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Free-riding on the Granton ferry (Rousse)

I cycled back from town along the Forth estuary. When I reached Granton I had two options: to cross the water by ferry or to cycle inland to avoid the crossing. A little old lady advised me that the ferry … Continue reading

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A low-level flight over Lindisfarne and the Hebrides (Rousse)

In a tiny plane the seven of us flew over the island of Lindisfarne, then the white sand beaches of a deserted isle of the Inner Hebrides. Our pilot took great pleasure in skimming the waves with the aircraft’s wheels. … Continue reading

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Human horse travels uncomfortably across the Atlantic (Rousse)

Normally a seat in the second row on a transatlantic flight would mean plenty of leg room – perhaps even a bed – but not on this service. I was sitting directly behind a mother and a baby, both of … Continue reading

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Weymouth from air and shoreline (Rousse)

The flight was not full so we all had plenty of space in the cabin. TPR kept switching seats, mainly for the best views from angle of the plane. When I saw Weymouth from the air for the first time … Continue reading

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A drone pest comes up trumps (Rousse)

I was playing with Lego on the old drawing room carpet when a drone flew overhead. ‘I’m sure that flying at this level must be illegal’ I said to my small companion. The drone then shot away – only to … Continue reading

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Imprisoned by the Taliban (Rousse)

The pilot instructed the air stewards to set the alarm, and explain its function to the passengers. My response to the news that we were under attack was to send a farewell text to my parents – just in case. … Continue reading

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Canadian island adventure (Rousse)

We had to get off this doomed Canadian island. We’d already caused offence by taking over the sitting room of a family at prayer, and now the island itself was starting to sink. Our only hope was rescue by a … Continue reading

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Irresponsible pilot puts pensioner passenger at the controls of Switzerland-bound aircraft (Rousse)

I got separated from my minder at the airport and ended up being bundled onto a tiny plane with seats for just eight passengers. A friendly-looking man sat down next to me. He hung his curly red hairpiece over the … Continue reading

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French air force fighter pilot shares the lingo (Rousse)

I was a fighter pilot in the French air force. One sunny afternoon I went for a wander through the grounds of a stately home in the south of England. An Arabic woman in army fatigues approached me and asked … Continue reading

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A dodgy flight to Dublin (Rousse)

My route home from the funeral in Northern Ireland comprised a flight to Dublin, then a coach ride to the coast, followed by a trip in the QE2 at four miles an hour back across the Irish Sea. The latter … Continue reading

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