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A family drive along the south coast (Rousse)

With my mother at the wheel, and all three sisters on the back seat with Baby Ted and my panda, we drove along the south coast of England. ‘Is that the Isle of Wight?’ I asked, pointing to a beautiful, … Continue reading

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The world’s most versatile dog-themed kitchen gadget (Rousse)

The dog sculpture in jade looked good in MB’s new kitchen and I now regretted that the family had given it to her as a present. The ornament was also much more versatile than we had first believed. The head … Continue reading

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Stolen secret family treasure (Rousse)

I reached up for the book on the top shelf in my long-dead paternal grandmother’s kitchen. ‘I’m taking Granny’s diary for safe-keeping’, I told my mother. We both knew that I would hide it from my sisters and cousins, and … Continue reading

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Super-friendly furry animals, early blooms, and stolen chocolates (Rousse)

Four grey squirrels, each accompanied by a tiny rust-coloured baby kit, leapt from the treetops into my coat as I passed through the market. I managed to shake the squirming animals out of my clothing by the time I reached … Continue reading

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Alternative wedding activities (Rousse)

As the guests arrived for my sister J’s wedding, I chatted to my young cousins in the kitchen. This was more interesting than making small talk with middle-aged men in dark suits. I also wanted to avoid getting into arguments … Continue reading

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Dogs days with Sir Sean Connery (Rousse)

Mine was one of the first families drafted to perform anti-terrorist service. We lined up inside a long plastic tent at the junction of Queen Street and North St David Street in Edinburgh, following the instructions of the police to … Continue reading

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From turtles to a wish to weigh under ten stone (Rousse)

I left my school friend KC in charge of the mixed selection of beautiful green-striped turtles that were climbing up our side of the bath. This allowed me to drive south to collect my mother from my cousins’ house in … Continue reading

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