Monthly Archives: August 2017

An unusual source of gift wrap (Rousse)

I cycled the country lanes, picking up rolls of wrapping paper along the way.

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Bid to honour Hartburn home (Rousse)

There was a move to honour the White House (Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees) as a national monument on account of the parties held there in the 1970s and 1980s. I doubted that it merited such attention: it was not as if my … Continue reading

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Secrets of Sir Ian Brindey’s affair hidden in porridge (Rousse)

My cousin B finally revealed the solemn secret that she had been harbouring for years. During the war my grandfather had been in a relationship with Sir Ian Brindley. ‘There’s further information in there’, she said, pointing to the museum. … Continue reading

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The value of writing concisely (Rousse)

‘The greatest skill that we learnt as undergraduates’ announced JS to the audience seated before her on rows of hard wooden chairs ‘Is how to write concisely. I can turn one person’s long-winded paragraph into three neat sentences – as … Continue reading

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Cocaine addiction and twins (Rousse)

We helped out at a party in a top floor apartment hosted by two gay friends. Inevitably one of the young women became addicted to cocaine that very night. We drove home in TPR’s brand new black Golf GTi with … Continue reading

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A relation from Barnsley (Rousse)

I recognised the man’s voice immediately, but what was my father doing at the conference? When he stood up I could tell that this wasn’t my father after all, but someone who sounded and looked like him. He was even … Continue reading

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Robbie Williams’ secret of song-writing success (Rousse)

Robbie Williams explained his secret of song-writing success. ‘If you listen carefully, all my tunes are simply up and down scales with added lyrics’.

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