Tag Archives: woman

Glenn Close, knowledge management, and an over-committed academic (Rousse)

“Glenn Close, of course” started the speaker. I was relieved that the programme was underway, even though I had no idea what Glenn Close had to do with knowledge management. “Have you any idea what time it is?” my sister … Continue reading

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An unhappy WAG (Rousse)

As an international sportsman, my husband spent weeks away from home touring the world. I pined for him from my bare room at the University of Birmingham’s Manor House. If this lifestyle continued, I would need to take a lover. … 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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The sinister story behind Bye baby bunting (Rousse)

“So, contrary to popular belief Bye baby bunting is not a sweet lullaby, but instead a sinister account of child abuse at the hands of a trusted nursery nurse” concluded the speaker. The looks on my colleagues’ faces said it … Continue reading

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Black cab illegally parked in Leith: shoeless couple sought (Rousse)

We were late for our anniversary dinner at the upstairs restaurant on Commercial Street in Leith. I pulled on my pale blue cotton shift dress from Monsoon, and TPR dragged me out of the house. We were in such a … 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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To Luskentyre by black bull (Rousse)

It was a Sunday and I needed to reach Luskentyre. I travelled most of the way on the back of a black bull, only jumping off when the creature transformed into a roaring bear. When I arrived at the edge … 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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Pension rights and divorce (Rousse)

My former colleague’s husband took me to one side and revealed his secret: “I’ve fallen in love with a religious woman in the village and we are moving in together”, he whispered. “Does E know?” I enquired. “No, but I … Continue reading

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What to do with a cracked iPhone screen (Rousse)

I dropped my iPhone on the tiled floor where it landed flat on its screen. The same fate befell the iPhone of the woman sitting opposite me. Our mobile screens were now cracked. I tapped mine to see what would … Continue reading

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