Monthly Archives: August 2020

The Stanford murderer (Rousse)

Stanford University research engineer JA was all over the news. He was a murderer! It would not be long before journalists would be knocking at my door, demanding to know whether or not I had spotted his evil streak when … Continue reading

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Katy Perry flies Edinburgh to Des Moines, Iowa with unintentional stowaway (Rousse)

I’d been ‘working at home’ from the National Library of Scotland when I received an offer to meet Katy Perry. I felt that I could spare the time to do so, so followed the instruction to travel to the meeting … Continue reading

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Triathlon training by canal and canoe (Rousse)

I always fancied myself as a triathlete, but this training was sometimes more difficult than I might have imagined. The filthy canal was especially challenging. I struggled to avoid the debris that littered the shallow water and cut myself on … Continue reading

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Floods cause havoc on the first day of the new academic year (Rousse)

Although I no longer had any responsibility for the module, I turned up for the first knowledge management class of the new academic year. This was just as well because the module leader was late for the 11:00am start. At … Continue reading

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Tipping taxi drivers in Greece (Rousse)

It was very convenient to live in Scotland when Greece was just a short taxi ride away. The only difficulty was knowing how much to tip the driver.

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New blue and yellow wallpaper brightens office (Rousse)

PC took advantage of his time off work on sick leave to redecorate his office. He hung a bold wallpaper of blue and yellow blobs on all four walls to create a ‘homely’ feel. I was so impressed that I … Continue reading

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How to keep a loving relationship alive (Rousse)

Everyone was raving about a new BBC lifestyle documentary about keeping a loving relationship alive – starring my cousin SA and his wife LA! The quality of the production was superb, and it was no surprise that this show was … Continue reading

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Jewellery thieves of Pitlochry (Rousse)

SC warned me about the jewellery thieves of Pitlochry. They came from out of town, armed with nothing but a strong grip. Their modus operandi was to force a victim against a wall, reach for their hands, tug off all … Continue reading

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David Beckham in disguise (Rousse)

I spent the day cycling with David Beckham, his wife Victoria, and their young son. At no point were we recognised, even at a busy London railway station. This was thanks to the clever way that David wore wraparound sunglasses, … Continue reading

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Teenage criminals target Sainsbury shopping trolleys in Gateshead (Rousse)

Poor Darren had his work cut out on the Customer Services counter at the Gateshead Sainsbury megastore. His queue grew longer and longer as I explained the whole sorry tale of  my purchases. I had selected a mix of groceries … Continue reading

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