Tag Archives: art

Mining hippos and Action Man’s lunchbox (Belle)

I arrived at the art party a week after everyone else. I was sorry to have missed the anthropomorphic murals showing hippos working in coal mines. Later, I took my drink and stared out of the window.  A toy helicopter, … Continue reading

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Advances in book design (Rousse)

BEX showed me the beautiful line drawings of a crowd that would be used for the cover of his new book. He was delighted when I said him that I loved the design, and took great pleasure in telling me … Continue reading

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Academic is owner of magnificent mansion on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (Rousse)

I knew that it was unconventional to take one’s sibling to a school management meeting, but now that mine worked at the University (albeit in a different department), I thought that I would get away with it. SS glanced over … Continue reading

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Bid to honour Hartburn home (Rousse)

There was a move to honour the White House (Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees) as a national monument on account of the parties held there in the 1970s and 1980s. I doubted that it merited such attention: it was not as if my … Continue reading

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Things to do in Orkney (with Maltesers) (Rousse)

The weather was fabulous in Orkney. At the county show I bought the most enormous beef burger. In Kirkwall we watched a parade of emergency services vehicles and ate free Maltesers in the art gallery.

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An unworthy dissertation on Elizabeth I (Rousse)

SC and I were trying to work in one of the smaller University library reading rooms. While I was still worrying about my degree, she was marking a dissertation on Elizabeth I. She and JK wanted to fail the work … Continue reading

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Books, visitors, and plans for Christmas 2016 at the newly acquired guest house (Rousse)

The guest house was now in the hands of MB. This meant that there was a completely different library of old books from which to retrieve your reading material. I soon worked my way through modern literary fiction, but then … Continue reading

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