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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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New York Times publishes coded message to run Trump out of town (Rousse)

How could this be a holiday if I were sleeping at the lecturer’s desk in front of a class of thirty, all of whom were also extremely angry that the week of sunshine, sea and sand that they had been … Continue reading

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Ramsey MacMahon and a whale (Rousse)

Before we headed to the ferry terminal, LM and I checked the birthday cards in the stranger’s flat. They were all for someone called Ramsey – most likely the BBC Alba presenter Ramsey MacMahon, who I had just seen in … Continue reading

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