Monthly Archives: December 2017

A revealing silk jacket (Belle)

I couldn’t wait to see RB wearing the silk blouson jacket I had bought him. Featuring a cutesy kitten design, it was cut deliberately short so that six inches of his tummy would be on display. He seemed to really … Continue reading

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Charity shop Whimsies and a sand slide bring joy to the office (Rousse)

My new office space was appalling. I was shown to a tiny table with a computer at the end end of a long narrow room that accommodated around a dozen academics and research students. On the blue desk next to … Continue reading

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New York’s latest spa craze is total wee wee (Belle)

I was visiting New York on business and I had no idea why the hipster librarian had decided I must visit the city’s trendiest spa.  I was told the full story.  The owner of the spa had been rootling around … Continue reading

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Stockton man traffics refugees as a sideline to drug dealing (Rousse)

TPR and I were setting down to watch a 1970s film in the upstairs drawing room of the White House when we sensed that we were not alone. After a quick check behind the furniture revealed nothing, we sat back … Continue reading

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Academic is owner of magnificent mansion on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (Rousse)

I knew that it was unconventional to take one’s sibling to a school management meeting, but now that mine worked at the University (albeit in a different department), I thought that I would get away with it. SS glanced over … Continue reading

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Jo Jo the poison pen email writer pushes stressed academic over the edge (Rousse)

I was in the habit of commuting by train to the headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in London. There I worked in the basement on an unending series of grant applications. From time to time … Continue reading

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A spare CD of Scottish folk music (Rousse)

I saved the CD of Scottish folk music as a present for FR. In the company of IB, LJ and JM, however, she regretted that she was unable to accept it. This music, apparently, was not to her tastes (at … Continue reading

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