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Fun with Kalashnikov rifles (Rousse)

I suspected that something funny was going on in the big upstairs bedroom. I pushed open the door and found my former colleague JB with eight or nine foreign men playing with Kalashnikov rifles. Only one other man spoke English, … Continue reading

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Finals failure and longest hair competition win (Rousse)

The University library was crammed with my final year colleagues, some of whom had apparently been revising there for the full academic year. I was yet to open a book, and with a gap of 28 years since we all … Continue reading

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Contempt for the holiday slacker (Rousse)

SW turned to me and snarled “You need to contact Alan H in the Business School. It’s urgent”. She just couldn’t disguise her contempt for a colleague who had the temerity to take a holiday at Easter.

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A bread and chocolate breakfast feast (Rousse)

I woke up in a single bed in a luxurious Perth hotel. SC, in the bed to the left of me, was already awake and watching a BBC nature documentary on her iPad. There came a knock on the door … Continue reading

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Ten year-old genius develops new app to measure distance (Rousse)

My new best friend was MS, the ten year-old daughter of an external work colleague who was on business in town. MS very proudly showed off a new app that she had just developed. It was an electric ruler that … Continue reading

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The most popular artist (Rousse)

My father’s massive oil paintings hung with the rest of the exhibition in the campus gallery. They looked fantastic next to a huge variety of work, which included a beautiful black and white photographic composition by my colleague EF. At … Continue reading

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Medieval French literature, relationship advice, a Jacobean trunk, and a blue Maserati (Rousse)

We were working through archives of exam questions, extracting any that could be recycled for the next academic year. My collection was so old that it included questions on medieval French literature from my own undergraduate days. My colleagues started … Continue reading

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Pension rights and divorce (Rousse)

My former colleague’s husband took me to one side and revealed his secret: “I’ve fallen in love with a religious woman in the village and we are moving in together”, he whispered. “Does E know?” I enquired. “No, but I … Continue reading

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A haul of hopeless academics (Rousse)

Once again I had disappointed my boss with my lack of financial acumen. Meanwhile I was advising another colleague to be very careful over the content of his e-mail correspondence, and a former colleague was despairing at the cheek of … Continue reading

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PhD interview disaster (Rousse)

The printed schedule for interviewing the PhD candidates was littered with typos. Then one of my colleagues invited the first applicant to sit in the interview of the second, which was now running 30 minutes late. This was completely out … Continue reading

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