Tag Archives: smoking

Sad and lonely at the seaside (Rousse)

I was lonely on the beach and looking for company (when not almost losing my Blackberry in the water when the tide came in). I looked through pub and cafĂ© doors in the hope of finding someone I knew. All … Continue reading

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Smoking menthol cigarettes to lose weight (Rousse)

As was the tradition, my colleagues were in Glasgow staffing the National Museum of Scotland on 2nd January so that the museum staff could take an extra day off. Already there was trouble at the entrance. One of my colleagues … Continue reading

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Unique accommodation and party provision for Newcastle University students (Rousse)

At Newcastle University the students slept together stacked on open wooden shelves, not unlike enormous upturned printers’ blocks. They all used special fixed-gear bicycles to scale the high walls to reach their wooden cells. Unfortunately the sleeping space was very … Continue reading

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Impatient engineers and cigar-smoking students (Rousse)

At 3pm I joined a meeting of colleagues in the School of Engineering. I never realised before just how many there were of them: hundreds! When it came to my turn to speak it was hard work to shout above … Continue reading

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Land Rover backs into New Town cellar (Rousse)

My university friend HP backed his black Land Rover into our cellar. How he managed to get the vehicle down our steps, I had no idea. I would have to interview the witnesses to the accident: my friends DT and … Continue reading

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BBC employee discovers drug den in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge (Rousse)

My high-powered job on Radio 4 required regular trips to London for meetings. Because I needed to be up early the next morning to catch the 05:40 train, I had to consider my sleeping options carefully. The first possibility was … Continue reading

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Ski-ing and smoking (Rousse)

The hotel brochure displayed page after page of glossy photographs of bright young things enjoying Alpine conditions on the nearby Scottish ski slopes. This gave the impression of glamour, when in reality the hotel itself was little more than a … Continue reading

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Astragal window repair (Rousse)

One stormy night night we settled down to sleep in our bedroom, with P and S there too, tucked in on the floor by the wardrobe. The next morning we discovered that the majority of the window’s astragal panes had … Continue reading

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Exception to the Health Act 2006 discovered in West Sussex (Rousse)

All we siblings raced out of my in-laws’ house and jumped into the car. It was a bit of squash for the ten of us, but the distance was short to the coffee shop in Chichester. There we were served … Continue reading

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The smoker of Stockton-on-Tees (Rousse)

By complete coincidence all the people at our end of the table were from Stockton-on-Tees. There was even a spot for my brother-in-law MF, despite his lack of PhD. Of course, ST had sneaked in (as usual). It amused me … Continue reading

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