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Inconveniences of hotel life (Rousse)

TPR and I were living in a hotel. This was not as glamorous as it sounded. For example, although the hotel had a pool, it was unheated and outdoors, and whenever I used it I risked drowning. It was also … Continue reading

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Hotel blues (Rousse)

I’d been away from home for over a week and was thoroughly sick of life in a hotel room. What made it worse was that the hotel was within a huge American-style shopping mall, so it felt like I never … Continue reading

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Project crisis ‘cured’ with spray-on white hair and wedding invitations (Rousse)

Our work was barely progressing from one meeting to the next so we decided that the only course of action open to us now was to bring the project to an end and cut our losses. One of the team … 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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A cold shoulder for book group defectors (Rousse)

When EH and I climbed into the car for our lift to work we could not understand why JS was so cold towards us. She soon provided an explanation. She’d cooked up a feast the night before for our book … Continue reading

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Nursery rhymes, a British Library refit, and a forgotten computer (Rousse)

I sang nursery rhymes to toddler A under the watch of her adoring parents J and N. Then I set off to London to do some work. On arrival at the British Library GW and I were very confused by … Continue reading

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Venice turns pink in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Rousse)

Every morning I visited my sister S to try on the clothes that she had acquired for me from the charity shops the previous day. It was also our habit to watch half an hour of terrible daytime television together … Continue reading

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