Monthly Archives: November 2016

Axe-wielding trespasser is not a thief (Rousse)

The still-warm blue overalls slung over a chair proved that someone else had been using ‘my’ dressing room – most likely one of the gardeners. I glanced out the window and saw him in action, swaying through the trees on … Continue reading

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A Tartan Pole (Rousse)

The first person that I came across upstairs at the White House was a sulky half-naked teenage Polish friend of my nephew. I was appalled that she barely greeted me when we passed one another in the upstairs hall. When … Continue reading

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Killer whale identification (Rousse)

‘Oh, and there are a couple of killer whales’ I said, pointing out to sea. ‘No they’re not’ my companion corrected me. ‘They’re just black seabirds close to the shore’.

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Bride cooks beans for her wedding (Rousse)

My sister S stirred an enormous steaming pan of green beans on the Aga. ‘Why are you cooking in such quantities?’ I asked her. ‘I’m catering for my wedding next week, of course’ she replied. ‘Do you think I should … Continue reading

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Scaling walls on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (Rousse)

There was no room for a staircase when the house on Holy Island was first built. Portable suction pads were provided to the residents so that they could scale the walls to reach the upper floors. My elderly mother was … Continue reading

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Sex, firemen and Jack Nicholson (Belle)

I had moved to Brooklyn to join a commune of New York firefighters and I had taken theĀ  house I lived in in 1989 with me. While I was standing nude in the bathroom I realised that Jack Nicholson was … Continue reading

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A Paris conference drop-out skincare expert (Rousse)

I was in Paris for an academic conference. Just a couple of stops along the Metro were my sister-in-law JLR and my niece F, now aged 16. I missed sessions, dressed in a white hotel towel and plastic high heels … Continue reading

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Matchbox car entertainment (Rousse)

BC and GC’s house was bigger than I imagined from the photos. I was keen to confirm that I had come to the right place and looked around for green leather furniture. When I returned home I realised that I … Continue reading

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Husband claims that he is God (Rousse)

I overheard TPR tell a conference delegate that he was God, and claim that this was why he was qualified to speak about social media use in higher education (even though he knew nothing about the subject). He also explained … Continue reading

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The Queen’s babies and David Beckham’s bikini line (Belle)

I had two new careers – and I was equally out of depth in both. As the Queen’s midwife, I was uncomfortable with the sight of blood although delighted with how trim I looked in the uniform. Later, despite my … Continue reading

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