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Pink dungarees for Kitty Bennet (Rousse)

The speaker hesitated. Who were the Bennet sisters in Pride and prejudice? The audience helped out with four names – Jane, Elizabeth, Mary and Lydia – but nobody could come up with the fifth. We were meeting in a public … Continue reading

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Love at the cosmetics counter (Rousse)

My young charge and I ran a cosmetics counter in a department store. Customers were few so we enjoyed a lot of free time to get to know each other and – eventually – fall in love, despite our 36 … Continue reading

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Naked housework, phone swapping, and Doctor Who accessories (Rousse)

Naked, I tidied up my London flat. I moved slices of white bread from the first floor sitting room windowsill to the kitchen where they belonged. When I returned downstairs a fat woman brandishing a gun confronted me in the … Continue reading

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A day trip to Berwick by bus (Rousse)

‘North Berwick?’ I asked. ‘No’, she replied, ‘Berwick Berwick. The second time I waited at the bus stop and took the first bus that came. Until we got there I had no idea that this was a coach chartered by … Continue reading

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£10 fine for library book ten years overdue (Rousse)

DMcA left the library having confessed that the book that he had just returned was ten years overdue. Now it was my turn to be served. I hastily waved my library card over the machine reader. In doing so I … Continue reading

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Sourcing a stash of hard-to-buy vintage anti-feminist placards (Rousse)

The research seminar was my responsibility and time was running out. My main concerns were that: (a) I had confused everyone by corresponding with the speaker as Tivol (or Tivo for short) – my Aboriginal name; (b) the event was … Continue reading

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Sister spies (Rousse)

My sister decided to get a job. First, however, she’d need some experience for her CV. How would I feel if she volunteered as my assistant over the summer? I agreed to take her on – so long as I … Continue reading

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Trapped underground with University Challenge contestant Oscar Powell (Rousse)

I was asked at very short notice to run a feedback with session with a small set of students. I was therefore very surprised to see the large number gathered when I arrived 20 minutes late in the designated room. … Continue reading

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From Turkey to Teesside by taxi (Rousse)

Although my paper had been refereed and accepted, by the time that I registered at the Turkish conference it had disappeared from the programme. I hung around the venue all morning looking for someone to tell me if I was … Continue reading

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Communication for the abused (Rousse)

We were always being told that we were bound to know a woman who was being abused and now we knew who it was in our case: the assistant in the corner shop. She communicated that she needed our help. … Continue reading

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