Author Archives: Dreamaticus

Queen demands payment (Belle)

It was a bright sunny day, and the flower beds were a little too vivid. I suspected that they had been airbrushed for an appearance on a biscuit tin, or it was the 1960s. I gave a small girl riding … Continue reading

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Lazy academics unworthy of titles (Rousse)

I waited patiently in my gown for my turn to cross the stage – but the ceremony ended without an invitation to mount the steps. A member of Human Resources staff eventually told me that the Principal and Dean had … Continue reading

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Risks of mistaking a deep coma for death (Rousse)

I had some explaining to do when JG and his wife BG flew in for a brief visit. ‘Isn’t you father dead?’ enquired JG, peering over at the wizened old man muttering incoherently in his chair. ‘We thought so’, I … Continue reading

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References essential for employment (Rousse)

Now that we had decided for certain to remodel the back of our house, TPR set to work emptying all the rooms of furniture. He soon discovered that this was too big a job for one person, so put a … Continue reading

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Dangers of hitch-hiking in London (Rousse)

As soon as we settled into the back of the car, I realised our error. ‘I know this from a movie plot’, I thought. ‘The driver is monster. After giving us a lift to our named destination this evening, he … Continue reading

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Clubbing with David Mitchell (Rousse)

Having met David Mitchell at his posh private members’ club, I wanted to repay the favour. Would taking him along to the premises of the Royal Society of Edinburgh suffice, I wondered?

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Riverdance outdoors! plays in Finland (Rousse)

I neatly parked the car in a Finnish municipal car park. From here we watched the setting of the stage for Riverdance outdoors! I was very excited to see the performance itself, but instead TPR and I felt obliged to … Continue reading

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Arty party ends in dreadful drowning (Rousse)

While we were out, my sister S invited an entire year group of art students to our Edinburgh flat. She had captured them on the promise of a workshop on the interpretation of lived experience of mental illness in creative … Continue reading

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Neon pink Queen in Gloucester (Rousse)

I was in Gloucester with the Queen, who was dressed in pink neon from head to toe.

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Murder at the Scottish Parliament and a ‘hot date’ (Rousse)

I promised TPR that I would join him in the sea, but first I needed to console CI. With further news of the murder at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood the previous night, we were shocked to learn that the … Continue reading

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