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Three fakes: news, Northern Lights, and a female impersonator (Rousse)

The desperation of the journalist was obvious when he started asking VAE and her sister to provide expert comment on every single topic to be covered in the radio news broadcast. In an attempt to fool his audience, he changed … Continue reading

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An ancestor in oil (Rousse)

The famous art critic presented a slide of an eighteenth century oil painting of a lady in a posh dress and hat. As soon as he revealed her her name, I was convinced that she was one of my ancestors. … Continue reading

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Late news of an elopement (Rousse)

A was in town with fiancée number 4. With a claim that they were eloping, they announced that their wedding was on Thursday. HW was agog as she admired the engagement ring, but she would have known all about A’s … Continue reading

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Over body-confidence, laundry robbers, the Northumbrian pipes, and a man in white bow ties (Rousse)

Early one morning, before the shops opened, my sister S, my mother and I ran along the Ullapool esplanade. At the far end we stepped on the scales. My sister weighed in at 11 stone five, over two stone heavier … Continue reading

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Gaydar malfunction (Rousse)

PD misunderstood something I said. In all innocence, he passed this ‘information’ on to WB. Before I had a chance to stop her, WB had shared the news with NP. We had no idea how far it spread after this. … Continue reading

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Husband confesses affairs, then leaves (Rousse)

There was very little room in our crammed dormitory. My own bed was second from the window, next to that of JM. JG and NF were at the other end of the room, by the door. Between us were four … Continue reading

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Sharing a cabin with Dermot Murnaghan (Rousse)

I sat next to television news presenter Dermot Murnaghan in the passenger cabin of the tiny plane. Keen not to embarrass him by making it obvious that I recognised him, I engaged him in conversation about Scottish stereotypes (e.g. short, … Continue reading

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