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Funeral phone confiscation (Rousse)

After a young student died while resident at the Manor House at the University of Birmingham, TPR and I were despatched to London to attend his funeral. The memorial event itself was for a random selection of the recently deceased, … Continue reading

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Red and white woodpecker gate-crashes class (Rousse)

I heard a knocking from above, looked up, and saw a beautiful red and white woodpecker tapping on the wooden classroom chandelier. I stopped the class so that we could all take out our phones to photograph the beauty.

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An unintentional insult (Rousse)

Through the car window, I thought that I saw KA wearing a long thin pale yellow jumper dress in the new deli in Hexham. I parked nearby and walked back along the road to the shop. Sure enough it was … Continue reading

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Faking it with Irish young farmers (Rousse)

At the invitation of BB and JB, I delivered a presentation on knowledge management to a class of twenty bored Irish young farmers. Within minutes of my leaving the class room, a member of the audience rang me to ask … Continue reading

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Vauxhall Viva daffodil destroyer (Rousse)

I was driving a white Vauxhall Viva in a rather erratic manner when my mobile phone rang. I knew that it was not advisable to answer it when at the wheel, so I turned into a side road to find … Continue reading

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AirBnB in a double decker bus (Rousse)

We were trying to persuade my mother to rent out the static caravan in her garden as an AirBnB. We took her on a bus ride to show her how this could be done: the bus itself had been converted … Continue reading

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Evan Davies interviews for ‘How bad was my week?’

My sister S drove like a maniac along the Hebridean shoreline, skidding on seaweed and only narrowly avoiding the obstacles along the way – seals, children paddling, random tourists. From the back seat I screamed at her to slow down. … Continue reading

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Cat capture (Rousse)

I was speaking to my parents on the phone from the comfort of my own bed at 06:00am when three cats jumped into the flat through the bedroom window. I left TPR to chase the intruders out again.

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The lost and a linguist in Toronto (Rousse)

TPR and my cousin N both left the shopping mall before I had a chance to put my change into my purse and gather my bags. When I eventually followed them out into the Toronto streets I could no longer … Continue reading

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A Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Christmas surprise (Rousse)

TPR kept a shop not far from the Edinburgh city bypass. It sold traditional toys. One Christmas Eve I walked to the shop with KA. On the way I regaled her with tales of Queen Margaret College graduate MR, his … Continue reading

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