Tag Archives: Birmingham

An unhappy WAG (Rousse)

As an international sportsman, my husband spent weeks away from home touring the world. I pined for him from my bare room at the University of Birmingham’s Manor House. If this lifestyle continued, I would need to take a lover. … Continue reading

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Finding a tenant in Birmingham (Rousse)

On a rare visit to Birmingham, TPR and I checked up on our little house in Northfield. It had been empty for years, but we didn’t have the heart to sell it. I wandered around the lovely garden, surprised to … Continue reading

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Shopping for Morrissey records with Piers Brosnan (Belle)

Living in post-apocalyptic Birmingham wasn’t as bad as it sounds. The most noticeable difference was an apparent lack of DIY skills in the general population. Windows and walls remained broken across the city. I travelled the streets in an American … Continue reading

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Birmingham’s Grand Canyon (Rousse)

We now lived almost permanently in a tiny house on a rough estate in Birmingham. Even so, we welcomed many visitors, the majority of whom were young men taking breaks along the route of their very long journeys south. I … Continue reading

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Lost in a Birmingham blizzard at Christmas (Rousse)

The server dropped the half-filled ice cream cone when the call came through. It was now snowing very heavily outside, and anyone who wanted to travel any further needed to get back into their vehicles immediately. TPR and I rushed … Continue reading

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Bodies on Birmingham’s Bristol Road South (Rousse)

TPR and I lay naked on the tarmac on the Bristol Road South next to the pedestrian crossing. I was freezing. Many of the cars that passed slowed down to look at us, yet nobody offered to pick us up … Continue reading

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Unwise words and a Christmas tragedy on the Thames (Rousse)

“How awful that your daughter-in-law’s father is a crook, and that her mother is a burnt-to-a-crisp, over-tanned, airhead shopaholic!” said N. More awful was that she uttered these words while (unknowingly) sitting right next to the daughter-in-law in question. This … Continue reading

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Back to Birmingham for the finals (Rousse)

Why had I volunteered to resit the final exams of my undergraduate degree? There was no need for me to do this, and I didn’t stand a chance of passing. The only benefit of dragging myself back to Birmingham was … Continue reading

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Desperate nuns resort to kidnap to drive up convent recruitment figures (Rousse)

I always hated the return to work after my holiday, but what made this worse was that the campus had been moved from Corstorphine in Edinburgh to Perry Barr in Birmingham, and there was nobody there other than me. I … Continue reading

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Rousse reviews the retired and retro

“What a coincidence, Struther Arnott was here just yesterday”, I commented to Brian Lang as he took a seat on the big green sofa in our sitting room. “I wonder what it is with retired principals of St Andrews University? … Continue reading

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