Tag Archives: safety

British Airways drop flight safety briefings at pandemic end (Rousse)

The room started to rumble, three women in British Airways uniforms stepped to the front, and it felt as though we were in flight. However, since we had not heard the safety briefing, I doubted that this were possible. When … Continue reading

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Marine stegosaurus stalks walkers on Edinburgh canal track (Rousse)

All the animals – including ferocious lions and tigers – broke free from their enclosures at Edinburgh zoo. Fortunately I was in complete safety, high up in the cabin of my red tractor. However, my fortunes changed when I later … Continue reading

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Flo-Jo and the mermaid marathon (Rousse)

The streets of Toronto were lined with spectators for the first ever mermaid marathon. There was just one competitor: a green-tailed lady in a raspberry tutu. To add glamour to the event, Flo-Jo had volunteered as the mermaid’s pace-maker. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Rivals vie for boat trip business from Miavig, Isle of Lewis (Rousse)

There was a new company offering boat trips from Miavig on the Isle of Lewis. However, I was sure that it would soon go out of business because it failed to adhere to health and safety requirements. For example, I … Continue reading

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Jo Jo the poison pen email writer pushes stressed academic over the edge (Rousse)

I was in the habit of commuting by train to the headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in London. There I worked in the basement on an unending series of grant applications. From time to time … Continue reading

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Tsunami hits Manchester (Rousse)

I hurried JA out of our shared bed in the big terraced house in Manchester. ‘Quick!’ I cried, ‘The water has reached the third floor. We need to get dressed and climb into the attic with everyone else, or risk … Continue reading

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A mother on horseback and men holding hands (Rousse)

This I had to see: my mother on horseback. From a distance I observed that my sister was leading the two-horse hack, encouraging mother to whip her steed into action. The horses broke into a trot. Almost immediately my mother … Continue reading

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Mid-air knitter stalked by elderly couple on flight to the UK from Thailand (Rousse)

I must have broken several international laws on board the flight from Thailand back to the UK: I carried a sharp three inch needle in my hand luggage I looped the yarn from my ball of blue wool to the … Continue reading

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A French affair (Rousse)

The only way to get into the French hall of residence was to balance on wobbly podiums attached to the outside of the building, then leap from there into the dodgy lift. Once inside the lift you had to perform … Continue reading

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Salford scheme shames poor drivers (Rousse)

My driving was getting worse. In Salford I scraped our white BMW against the kerb outside a hospital, nearly taking out some nursing staff. Thankfully the car easily transformed into a motorbike. This meant that I could make a quick … Continue reading

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