Tag Archives: Edinburgh

Newly-invested monks launch into Edinburgh (Rousse)

I needed to get home quickly to welcome our unexpected American visitors. This was a couple that we knew from the dot.com boom days of the late 1990s: we had met them on an incentive holiday in the US. My … Continue reading

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Seeking student accommodation during a pandemic (Rousse)

Indian student Bhopal chose my flat for his lockdown accommodation. We barely noticed him as he hid in our study for two weeks. He might have even been ill in this period. If so, we never knew. One day Bhopal … Continue reading

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Truck hire Edinburgh (Rousse)

I was impressed with TPR’s truck driving. He sailed with ease along the wide lanes of the M8 into Edinburgh. Similarly, he skillfully navigated the narrow streets of the city, managing to squeeze the articulated lorry down the narrowest of … Continue reading

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Katy Perry flies Edinburgh to Des Moines, Iowa with unintentional stowaway (Rousse)

I’d been ‘working at home’ from the National Library of Scotland when I received an offer to meet Katy Perry. I felt that I could spare the time to do so, so followed the instruction to travel to the meeting … Continue reading

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Canine and human vandals ruin corridor wall (Rousse)

I was very angry to find dog’s paw prints along the skirting board and up the edge of the wallpaper in the corridor. I was angrier still when I saw that someone had vandalised the same wall with details in … Continue reading

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An afternoon with Killing Eve star Sandra Oh (Rousse)

I met my book group pals in Edinburgh’s Dean Village. MH instructed us to follow the steep overgrown path down to the Water of Leith. I willingly obeyed, unaware that the path was, in fact, a tight tunnel. Half way … Continue reading

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New boys in town (Rousse)

The first duty of CM’s three boys when they moved up to Edinburgh from Leeds was to surprise me at 6:00am on my birthday. The little one was most enthusiastic, especially when I said that I would play board games … Continue reading

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Unexpected visitors and missing friends (Rousse)

QL rang me in a panic. ‘Lucy thinks that the reunion is still on. She didn’t receive the lockdown cancellation email. She’ll arrive in Edinburgh tomorrow.’ I ignored the message – indeed forgot about it – until the following afternoon … Continue reading

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Edinburgh New Town clematis vandalism (Rousse)

AC was an utter idiot. His offer to help with the gardening translated into ‘I will chop back to the roots the most beautiful clematis in the Edinburgh New Town’.

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Midges put off move to Lochinver (Rousse)

TPR and I took temporary accommodation in a Lochinver hotel. It wasn’t very suitable: whenever the tide came in, our room was flooded with sea water and the occasional fish; the bathroom was barely a cupboard; and poor security encouraged … Continue reading

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