Tag Archives: racing

A tandem racing bike at the Balmoral Hotel (Rousse)

I saw two athletes with a tandem racing bike on Princes Street, Edinburgh. The wheels of their steed were the same size as those on the front of a penny farthing bicycle. Just outside the Balmoral Hotel, the lycra-clad stoker … Continue reading

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PhD students excel at motor cross conference (Rousse)

My PhD students were at a conference that combined academic studies with motor cross. They had made friends with some of the practitioners with whom I’d had a lot of contact in the past, and taken to the racing track … Continue reading

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Getting naked with friends (Rousse)

We all thought that GG, JG and their daughters and small son were away so I got a bit of a shock when I walked into their bathroom naked and came face-to-face with GG stepping out of the shower. I … Continue reading

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A rally driving experience for Rousse

I was waiting outside Birdham St James church for the instruction to change into my wedding outfit when TPR asked me to accompany him and our brother-in-law RH to the Isle of Lewis. I jumped into the car, and before … Continue reading

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Foreigner seeks bathroom refuge from summer 2012 Jubilee and Olympic Torch (Rousse) hype

I pushed open the tiny bathroom door. Behind it stood a French student and his racing bike. I frowned at the dirty tyre marks on the white-tiled floor. “What on earth are you doing here?” I asked. “I had nowhere … Continue reading

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Birmingham University confessions, a career with moleskin trousers, and underwater cycle kayaking (Rousse)

SB kicked off the Birmingham University French department reunion by suggesting that we read the “confessions” from last time. She actually meant the comments on the 2006 evaluation sheets, which she passed around the table. Personally I would have preferred … Continue reading

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Dial code memory bonus (Rousse)

The family had just returned from a weekend of stock car racing in North Ormesby. It was clear that they doubted that they had anything in common with me, but I won them over with my knowledge of the STD … Continue reading

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