Monthly Archives: March 2012

Smart – but stupid (Belle)

I was in Edinburgh studying for two degrees simultaneously – law and medicine. Despite my obvious book-smarts I could never remember the way back to my student digs. I had taken to following my flatmates from a discreet distance, hoping … Continue reading

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International cellist fails to avert breakfast party disaster (Rousse)

The star attraction at our breakfast party was international cellist US. I was so proud to have successfully tempted her over from Denmark to Hexham to spend the morning at my long-dead grandmother’s house. Other guests included JC and VJ … Continue reading

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A happy job move (Rousse)

I took up my new post so quickly that there was no time to organise a leaving do in Scotland. I didn’t even have time to arrange any temporary accommodation, so we lived out of our car for our first … Continue reading

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Rousse’s Gay Gordons respite

The only way to escape the student with multiple project proposals – all of which were ridiculous – was to grab BR for a quick Gay Gordons along the corridor.

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Beware imitations: the case of the “handwoven” oriental silk rug (Rousse)

I was in a flap. My parents would be arriving for breakfast in 15 minutes. We had no food in the house, and our silk rug from Singapore was filthy from the ashes that had spilled onto it from our … Continue reading

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REF submission blunder paves path to BBC2 science career (Rousse)

In the closing session of the Finnish conference GW called the speakers on stage one by one to present them all with small thank you gifts. Inside my parcel I found a khaki green cotton skirt and four types of … Continue reading

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