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New whisky distilled by Chinese students (Rousse)

I had never had such a rowdy class of students, nor had I ever been so poorly prepared for the start of the new academic year. When two of the Chinese students were late because they had been distilling whisky … Continue reading

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Tripadvisor hotels to avoid (Rousse)

Never again will I stay in the following hotels: The luxury American hotel that plonks you in room 22 right next to the bar on a Saturday night The Hebridean guest house that houses a black and white cat in … Continue reading

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Tom Binns, Kev F Sutherland, a trip on the Titanic, and a disputed thesis (Rousse)

Tom Binns was in the pub enjoying a lunchtime drink with my colleague KC. I interrupted their conversation to invite Tom Binns to lunch with me during the Edinburgh Fringe. She (for Tom Binns is really a woman) was reluctant … Continue reading

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When being stuck in a lift means that you are trapped in a dream (Rousse)

The students spent a couple of minutes trying to make sense of being stuck with me in a lift that travelled up and down a University of Edinburgh building in a random fashion. ‘The only explanation’, muttered one to the … Continue reading

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Funding front-runner is boy from Limerick (Rousse)

The students were a little bewildered when I gave each of them a sheet of flipchart paper and the instruction to list the priorities of their proposed research. Somehow we would use this output to determine who would get the … Continue reading

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A ladybird problem and an excess of dry goods at Bridge Farm, Ambridge (Rousse)

While a guest of Pat and Tony Archer at Bridge Farm I supervised some final year undergraduates as they completed a maths and genetics project. The assessment task involved the breeding of super-strength ladybirds and storing them in jars. In … Continue reading

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Exam preparation tips (Rousse)

I realised that the resources that I prepared for my exam preparation classes this year were sub-standard when I passed a bus stop advertising hoarding from 2013. It displayed a full colour professionally-produced poster packed with specifc advice for the … Continue reading

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