Monthly Archives: May 2022

Jumpers for huge heads (Rousse)

There were plenty of jumpers around my size on the shop rail so I was confident that I would find one to fit me. What I didn’t appreciate was that they also had head sizes – and that my head … Continue reading

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Keeping distance from a research council meeting groper (Rousse)

It was rather inappropriate to be invited back to rejoin the EPSRC committee that I left in 2018 – especially since many other ‘new’ members were my former colleagues and friends. I disgraced myself by falling asleep in the first … Continue reading

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Redneck American tourists impressed by British physique (Rousse)

My mother-in-law’s step-parents – elderly, redneck Americans – and their extended families blew all their savings on a trip to visit their relations in the UK. We organised a boat trip for their entertainment. The women instantly fell in love … Continue reading

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Fear of forgetting social engagements (Rousse)

MH organised two leaving events to mark her departure. The first was a party in her flat on Saturday night. For the second we were invited to join the audience of her latest show. Since both invitations were verbal and … Continue reading

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In a stone maze with Griff Rhys Jones (Rousse)

I was stuck in a three-dimensional stone maze, unable to navigate a route upwards and out. Ahead of me, Griff Rhys Jones was doing rather better than I was. The big surprise, however, was my agile octogenarian mother, dancing over … Continue reading

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Mystery P grid (Rousse)

I nodded sagely when IH told us that we needed to use the p-something or other grid in the (now late) report of our study. In reality, I had no idea what she meant at all.

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Motorist caught driving backwards through Edinburgh city centre (Rousse)

TPR interpreted the ban on cars on Edinburgh’s Princes Street as applicable only to vehicles that travelled forwards. This gave him a clear conscience to put his black BMW into reverse and head west along Princes Street with his eyes … Continue reading

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Green checked shirts and Bible study (Rousse)

EH and I set up camp in a comfortable three-seater with another colleague for our all-School work trip to the US. Occasionally our male colleagues – each dressed in a different take on the green checked shirt – would call … Continue reading

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Cotton wool for a flautist (Rousse)

I had never seen a dining table so beautifully laid out. Two tables had been brought together in a T shape to accommodate about fifteen people in the oak panelled dining room. The table cloth was starched brilliant white to … Continue reading

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No toilet Tokyo (Rousse)

I knew that space was at a premium in Tokyo, but I had no idea of the impact of this on the population’s everyday habits until I visited the city myself. My host family of three was very welcoming. On … Continue reading

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