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A boat trip to Greenock (Rousse)

I couldn’t reach SD’s house in Stirling in time for our book group meeting so made a separate arrangement to meet LM in Greenock. While I streamed the gathering in SD’s garden to my phone, I negotiated the ticket barrier … Continue reading

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Escaping a war zone by leaky raft (Rousse)

As the bombs dropped on the city, we raced to the port. Here all sorts of vessels lined up to evacuate the population. I hoped that we would be assigned to one of the sturdy blue fishing boats, but by … Continue reading

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Redneck American tourists impressed by British physique (Rousse)

My mother-in-law’s step-parents – elderly, redneck Americans – and their extended families blew all their savings on a trip to visit their relations in the UK. We organised a boat trip for their entertainment. The women instantly fell in love … Continue reading

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Gym sex pest (Rousse)

My father-in-law’s much younger brother Richard invited me to the back of the house to show off his ‘gym’. The old panelled bar – handmade by my father-in-law in the 1970s – still stood, and old water colours of sailing … Continue reading

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Top of the range Mac laptop drop (Rousse)

Suddenly the boat tipped. TPR’s top of the range Mac laptop slipped out of the blue rucksack, then over the side of the open vessel, and plopped into the sea. Nothing could be done to save it.

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Dot.com heyday reunion party gatecrashed by secret lover (Rousse)

The huge Sun Microsystems Sunrise reunion was hosted in a massive chain hotel in a major US city. It was almost as if the heady days of the dot.com boom had never ended. My boat was so late docking in … Continue reading

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Caribbean boat wreck survivor (Rousse)

I was one of the lucky one. When the wave overturned the open boat, I remembered the drill to kick of my boots, discard my hat, stuff my glasses into my pocket, and then swim until I found a float … Continue reading

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Unexpected visitors and missing friends (Rousse)

QL rang me in a panic. ‘Lucy thinks that the reunion is still on. She didn’t receive the lockdown cancellation email. She’ll arrive in Edinburgh tomorrow.’ I ignored the message – indeed forgot about it – until the following afternoon … Continue reading

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Manchester venue sought, good acoustics essential (Rousse)

There was very little that could be salvaged from the manuscript after the reviewers savaged it, so I gave up on the job and instead responded to EH’s pleas for help. Just pregnant with her third child, EH was dealing … Continue reading

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Super speedy 125 leaves passengers in canal (Rousse)

I had never travelled on so fast a train before.¬† Its speed was nearer 150mph than 125. It didn’t even slow for the stations, but instead whipped past the platforms¬† in a terrifying haste. The train only slowed when it … Continue reading

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