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Danger down under in Australian seaside resort (Rousse)

Tigers roamed the street of the Australian seaside resort where my colleague and I were conducting some research. ‘Isn’t this rather dangerous?’ I asked a local. ‘No’, he replied, ‘It’s very rare that any of the tigers attack anyone’. We … Continue reading

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When to recycle means risking your life (Rousse)

The new system for recycling household waste was very dangerous. You had to carry the unwanted items to an old-fashioned steel dustbin, then climb onto an underwater conveyor belt. This took you to the seabed where you could make your … Continue reading

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Birmingham graduate destinations: deep sea diving, death, and a hot rod librarian (Rousse)

We were all travelling on the Birmingham University French 1986 graduates’ bus. DM passed along the aisle offering cups of tea. I told her that TPR and I had made a brief visit to Rhyl and she said that we … Continue reading

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To Australia by sea with an unlimited baggage allowance (Rousse)

It was so frustrating to find that both my meetings with the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland were cancelled. What made it worse was only discovering this news on arrival at the offices: first at Saughton House, and then … Continue reading

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Canadian cousins, bathers, a family row, and South Yorkshire pop bands in Whitby (Rousse)

My sister J planned an ambitious itinerary for the visit of our Canadian cousins N and D. I doubted that it were possible to squeeze everything into a single day. I was proved right in Whitby. It would never be … Continue reading

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Mountain rescue (Rousse)

P sat up in the single bed next to mine and complained of a hangover. He was moody enough at the best of times so I wasn’t prepared to hang around to see how he would behave with a sore … Continue reading

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A car, a castle, and a sunset (Rousse)

DMcL was not at his workshop, but TPR and I knew what to do. We drove the car onto the raised platform, shifted our weight to prevent it wobbling off, then jumped down over the pillows and cushions. DMcL could … Continue reading

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