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The Apprentice’s Lewis Ellis graduates (Rousse)

Lewis Ellis was graduating with a Masters degree in Early Modern History and English from the University of Worcester, as was I. I couldn’t wait to add another set of letters to my existing Masters qualification and spell out the … Continue reading

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A quick house move (Rousse)

TPR and I had just moved into a massive fully-furnished modern house with views across the valley. Keen for his children to enjoy a country childhood, I persuaded PC and his family to take over one of the wings. After … Continue reading

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Scaling walls on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (Rousse)

There was no room for a staircase when the house on Holy Island was first built. Portable suction pads were provided to the residents so that they could scale the walls to reach the upper floors. My elderly mother was … Continue reading

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Unwelcome gate-crashers (Rousse)

TPR and I were fooled into thinking that we were being shown to our room. The problem was that none was available for us. Instead SM and PM were asked to host us in their massive modern apartment. They were … Continue reading

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A trip to Thistledown Street (Rousse)

The first thing that I noticed when I turned the corner into the crescent was that the ugly modern lamp-posts had been replaced. The new ones took the form of old-style gas lamps, and looked lovely. Then I spotted the … Continue reading

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Seventeenth century speech in the modern era (Rousse)

Although fun to begin with, it eventually became rather tedious to keep up conversation in seventeenth century speak, especially for anachronistic tasks such as booking rail tickets.

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A weight-busting walk to Tom Robinson’s Stokesley (Rousse)

The only way to lose weight was to take more exercise. My new regime was ambitious: to walk the mountain route from the south of Scotland to North Yorkshire on a regular basis. I wasn’t the only one with this … Continue reading

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Scottish midges damage Inverness housing market prospects (Rousse)

We were looking around a new housing development in Inverness. Amongst the large modern yellow sandstone “executive homes” were grey monochrome Scooby Doo mansions, covered in creeper with their windows boarded up. “Let’s buy one of the wrecks and renovate … Continue reading

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Sun protection – Australian style (Rousse)

I located my Uncle J soon after I arrived in Australia. He was busy pulling up plants in the part of the bush that he called his garden. “Get indoors!” he shouted in alarm, chasing after me. I ran into … Continue reading

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Woman in a pink nightdress “haunts” modern Georgian house (Rousse)

At first I thought that this “modern Georgian house” was pretty dull. Of course the drab paintwork and the tall presses on the ground floor were in keeping with the Georgian ideal, but you could find this kind of decoration … Continue reading

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