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A seaside discussion of the merits of the Marks and Spencer store card (Rousse)

My long-dead red-lipsticked granny and I clung to the sea wall bracing ourselves for the next wave. Although the scene might have looked tropical with its smattering of palm trees along the shoreline, this was the north east coast of … Continue reading

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Debenhams Bristol: a unique shopping experience (Rousse)

While BD looked after the three Christmas cakes in his shop on Park Street, I popped up the road to Debenhams to buy some tins so that I could carry my baking home with me after work. The Bristol branch … Continue reading

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Dangerous waves in Ullapool and a miskeyed credit card number (Rousse)

I pulled into the parking space just on the approach to Ullapool so that I could photograph the interesting wave formation as it hit land. Unfortunately the moment that I placed the camera case on the ground a huge wave … Continue reading

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Searching for stationery in Stockton-on-Tees (Rousse)

What a joy it was to be back in Stockton-on-Tees searching for stationery! The high street had barely changed in 40 years. I loved the old-fashioned 1970s shop frontages. I hoped with all my heart that Dressers still be there … Continue reading

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A hen party goes shopping (Rousse)

From the bus stop on York Place I travelled just two stops. Nearing my destination, the grumpy bus driver scraped the vehicle down an incredibly narrow street and pulled up next to the main of St James Centre. Here I … Continue reading

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Inadequate shopping signage (Rousse)

I should have put in a complaint to my friend RGJ as the manager of this enormously complex shopping centre. It was simply impossible to navigate. My worst experience of the day was when I got into the lift. It … Continue reading

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Toddler emergency essentials (Rousse)

Three days after explaining to MSB why we were childless, I gave birth to a fully-formed toddler. While we wondered how we would break this news to our families (TPR’s mother would be delighted, our nephews and nieces probably less … Continue reading

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A shocking pink shopping trolley visits the swimming pool (Rousse)

I was the proud owner of the latest in shocking pink shopping trolleys. Fashioned along the lines of a small upright hoover, there was plenty of room in the “bag” for gym kit. However, at the swimming pool I discovered … Continue reading

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Marie Helvin shops for shoes (Rousse)

Marie Helvin browsed the display of shoes that we had just admired. My sister-in-law SMcC wasn’t going to miss this golden opportunity to speak to the “face of the seventies”. She turned to the former supermodel and struck up a … Continue reading

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Peep Show’s Super Hans seeks new recruits to his “Moonys” cult (Rousse)

It was a huge journey from Prague overland, but I eventually made it back to the UK – even though I was minus my pale green fake fur coat, lost by a fat middle-aged woman at a ball in Austria. … Continue reading

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