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Suing CalMac for ruining ‘holiday of a lifetime’ (Rousse)

We disembarked the CalMac ferry in Stornoway and stood on the dock to wait for the staff to bring our bikes up from the car deck. It soon became evident that the bikes were no longer stowed below. Eventually we … Continue reading

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A private island and missing fortune (Rousse)

CO and AM had gone for the upmarket version of the holiday. While we were stuck at the resort with everyone else, they hired their own private island (maximum occupancy 3), and came over by yacht to join the rest … Continue reading

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Le Creuset mini-pan measuring spoon set (Rousse)

I was relieved to learn that the messy holiday cottage in Lanarkshire was not, in fact, ours. My parents had bought it with my middle sister and her husband – and then filled it to the brim with junk. I … Continue reading

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An iPhone’s watery end, and a climber frozen in fright (Rousse)

I watched in dismay as my top of the range iPhone slid out of my jacket pocket and dropped to the ground, sped down the sheep-mown grass bank all the way to the cliff end, slipped over the edge, and … Continue reading

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Foxy pet (Rousse)

TPR and I brought a live souvenir home from our holiday: a pet fox. It was so tame that it would roll on to its back to invite us to tickle his tummy, just like a wee ginger dog.

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Queue jumping at the museum (Rousse)

When 0ne person pushed into the queue ahead of me to buy her museum ticket, I let it pass. However, I was not prepared to let a second to take advantage of me, so I challenged the next one as … Continue reading

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Horse head hood hotel hillock attire (Rousse)

After a two year break due to pandemic restrictions, conference season was once more in full swing. I joined the throng in the registration queue, looking forward to dropping off my case in my hotel bedroom and seeing the colleagues … Continue reading

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A sequinned Queen (Rousse)

With notice of about 60 seconds, we arranged ourselves in row to greet the Queen. I was the first in line. She offered her white-gloved hand. I shook it gently while admiring the her elegant off-white sequinned dress. When I … Continue reading

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Luggage problems on Lewis (Rousse)

Our flight from Stornoway was in two hours at 9pm and our only means of transport from Uig to the airport was a set of four brand new three speed bikes. Even if we were to cycle at top speed … Continue reading

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Hunting down the Brazilian mafia (Rousse)

When TPR refused to take me on holiday, I set off on my own independent adventure: to hunt down the Brazilian mafia on the mean streets of Sāo Paulo.

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