Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Thames at night with rappers (Belle)

Blue Peter was broadcasting live from the back of a limousine being driven along the embankment. The presenters, two child friendly rappers, were pointing out the nightlife on the Thames. I admired the paper-lanterns illuminating the oriental boats near the … Continue reading

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From the Caribbean to Tiverton by foot in party dresses (Rousse)

Caribbean holiday over, MSB and I began to make our way home to Edinburgh. We were most unsuitably dressed for the journey, decked out in party dresses and ballet pumps. MSB modelled one of her own creations, a gorgeous Quality … Continue reading

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A late resolution to train for the Olympics at London 2012 (Rousse)

It felt like a University of Birmingham reunion. In reality we were gathered together to celebrate the birthday of the youngest person in our year. HW (now HJ) was finally 40. Everyone was there for the party: Spotted for the … Continue reading

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Two new careers for Belle

As an MI5 veteran, only I could enter the woods and deal with this international crisis. There were tanks on the streets and the world’s media had congregated. My preparation involved wrapping pretty pink scarves around my face and creating … Continue reading

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Rousse attends her first ever “pre-wake”, complete with watermelon feast

With KB I was attending my first ever “pre-wake”. This comprised a formal presentation by my friend (the future corpse) followed by a reception for all her friends, family and former colleagues. While I listened to the friend speak, I … Continue reading

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Rousse nets £25 million research grant, and mends her glasses

The bad news at work was that I couldn’t shake off the ranting member of library staff from the University of Birmingham. It was unclear why she felt that she had to tail me all day, but I wished that … Continue reading

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10k personal best opportunity squandered at the supermarket (Rousse)

I powered round the last bend of the race cheered on by FM. With a personal best of 48 minutes, she glowed with pride. There were just a few hundred metres to go and even I would make it within … Continue reading

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