Tag Archives: USA

Princes Harry and William at the ice pageant (Belle)

Travelling up the escalator to the sixth-floor office, I saw a gaping hole at the top and Mr L (my school history teacher) fell down. Fortunately, he swung himself back to safety like a gibbon. But I was fuming about … Continue reading

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US citizenship test queries in Colorado (Rousse)

The train set off in the wrong direction – or rather we had joined the west-bound train to Hawaii via Texas, rather the service heading east. We managed to alight at the first stop in rural Colorado, where it was … Continue reading

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Border crossings and spy work (Belle)

Although I had joined the stationery warehouse as an office junior, I was actually working with Dame Judi Dench for a spy network based in London in 1944. We had an enemy in our midst and I was tasked with … Continue reading

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Chinese burns in Cincinnati (Rousse)

We were going to join FR in the US. The idea was to first fly to her town in the north. then we would travel south with her to Cincinnati. We checked our bikes in as hold luggage in the … Continue reading

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President Donald Trump fails to attract inauguration ceremony audience in tatty Victorian theatre (Rousse)

In the basement of the Muirhead Tower at the University of Birmingham, SPC and I learnt to program. I was surprised at the ease in which I could code. If only it were so easy to program domestic appliances at … Continue reading

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Trapped by gunmen in small town USA (Rousse)

TPR and I travelled in two separate cars to the airport and our long-anticipated business class flights home. As I wondered what to do about the bags of rubbish that I had accumulated on the front seat of my car … Continue reading

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Rousse averts Las Vegas crime-spree

Normally I hated huge Las Vegas hotels, but this one was an exception. The staff did everything to make you feel at home, right down to changing the name-plates on the bedroom doors each day so that guests believed that … Continue reading

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Lamb stew, jelly sweets and a yellow makeover (Belle)

Although about to fly out to Missouri to give a lecture, I was hopelessly underprepared. I was trying to pack, even as Dame Maggie Smith had the hotel staff move all my possessions to the room next to her. This … Continue reading

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The FBI get their man (Belle)

After carrying out an elaborate armed robbery, the man in grey army fatigues (how trendy he looked!) went on the run in America and I floated along beside him for the ride. Was I his conscience? The narrator of a … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen share a drink (Belle)

I was standing at the bar with the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall. I was telling the Queen about how my tour of America with the Duchess had gone. “Of course, most people haven’t got a clue who she … Continue reading

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