Tag Archives: shift

Alternative wedding activities (Rousse)

As the guests arrived for my sister J’s wedding, I chatted to my young cousins in the kitchen. This was more interesting than making small talk with middle-aged men in dark suits. I also wanted to avoid getting into arguments … Continue reading

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A birthday weekend of scent, satin, a speech, kisses and sick (Rousse)

Our flat was packed with visitors for the weekend of my birthday, many of whom had travelled a long distances to be with me. AW and JS had come all the way from Farnham, Surry – together, on friendly terms. … Continue reading

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Texan travel anxieties (Rousse)

TPR and I moved to Texas, where I took a job at a university at which DT was a student. I was extremely grateful that each day DT gave me a lift to work. One day DT explained that she … Continue reading

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Dressing up for the doctoral defence (Rousse)

Each time that I attended a doctoral defence in a Nordic country I was impressed by the trouble that my hosts took to look their best on a student’s big day. On this occasion GW wore a spangled cream and … Continue reading

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Black cab illegally parked in Leith: shoeless couple sought (Rousse)

We were late for our anniversary dinner at the upstairs restaurant on Commercial Street in Leith. I pulled on my pale blue cotton shift dress from Monsoon, and TPR dragged me out of the house. We were in such a … Continue reading

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Unwelcome distraction at the British Library (Rousse)

It was a huge commitment to travel from Edinburgh to London by train every Saturday to study medieval manuscripts in the British Library. This is why I objected so much to the shopping concession in the Humanities Reading Room and … Continue reading

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Blackhouse bathroom bonanza (Rousse)

KA was still in the middle of her shift when I arrived at the newsagent’s shop. I was meeting her from work to take her my new house in central Hexham, next to an outpost of Newcastle University. KA grabbed … Continue reading

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Wedding day blues: you just can’t get the staff (Rousse)

My wedding day was fast approaching. All that I needed to do now was transfer my hair straighteners and make-up to the hotel bedroom and then I’d be all set for the ceremony. The hotel bedroom was palatial. It was … Continue reading

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