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Back to the old house for BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? (Rousse)

The venue for this week’s BBC Radio 4 Any questions was Stockton-on-Tees or – more precisely – the childhood bedroom that I shared with my sisters at the White House, Hartburn. The room had been cleared of bedroom furniture to … Continue reading

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Falling for the charms of a lady lady killer (Rousse)

I agreed to take a photo of the huge group of people who had gate-crashed our party for their own celebrations. If only they could gather everyone together in the same room at the same time, this would be possible. … Continue reading

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Stabbing victim’s wife welcomes his murder (Rousse)

TPR and I were awakened by footsteps crunching across the gravel outside our bedroom window. I ran to the front of the flat and heard voices in the sitting room. There JS slept under white sheets in a corner. Meanwhile … Continue reading

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Social work as a career (Rousse)

AY was struggling to identify a job for herself from holiday brochures. I advised that she look at the careers literature instead. I recommended that she consider training as a social worker. This conversation took place at her parents’ house. … Continue reading

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Burn marks on a hardwood floor (Rousse)

With just one day to go we were meant to be preparing the house for N and S’s wedding, not destroying it. TPR should have listened to us when we told him not to move the fireplace. How was he … Continue reading

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Antique oils, Hebburn foam, and pet dolphins (Rousse)

My parents bought a huge Tudor mansion plus all its contents, including a priceless haul of antique oil paintings that lined the walls next to the massive oak staircase. On the day that I visited, my cousin R was guarding … Continue reading

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Nepotism in the workplace (Rousse)

There were three new members of the senior management team: me, RG-J, and a tall tanned blonde rower. The latter, whose name was Karen, turned up to work in a bikini and sunbathed on the lawn outside while the rest … Continue reading

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