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A sacrilegious faux pas in France (Rousse)

“Let’s go,” I said, “I’ve had enough of this ridiculous Catholic tourist trap”. I spoke rather too loudly, clearly upsetting many of the faithful who were visiting this French holy site of pilgrimage. I back-tracked in admitting that it was … Continue reading

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Cilla Black death faux pas (Rousse)

One of my former students had a famous mother-in-law: the singer and entertainer Cilla Black. When I called round to see him and his father-in-law I asked after Cilla. ‘What kind of question is that?!’ said the father-in-law. I had … Continue reading

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Unwise words and a Christmas tragedy on the Thames (Rousse)

“How awful that your daughter-in-law’s father is a crook, and that her mother is a burnt-to-a-crisp, over-tanned, airhead shopaholic!” said N. More awful was that she uttered these words while (unknowingly) sitting right next to the daughter-in-law in question. This … Continue reading

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Disappointing work colleagues (Rousse)

Things were getting really complicated at work. I agreed to meet my colleagues in the pub as soon as I had finished, set off to join them, then realised I had no time, promised to catch up with them later, … Continue reading

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Rousse recovers from a fashion faux pas by dancing the bare-topped tango

Perhaps the reunion was a failure because it was organised by a black and white border collie? I felt uncomfortable from the moment that I arrived. Two girls from my sixth form English class, N and C, were the first … Continue reading

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Fashion faux pas at the research council (Rousse)

Until mid-morning everything has been going really well at the meeting at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Somehow, however, I was separated from the other panel members at the break. I was doomed to spend the rest … Continue reading

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