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Ironing in secret (Rousse)

At J and BG’s house I noticed that the framed tea towels were all crinkly – so I took them off the walls and ironed them in secret. My hosts would never know.

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Errant father drama (Rousse)

I picked up the phone. ‘Where are your nephew and niece?’ shouted the person at the other end. ‘They are in mortal danger!’ ‘P’s here, and A is in London (I think)’, I replied. ‘Well their father is on the … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s secret farm house tryst (Rousse)

Boris Johnson needed to distract the press and the general public from his latest misdemenour. He roped me in to help him. We met in an old barn full of discarded furniture. From here we took a set of connected … Continue reading

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Climate change and a secret love affair (Rousse)

A rag tag mix of former colleagues and students – including ED, LG, DMcA, and JC of the National Library of Scotland – formed a loose company of actors. We gathered for ‘rehearsals’ in the mews building of my childhood … Continue reading

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Secret service research promotion from Gill to Judith (Rousse)

I was very proud of the achievements of my colleague EH, just awarded a year-long research secondment with the Secret Service. However, I was also somewhat annoyed that an official was calling her ‘Judith’. When I later raised this with … Continue reading

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Parrot breeding David Tennant (Rousse)

David Tennant bred and sold parrots as a sideline to acting. I knew this because I was his secret mistress.

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County Durham coal mine confidences (Rousse)

My sister S whispered over the telephone that she’d heard about a woman from County Durham, now living in Sydney, who had sold secrets about British coal-mining to the Chinese. When I next saw her in person, my sister confided … Continue reading

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Scottish Highland secret 1920s house and garden (Rousse)

The huge house in the Scottish Highlands was hidden under fifty years growth of vegetation. To anyone passing it was just an ancient ruin invaded by rampant weeds. But I had a feeling that I had been here before. Wasn’t … Continue reading

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Mick Jagger’s academic acid house assignation (Rousse)

“Mick Jagger was there!” cried leading academic JS, as she secretly slipped a tiny oblong silver tab into my pocket. “And we missed him!” TPR and I chanted in reply. While TPR regretted that we had not stayed for the … Continue reading

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Secret agent Rousse

My new job title was ‘Secret agent’, and my first task to decipher the coded instructions that detailed my contract. TPR was also appointed at the same time. Our cover story was that we were academics who worked in a … Continue reading

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