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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