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RyanAir cancels flight then holds customers in airport overnight (Rousse)

The RyanAir flight to London was cancelled and we were forced to stay in the airport overnight until 5:00am. No arguing with NI would persuade the staff to open the doors and let us out – even when I pointed … Continue reading

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The nightly hotel wanderer (Rousse)

We lived in a huge hotel – possibly an American Hilton or Marriott – in a room that we shared with a disabled lady. She was a permanent resident, whereas for us this was only meant to be home for … Continue reading

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Strange happenings at the University of Newcastle recall scenes from 1984 (Rousse)

TPR and I called in for breakfast at my sister S’s hall of residence at Newcastle University. Each morning Barton Hall put out an elaborate spread for its undergraduates and I couldn’t resist returning to the buffet for yet another … Continue reading

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A trip to Middle-earth, the Shire and Hobbiton (Rousse)

She was only just back from her summer holiday, yet already AM was off on another exciting trip – to Hobbiton in Middle-earth. I clicked the link that she had posted to her Facebook wall and marvelled at the photographs … Continue reading

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A hen party goes shopping (Rousse)

From the bus stop on York Place I travelled just two stops. Nearing my destination, the grumpy bus driver scraped the vehicle down an incredibly narrow street and pulled up next to the main of St James Centre. Here I … Continue reading

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E-mail upgrade disaster (Rousse)

The university adopted new technology that displayed everyone’s e-mail on their office doors. While this meant that you could see your messages as soon as you arrived at work, it also gave anyone in the corridor the opportunity to read … Continue reading

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Ditching a Hugh Grant lookalike leads to divorce disaster number 2 (Rousse)

How had I got myself into such a terrible mess? Six weeks earlier I’d ditched a gorgeous Hugh Grant lookalike for this hapless, over-tall, skinny-framed, dark greasy-haired, pale-faced idiot hovering at conference reception in an ill-fitting suit. What was he … Continue reading

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Dolly Parton and a Swiss rail travel mishap (Rousse)

It was Dolly Parton’s fault that I lost the train. I was out on the platform looking for her when the carriage doors slammed shut and the train pulled away. Of course, it should not have done so without its … Continue reading

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A failed kidnap and household safety advice from a Newcastle United fan (Rousse)

We two brothers (plus dog) climbed into the car. Each of us believed that it was the other who had arranged to be picked up by this strange man and his daughter. Before long, however, we established though some frantic … Continue reading

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Hostage taken at the White House: Rousse to the rescue

I could hear my iPhone ringing out, but where was I, and what time of night was this? I pulled myself up in bed to peer into the dark. I was back at the White House in my childhood bedroom. … Continue reading

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