Tag Archives: flowers

Queen demands payment (Belle)

It was a bright sunny day, and the flower beds were a little too vivid. I suspected that they had been airbrushed for an appearance on a biscuit tin, or it was the 1960s. I gave a small girl riding … Continue reading

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Defunct orange toilet stars in garden makeover disaster (Rousse)

I should never have allowed my sister S anywhere near my garden. It was now triangular in shape, with a steeply sloped lawn. She had planted the beds with huge white flowers, and at the point furthest from the house, … Continue reading

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Keith’s carpet (Rousse)

Former University of Birmingham astrophysicist Keith rented out rooms in his shared new-build house (with tiny kitchen). When we paid him a visit, I was delighted to discover that the flowery sitting room carpet was almost identical to the one … Continue reading

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Reptiles and serpents found at tropical wedding venue (Rousse)

DTJ and KJ were due to host their wedding celebration at a tropical hotel that was familiar to me and TPR. We picked up our wedding present for them – a huge canvas – and walked barefoot to the venue. … Continue reading

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Superman brings bouquet to beleaguered wife (Rousse)

Although we loved one another very much, TPR and I found it very difficult to live together. After we sold our flat to a young couple, I continued to stay there with them, and TPR moved out. One evening I … Continue reading

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An iPhone snapped in two (Rousse)

I unexpectedly found myself free one afternoon so I took a walk across the Meadows to photograph the flowers. There I found a huge gathering – mainly of women – at a celebration hosted by the University of Edinburgh. JS … Continue reading

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Door-to-door salesman firearms shocker (Rousse)

It was Sunday morning at 10:00am and we were still fast asleep when the doorbell rang. TPR grabbed his dressing gown and made a dash down the hallway to see who was calling. I followed him. Our caller was a … Continue reading

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The secret London wedding venue (Rousse)

All we wanted was some peace to enjoy a quiet barbecue for two in our little Edinburgh yard, but every so often friends would run down the steps to interrupt us. First came the F family, then LF and IF … Continue reading

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Thirsty Queen congratulates academic on latest leg of jubilee tour (Rousse)

For security reasons the date of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit to campus had been kept a closely guarded secret. It was a complete coincidence that I happened to come into the office on that particular day at the height … Continue reading

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Time-travelling Rupert Grint (as Ron Weasley) greets Rousse in the Kingdom of Fife

This was one of the most interesting research seminars that I had ever attended: it was just like a circus performance. My favourite act was the set of extremely flexible women gymnasts. They all started off in crab position, tightly … Continue reading

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