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Three services for late academic (Rousse)

My colleague BEX was dead. Instead of a single funeral, three services were due to take place in honour of his memory. One was in an Anglican church, another in a Catholic cathedral, and the third was the private family … Continue reading

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Excess body hair and changes in the weather (Rousse)

The reunion brought together folk from my family (my sisters J and S), school (GB and JB now divorced, but at least willing to attend the same event even if they would not acknowledge one another), and university (JS with … Continue reading

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Jill Archer steps in (Rousse)

Jill Archer was running around looking after my cousins and their families. Only that morning she had booked N’s wife J’s car in for repair following the accident, and dealt with the insurance claim. This meant that the three brothers … Continue reading

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A Canadian pork pie picnic (Rousse)

We drove for miles and miles along Canadian single track roads. I doubted TPR’s navigation skills, but he was convinced that he knew the route to our cousins in Toronto – even without a map. Eventually we reached our final … Continue reading

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Where to source Moomin wrapping paper (Rousse)

Delegates who bought conference souvenirs of the conference were wrapping them up in Moomin paper as presents for friends and family back at home. Due to luggage restrictions – and laziness – most people were only using tiny sections of … Continue reading

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Imprisoned by the Taliban (Rousse)

The pilot instructed the air stewards to set the alarm, and explain its function to the passengers. My response to the news that we were under attack was to send a farewell text to my parents – just in case. … Continue reading

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An unwelcome Christian

On a Sunday morning I found XY lying in a bed at my flat. He was there because Mansfield Church was fully booked. I could hardly bear to be in his company and wondered out loud how long we would … Continue reading

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