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An award-winning Australian and pelicans (Rousse)

On the bus back to the airport at the end of the conference, the organisers informed us that there would be an award for the most friendly delegate. From the looks on their faces, I guessed that everyone felt the … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry heads to the Pennines with Hugh Laurie in hope of a big prize (Rousse)

We soon came across the reconstructed neolithic settlements in the Pennines. Everyone else was keen to pay the entrance fee to visit the tiny houses and talk to the ‘inhabitants’. I felt like I had seen it all before so … Continue reading

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A fellow millionaire (Rousse)

I picked up the call on my mobile in the car. ‘Congratulations’ said the posh man, ‘You have won £1,000,000’. ‘Who is this?’ I asked. ‘I’m phoning from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. All Fellows are automatically entered into our … Continue reading

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An unwelcome Christian

On a Sunday morning I found XY lying in a bed at my flat. He was there because Mansfield Church was fully booked. I could hardly bear to be in his company and wondered out loud how long we would … Continue reading

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Flying ducks, a yellow Aga, and Nottingham University’s Nobel prize winners (Rousse)

I was appalled at how my sister S had persuaded my parents to change the decor of their house. Flying ducks climbed the drawing room wall to the left of the fireplace, the dining room was hung with shop sale … Continue reading

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Finals failure and longest hair competition win (Rousse)

The University library was crammed with my final year colleagues, some of whom had apparently been revising there for the full academic year. I was yet to open a book, and with a gap of 28 years since we all … Continue reading

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A diamond-studded solid gold hedgehog dilemma (Rousse)

When I gave away the silk cloak that came free in the cornflakes box to two colleagues in the school office, I never expected it to be the one that contained the diamond-studded solid gold hedgehog. Now I faced a … Continue reading

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An invitation to a secret Hebridean bolt-hole (Rousse)

GJ ran past ED, barely stopping to give her a high five. When he reached me I expected the same. However, it turned out that I was worthy of a greater prize: a kiss on the lips and an invitation … Continue reading

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British Airways terminal 5 offers new passenger services (Rousse)

British Airways’ new welcome service for first class passengers coming into Heathrow Terminal 5 was second to none. A smart uniformed man met you off the plane and guided you through the terminal, ensuring that you by-passed all the queues. … Continue reading

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A prize-winning threesome (Rousse)

The prizes were awarded as follows: the poetry prize to architect and photographer AC; four Olympic medals – 2 bronze, 1 silver, and 1 gold – for athletics to TPR; the CBE to Rousse.

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