Tag Archives: pregnancy

A hall of residence for horses (Rousse)

I stabled the grey mare in my new hall of residence bedroom with a degree of reluctance. First I was dubious as to the ‘legality’ of keeping a horse on campus. I also harboured concerns over my skills as a … Continue reading

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Pregnant at 50 (Rousse)

My sister-in-law SMc made her announcement. ‘I’m expecting a baby’, she beamed. This was clearly a planned pregnancy. S and her partner A were delighted.

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Pregnancy and dresses (Rousse)

DT was recording every detail of her pregnancy in a small black notebook. The latest news concerned body parts that were really of no consequence given that we already knew that the baby was a boy. JB didn’t want to … Continue reading

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A planned pregnancy (Rousse)

After weeks of speculation our friend finally revealed her big secret. We had expected news of the launch of a business venture. The reality was that she was pregnant.

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Poodle puppies and the promise of an operation (Rousse)

TPR had been keeping a secret. I had no inkling of the pregnancy, but when I walked into the kitchen and found a new litter of tiny grey poodles I was overcome with joy. Then I panicked. How could we … Continue reading

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Two unwanted pregnancies and an unwelcome underwater trip (Rousse)

This was terrifying news. A friend who took fortress-style contraceptive measures, and another who was years past the menopause, had both fallen pregnant. Was it catching? Would I be next? I hoped not. I had enough troubles of my own … Continue reading

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Interpretations of paternity rights at work (Rousse)

My boss suddenly remembered that he was the last of a noble line. It was now urgent that he become a father. If I’d understood that bearing a child was part of my job description, I would never have taken … Continue reading

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Rousse runs and battles nepotism at the BBC

I ran past the Scottish Parliament with old-timers EJ and LG even though neither was a current member of the running club. One no longer lived in Edinburgh and the other was heavily pregnant. ‘Why are you here?” I asked. … Continue reading

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Rousse roller-blades, writes proposals, and collects cast-offs

Late for work, I struggled to roller-blade uphill over the cobbles of Edinburgh’s Old Town in pursuit of the overweight female folk singer. The early morning street cleaners were a further obstacle, especially when they took pleasure in “accidentally” spraying … Continue reading

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Angelina Jolie spotted by nobody but Rousse, an unplanned pregnancy and Lenten gifts

Angelina Jolie (my new best friend) insisted on coming into town with me. She wouldn’t listen to my pleas that she would be recognised and the pair of us would be mobbed. In the event I was proved wrong. Nobody … Continue reading

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