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A crash on the Paris péripherique (Rousse)

Racing through Paris by car without a satnav, TPR’s erratic driving along this haphazard route was bound to end in disaster. We were meant to be heading into town – not out of it – and now I was pretty … Continue reading

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Things to do in Orkney (with Maltesers) (Rousse)

The weather was fabulous in Orkney. At the county show I bought the most enormous beef burger. In Kirkwall we watched a parade of emergency services vehicles and ate free Maltesers in the art gallery.

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People carrier test drive disaster (Rousse)

‘Mr F!’ I exclaimed when I saw TF in casual dress in the corridor at work. I wasn’t expecting to see him, so this was a lovely surprise. However, I was not the reason for his visit. He had come … Continue reading

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Escalator screams in Sweden (Rousse)

I could just make out from our conversation at the dinner table that JM had so far enjoyed the conference in Sweden, although his girlfriend had not found it quite so interesting. After the meal one of the organisers asked … Continue reading

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Medical emergency at King’s Cross, Richard Curtis style (Rousse)

It was as if we were in the middle of a script of a Richard Curtis film, where all the female characters were in love with the same man. I belted one of the other girls with my handbag when … Continue reading

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Medieval French literature, relationship advice, a Jacobean trunk, and a blue Maserati (Rousse)

We were working through archives of exam questions, extracting any that could be recycled for the next academic year. My collection was so old that it included questions on medieval French literature from my own undergraduate days. My colleagues started … Continue reading

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Edinburgh’s worst driver (Rousse)

TPR leapt out of the black BMW at the traffic lights while we were queuing at the Barnton junction. “I’ll be back in a minute” he shouted. “I’m just going to get some petrol.” When the lights changed to green, … Continue reading

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