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Sunny South Shields shelters skiers (Rousse)

We were travelling to our Alpine ski holiday on an early morning flight from Newcastle airport – as, it would appear, was half the population of the north east of England. All the airport hotels were fully booked, so we … Continue reading

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An Australian body search for Earl Grey tea (Rousse)

‘I don’t even smoke! What would be the point?’ I screamed at the man who accused me of stealing a pack of cigarettes. He was actually referring to the two Earl Grey teabags on the reception desk. Had I taken … 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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A box of sayings from Switzerland (Rousse)

When SL first held the open the small box I thought that she was offering me a cigarette. On closer inspection I saw that it contained long slim strips of card. On each there was a different uplifting saying or … Continue reading

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Inside a bottle of red wine in a wetsuit (Rousse)

I broke into H and RJ’s house (while they were on holiday) and used the bathroom. I thought that I had got away with this until I saw their sports car coming up the drive. R was leaning out of … Continue reading

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University reunion surprises (Rousse)

At the university reunion one girl complained that her breast reduction surgery had not been worth the bother, another seemed unable to sit still at the table (until we realised that she was popping out for cigarettes every ten minutes … Continue reading

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A failed smoker catches the ghost bus (Rousse)

JS gave me £1.50 and I waited for the bus. I missed two number 11s because I wasn’t paying attention. Then I attempted to smoke a cigarette in the bus shelter, but the filter was broken and I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Deadly and expensive, but ever so cool: Rousse debates smoking with an addict

I didn’t believe JG when he said that he would give up smoking for our Caribbean holiday. A victim of peer pressure in Strasbourg (so it appeared to me, at least), he’d been addicted to the deadly habit since 1984. … Continue reading

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Smoking, stress, dress-making and gypsies (Rousse)

PhD student VW held out the cigarette and I made a grab for it. Smoking would cure my stress. JA, also completing a PhD, accompanied me to the market to buy dress-making material. Later on I had to deal with … Continue reading

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David Cameron’s seven-pack centrefold – plus numerous other adventures, including one at Buckingham Palace (Rousse)

At first I was thrilled to be resident at Buckingham Palace. However, I hadn’t understood that once welcomed in, there was little prospect of getting out. I begged the security staff to show me the exit, explaining how much I … Continue reading

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