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A burgundy red bob and Big Ben (Rousse)

TPR made a huge effort with his appearance, first straightening and then dying, his grey hair into a glossy burgundy red bob. This was all in readiness for the arrival of a bunch of his former work colleagues at our … Continue reading

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A love affair with a pooch dyed pink (Rousse)

When we reached the dark and snowy outskirts of Edinburgh, the coach driver decided to turn back. Looking out of the window at lorries and cars strewn upside down at the side of the road, I understood his reasons. This … Continue reading

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Natural amphitheatre hosts Champions League game in the Outer Hebrides (Rousse)

I was excited to be in the crowd at an important Champions League match in the Outer Hebrides. The Liverpool team was about to come onto the pebbly pitch beneath the sea cave that served as a natural amphitheatre for … Continue reading

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His mistress Henry (Rousse)

TPR’s new girlfriend was called Henry. ‘Typical’, I thought, ‘From this fact alone I know exactly her age and social class. I can also guess her undergraduate programme at the University of Edinburgh, and predict with some accuracy her Edinburgh … Continue reading

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Rousse favours Stuart Maconie over Mark Radcliffe

Stuart Maconie was in my gang. Mark Radcliffe was not – because he did not reply to my texts to their Saturday morning radio programme.

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A purple kitchen with an excess of kale (Rousse)

On the spur of the moment we called in on R and SL. SL was particularly delighted to see us, mistakenly thinking that our friend in tow (KA) was our niece AF. While I admired their modern purple kitchen, SL … Continue reading

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Bridlington beach debris (Rousse)

JS led us along the Yorkshire coast near Bridlington to a beautiful headland. Beneath the proud cliffs on one side were yellow beaches of the finest sand. On the other was a channel of clear blue water through which the … Continue reading

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Judgements in pyjamas (Rousse)

For months we had been gathering online to assess the health of academic research in the UK. At last we were meeting face-to-face to undertake the next tranche of work – dressed in horrible pastel-coloured pyjamas. The women looked particularly … Continue reading

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Remembering the dead (Rousse)

L and TF were avoiding me because we had not acknowledged that the young woman killed in the terrorist attack was their daughter K’s best friend.

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Paddington Bear wannabe is Prime Minister (Rousse)

Unwittingly, I was the star of a new reality television programme. A huge crowd of brash, rowdy women picked on me so mercilessly that the pitying viewers nominated me as a candidate in the general election. Not only did I … Continue reading

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