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Jewish highland flatbed lorry tradition (Rousse)

TPR had dumped me, but I had somehow managed to replace him with a young, dark-haired man in his early twenties. My new boyfriend and I travelled on two ferries with my parents for a long weekend away together. The … Continue reading

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The corpse in the cupboard, and a German underwear display (Rousse)

The guests at the dinner table were appalled when my mother opened the cupboard door and pulled out the heavy white metal trunk that contained the corpse. Why had she kept the body for so long, and what was she … Continue reading

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Queen and Duke of Edinburgh spend Christmas with commoners in Northumberland (Rousse)

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh decided to break with tradition and spend Christmas away from Sandringham. Instead of surrounding themselves with members of their own family, the royal couple accepted an invitation to celebrate the festivities at my … Continue reading

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Stockton Sixth Form College students take to the skies and survive the flood (Rousse)

Very few of the staff who taught me were still now working at the Stockton Sixth Form College. The only teacher that I recognised was Mr X, still sporting his distinctive comb-over. I found ECM queening it over everyone in … Continue reading

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Graduation traditions in Edinburgh declared OTT (Rousse)

We’d forgotten how much hassle it was to go out at this time of year. Any pub with the vaguest association with the University of Edinburgh implemented its “ancient” traditions in graduation week. To gain entrance to this particular bar … Continue reading

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Alex Kapranos’ baby (Rousse)

As was the tradition in my family, a member of the next generation volunteered to give birth to the child of a celebrity. So now I was a great aunt, and my 16-year old niece AF the mother of Alex … Continue reading

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