Monthly Archives: March 2013

Stornoway Calmac services dropped in favour of cargo runs to Iceland (Rousse)

The Caledonian MacBrayne services from the Isle of Lewis to Ullapool had been greatly reduced: the unprofitable route across the Minch was barely worth running now that Stornoway was a major port for container ships bound for Iceland. So we … Continue reading

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Sledging and the snow cemetery (Rousse)

None other than social media guru ES joined us for an afternoon of sledging. Even though the pistes were packed, we had a great time dashing down the slopes. You just had to be careful not to crash into other … Continue reading

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Rousse reprimanded

PC grumbled “Oh no, I’m in one of your dreams! I hope you’re not going to blog this.” Meanwhile JA kept his mouth shut, unsure of British etiquette in such circumstances. Sorry PC…

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Skiing in Scotland: chairlifts, cafés and crime (Rousse)

There was something not quite right about this Scottish ski resort. The main drag lift, for example, pulled skiers uphill at such a speed that TPR and I found it almost impossible to cross their path while out on our … Continue reading

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Learning to love minibeasts (Rousse)

My bags were packed and loaded into the hold for the long coach journey through France. I realised too late that my iPhone and headphones would now be parted from me for several hours. Why hadn’t I remembered to keep … Continue reading

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Disco dancing and dalliances at the University of Birmingham (Rousse)

My birthday disco lights came in useful at a party hosted in a student flat with all my undergraduate pals from Birmingham University’s French department. While the rest of us danced the night away, X was up to her usual … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and astrophysics for lunch (Rousse)

I took apart the marble mounted interactive display in the museum lobby so that I could replace the details of the forthcoming lunchtime talks. It was high time that the world heard what SPC had to say about Shakespeare, and … Continue reading

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