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Kitchen trends 2020: yellow

My kitchen was transformed when someone (a designer?) removed all the coloured items and replaced every single one with its equivalent in yellow: yellow kettle, yellow drawer handles, yellow fridge…

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Fashion for homeless apes (Rousse)

I felt sorry for the homeless gorillas and other apes who lived rough on the traffic roundabout. Now that it was winter they had somehow managed to fashion themselves a form of clothing from discarded grain sacks, but I feared … Continue reading

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A clown, killer whales, and curvy bronzed buttocks (Rousse)

Thirty years on I rediscovered the dark-haired Italian man with whom I had been friendly in France in the 1980s. Now working as a professional clown, he lived on the French riviera in a small apartment that offered wonderful views of … Continue reading

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1980s fashion fail (Rousse)

I travelled back in time to Queen Margaret College Edinburgh in the late 1980s. Here I found pasted to the walls of reception dozens of amateur black and white posters inviting students to join the Christian Union. Then I spotted … Continue reading

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Bride misses men in cashmere suits (Rousse)

Even though it was my wedding, my mother would not allow me to go running with my sisters. Instead I was sent to my father to be chastised for not attending the cashmere suit fashion show after the wedding ceremony. … Continue reading

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Fashion disaster spots hidden features of ‘new’ British Library (Rousse)

It was time for me to return to work after a long absence due to sick leave. I found some smart clothes to wear: black tights under a long tweed shirt, a back polo neck top, and a tweed jacket. … Continue reading

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A risky revealing nightdress (Rousse)

I met Belle outside the British Library. At first we were thrilled to discover that we had both topped our outfits with thin, silver-grey, suit jackets. Our joy turned to disappointment when we realised that just about every other professional … Continue reading

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A wedding dress fashion for fur (Rousse)

‘My’ bride was a beautiful teenage African girl. She wore a tight-fitting white gown decorated with soft animal fur. I was so proud when she paraded with all the others, not least because she really was the belle of the … Continue reading

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Distracted by next season’s fashion must-haves and Harry Potter in French (Rousse)

At the height of summer I was living in North Berwick and working in Edinburgh, desperate to finish the data analysis and write-up of my second PhD. On the days that I couldn’t cadge a lift along the by-pass with … Continue reading

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Liberty lawn cotton and unfashionable wallpaper (Rousse)

Two of my school friends (one KMcL) dressed in Liberty lawn cotton blouses admired my bedroom wallpaper. Meanwhile JB made snide remarks that it was ‘unfashionable’.

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