Author Archives: Dreamaticus

Disappointing reunion and relatives (Rousse)

I was rather disappointed with the table setting at the big reunion party. Surely this kind of occasion deserved proper table linen and glasses? The paper napkins and plastic cups were simply not good enough. I would have to have … Continue reading

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Salmond recruits dogs and dolphins to support Scottish independence bid (Rousse)

The white poodle was reluctant to leave his post – literally. Following the instruction of Alex Salmond, the dog had been guarding the long wooden stick ever since the Scottish independence referendum was first announced. I persuaded him that his … Continue reading

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A personal invitation from JK Rowling to PotterLand (Rousse)

I’d won a coveted invitation to JK Rowling’s house in South Queensferry. She invited me to sit at the table with five others to discuss “business”, but before long I’d been distracted into talking trivia. I could tell that our … Continue reading

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Bomb drops over Edinburgh New Town (Rousse)

We turned the corner of London Street and found Drummond Place in complete darkness. There was a huge roar overhead and dozens of police officers rushed along the pavement. We heard the retaliation bomb screech as it dropped from the … Continue reading

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Car theft, breast milk, and a bump (Rousse)

I screamed at TPR that it was not our car, but he was so determined to catch the “crooks” that he did not hear me. He leapt on top of the driver at the wheel of the red MGB to … Continue reading

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Translating Evelyn Waugh (Rousse)

How should the titles of the novels of Evelyn Waugh be translated into French? This was the challenge for me and JC as we wandered around an art gallery discussing the merits of A passage to India and Howard’s End.

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Afternoons in bed with Beowulf (Rousse)

TPR was under the impression that I spent my afternoons at work. In fact I was snuggled up in bed with EMcC listening to him reciting Beowulf.

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What to do in New York: basketball versus shoes? (Rousse)

I was an unwilling tourist in New York. KA and AM had forced me to cross the Atlantic, convinced that I would be interested in watching a basketball game starring TPR playing in the Sun Microsystems national team. I was … Continue reading

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Gatecrashers in Hutton Rudby (Rousse)

It turned out that HH did not live on a farm, but in a massive Victorian house on Hutton Rudby High Street. It was here that she was hosting the school reunion. Unfortunately the party proved very popular and before … Continue reading

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Unique party decorations (Rousse)

NP and SF decorated the room for the party – by shrouding everything in sombre black cloth.

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