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A secretive cold rice pudding home-coming (Rousse)

EH and I returned together from the book group meeting in West Lothian. We hailed a taxi to take us Steventon, then caught a number 11 bus that was en route to Tranent via Edinburgh city centre. Back at home … Continue reading

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A wedding with Peter Capaldi, and a honeymoon with the Wombles (Rousse)

Wedding guest Peter Capaldi amused himself at the reception by creating a flat white robot using 3D printing technology (discreetly under the dining table). After the celebrations the bride, TPR and I took the short flight to Paris. We landed … Continue reading

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A ladybird problem and an excess of dry goods at Bridge Farm, Ambridge (Rousse)

While a guest of Pat and Tony Archer at Bridge Farm I supervised some final year undergraduates as they completed a maths and genetics project. The assessment task involved the breeding of super-strength ladybirds and storing them in jars. In … Continue reading

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The fish-eating fake vegan (Rousse)

My office-mate was up to his usual annoying habits, behaving as if he had exclusive use of our shared room. He’d taken my poster off the door and replaced it with a congratulatory banner for his final year class. He … Continue reading

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The world’s most expensive lump of yeast (Rousse)

Belle and I had a desperate need for live yeast. Convinced that we’d find some in one of the breweries off Dalry Road, we set off from my flat in two separate taxis. I climbed into the one that had … Continue reading

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JK Rowling’s cot death charity competition and the Scottish slave trade (Rousse)

I chased my north Northumbrian cousins through the corridors Scooby Doo style as a strategy to keep them entertained while were waiting for the main event. Then the word came that the real fun was about to start. We gathered … Continue reading

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The assassin’s wife (Rousse)

I wept on the number 11 bus as it worked its way through the Leith traffic. When the stranger came over to comfort me I listed all my woes: I was always getting lost on public transport (especially trains to … Continue reading

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