Tag Archives: Portobello

Back and forth between Newburgh-on-Ythan and Portobello by helicopter (Rousse)

The real reason for CM’s return to employment was to fund the helicopter that he and VAE bought to travel between their two homes in Newburgh-on-Ythan and Portobello.

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Chip-eating COVID deniers offer hugs in Portobello (Rousse)

We spotted the Bs when we were out running on Portobello promenade. My former colleague had grown his hair so long that it rivalled that of his wife for length. One of their two sons was with them. Like us, … 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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A new ‘seaside university’ (Rousse)

Over the summer months one of Edinburgh’s venerable institutions of higher education transformed itself into a ‘seaside university’ complete with beach, sea and funfair. Portobello was no longer the only show in town.

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Thanksgiving in Portobello (Rousse)

We celebrated Thanksgiving with a barbecue on the beach at Portobello hosted by JS.

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A 4-person tandem ride to the Lammermuir Hills (Rousse)

Rather than catch the 23 bus, I jumped onto the back saddle of a 4-person tandem. This would, I hope, take me through Leith, up Bonnington Road, and home. Instead the route was along the promenade at Portobello, then east … Continue reading

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Hibs Hearts derby ticket hunt (Rousse)

For authentic Saturday afternoon entertainment I decided to take my weekend guests to a football match. The Hiberian ground wasn’t too far away, so I slipped out of the house first thing on Saturday morning to go and buy some … Continue reading

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Rousse forgets to dress

For a change I turned left as I passed through the gate, climbed the hill, and headed out along the coast road. Just outside the hotel gates a rather rough wedding party was gathered. The poor podgy bridesmaid wore a … Continue reading

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A day out with Ian Rankin (Rousse)

I was unsure why I was entertaining Ian Rankin at my kitchen table, but it had to happen eventually. I’d been (unintentionally) stalking him in Edinburgh for years, or – as I often joked – he’d been stalking me. Plonked … Continue reading

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Rousse remembers train crash

The train ground to a halt just before Musselburgh, narrowly missing the blue Golf parked across the line. My first thoughts were of the 2001 Selby train crash and the urgency to get out of the carriage and away from … Continue reading

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