Monthly Archives: June 2011

A glimpse of summer and fears of infection (Rousse)

ET-S and I couldn’t believe our luck when we wandered down to the shore and discovered soft golden sand, gentle waves, and water the temperature of a warm bath. I dived straight in still wearing my clothes before everything returned … Continue reading

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Rousse rejects a lover and kills a cat

The arrangements for our holiday were hardly ideal. I hadn’t managed to finish my conference paper in time so was obliged to take a stack of work with me, and when we arrived in Antigua we found that we’d been … Continue reading

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Rousse’s new best friend is Princess Diana

Princess Diana (my new best friend) and I lounged side-by-side for our girly chat. She permitted me to ask her anything I liked so long as the conversation didn’t descend into tabloid interview. I thought that I was doing OK … Continue reading

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Flood, fire and knitting (Rousse)

Although our house was not as grand as those of our neighbours with their massive tiled entrance halls, I was still distraught to learn that it had been damaged by a combination of flood and fire. Especially annoying was that … Continue reading

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Belle’s knickers exposed

I was eating breakfast at the conference hotel when my eye was drawn to the programme broadcasting live on the television screens. The young presenter was rummaging through my bedroom and holding up my underwear to the camera.

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Smoking, stress, dress-making and gypsies (Rousse)

PhD student VW held out the cigarette and I made a grab for it. Smoking would cure my stress. JA, also completing a PhD, accompanied me to the market to buy dress-making material. Later on I had to deal with … Continue reading

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Rousse searches underground Theseus-style

I ran along Market Street past grand Georgian houses in pursuit of VE. When she ducked into Oxford Circus tube station I lost sight of her.  As I pondered what to do next, an old man and a blind woman … Continue reading

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