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How to feed a baby pigeon and other vital advice (Rousse)

I kept a baby pigeon in a tiny cage in the corner of my granny’s kitchen. I regretted my decision to store his favourite food (fresh broccoli) with the coal in the bucket next to the back door. The coal … Continue reading

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Fake Kate’s fake PhD (Rousse)

I could tell that the other holiday-makers thought that ECM was a bit of a pest. She was running from couple to couple thrusting her business card into the hands of anyone daft enough to take it. I couldn’t tell … Continue reading

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A poor choice of PhD examiner (Rousse)

The second external examiner was a tall, blonde, bitchy New Zealander who arrived very late and immediately laid into the bewildered candidate. This was not going to be an easy PhD viva.

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Boris Johnson’s PhD (Rousse)

Boris Johnson’s PhD thesis was so ancient that the yellowing paper cracked as you turned the pages. Presented in two battered cream-cloth bound volumes, the content was somewhat disappointing. I’d hoped that it would come in useful as I did … Continue reading

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Dressing up for the doctoral defence (Rousse)

Each time that I attended a doctoral defence in a Nordic country I was impressed by the trouble that my hosts took to look their best on a student’s big day. On this occasion GW wore a spangled cream and … Continue reading

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Animals of unfixed species, gender and sexuality (Rousse)

I knew that my boss wouldn’t mind if I took a small tin of lip salve from the supply that she kept in her office drawer. I needed it for the forthcoming PhD studentship interviews, along with a glass of … Continue reading

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Icing sugar icons and a PhD viva re-run (Rousse)

While JA was making pastel button-sized icons out of icing sugar, PL ran some sophisticated programs on his laptop. To begin with they worked silently side by side. Then PL started interrogating JA about his PhD. This raised so many … Continue reading

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