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An ancestor in oil (Rousse)

The famous art critic presented a slide of an eighteenth century oil painting of a lady in a posh dress and hat. As soon as he revealed her her name, I was convinced that she was one of my ancestors. … Continue reading

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Sandy spaniel sale (Rousse)

The two sandy spaniels were gorgeous. ‘I’ll take both the bitch and the puppy’ said SC. I wondered where the dogs would live. And what would her SC’s husband T make of the new additions to the family? Would he … Continue reading

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Neglected baby suffers eye bleeds (Rousse)

I managed to keep the baby alive with the minimum of care. I only looked at it once a day when I fed it a bottle and changed its nappy. The only indication that it was in any distress was … Continue reading

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Pet care information resource (Rousse)

My sister J had struck up a deal with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals to create some information resources on pet care. She tried to keep it a secret, but I discovered the plan printed in red … Continue reading

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Unemployed Sunderland couple give daughter away (Rousse)

Who was this small dark-haired, short-legged child with a Scottish accent living with the mother of my childhood friend ECM? She couldn’t possibly be ECM’s little sister: her mother had been widowed for years. A neighbour (and known fantasist) suggested … Continue reading

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Methadone-infused sugar cones to cure addiction (Rousse)

The mother was at her wit’s end caring for a floppy middle-aged child whose only interest in life was her next fix. There was nothing that could be done except to sit and watch as the addict threw methadone-infused sugar … Continue reading

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Babysitter force-feeds chocolate to foreign child in her care (Rousse)

I was appalled at the contents of my sister’s handbag. It was stuffed with sweets and chocolates, from Werther’s originals to a type of Walnut Whip crossed with a Cadbury’s Creme egg that I had never encountered before. My sister … Continue reading

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