Monthly Archives: August 2012

Birthday Belle oversleeps

Realising that I had been asleep for over 40  years, I decided to wake up.  I was astonished to discover both of my parents at the foot of my bed.  And to learn that it was my birthday.

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Californian gold prospector comes clean in Texas (Rousse)

DT’s father was not, in fact, a dentist. We discovered this on holiday in Texas when I needed urgent dental treatment. Thank goodness we had comprehensive travel insurance. DT’s father’s real profession was something of a surprise. We were astonished … Continue reading

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Accommodation for a single husband, cycling safety and wedding dresses (Rousse)

I was running late for my meeting, but the issue of TPR’s accommodation was a higher priority. Thank goodness he had dismissed the suggestion of moving back to the Manor House at the University of Birmingham. However, he still seemed … Continue reading

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Common room queens rule supreme as Rousse gets on with her work

This student common room housed three queens: my sister J, my sister S and ECM. The loyal subjects of each gathered next to their chosen monarch on the appropriate section of sofa, faces turned in awe towards the object of … Continue reading

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Unexpected advice on the cultivation of dahlias (Rousse)

As I walked across the exam room I started to argue the value of timed written assessments that comprise a compulsory multiple choice section followed by a choice of two essay questions from a selection of five. The invigilator hoping … Continue reading

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Fare dodging on the buses (Rousse)

We didn’t have enough change to make up the £6.40 that we needed for the two bus fares. To make up the difference TPR and I gathered up piles of foreign currency, some unusual ochre-coloured coppers, and a mix of … Continue reading

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Diet plans for Rousse

When I overheard my gorgeous Canadian cousin tell a stranger “Don’t worry about Rousse. All you need to do to keep her happy is make sure that she is always supplied with food”, I knew for certain that it was … Continue reading

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