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Queue jumping at the museum (Rousse)

When 0ne person pushed into the queue ahead of me to buy her museum ticket, I let it pass. However, I was not prepared to let a second to take advantage of me, so I challenged the next one as … Continue reading

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Smoke, sausages, and exclusion (Rousse)

It was impossible to disguise that I was an middle class English woman, and did not belong in a Northern Irish Protestant working men’s club. However, my hosts were keen for me to witness the atmosphere in the smoke-filled bar, … Continue reading

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Back to work in boxer shorts (Rousse)

Dressed in thin cotton boxer shorts, I arrived back at work after the Christmas holiday to find that someone had moved my desk into a shabby shared office with FR, IB, IH and SS. Here it was freezing cold, the … Continue reading

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A rescue from classroom chaos (Rousse)

The classroom was in chaos. Bowls of soup dropped down from the ceiling. My ex-colleague KB had prepared far too much for a one-hour class, and I was unconvinced that colouring-in was an appropriate undergraduate activity. JM came to the … Continue reading

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Television time delayed due to water allergy (Rousse)

My sister JMH and brother-in-law had added another extension to their house. This was an enormous bathroom off the kitchen. Its ‘walls’ were made of canvas and decorated with swirly orange 1970s patterns. In the kitchen itself they had installed … Continue reading

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Scaling walls on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (Rousse)

There was no room for a staircase when the house on Holy Island was first built. Portable suction pads were provided to the residents so that they could scale the walls to reach the upper floors. My elderly mother was … Continue reading

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What to do when you miss a charter flight, and fancy lace underwear (Rousse)

TF came with us on a winter sports holiday package included both skiing and tandem riding. On the last day there was some confusion over access to the hotel. I was lucky enough to find my room (eventually) although its … Continue reading

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Rousse gets stuck on the ceiling

We dropped the habit of recent years of spending New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh. Instead we travelled south to celebrate with A, C, N and S. S told us that we would be having “something called boeuf bourguignon” for dinner. … Continue reading

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Dead grandmother joins Rousse on an uncomfortable trip to Ireland (Rousse)

It was a long journey to Ireland by sea and coach. My poor Granny H, dressed in her usual uniform of camel, smiled the whole way, but in my heart I knew that she was not enjoying herself – especially … Continue reading

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Levitation and French poetry (Rousse)

I tried so hard to resist, but I just couldn’t help myself levitate at the reunion. GG tried to talk me down as I floated up to the ceiling, but the pull upwards was too great, and I soon disappeared … Continue reading

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