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Dissertation and desertion (Rousse)

My dissertation was due for submission in a matter of weeks and I hadn’t started it even though I had all the access to resources that I would ever need, now that I lived in a cubby hole in the … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson paves the streets with gold (Rousse)

The latest government scheme to placate the population was Boris Johnson’s initiative to pave the streets with gold – or at least coins embedded into the pavements of Loughborough. When I asked a man who looked like an engineer if … Continue reading

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Reckless driving on the River Tweed (Rousse)

My father was super-impressed that my school friend PM (was PS) owned the land that ran from the back of her house all the way to the River Tweed. ‘Is the bank solid?’ he asked, as he inched the wheels … Continue reading

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New York Times publishes coded message to run Trump out of town (Rousse)

How could this be a holiday if I were sleeping at the lecturer’s desk in front of a class of thirty, all of whom were also extremely angry that the week of sunshine, sea and sand that they had been … Continue reading

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Rat and racoon robbers (Rousse)

A rat and a racoon were stealing all the food that I had laid out on the bird table in my back garden.

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Funeral phone confiscation (Rousse)

After a young student died while resident at the Manor House at the University of Birmingham, TPR and I were despatched to London to attend his funeral. The memorial event itself was for a random selection of the recently deceased, … Continue reading

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The loneliness of a PhD student in COVID times (Rousse)

It was a lonely life as a PhD student, especially during COVID times when I both lived and worked all by myself in the marble columned museum.

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Kisser Nick Rhodes (Rousse)

Nick Rhodes kissed me on the lips in a crowded corridor – and it felt like I had fulfilled one of my lifetime ambitions.

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Dolphins and groping (Rousse)

A problem with swimming with dolphins in dark was that you often couldn’t be sure whether the creature next to you was a beautiful sea mammal, or a man intent on a grope.

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My lover David Mitchell (Rousse)

David Mitchell had been in love with me since 1984. Unfortunately for him I was very married. He chose to ignore every sign of my ‘taken’ status – the several bands of gold and jewels prominently displayed on my ring … Continue reading

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