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Secrets between friends (Rousse)

DJ and AJ had supposedly downsized to a modern house on the mainland. When we visited their new place, however, we found that they were now living in a gorgeous mansion furnished almost entirely with Chinese antiques. We had clearly … 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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The most popular artist (Rousse)

My father’s massive oil paintings hung with the rest of the exhibition in the campus gallery. They looked fantastic next to a huge variety of work, which included a beautiful black and white photographic composition by my colleague EF. At … Continue reading

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Changes in the marine environment to suit a red-haired mermaid (Rousse)

We were coming to the end of an uneventful family holiday. On the morning of our last full day away I bounced out of the big shared family bed and asked my little sister (aged 12) whether she would like … Continue reading

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Rousse sacks her Polish au pair painter

Our Polish au pair girl would have to be let go. Her latest misdemeanour was an uninvited attempt to paint our kitchen walls sky blue. She did this with no regard for the furniture, appliances and pictures all still in … Continue reading

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The dangers of internet shopping (Belle)

While showing off my internet auctions skills I accidentally bought a painting by Gustav Klimt for £1million. Shortly afterwards there was a London-wide blackout and I planned to excuse my time-wasting purchase as a ‘power surge’.

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A fortune in apps, an Andy Warhol masterpiece – and Mark Kermode (Belle)

The launch of my third motoring-related app was going to bring in £100,000. It enabled drivers to top up their parking meters remotely. The app’s success meant millions of pounds in parking fines were being lost by local authorities and … Continue reading

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