Monthly Archives: October 2011

David Bowie’s alter ego commutes with child (Belle)

I sat on the tube train and began to shuffle the 7″ singles on my lap. They all looked pristine and I was delighted that they had clear plastic sleeves to keep them that way. Sitting next to me was … Continue reading

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Gangsta rap death threat (Rousse)

As the process of erosion slipped into fast forward, we witnessed the course of the river shift before our very eyes. The sandy banks were crumbling so quickly that all hands were called to fetch shovels and spades to dig … Continue reading

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Poor high street sales strategy spotted on a quest for lip salve (Rousse)

My shopping list was short. All I needed was a small tin of lip salve. I crossed the urban motorway that lay between the conference hotel and the mall and headed first for LIDL. Although there were many customers inside … Continue reading

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Campus security OTT (Rousse)

KT was furious. “This will never work!” she complained. I tended to agree with her. The new security system on campus now required us to swipe our ID cards every time we emerged from a stairwell. How would the office … Continue reading

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Talents of a child “very advanced for his age” rub off on Rousse

We’d barely known him an afternoon, yet bit by bit Gwen was already revealing himself to be one of the most fascinating people that we had ever met. When he invited us to his 40th birthday party that evening in … Continue reading

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How to fake a hedge (Belle)

By far the most successful session at the conference was the workshop how to create a fake yew hedge using Christmas tree offcuts.

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Salmon fishing in Scotland, and disability in the animal kingdom (Rousse)

We’d already reached Fife by the time that I summoned up the courage to admit to JK that I’d forgotten to pack any socks to wear with my wellies. “Well, I suppose I could buy some in Braemar?” I suggested. … Continue reading

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