Tag Archives: American

Invitation to murder (Rousse)

My family was running the risk of reputational ruin. Already we were known for being loud and eccentric. Now it seems that we had invited someone for dinner and – for entertainment at the end of the evening – murdered … Continue reading

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Wool and sheep, sex and turkeys (Rousse)

TPR and I were checking (a) the stream that was coursing all the way from the pond to under our bedroom window, and (b) the encroachment of teenagers on our property as they partied in the catacombs beneath the Edinburgh … Continue reading

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Barry Manilow keynote (Rousse)

It took a few minutes for me to take in that we had secured Barry Manilow as the keynote speaker for our next networking event. Who would have ever guessed that the American superstar singer would join us as a … Continue reading

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Newly-invested monks launch into Edinburgh (Rousse)

I needed to get home quickly to welcome our unexpected American visitors. This was a couple that we knew from the dot.com boom days of the late 1990s: we had met them on an incentive holiday in the US. My … Continue reading

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Hangover from heck (Belle)

Coming home from an all-nighter, some American tourists at a bus stop asked “Rough night?”, to which I answered “Heck, yes. I’m going home for double Aspirin, double Paracetamol, and double vodka”. They thought I was hilarious.

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Illegal immigration from Canada to the US with a stolen identity (Rousse)

The border between Canada and the US was due to reopen temporarily, but nobody knew for how long. I was determined to cross it. However, as a UK citizen, this would be illegal. As part of my disguise as an … Continue reading

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The Bonnie connection (Rousse)

A small black American stranger asked us if anyone could help her track down someone called Bonnie. ‘No problem’, I replied. ‘Please tell us a bit more about Bonnie. I’m pretty sure that I will know her’. Most of the … Continue reading

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Accounting for poor American road race safety records (Rousse)

I knew that the safety record for road races in the US was poor, but it was not until I experienced one staged on a busy freeway that really understood the danger to life and limb. Such was the status … Continue reading

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An American cheese snatcher (Rousse)

At last our obnoxious American visitor was leaving the country – but why were members of my family wrapping up all our spare cheese as a farewell gift for her? I was going to use it in my cooking.

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Fracas at conference dinner (Rousse)

As I eavesdropped on the conference conversation at the top table I could sense PB’s increasing frustration at the ignorant pronouncements of the American. ‘What’s the main message of your keynote anyway?’ the American drawled. ‘There’s little point in trying … Continue reading

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