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New discoveries at the University of Manchester: puppies working as lift attendants, an immersive Star Trek game with daleks, and a man called Yeast (Rousse)

At last the time had come when I could take up my place at Manchester University on the Early English honours degree course. I wondered what it would be like going back into first year. I anticipated that essay writing … Continue reading

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Home décor disaster (Rousse)

N and S proudly presented their newly decorated sitting room. I was able to enthuse about like the fresh green colour scheme. However, I was unconvinced that the 1970s styling was appropriate to their low-beamed cottage. I also wondered who … Continue reading

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Flying ducks, a yellow Aga, and Nottingham University’s Nobel prize winners (Rousse)

I was appalled at how my sister S had persuaded my parents to change the decor of their house. Flying ducks climbed the drawing room wall to the left of the fireplace, the dining room was hung with shop sale … Continue reading

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Second cousins and a suspect chicken (Rousse)

When I arrived at T and S’s house, LO’N and CT were already there. L looked fabulous even though she had only just given birth to baby S. When I asked how she knew CT they both laughed. Surely I … Continue reading

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A failed meeting (Rousse)

The committee was due to meet in my study. I arranged the furniture so that everyone would fit in: two seminar table arrangements, with the smaller one inside the other. As people arrived I took drinks orders (three instant coffees), … Continue reading

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The price of popularity at Newcastle University (Rousse)

I held offers from both Durham and Newcastle Universities. I went for Newcastle in the end. The academic staff at Durham were just a little too stuffy for my liking. Many other students also preferred Newcastle – so much so … Continue reading

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A disappointing trip to Africa with Thomson (Rousse)

A Thomson Holidays trip to North Africa was as miserable as I feared. The hotel dining room was the biggest disappointment. It was as drab as a student refectory, and at mealtimes you were obliged to share your dinner table … Continue reading

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