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Mother and daughter Cosmopolitan cover girls (Rousse)

Hidden in the pile of ancient copies of Cosmopolitan were three issues of particular interest. My mother – aged about 35 – featured as the magazine’s cover girl on two of them, and my sister S on the third. They … Continue reading

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House dressing (Rousse)

From the outside, my sister’s flat looked pretty much the same. The only difference was the selection of handmade cat greeting cards for sale to passing tourists on the window ledge. Inside, however, a huge transformation had taken place. The … Continue reading

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In a stone maze with Griff Rhys Jones (Rousse)

I was stuck in a three-dimensional stone maze, unable to navigate a route upwards and out. Ahead of me, Griff Rhys Jones was doing rather better than I was. The big surprise, however, was my agile octogenarian mother, dancing over … Continue reading

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Dirty animal invasion (Rousse)

Two surprises greeted me when I came home. First, my mother had cooked a delicious dinner and already washed up; second, the C-Is had come to stay. There was a problem, however, with the latter. RC-I brought with him a … Continue reading

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The forgotten face of Leith (Rousse)

My mother’s teenage face covered the advertising hoardings of Leith. When I pointed out to her the pictures and accompanying quotations, she confessed that she had no recollection of ever volunteering her image and views for any 1950s publicity campaign.

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Dead father dines (Rousse)

My mother’s driving was truly terrible. Why was she in such a rush to reach the coast? The beautiful weather was forecast to hold, so there really was no hurry. When we stopped at the hotel for lunch, it all … Continue reading

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Exotic tank life at the beach (Rousse)

Just above the beach, my mother and I came across an enormous fish tank stuffed with turtles and goldfish.

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A crowded flat and a cricket match (Rousse)

PG generously invited several of us – including TPR, BR, KS, myself, and my mother – to stay in his flat. This made it rather crowded for our kind landlord and his regular lodger. The huge advantage of his arrangement … Continue reading

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Teddy bears and a tall Swede (Rousse)

My latest strategy for clearing my mother’s house was to gather together any presents that I had given her in the past and reclaim them for myself. I picked up two handmade lawn cotton teddy bears. The larger one was … Continue reading

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A first wife’s fortune (Rousse)

GG’s daughters were enraged when they learnt that their tall, handsome, suited father was not leaving his fortune to their mother, but instead to his first wife – me. This decision made me wonder whether GG and I had ever … Continue reading

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