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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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When Barbara Castle came for tea (Rousse)

Centenarian Barbara Castle was discharged from hospital into our company. I was slow to offer her a cup of tea, but Mrs Castle didn’t seem to mind: she explained that her hospital ward had been awash with hot drinks. My … Continue reading

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Police raid results in broken milk jug, broken heart (Belle)

I ran down the stairs from the top bedroom to make C a cup of tea and spotted two dark figures looming outside the glass front door. When I opened the door two police officers, drenched from the rain, angrily … Continue reading

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Upmarket afternoon tea in Stockbridge (Rousse)

The Stockbridge salon owner tried to scuttle away when I walked in, but I made sure that she could not ignore me. She managed to squeeze out a chilly acknowledgement, then left me to one of her staff. I had … Continue reading

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Naughty tea time (Rousse)

We were in a huge amount of trouble with L and T. They’d baked cakes and invited us to a tea party in Morningside at 4:30pm on Sunday. We ‘cancelled’ by telephone two hours ten minutes after the appointed time. … Continue reading

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A return to work after lockdown (Rousse)

After months of coronavirus lockdown, we were let back on to campus. I followed AD and LK along the corridor to my office. There we found a couple of admin staff using the room for a meeting. It didn’t take … Continue reading

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One wedding, six funerals and a new paint colour (Belle)

I invented a new paint colour – “Italian Holiday Green” and it was a roaring success. Then I got married to a celebrity. The wedding was ‘promenade style’. My new¬† husband and I walked through a succession of Arts and … Continue reading

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UK Research and Innovation style (Rousse)

I put on my 1940s red and white gingham tea dress before setting off by train for Swindon. My outfit impressed the one member of research council staff who was interested in fashion. As she complimented me on my style, … Continue reading

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Trolley dolly meets step mommy (Belle)

I was wheeling a trolley of tea and digestive biscuits on an intercity train when the incident happened. My excitable behaviour resulted in a spillage over a passenger’s lap. The train guard told me the person I had spilled tea … Continue reading

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An Australian body search for Earl Grey tea (Rousse)

‘I don’t even smoke! What would be the point?’ I screamed at the man who accused me of stealing a pack of cigarettes. He was actually referring to the two Earl Grey teabags on the reception desk. Had I taken … Continue reading

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