Monthly Archives: August 2017

The wrath of Florence (Rousse)

SS pulled me back. ‘Don’t venture down the executive corridor’ she cautioned, ‘Unless your are prepared to face the wrath of Florence’. This intrigued me – and I decided to risk it. I continued through the double doors and past … Continue reading

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Spurned in Pitlochry (Rousse)

SC and TM invited us to Pitlochry for a barbecue. There they announced that S was expecting a baby girl. Although not religious, I was sick with jealousy when they invited CT to be godmother. To be second choice was … Continue reading

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A rescue from classroom chaos (Rousse)

The classroom was in chaos. Bowls of soup dropped down from the ceiling. My ex-colleague KB had prepared far too much for a one-hour class, and I was unconvinced that colouring-in was an appropriate undergraduate activity. JM came to the … Continue reading

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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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