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Silly sticker selection process (Rousse)

The selection process for the prized appointment was so ridiculous that I decided to withdraw my application. Surely they could have come up with something more challenging than asking the candidates to make up stories based on the assembly of … Continue reading

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Prince George’s part-time passion and a romantic near-miss (Rousse)

Prince George of Cambridge had 5 minutes before his next royal appointment to open a new hospital ward. He chose to spend it stroking my upper torso. Afterwards I almost climbed into bed with my cousin NA. Fortunately I saw … Continue reading

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Over body-confidence, laundry robbers, the Northumbrian pipes, and a man in white bow ties (Rousse)

Early one morning, before the shops opened, my sister S, my mother and I ran along the Ullapool esplanade. At the far end we stepped on the scales. My sister weighed in at 11 stone five, over two stone heavier … Continue reading

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Boobs at breakfast and John Humphries at the Job Centre (Rousse)

Although I was first in the queue at the Job Centre, I had to wait an age to be seen because John Humphries was ahead of me, interviewing the woman behind the desk. I wondered whether it was worth waiting. … Continue reading

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Late for a placement visit in Kilkenny (Rousse)

My first placement visit in the Republic of Ireland was in Kilkenny so I took the opportunity to call in on the G family in Thomastown. There I found BG mid-morning sitting in bed in a pink nylon nightie reading … Continue reading

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Making a doctor’s appointment in 1989 (Rousse)

The world had reverted back to 1989. I needed a doctor’s appointment for the diagnosis of my left eye, which was now completely red, including the iris. The man at reception suggested that I pay £50 for an evening consultation … Continue reading

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Dead whale washed up by storm (Rousse)

The waves surged higher and higher and I feared that they would come crashing through the house. I’d never seen so high a tide, nor one that brought in with it such an exotic harvest. The latest marine animal to … Continue reading

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Nepotism in academia and a quick departure (Rousse)

It was only when the lecturer said that we had to buy presents for the keynote speaker and ‘mom and dad’ that I understood how she had been appointed. Then I considered my own status as a former veterinary nurse. … Continue reading

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Appointments committee limbo party (Rousse)

The video link to the meeting of senior management across town should have been closed down much earlier in the day. Since it was still open the six of us in the classroom were able to witness completely the unexpected … Continue reading

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Amazing discoveries from the dead to diamonds in rainy Birmingham (Rousse)

I drove through the rain to Birmingham where I met KB. Homeless since last Christmas, he’d now managed to secure accommodation for himself and his two foster children: Catherine aged 6, and Harry aged 12. (His own daughters had both … Continue reading

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