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Triathlon training by canal and canoe (Rousse)

I always fancied myself as a triathlete, but this training was sometimes more difficult than I might have imagined. The filthy canal was especially challenging. I struggled to avoid the debris that littered the shallow water and cut myself on … Continue reading

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Irresponsible gun disposal (Rousse)

When the men started to throw beer at us on George Street, we took this as a signal to flee. We charged down Castle Street, onto Princes Street, and up a side road in the West End. Just as we … 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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Canal dipping off the cycle path (Rousse)

TPR and I were enjoying ourselves on the cycle path when my little sister interrupted our fun – again. She did not understand that her behaviour was inappropriate. TPR suggested that I should make it clear to her that I … Continue reading

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An ousted father and an ice cream (Rousse)

We found the children dredging the canal in their back garden. Their mother was nowhere to be seen, apparently at work. When they fell silent we looked up and saw their father at the gate. ‘We are not allowed to … Continue reading

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Stuck in Loughborough (Rousse)

All my friends were able to go to and from Loughborough as they pleased – but not I. While they were either happy in the East Midlands or had easy transport elsewhere, all my attempts to get a flight out … Continue reading

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Narrow boat holiday negotiations (Rousse)

RG-J was far more excited about her family’s narrow boat holiday than her husband. I couldn’t quite understand her enthusiasm for travelling by canal, especially when she tried – and failed – to demonstrate how to steer a narrow boat … Continue reading

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Salmon in Manchester skies (Rousse)

TPR recommended taking a taxi from Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Metropolitan University to ensure that I reached campus in time for my 4pm class. We took the one available taxi, even though we were unconvinced that the kindly driver was … Continue reading

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Black and ginger seals frolic in the Union Canal (Rousse)

I flopped into the water from the side of the canal, my enormous belly hitting the surface with a huge splash. TPR followed me, his sleek black form more elegant than mine. I arched my body to give enough momentum … Continue reading

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