Tag Archives: French

Wild boar hunting in France (Rousse)

I thought it rather unfair to place the blame for the popularity of French bloodsports on the residents of Marcillat. Indeed I couldn’t recall an active hunt in all the time that I spent there. All I could remember was … Continue reading

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Rousse gets stuck on the ceiling

We dropped the habit of recent years of spending New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh. Instead we travelled south to celebrate with A, C, N and S. S told us that we would be having “something called boeuf bourguignon” for dinner. … Continue reading

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The indignity of dining alone (Rousse)

After the formal proceedings were concluded, MLH and LC headed off with my hosts for their dinner. “You can eat over there” they said, signalling a restaurant at the other side of the road. I crossed over and pushed open … Continue reading

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Irresponsible pilot puts pensioner passenger at the controls of Switzerland-bound aircraft (Rousse)

I got separated from my minder at the airport and ended up being bundled onto a tiny plane with seats for just eight passengers. A friendly-looking man sat down next to me. He hung his curly red hairpiece over the … Continue reading

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French air force fighter pilot shares the lingo (Rousse)

I was a fighter pilot in the French air force. One sunny afternoon I went for a wander through the grounds of a stately home in the south of England. An Arabic woman in army fatigues approached me and asked … Continue reading

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Medieval French literature, relationship advice, a Jacobean trunk, and a blue Maserati (Rousse)

We were working through archives of exam questions, extracting any that could be recycled for the next academic year. My collection was so old that it included questions on medieval French literature from my own undergraduate days. My colleagues started … Continue reading

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Recreated photos of a French past (Rousse)

When I first came across the pictures I thought that they were of A and D’s wedding. I had enlargements made so that I could put them into an old-fashioned cloth-covered photograph album to give to my French friends. It … Continue reading

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From Harry Potter’s Chamber of Secrets to Coronation Street (Rousse)

I jumped into the back seat of the passing car and made my demand: “Take me to the supermarket. I’m going to watch the second Harry Potter film in French with my husband at Tesco!” I obviously gave the impression … Continue reading

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Find My iPhone catches cheating spouse (Rousse)

I needed a back-up plan since my husband appeared to be no longer interested in me. R would do. He fitted the bill well as a tall, skinny engineer. There were, however, a few of drawbacks of my pursuit of … Continue reading

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Marcus Brigstocke tour takes in the stationers (Rousse)

Marcus Brigstocke had set the exam paper so it was only natural that it was also he who accompanied me and my sister J to the stationers. Here we would purchase some scrap paper on which I could plan my … Continue reading

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