Tag Archives: German

German child expert rescues newborn from drunken babysitter (Rousse)

Not long after the S family moved house to the other side of town, J returned to babysit for the new neighbours. She looked after their newborn baby every afternoon so that they could attend cricket matches. Given that our … Continue reading

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A polyglot and a primate (Rousse)

TPR threatened to accompany me to the ball naked. Happily, instead, he dressed in his dinner suit. However, he did have a big surprise for me. He had rounded up my two best friends from undergraduate days (HJ and SL) … Continue reading

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Jackpot Jack and the Beanstalk (Belle)

JB, AL and I were off to the pantomime in Catford. We took in a pre-show drink in the beautiful red velvet bar. It all seemed odd. The show was meant to start 30 minutes ago, and where were the … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and dresses (Rousse)

DT was recording every detail of her pregnancy in a small black notebook. The latest news concerned body parts that were really of no consequence given that we already knew that the baby was a boy. JB didn’t want to … Continue reading

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The corpse in the cupboard, and a German underwear display (Rousse)

The guests at the dinner table were appalled when my mother opened the cupboard door and pulled out the heavy white metal trunk that contained the corpse. Why had she kept the body for so long, and what was she … Continue reading

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Bilingual pre-school songstress wows Simon Cowell (Rousse)

Now that A was a little older she was completely fluent in English (as well as German). One day we heard her singing an Ella Fitzgerald song in a deep, low, melodious voice. This was astonishing. None of us – … Continue reading

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German treasure trove reveals its secrets (Rousse)

TPR was the jumping champion. He was the first person who had ever managed to leap from a standing start at the bottom of the pit on to the turf above. Everyone had said that it was impossible, yet my … Continue reading

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Herman and his (twenty-first century) hermits take a trip to Manchester Airport (Rousse)

“It’s Herman the German” hissed AW when I asked who was at the wheel of my car. Now I understood why WB was chatting away in her native language in the passenger seat. Herman was driving us all to Manchester … Continue reading

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A husband hunt in high heels, and a friendly German (Rousse)

I was impatient to join the others at the Oxford University reunion. Meanwhile my friend P was hesitating. I was keen to get through the door and track down any single men. P wanted to wait a while to see … Continue reading

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A job opportunity in Finland (Rousse)

I travelled to Finland where I expected to take up EH’s old job. (This was a mistake. EH turns out to be a German academic based in Ireland.) Because I was planning to leave the country, I also had to … Continue reading

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