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An accidental auction, with vegetarian snacks (Rousse)

My in-laws were hosting an enormous party to which they invited everyone that they had ever met in their entire lives. All sorts of entertainment was laid on, from tennis practice against the garage wall to an auction of donated … Continue reading

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The toilet roll juggler and an amateur bathroom plumber (Rousse)

While AO juggled toilet rolls for my entertainment at one end of the bathroom, at the other TPR helped KA sort out the bath. The blockage was caused by a build-up of revolting rotten autumn leaves stuck at the top … Continue reading

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Contini kidnap (Rousse)

We were all (including toddler JJ) squeezed around a big square table in Contini George Street, Edinburgh when a huge red-headed man in a kilt marched into the restaurant. He looked like an extra from Outlander. Most of us supposed … Continue reading

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An abandoned banana baby (Rousse)

The Pitlochry guest house was not to my tastes at all. The proprietor behaved as if she was everyone’s best friend, but I could see through her act. All that interested her was the fastest means of extracting as much … Continue reading

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Hostage clings to novel entertainment at end of ordeal (Rousse)

By posting messages about a conference that did not exist, FR arranged my rescue from kidnap by an American gang. While I waited for my formal release, I begged my captors not to take away the two novels in bag … Continue reading

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A missing guest at Val McDermid ceremony mix-up (Rousse)

Val McDermid invited me to her celebration at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. I was so honoured to be asked, especially when I learnt that it was a small, intimate affair at which only about 20 people would be present. … Continue reading

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Highland hotel murder mystery quiz mistaken for Dr Who rehearsal (Rousse)

We recognised the ghillie as the one from the Ardushiane Hotel. He had once asked on the last evening of a weekend trip to the Highlands whether we would be shooting the next day. At the time I had been … Continue reading

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