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Risky whisky expenses (Rousse)

TPR jumped into my London hotel bed at 05:00am. “Where have you been?” I asked. “I thought you were at home?” “No, I have been drinking whisky in the bar downstairs. Tomorrow I have a meeting with Sun Microsystems in … Continue reading

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The nightly hotel wanderer (Rousse)

We lived in a huge hotel – possibly an American Hilton or Marriott – in a room that we shared with a disabled lady. She was a permanent resident, whereas for us this was only meant to be home for … Continue reading

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French air force fighter pilot shares the lingo (Rousse)

I was a fighter pilot in the French air force. One sunny afternoon I went for a wander through the grounds of a stately home in the south of England. An Arabic woman in army fatigues approached me and asked … Continue reading

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From the Internet of Things to the University of Things (Rousse)

Back at Cranage Hall in Holmes Chapel, SL and I were plotting. “How about a project on the University of things?” I suggested. He loved the idea. All we needed to do now was recruit some team members. This proved … Continue reading

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An unwise bed sheet display (Rousse)

Given that this was a networking event for the tech community, NP’s stall looked very amateur. Or perhaps she was being ironic as she pinned the home-decorated bedsheet up behind her table? If so, would anyone get the joke? I … Continue reading

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Debenhams Bristol: a unique shopping experience (Rousse)

While BD looked after the three Christmas cakes in his shop on Park Street, I popped up the road to Debenhams to buy some tins so that I could carry my baking home with me after work. The Bristol branch … Continue reading

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Advice from a pale cyclist (Rousse)

I completed the last hundred metres of my morning run and turned the corner into our street. There I found SL with her back against our railings, and her hands clinging onto the handlebars of her red bike. “I think … Continue reading

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Efforts for an A grade student (Rousse)

I called to DT that I’d see her at the revolving door so that we could head home together. Then I thought that I had better check my office before I left. The PhD applicants who had unexpectedly turned up … 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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A novel solution (Rousse)

Somehow we had to squeeze yet another desk into our crowded office. The obvious solution was for me to unpack the bookcase and take all my novels home.

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