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Dangers of regifting unwanted presents (Rousse)

I was on stage facing a line of dignitaries, including Donald Leach and former Moderator of the Church of Scotland Alison Elliot, to be awarded my latest undergraduate degree (classification 2:2). I took great care when asked to sign for … Continue reading

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Richard Wilson, a Pharaoh, and the representation of women at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Rousse)

Richard Wilson remembered me from the days that we shared a lane in the Glenogle swimming pool. He therefore greeted me as a friend in the members’ room of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The actor and I were both … Continue reading

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Jo Jo the poison pen email writer pushes stressed academic over the edge (Rousse)

I was in the habit of commuting by train to the headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in London. There I worked in the basement on an unending series of grant applications. From time to time … Continue reading

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Travelling by minibus for tea with the Queen at Holyrood Palace (Rousse)

I was about to take my seat in the theatre when LF grabbed me from behind. ‘Hey’, she said, ‘Someone forgot the arrangement to meet outside!’ It was true. I had agreed to see her prior to the show, not … Continue reading

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Entire Georgian terrace destroyed by fire (Rousse)

When we returned from our early morning run we noticed smoke leaking through the main door of number 15. We took no action. Two hours later the fire had spread along the street and firefighters were banging on every door. … Continue reading

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‘Grandpa’ disputes ownership of Waterman pen (Rousse)

I fought with M over a silver Waterman pen. He claimed that it was his, but I argued that it could only be mine since it was a corporate gift from Sun Microsystems. IH, who was cradling a baby, watched … Continue reading

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A secret tryst at the White House (Rousse)

It was mid-January and high time that our Christmas visitors headed off home. While non-stop partying had its appeal, these so-called friends were eating us out of house and home, and TPR had strong suspicions that they were sponging off … Continue reading

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Aidan Turner signs autographs at the Edinburgh Fringe (Rousse)

Poldark star Aidan Turner was signing autographs in person at an Edinburgh Fringe venue. When I asked HH if she was certain that he was actually there she reminded me of her insider role as wardrobe mistress. The person that … Continue reading

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Visual aid throw-back (Rousse)

Green pen in hand, it wasn’t until I was on my tenth acetate that it dawned on me that it would make more sense to create the visual aids for my conference presentation in PowerPoint. It was the twenty-first century … Continue reading

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How to save money when dining out in Kendal (Rousse)

TPR and I moved to Kendal. At first we thought it would only be a short stay, but we took the decision to retire to the town, largely because its hilly streets would keep us fit. To save money we … Continue reading

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