry films with Clint Eastwood. In pushing the “Record all” button I saw there were further programmes on John [...]

July 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

Lives of the artist

When I studied French and German literature for my A levels our teacher had a rather pedantic view that little was served in studying the life of the writer. In fact as I soon appreciated it’s crucial. Michael Stuart was complaining to me that in his music course he learned far too little [...]

July 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

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