Monthly Archives: September 2012

Con-woman cleaner confuses clients with ridiculous rates of pay (Rousse)

The plump red-headed woman offered her services to us as a cleaner. What made her work superior (so she claimed) was her approach to doing the laundry, and the sliding scale for each type of service. I didn’t buy into … Continue reading

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Melvyn Bragg’s editor, boasts about the Sound of Music, and other distractions keep Rousse away from class

Now that it was December I no longer objected to the Christmas displays in the shops. I was even becoming more tolerant of the members of the sect who queued up every day in their drab black uniforms for the … Continue reading

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University redeployment policy disappoints (Rousse)

I bumped into KA in a newly opened museum in Newcastle. She was not pleased. Sunderland University had just offered her redeployment as a departmental secretary.

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Is librarianship a profession? Rousse joins the debate

A beautiful couple entered the children’s reading room. She was a tall, elegant African woman in a blue and white midi dress. He was also tall, handsome and clearly devoted to his companion. If not lovers, they might have been … Continue reading

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Bus cliff fall accident (Rousse)

Out walking one day I came across an elderly couple beside the cliff edge. A bus drove by, ran over the verge, and tumbled into the sea. I nearly followed.

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Conference mismanagement and a plague of nits (Rousse)

I was attempting – and failing – to run a one-day conference without any help. By 3pm the delegates had completed their activities and were bored and fidgety, but I couldn’t deal with them because someone had left a door … Continue reading

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Synchronised surf-boarding and questions of copyright at Birmingham University main library (Rousse)

Single study rooms were at a premium in Birmingham University’s main library, especially the ones with beds. Fortunately I managed to secure one for myself, although I was disappointed to find that the sheets were torn. The last user had … Continue reading

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National Library of Scotland raids English universities for new staff (Rousse)

The team at the National Library of Scotland had already grown significantly and they were keen to take on even more staff. The main source of new employees appeared to be two English universities. SW was a recent recruit from … Continue reading

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Exception to the Health Act 2006 discovered in West Sussex (Rousse)

All we siblings raced out of my in-laws’ house and jumped into the car. It was a bit of squash for the ten of us, but the distance was short to the coffee shop in Chichester. There we were served … Continue reading

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Prison work (Belle)

It was my first day of work at the prison and I was half way through the induction process.  Standing on a balcony watching the prisoners socialising and playing snooker, I tried to make sense of the colour-coded prison outfits.  … Continue reading

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