Author Archives: Dreamaticus

UK parakeet problem hits Edinburgh (Rousse)

I pulled back the shutters and looked out of the window of the first floor. Imagine my surprise when I saw a someone come flying through the sky on the back of a man-sized robin! Also, on the branches of … Continue reading

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Fine art graduates offered new opportunity to market their work (Rousse)

I came up with my new business idea when standing next to a large black Edinburgh street refuse bin. Inside I could see several cellophane-wrapped mounted pictures. They were left over from the recent degree show at the art college. … Continue reading

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Apple purée spillage (Rousse)

I accidentally spilt a vat of apple purée over the entire floor of the staff common room of Sheffield University’s iSchool – but nobody seemed to care.

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Chip-eating COVID deniers offer hugs in Portobello (Rousse)

We spotted the Bs when we were out running on Portobello promenade. My former colleague had grown his hair so long that it rivalled that of his wife for length. One of their two sons was with them. Like us, … Continue reading

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Planning for bi-lingual off-spring (Rousse)

My bride-to-be was a Spanish heiress who was due to inherit a massive fortune from her financier father. Her parents approved of our match, even though I was foreign and female. The one thing that I looked forward to most … Continue reading

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Disintegrating dog dread (Rousse)

I watched in horror as the tiny little dog that I was petting started to disintegrate. Within seconds it was nothing but a pile of canine body-parts floating in a dirty pool of blood. Its owner cried hysterically, but there … Continue reading

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An unprofessional conference chair (Rousse)

The keynote speaker – Professor EG from Berlin – was so excited to see me that she stretched out her hand and brushed my arm. I recoiled in horror. How could she be unaware that we were still social distancing … Continue reading

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Scotland’s top pandemic super-spreader takes to capital city’s streets (Rousse)

SL was a COVID19 super-spreader. She reached out to hug everyone that we met as we wandered the quiet lockdown streets of Edinburgh. Over the course of our walk, SL told me that the acclaimed artist MO was working with … Continue reading

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Through the bedroom window – with dead pigeons (Rousse)

I was already distraught when I opened the bedroom shutters to find three live pigeons trapped between the wood and the window. I was beyond consolation when I saw through the glass that the back garden was completely overgrown.

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Adrian Chiles still sensitive over divorce from Jane Garvey (Rousse)

When interviewing Adrian Chiles, I thought it only polite to admit that I used to know his ex-wife Jane Garvey. His face crumpled at the mention of her name. Who would have guessed that the jolly television presenter would still … Continue reading

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