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A snowy, spring, Irish surprise (Rousse)

It snowed all the way through ‘spring’ in the Republic of Ireland. Even in mid-summer big patches of the white stuff were piled at the side of the road and scattered in patches in the fields. TPR and I were … Continue reading

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Barefoot travel crisis (Rousse)

After taxi dropped me off at the airport, I found a quiet spot by the entrance where I could sort out my belongings. I had my cashmere Tweed jacket (even though it was summer), my passport, and my purse. But … Continue reading

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A useless passport (Rousse)

I opened the cover of my passport to find that all the significant pages had been ripped out. I wouldn’t be going anywhere soon – not even to Europe.

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Passport control, a golden retriever, and the photo archive of the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies (Rousse)

I had just reached the head of the queue when the official stepped back and announced that all services would be closed for an hour while passport office staff took a break for lunch. All the equipment on his desk … Continue reading

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Hairy Belle joins the FBI

I was transported on a massive ship and was met in ‘New York Harbour’ by my new FBI colleagues. In a gushing attempt to impress them I announced that my arms were completely hair-free. The agents challenged me to “prove … Continue reading

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A secret phone, a hidden four poster bed, a hard-to-reach dinner venue, and prostitutes (Rousse)

The location of my sister’s holiday house was unclear. It could have been North Northumberland, London or Birmingham. Whatever its location, it was much bigger than I imagined. My school friend Phil soon lost count of how many beds had … Continue reading

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Mike told to take a hike (Rousse)

We were encouraged to work with external partners so I was pleased to have struck up a relationship with Mike. When he said that he had an urgent contract for me I grabbed my handbag, pulled on my coat, and … Continue reading

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ISIS ambitions thwarted (Rousse)

My father accepted an invitation to travel to Australia to fight ISIS. He was just about to set off when I pointed out that he wouldn’t get very far without a passport or visa.

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Money laundering in Greece (Belle)

I had overslept badly. It was 10.30am and I was in a sixth form common room on a Greek island. Fuddled, I went in search of a pot of tea and bumped into a friend who had serious news. Due … Continue reading

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Daily Mail Eurovision Song Contest hoax (Rousse)

It had all been such a rush that none of us – not even E – had remembered to print off boarding passes for the flight from Birmingham. So here were all three of us forking out an extra £20 … Continue reading

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