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A low-level flight over Lindisfarne and the Hebrides (Rousse)

In a tiny plane the seven of us flew over the island of Lindisfarne, then the white sand beaches of a deserted isle of the Inner Hebrides. Our pilot took great pleasure in skimming the waves with the aircraft’s wheels. … Continue reading

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Imprisoned by the Taliban (Rousse)

The pilot instructed the air stewards to set the alarm, and explain its function to the passengers. My response to the news that we were under attack was to send a farewell text to my parents – just in case. … Continue reading

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Aircraft carrier accident (Rousse)

JG lost both his legs from just below the knee in a freak accident with an aircraft carrier. He’d now acquired some software so that the rest of us could experience the same trauma in a simulated environment. I was … Continue reading

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The thrill of flying in the Hebrides (Rousse)

The female passenger sitting next to me on the flight followed my example of leaving the aircraft and taking to the skies. We flew over beautiful (and normally inaccessible) Hebridean beaches. The biggest thrill was to soar higher than the … Continue reading

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Phil Collins flies first class (Rousse)

Phil Collins was travelling first class from Montreal back to London on the same flight as me. I knew this because the fat woman in yellow told me so in the vast aircraft toilets.

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Irresponsible pilot puts pensioner passenger at the controls of Switzerland-bound aircraft (Rousse)

I got separated from my minder at the airport and ended up being bundled onto a tiny plane with seats for just eight passengers. A friendly-looking man sat down next to me. He hung his curly red hairpiece over the … Continue reading

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A dodgy flight to Dublin (Rousse)

My route home from the funeral in Northern Ireland comprised a flight to Dublin, then a coach ride to the coast, followed by a trip in the QE2 at four miles an hour back across the Irish Sea. The latter … Continue reading

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Andrew Lawrence, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, a stranded bride, and the ruler of the universe (Rousse)

We headed up the M6, keen to reach our destination in time to take part in the 10k race, my final exams, and the graduation ceremony. We were grateful not to be travelling in the opposite direction. A light aircraft … Continue reading

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How to handle a Porsche (Rousse)

Driving TPR’s Porsche was trickier than I remembered. You had to jump into it while it was moving and ensure that you were properly settled into the seat before it sped off. Today I also had to take care that … Continue reading

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Rousse’s Cuban missile crisis

JC, GC, TPR and I were playing outside on holiday in Cuba when we first noticed the military aircraft overhead. When one launched a missile that landed just a few feet from us, we took the hint and ran for … Continue reading

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