Monthly Archives: November 2010

Conference calamity (Rousse)

I arrived so early at the conference that it was still dark, and BK and just one other person were the only other participants there. “So far, so good” I thought, but I was so wrong! From that point onwards … Continue reading

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Belle’s crush continues

I watched a work colleague interview Cesar Millan about his use of social media (“who do you follow?”) while I sighed and puppy-dog eyed at him. I was sure we were meant to be together. Meanwhile, a sort of low … Continue reading

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Rousse misses Clive Anderson – just

It was an amazing coincidence to see Clive Anderson twice in one day. I’d spotted him at the London BBC Radio 4 studio in the morning, and now he was here in Edinburgh checking into reception. I hesitated over approaching … Continue reading

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Rousse reassesses book classification

Fragments of: Broadly approving the new scheme to help readers identify categories of book: in the future each one would be printed in the colour to represent its genre so, for example, a romance would have a red book jacket, … Continue reading

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Belle is a creative failure – but honest

I was showing a friend around the church when I found an orange chequebook on a wooden bench and went off to hand it in. A man in a suit handed me a bunch of keys and asked me to … Continue reading

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Rousse remembers train crash

The train ground to a halt just before Musselburgh, narrowly missing the blue Golf parked across the line. My first thoughts were of the 2001 Selby train crash and the urgency to get out of the carriage and away from … Continue reading

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Panto season (Belle)

I was sitting next to J near the front of the theatre for the closing scene of the pantomime and the entire cast was jumping around in shaving foam. I was particularly enjoying the rhyming scheme and chuckled at how … Continue reading

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This charming man (Belle)

What a charming man Peter Cushing was! He knew the designer of every item of clothing I was wearing (although as I kept confiding to the girls around me, I had only paid £1 in a charity shop for most … Continue reading

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Disappointing Caribbean climate (Rousse)

It looked like a last minute decision to take my heavy brown coat to Antigua was sensible. Our flight from Glasgow at 14:00 was delayed several hours, and the Caribbean weather forecast was for a fortnight of wind and rain. … Continue reading

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Rousse misses out on the miracle of childbirth

Mother-of-four SY took charge of the six women seated in silence around the long wooden table. She instructed me to wash my hands and help when necessary. If I doubted SY’s qualifications in midwifery, my own experience of childbirth was … Continue reading

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