Monthly Archives: March 2014

Poor business etqiuette at Oracle acquisition (Rousse)

Since it was the graduate sales training manager of Edge (an Oracle acquisition) who had dragged me all the way down to London to “discuss possibilities”, he should have understood that he was obliged to turn down my offer to … Continue reading

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An unexpected radio obituary (Rousse)

I couldn’t understand why the radio announcer was discussing XY’s father as a “relation of the deceased”. Then I noticed that A and B were crying. PQ was dead, and this was his obituary.

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A claustrophobic attempt to decipher a grass message (Rousse)

A window on the landing of a stairwell on the south side of Edinburgh’s East Claremont Street would be the best vantage point for the message in the lawn of the Claremont Crescent garden. I crossed the road, pushed open … Continue reading

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A crummy night’s sleep (Rousse)

I spent an uncomfortable night amongst chocolate brownie crumbs trying to sleep on an airport departure lounge seat.

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Preparations for a stag party in Dublin (Rousse)

I was honoured to have been invited to JG’s stag party in Dublin, along with KA (how did she know JG?), and AG. I congratulated the latter on her weight loss and enduring beauty. I had to tidy my office … Continue reading

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Return to the staff room (Rousse)

Since we’d all been brought together in one big open-plan office I was much happier at work. I particularly enjoyed working more closely with the PhD students. Best of all, PC identified a small area that would become a staff … Continue reading

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Floating flood victims ruin summer idyll (Rousse)

HJ was the first to wander over to the window and look out to the river below. It was a beautiful June day and the water glinting back at us in the sunshine looked very inviting – until we spotted … Continue reading

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