Tag Archives: French

A tale of two journeys (Rousse)

One minute I was wrapped in furs, slipping through a sparkling wintry landscape in an open sleigh discussing the merits (or not) of daughters with regional accents. Next I was on the East Coast train service, squashed up against French … Continue reading

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Copycat campus shootings come to the UK (Rousse)

AM was interviewed first. Then it was my turn. By the end of the day each of us had been offered a chair at Northumbria University. How amazing that we would be working together! We were both happy to be … Continue reading

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Jimmy Savile ‘in hibernation’ (Rousse)

Jimmy Savile was not dead. I learnt this from a tweet in French. It translated as ‘How astonishing that Jimmy Savile has been in hibernation for all this time’. The tweet was one amongst hundreds collected in a book of … Continue reading

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A wedding called off (Rousse)

I kept my promise and arrived at the French Registry office at 3pm on 11th July as agreed. A did the same. ‘Do you really want to go through with this?’ he asked. ‘Of course not’, I replied. (I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Monk murderer disposes of weapons in sewer (Rousse)

In the dead of night I disposed of the murder weapons down sewers accessed from the gym cellars. I knew that I would be in big trouble if I were caught, but at least I had not killed anyone myself … Continue reading

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Hebridean pursuits: cycling, flying, and wildlife (Rousse)

We met the French cyclists when they came off the North Uist ferry. Exhausted and soaked, they were not happy tourists. We agreed that the Hebridean weather was not the easiest and, as illustration, I demonstrated how I could launch … Continue reading

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Birmingham graduate destinations: deep sea diving, death, and a hot rod librarian (Rousse)

We were all travelling on the Birmingham University French 1986 graduates’ bus. DM passed along the aisle offering cups of tea. I told her that TPR and I had made a brief visit to Rhyl and she said that we … Continue reading

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