Tag Archives: Hollywood

Battle of Britain reenactment – body and beetles (Belle)

My grandmother and my mother were attempting to get a body to the Battle of Britain reenactment and wanted me to drive them there in my stupid three-wheeler. However I was having trouble maneuvering it out of the parking space … Continue reading

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Christopher Walken, dancer and time traveller (Belle)

The venue was pretty run down but we were trying to make the best of it. A fellow traveller ran up to me. “Say, do you remember that film?”. I did not. Then she brought out a 1970s ‘movie viewer’ … Continue reading

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Arnold Schwartzenegger’s boring speech (Rousse)

Two of my Polish colleagues had commandeered my office while I was on long-term sick leave. My desk and other belongings were now all squeezed into a dark corner. I hoped that this was a temporary measure and that I … Continue reading

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Pete Murphy mistaken for Liam Neeson (Rousse)

I was determined that the engineering students gained an appreciation of social research methods. They needed access to a decent textbook so I took one down to the library to add to its stock. A photograph dropped out of the … Continue reading

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Michael Fassbender – fisherman, lover (Belle)

It was while I was serving on the crew of an Alantic deep sea fishing vessel that I first met Michael Fassbender. The chemistry was immediate and before long we had jumped into the ocean in our bright yellow waterproofs … Continue reading

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Whoopi Goldberg party guest (Rousse)

Whoopi Goldberg was in our kitchen. “Hang on”, I thought. “Whoopi Goldberg? Who put her on the guest list for our party?” “I hope you don’t mind” DT whispered in my ear. “It’s just that she’s over from Hollywood staying … Continue reading

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Brad Pitt’s summer secrets (Rousse)

Brad Pitt had managed to remain incognito for much of his visit – many of the students had simply not recognised that we had a Hollywood superstar in our midst – but soon he would be returning home. I’d really … Continue reading

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Judge Judy and some Hollywood greats (Belle)

I was astonished to learn that my best friend’s boyfriend was taking me to Judge Judy’s court for non-payment of a yoga class fee. I burst into his hotel room and told him, in a stream of obscenities, exactly what … Continue reading

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Decomposed body found near former film set (Rousse)

Until Hollywood’s arrival, the village’s reputation was limited to “reasonable pit stop for British families en route to the French riviera”. Three years since serving as the backdrop to one of the most successful movies of all time, the village … Continue reading

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Gloria Swanson and unnecessary help with a literature review (Rousse)

‘Gloria Swanson?’ confirmed TB (aka Texas T). ‘Recurrent dreams about a silent movie star means only one thing. Your future career lies in Hollywood!’ In response I led him to the far end of the bar away from our family … Continue reading

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