Tag Archives: knowledge

Unwelcome gate-crasher knowledge extractor (Rousse)

DTJ set a large table in her garden then erected a tent-like structure around it. This allowed her to host a party under some form of shelter outside in winter. She then asked me to carry a sputtering candle from … Continue reading

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An enormous yellow melamine convector heater (Rousse)

I had my eyes on a giant 1970s yellow melamine convector heater. Even though it was the size of a large kitchen table, I thought that it would look fabulous in our flat. I just had to find a way … Continue reading

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A busy morning with Uncle J (Rousse)

My Uncle J sat on the sofa and enthused about his new business idea: to sell custom-made T-shirts to the British middle classes. I told him that this venture was doomed to failure. I was British and middle class, and … Continue reading

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Popular in Pitlochry (Rousse)

S and T completely remodelled their house in Pitlochry to enlarge the space for a visit from former colleagues. As we settled into our new environment someone mentioned a trivia quiz. Suddenly I was the most popular person in the … Continue reading

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Early funeral arrangements (Rousse)

With very poor knowledge of the geography of the south of England I had hoped for more help from the red-uniformed staff on the newly-appointed Virgin East Coast service. The overweight guard pulled out a section of an Ordnance Survey … Continue reading

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The Hashtag of the Devil (Rousse)

When I first spotted the blue flash on my heel I thought it was a trick of the light. Then someone pointed out that it was a tattoo called the “Hashtag of the Devil”. It was well known that this … Continue reading

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A new daytime TV quiz show star is born (Rousse)

My sister J was the latest star of a new daytime television quiz show, both on-screen and off. She was particularly popular amongst the make-up artists, who declared that she had perfect bone structure and teeth for television. She lapped … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria: stony history tutor (Rousse)

Whenever tourists complimented me on my extensive knowledge of Edinburgh I always acknowledged my source. My teacher was a statue of Queen Victoria. Most believed that the sole function of the statue was to peer blankly down on Princes Street … Continue reading

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The meaning of life (Belle)

I went to a workshop run by a fairground mystic who ‘knew the answer to everything’.

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