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Gary Barlow punished (Rousse)

Gary Barlow’s punishment was to resurface a road that led up a very steep hill. Barlow was not the only celebrity put to hard labour. I also recognised a Coronation Street actress in a top hat carrying a shovel.

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Construction worker weather forecast (Rousse)

Construction site workers were issued with a new national duty: to relay the weather forecast to the urban populations. They positioned themselves high up the buildings on which they were working to shout news of sunshine, wind, and precipitation. Yellow … Continue reading

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Standard Life National Library staff insult published author (Rousse)

Standard Life sponsored the National Library. As such, all employees were both librarians and insurance brokers. I was in the library one day trying to get the last couple of pieces of information that I needed to complete a journal … Continue reading

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Stockton-on-Tees local knows nothing about trains (Rousse)

KA and I shared delivery of the lecture. Somehow I ended up with the ‘hard’ bit: explaining the difference between linear and complex computer programming. My instructions said to use railway tracks as an analogy, and make reference to a … Continue reading

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Beware the airport chocolate thief (Rousse)

The departure lounge thief couldn’t care less about the contents of my handbag, nor my shiny new laptop. Her sole interest was the bar of chocolate that I had left lying on the hard plastic seat. When I returned from … Continue reading

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Accident prone acquaintances (Rousse)

JS ran a few paces over the highly polished floor, turned a corner, missed her footing, skidded, and fell head first on the hard surface. I ran to her aid, while also dialling 999. I cradled JS’s head in my … Continue reading

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Gordon Brown and hard toilet paper (Rousse)

Gordon Brown greeted me cheerily as he pushed open the door of the unisex toilets. ‘How does he know my name?’ I asked myself. I also wondered what he would think when he discovered that there was only hard toilet … Continue reading

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Dangerous Borders river walk (Rousse)

I could have visited the M family when I was at the conference in Paris, but instead I decided to go out for a walk with some of the other delegates. These included two retired nurses, one of whom know … Continue reading

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The cold Yorkshire pudding diet (Rousse)

TPR gave me a hard stare. How was I ever to lose any weight if I helped myself to cold Yorkshire puddings from the canteen whenever it took my fancy?

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