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Blow-up canoe risk (Rousse)

AJ persuaded me to take one of his yellow blow-up canoes and bounce downstream with the flow of the furious little river to the sea. This was all well and good, but would I have the strength to paddle against … Continue reading

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A cradle corpse (Rousse)

My track record with newborns was not good so I was somewhat reluctant when LM’s sister asked me if I would like to hold the baby. While the baby was still in her aunt’s arms, I pulled back the white … 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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To Hexham for celebrities, and to Perth for the pantomime (Rousse)

A crowd of posh pensioners carrying cameras obstructed my way as I attempted to drive my little buggy (illegally) along the pavement of Temperley Place, Hexham. They had their long lenses fixed on a doorway, in eager anticipation of snapping … Continue reading

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Lobbying the Scottish Government: in person, on a Sunday, face-to-face, in French (Rousse)

So impressed were we of RG’s athletic feat that we lobbied the Head of the Scottish Government – in person, on a Sunday, face-to-face, in French – to mark her achievement with a line of text carved in stone at … Continue reading

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Checking for Czechs (Rousse)

I tried walking home along country lanes at night time, but this proved too dangerous. Even in flashing trainers it soon became obvious that drivers could not see me, and that I was risking my life. I changed my plan … Continue reading

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Charity shop Whimsies and a sand slide bring joy to the office (Rousse)

My new office space was appalling. I was shown to a tiny table with a computer at the end end of a long narrow room that accommodated around a dozen academics and research students. On the blue desk next to … Continue reading

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