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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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An undesirable neighbour (Rousse)

We moved back to Birmingham into a large Victorian house on a busy road. Our new next door neighbour wore a long dark beard and kept his hair tied up in a black turban. He told us that he was … Continue reading

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Scottish midge season precautions (Rousse)

The hotel proprietor wanted her guests to experience the best Scottish produce cooked fresh in the open, so while they waited in the dining room she took to her outdoor barbecue. In the midge season months of June, July and … Continue reading

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Babies, text mining and Any Questions (Rousse)

All the middle-aged married women at the conference looked so much bigger than they did this time last year. Puzzled at first, I eventually worked out that all of them were either about to give birth, or had recently welcomed … Continue reading

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A misguided love affair, a talking ape, a fairground murder, and three clear advantages of a prison sentence (Rousse)

We spent the day at Belle’s London office counselling a friend desperate to escape a loveless marriage. When X refused to reveal to me the identity of his mistress, yet hinted that Belle was in the know, I feared the … Continue reading

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Desert island discs and Rousse’s knickers

1000 tracks had been assembled in response to my idea for a student Desert Island Discs evening. AJ’s pal Richard did most of the work, seeing this as an opportunity for raising his profile in readiness for an application for … Continue reading

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Two new careers for Belle

As an MI5 veteran, only I could enter the woods and deal with this international crisis. There were tanks on the streets and the world’s media had congregated. My preparation involved wrapping pretty pink scarves around my face and creating … Continue reading

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