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Chip-eating COVID deniers offer hugs in Portobello (Rousse)

We spotted the Bs when we were out running on Portobello promenade. My former colleague had grown his hair so long that it rivalled that of his wife for length. One of their two sons was with them. Like us, … Continue reading

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A Coronavirus love story (Rousse)

Most of the mature students gathered around the table contributed enthusiastically to the discussion of the Coronavirus. The general consensus was that all efforts should be made to protect children from the disease. The man in the corner was a … Continue reading

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Over body-confidence, laundry robbers, the Northumbrian pipes, and a man in white bow ties (Rousse)

Early one morning, before the shops opened, my sister S, my mother and I ran along the Ullapool esplanade. At the far end we stepped on the scales. My sister weighed in at 11 stone five, over two stone heavier … Continue reading

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An unreasonable demand for £250,000 (Rousse)

BEX was at it again. This time he was threatening the Director of Finance with leaking stories to the press unless he handed over the £250,000 that ‘belonged’ to him.

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Learning about Italians in Edinburgh (Rousse)

I was ashamed that I hadn’t finished reading the book that I had selected for our monthly meeting. However, and to my surprise, EH had not only reached the final page, but also enjoyed the story. She urged me to … Continue reading

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A storybook bedroom with spiral staircase (Rousse)

My husband and I snuggled down together in a bedroom that could have featured on the pages of a children’s storybook. The walls were papered with jolly seaside scenes, traditional toys were scattered on the floor, and ornamental mechanical soldiers, … Continue reading

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Princess Anne’s trip to Jenners (Rousse)

I bumped into my old pal Princess Anne (the Princess Royal) in Jenners. TPR and I were there (having arrived by helterskelter slide) to purchase some large electrical goods. The Princess was rather confused by the layout of the shop, … Continue reading

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Academic highs and lows (Rousse)

There it was in print: my first co-authored paper with BC. Best of all, when BC read it out loud to me from the pages of the journal it was the sweetest bedtime story ever. Granted it was only a … Continue reading

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The sinister story behind Bye baby bunting (Rousse)

“So, contrary to popular belief Bye baby bunting is not a sweet lullaby, but instead a sinister account of child abuse at the hands of a trusted nursery nurse” concluded the speaker. The looks on my colleagues’ faces said it … Continue reading

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Ian Rankin’s muse (Rousse)

I watched the final scene of the latest Ian Rankin novel to be dramatised on BBC television. His broken back mended, the young boy was reunited with his father just beneath Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. It was only … Continue reading

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