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Nantes crocodiles, Chinese tourists, and taxi services (Rousse)

When we walked out of Nantes railway station it all came back to me – especially the crocodiles that I used to pet in secret in the middle of the night when I sneaked into the zoo after hours. My … Continue reading

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Fugitive leaves stairless London office to join Texan start-up (Rousse)

We didn’t know why they had removed the staircase. Without it, the London office was very difficult to navigate. As best we could, P and I hunted for A. However, he seeemed to have disappeared. We later learnt that A … Continue reading

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Holy Island accommodation options (Rousse)

We bought a small cottage in the village on Holy Island, about a five minute walk from the Herring Houses. It had been neglected for years and was in need of a complete internal overhaul. The problem was that TPR … Continue reading

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A false accusation of theft and underperforming academics (Rousse)

As soon as I learnt that JC had been sacked, I went straight to SS to find out why. Although it could not be proven, SS was convinced that JC had been stealing the petty cash. I argued that this … Continue reading

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How to avoid predatory women (Rousse)

The holiday was full of surprises: A walk along the cliffs above the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Lewis A huge dinner at the guest house with DE A dash through a deserted Waverley Station with JM A tea … 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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The almost bigamist bride (Rousse)

At a workshop organised by JS, and attended by many of my friends (including JM), AC proposed to MSB. To everyone’s complete surprise, she accepted. The next morning at breakfast AC refused his usual steaming cup of coffee for a … Continue reading

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British Airways terminal 5 offers new passenger services (Rousse)

British Airways’ new welcome service for first class passengers coming into Heathrow Terminal 5 was second to none. A smart uniformed man met you off the plane and guided you through the terminal, ensuring that you by-passed all the queues. … Continue reading

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A horsewoman turned financier and an injured charity boss (Rousse)

I heard that my school friend LF (then ED) had taken a job at RA’s charity. “What’s she doing for you?” I asked. When I learnt that that L was in charge of finance I had to admit that I … Continue reading

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Black M&S knickers laundered for the overworked academic (Rousse)

It was inevitable that I would eventually just give in to my workload and move onto campus. My new “home” was a small space at the end of a bench of computers in a noisy student lab: we had words … Continue reading

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