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Unusual lavatory layout for school parties in Stockton-on-Tees (Rousse)

Formerly known as Hector’s House, the third of the double garages (including the coach house) at the White House, Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees, was converted into holiday accommodation for school parties. On the ground floor there was a self-contained bedroom with en … Continue reading

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Flying on Air Force One – but not sleeping with the president (Rousse)

I flew the international skies on Air Force One as a member of the US president’s core team. Unlike LM, however, I was not also sleeping with the leader of the free world.

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Cult betting on the Eurovision song contest (Rousse)

I took the number 10 bus to Granton, then called for the kayak taxi from the pier. The kayak took me as far as a sandbank. I crossed the sandbank, then swam to the small island in the forth. Here … Continue reading

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Jaded academic seeks oblivion with the help of yellow jellied cocaine (Rousse)

It took us a while to find the meeting on the top floor of a deserted University building. The venue was a formal board room, and it was packed. All the great and good were there, including KW who greeted … Continue reading

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Child thieves adopt boy scout disguise in cash raids on Lake District hotels (Rousse)

On the final day of the conference in the Lake District I packed my bag, checked in online for my flight to Amsterdam, and then wandered down to the hotel dining room to ask for a sandwich (in French). Although … Continue reading

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Scottish Tory leader resigns (Rousse)

I’d been chair of the Scottish Conservative party since 2006 (against my will). Now the grey-haired bully across the table was forcing me to resign. I was a disappointment to all. Even though I had held my post for almost … Continue reading

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A log cabin date on the Isle of Skye (Rousse)

I left my MacBook Air under my desk at the British Library and chased across the reading room to intercept the young man in a navy blue suit who was carrying a briefcase. “Nick!” I shouted. He spun round and … Continue reading

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