Tag Archives: Friends

Friendship, Filofaxes and mud (Rousse)

While P tried to persuade the rest of us – S, L, T, TPR and me – to part with £2000 per couple for the next instalment of our friendship premium, I showed T the many uses of a stripped … Continue reading

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Abba dancing disappointment (Rousse)

The dancing started accidentally. I just lifted the needle on to the track of the LP that happened to be on the turntable and everyone took to the floor. I thought it would all be over in three minutes, but … Continue reading

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Pants under the pillow (Rousse)

It was a Friday morning and we were all supposed to be at work, but instead DT, WB, NP and I were fooling around in my flat. AC joined us too, his camera at the ready to capture the fun … Continue reading

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An exile from marking (Rousse)

As KA headed off along the station platform with a sad wave, we did wonder whether her self-imposed exile was really absolutely necessary. All she had done was complain on Facebook about the pain of marking undergraduate essays. This was … Continue reading

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Northumbria University’s funfair recruitment drive, and two naughty sisters (Rousse)

When my sister heard that I had a meeting in Newcastle she said that she would like to see me afterwards. Northumbria University had changed considerably since my last visit. In an apparent effort to recruit more students, the campus … Continue reading

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Burgundy fashion for the blind (Rousse)

I explained that our friends always dressed in identical burgundy outfits because this made it easy to (a) ensure colour coordination and (b) select clothes for the wash – not least because they were both blind.

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The almost bigamist bride (Rousse)

At a workshop organised by JS, and attended by many of my friends (including JM), AC proposed to MSB. To everyone’s complete surprise, she accepted. The next morning at breakfast AC refused his usual steaming cup of coffee for a … 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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Tricksters grow penguin crop (Rousse)

They played a trick on me. TPR and his gentlemen friends said that they had sown the field with fir tree saplings. They hadn’t. Instead they had planted out a crop of baby penguins.

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A failed smoker catches the ghost bus (Rousse)

JS gave me £1.50 and I waited for the bus. I missed two number 11s because I wasn’t paying attention. Then I attempted to smoke a cigarette in the bus shelter, but the filter was broken and I didn’t know … Continue reading

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