Monthly Archives: June 2014

How not to peer review conference submissions (Rousse)

AM reminded me why she would have very little time to herself next academic year: she was organising a conference in Leipzig. Apart from the idiotic behaviour of one of her colleagues, who refereed conference submissions by lining up yellow … Continue reading

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Wild boar hunting in France (Rousse)

I thought it rather unfair to place the blame for the popularity of French bloodsports on the residents of Marcillat. Indeed I couldn’t recall an active hunt in all the time that I spent there. All I could remember was … Continue reading

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Pilgrims leave Edinburgh as the Old Town goes up in flames (Rousse)

As we headed out of Edinburgh for the A68 I hoped that there would be something interesting for me to photograph from the car. My wish was soon granted when I spotted the pilgrims in seventeenth century dress setting off … Continue reading

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A crocodile in Edinburgh (Rousse)

Amongst the redundant Christmas decorations I found a crocodile fashioned from flattened metal on Princes Street. It didn’t take long for me to find someone to take it off my hands. I came across Captain Hook just up the road … Continue reading

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Rousse gets stuck on the ceiling

We dropped the habit of recent years of spending New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh. Instead we travelled south to celebrate with A, C, N and S. S told us that we would be having “something called boeuf bourguignon” for dinner. … Continue reading

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Millionaires at the school reunion (Rousse)

What was most astonishing about the reunion was the number of people who had come into money since we last met. Everyone was an heiress!

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Time travel to the 1960s, a meeting with Phil Davis, and a stolen bracelet (Rousse)

I travelled back in time to the 1960s where I found myself outside a concrete football stadium, in the company of actor Phil Davis. Conscious of the sexist attitudes of a half century ago, I steeled myself for inappropriate remarks. … Continue reading

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