Tag Archives: shop

Selecting ski clothes (Rousse)

I was in the most expensive, and snootiest, dress shop in town, selecting ski gloves and a scarf. The staff hovered over me, giving the impression that they thought I might leave without paying. Afterwards I went to the gym … Continue reading

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From cancer to charity shop purchases (Rousse)

At first the woman seated on the bus in front of me seemed to welcome a discussion about cancer. However, when it became obvious that she was riddled with the disease, it seemed safer to turn our attention to our … Continue reading

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Dot.com heyday reunion party gatecrashed by secret lover (Rousse)

The huge Sun Microsystems Sunrise reunion was hosted in a massive chain hotel in a major US city. It was almost as if the heady days of the dot.com boom had never ended. My boat was so late docking in … Continue reading

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Award talk with Sir Mark Walport (Rousse)

ASDA had deserted the deep-sea themed shopping centre on the outskirts of town, as had the giant aquarium retailer. The enormous concrete sculptures of marine creatures now looked rather forlorn in the neglected flower beds. Sainsbury’s moved to the site … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry turns up nose at roll up soap bag (Rousse)

For years, my little sister scoured the sales for bargains. Many of her purchases had been stored away unused for years, the majority still in their original packaging. I took a pile of these goods to a posh toy shop … Continue reading

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An icy dip on Christmas Day (Rousse)

So delighted was TPR to be with his entire family again, on arrival at his mother’s house for Christmas he disappeared straightaway into the large cinema room with his sisters. That left me with his step-father to set the table … Continue reading

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Barefoot travel crisis (Rousse)

After taxi dropped me off at the airport, I found a quiet spot by the entrance where I could sort out my belongings. I had my cashmere Tweed jacket (even though it was summer), my passport, and my purse. But … Continue reading

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Expensive Scottish border sandwiches, sandals, and snow (Rousse)

As we crossed the border at Carter Bar, I calculated that we would reach my mother’s house around 4pm. By this time my passengers would be rather hungry. I would not take any chances on the stock of my mother’s … Continue reading

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Sainsbury’s supermarket misdemeanour results in hefty fine (Rousse)

I was already way behind schedule for the arrival of our dinner guests (CM, VAE and possibly her sister), and now I found myself stuck in the Sainsbury’s checkout queue. I considered all the raw ingredients for supper that were … Continue reading

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Actor Bill Paterson is Mr Diamond selling tea at the Gorilla Arboretum (Rousse)

RR almost smashed into two cars in the car park of the Gorilla Arboretum. He simply did not see the brown Ford Escort Mk 4 as he reversed into what he thought was a free parking space. On his second … Continue reading

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