Tag Archives: Oxford

A love affair with a pooch dyed pink (Rousse)

When we reached the dark and snowy outskirts of Edinburgh, the coach driver decided to turn back. Looking out of the window at lorries and cars strewn upside down at the side of the road, I understood his reasons. This … Continue reading

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Dissertation and desertion (Rousse)

My dissertation was due for submission in a matter of weeks and I hadn’t started it even though I had all the access to resources that I would ever need, now that I lived in a cubby hole in the … Continue reading

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London to Oxford and Oxford to Edinburgh by train (Rousse)

It really was too much to ask my 81 year-old mother to walk all the way from London to Edinburgh, so I suggested that we cut a few miles off the route by taking the train to Oxford. In the … Continue reading

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Poor park keeping (Rousse)

JS didn’t take her new job as a part-time park keeper very seriously. She took our money for half an hour on the tennis court, then bunked off to play tourist in Oxford for the rest of the afternoon.

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A failed rail journey to Northfield (Rousse)

The young woman and I left the Chil gig and walked to the small railway station. Our journey home should have been straightforward, but we missed one train because we weren’t paying attention to the platform announcements, another because we … Continue reading

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Greta Garbo Oxford shame (Rousse)

PS and I had a vital message for the mistress of the Oxford college. Unfortunately, we did not manage to pass it on before the auditorium started to fill with students. The topic of the lecture was a 1930s film … Continue reading

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Joe Keery lookalike is a Stranger Thing (Rousse)

Following three decades of no contact, during which one of us had moved to California, I was reunited with my school friend JB. Although we had never been best buddies, our friendship stretched back to infant school. Now that she … Continue reading

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Biking through Oxford with a purpose (Rousse)

I raced on my bike through the colleges of Oxford determined to catch up with TPR. I had two important things to tell him: I knew about all his affairs (including the recent one with MNX) and that he’d only … Continue reading

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Driver records 275 miles per hour en route to Oxford (Rousse)

I hit the accelerator rather than the brake and watched in horror as the speedometer recorded a top speed of 275 mph. Even travelling at this speed did not help us reach our destination of Oxford any quicker. We had … Continue reading

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Doctoral degree entry requirements: Oxford and Edinburgh (Rousse)

All the others were clutching revision notes as we entered the exam hall. I had nothing in my hands because I had done no preparation whatsoever. So what if SH got a first and I failed? Then I started to … Continue reading

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