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Recording artiste AND Big Bang Theory landlady (Belle)

I was running a ‘competitive Airbnb’ and was looking to buy a present for my next guest (Raj from The Big Bang Theory) that wasn’t just ‘a boring sweater’. I had also recorded a semi-successful record, and a pretty smooth … Continue reading

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Careers in Finland (Rousse)

TPR, OC and I had been in Finland so long that the snow had returned to the mountains across the bay. OC had travelled here initially in hope of joining the music industry as accountant for a major record label. … Continue reading

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The Bonnie connection (Rousse)

A small black American stranger asked us if anyone could help her track down someone called Bonnie. ‘No problem’, I replied. ‘Please tell us a bit more about Bonnie. I’m pretty sure that I will know her’. Most of the … Continue reading

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Martha Kearney and the no knickers interview for Women’s Hour (Rousse)

At the end of the interview Martha Kearney asked me to wait while she fetched something to cover me up. She returned with a beautiful royal blue cashmere coat. ‘We can’t have you sitting around the studio half-naked’ she explained. … Continue reading

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Accounting for poor American road race safety records (Rousse)

I knew that the safety record for road races in the US was poor, but it was not until I experienced one staged on a busy freeway that really understood the danger to life and limb. Such was the status … Continue reading

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The girl is mine by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson: a third singer revealed (Rousse)

Sir Paul McCartney was with us on the day that we set off for lunch at a new restaurant that RG had recently opened in the south west of Scotland. It only served food at lunchtime, yet the reviews were … Continue reading

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Lancastrian census records help trace a family line (Rousse)

While half my PhD students were busy writing up thesis chapters, the others – who claimed that their work was ahead of schedule – were taking a break from their studies. They amused themselves by tracing the maternal line of … Continue reading

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Falling for the charms of a lady lady killer (Rousse)

I agreed to take a photo of the huge group of people who had gate-crashed our party for their own celebrations. If only they could gather everyone together in the same room at the same time, this would be possible. … Continue reading

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A PhD student, a wolf, and a champion demented Whitby stretcher-thrower (Rousse)

There was so much going on in the corridors that it took a long time to get everyone into the room and the main characters around the table for the PhD supervision. The student had become so paranoid that she … Continue reading

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Marie Antoinette world record attempt (Rousse)

The place was swarming with hundreds of people dressed up like extras from Adam Ant’s Prince Charming video. I asked my school friend AR (sporting an elegant eighteenth century gown) what was going on. She explained that she was taking … Continue reading

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