Tag Archives: Birmingham

Hedgehog, dormouse, hamster (Belle)

We were driving around the old streets of Birmingham when my father said “Stop the car – we’ll visit the hedgehog”.  We stopped at what looked like an illuminated nativity scene. “The hedgehog’s not home, but there is a dormouse”, … Continue reading

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Party date mix-up and chocolate Settlers of Catan (Rousse)

TPR caused chaos when he declared that we would host our Christmas party on Friday rather than Saturday due to the weather forecast. The last minute change meant that some people now couldn’t make the celebration, and there was a … Continue reading

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A long soak (Rousse)

The Manor House bathroom overlooked the grounds towards the bay. Here JM and I took a long afternoon soak. Meanwhile TPR was elsewhere (most likely working on code). When it was finally time to get out, a French student brought … Continue reading

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A kiss and a cuddle in the science museum (Rousse)

We returned to Northfield, Birmingham to visit S and NY and family, all crammed into our old two-bedroomed house. The neighbourhood was much smarter than in our day, largely due to the conversion of the former rat run into a … Continue reading

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Contini kidnap (Rousse)

We were all (including toddler JJ) squeezed around a big square table in Contini George Street, Edinburgh when a huge red-headed man in a kilt marched into the restaurant. He looked like an extra from Outlander. Most of us supposed … Continue reading

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Belle and Rousse to reunite (Rousse)

Belle plotted to return to her old job and arrange for me to join her. I explained that I would need at least a year to prepare for my return to London. There was the small issue of my degree … Continue reading

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Katie Hopkins on University Challenge (Rousse)

‘Katie Hopkins? Katie Hopkins on University Challenge?’ I asked. ‘Yes’, replied HJ, ‘Representing Birmingham University’. This was all related to me on a Scottish beach where, by complete coincidence, was gathered an array of my undergraduate friends. Here I also … Continue reading

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