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An accidental auction, with vegetarian snacks (Rousse)

My in-laws were hosting an enormous party to which they invited everyone that they had ever met in their entire lives. All sorts of entertainment was laid on, from tennis practice against the garage wall to an auction of donated … Continue reading

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A prediction, skewered prawns, and rude remarks about Dame Kelly Holmes (Rousse)

The stranger was astonished when I guessed that he was a city worker who had retired early from a career in finance. I was almost right: he’d spent his entire working life at the Treasury. After queuing for my food … Continue reading

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The Manor House: an historical account (Rousse)

The journalist thrust a microphone into my face and demanded that I gave a full history of the Manor House from its origins as an eighteenth century farm house to the severe fire damage of July 2014. As we travelled … Continue reading

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Rousse longs for the beautiful south

It was the height of English summer. TPR and I stood in the country lane, short-sleeved and carefree. Over the hedge we saw a happy family play tennis in a vast garden. We could just make out the peal of … Continue reading

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Andy Murray innovates with new “tennis” game (Rousse)

Andy Murray’s new approach to tennis would surely soon be all the rage. Watching him catch tennis rackets into a growing pile in his arms was highly entertaining. What a shame I couldn’t stay until the end of the game. … Continue reading

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Belle and a bull

I had to drive a colleague’s car to Manchester so I could nip over to a Famous Five-style island and manage some workshops. I had to leave the room when I found out that the workshop (not very popular) was … Continue reading

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