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Puerile behaviour in Pitlochry (Rousse)

I knew that I had blown it when DM refused to hand over her car keys. I wanted to retrieve my flat shoes from the boot and exchange them for my high heels. Then I would be able to manage … Continue reading

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Chris Packham wanders the London Tube in police disguise (Rousse)

Chris Packham took great care to hide from his fans whenever he went about his everyday business. I, however, could see through his devious disguise of a toy dark blue policeman’s helmet and fake beer belly. I chased him along … Continue reading

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Jo Jo the poison pen email writer pushes stressed academic over the edge (Rousse)

I was in the habit of commuting by train to the headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in London. There I worked in the basement on an unending series of grant applications. From time to time … Continue reading

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Snuggling in the long grass and a popular book (Rousse)

In my response to a question about interview arrangements, XY reached up for my hand and gently pulled me down to join him. Much as I loved him, I thought it an unwise move for us to lie snuggled up … Continue reading

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Virgin TV disappointment (Rousse)

TPR and I had two homes in Edinburgh. The first was a basement flat with excellent storage. The other was a bright, airy Newhaven apartment with open views across the Firth of Forth. Whenever we were in one we decided … Continue reading

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Toothbrushes and telephone tutorials (Rousse)

KA won the argument and she, SM and the children would stay the night in Edinburgh rather than face the long drive back to Hexham. As KA got E and R ready for bed, I rummaged around in the green … Continue reading

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Another Sunday in academia – with a hedgehog (Rousse)

If you have ever wondered how the typical academic spends a Sunday, the answer is straightforward: either at work, or thinking about work. This Sunday was no different from most others. TPR was entertaining himself elsewhere when I set off … Continue reading

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Celebrities gather for the wedding of the three-way bride – with Prince William, the Charltons, and Elton John (Rousse)

It was the biggest party in Hexham since my own wedding in 1987. Everyone was at the reception. Prince William represented the royal family in his red tartan trousers, sporting heroes Jackie and Bobby Charlton entertained the younger guests with … Continue reading

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