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Escaped astronauts (Rousse)

I asked the students to dress up for the tutorial according to the theme of ‘outer space’, so was delighted when the six of them turned up as astronauts in bulky all-in-one ski suits. Forty-five minutes into our discussion AA … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry’s bathroom (Rousse)

Stephen Fry’s old bathroom was a place of pilgrimage. I borrowed a bright yellow-striped swimsuit from my cousin DT and plunged into the water. As I relaxed into the bath I noticed the messages that Hugh Laurie had scratched into … Continue reading

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From turtles to a wish to weigh under ten stone (Rousse)

I left my school friend KC in charge of the mixed selection of beautiful green-striped turtles that were climbing up our side of the bath. This allowed me to drive south to collect my mother from my cousins’ house in … Continue reading

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Saving Sir Anthony Eden from infected flies and imprisonment (Rousse)

I was warned not to travel across London to the crescent that was swarming with infection-bearing insects. However, I argued that it was essential that I attend the meeting. There I found Sir Anthony Eden expressing concerns about his forthcoming … Continue reading

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Richard Wilson, a Pharaoh, and the representation of women at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Rousse)

Richard Wilson remembered me from the days that we shared a lane in the Glenogle swimming pool. He therefore greeted me as a friend in the members’ room of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The actor and I were both … Continue reading

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Thieving World Cup football fans (Rousse)

I was pleased that the meeting was called in Corbridge because it was an easy ride back from there to Edinburgh. I checked the old-fashioned departure board at the railway station and confirmed my plan to catch the 13:45 service … Continue reading

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Looking for a new boyfriend (Rousse)

I was looking for a new boyfriend. The first candidate was lovely – tall, dark, and handsome – and we did have some fun together. However, he was much younger than me, a smoker, and offered limited conversation. I really … Continue reading

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