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A disappointing kiss and book jacket design by nightmare (Belle)

Travelling by steam train to the seaside, I met a Chris Packham-esque naturalist and poet who seemed to like me. At one point, on a fire escape, he said “…shall we share saliva?” and I said “What, you want me … Continue reading

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The PhD cheat (Rousse)

‘Why have you recently made so much progress on writing up your PhD?’ barked the professor at the cowering student, as if this was a terrible crime. The student looked at me from across the table, and I turned to … Continue reading

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Standard Life National Library staff insult published author (Rousse)

Standard Life sponsored the National Library. As such, all employees were both librarians and insurance brokers. I was in the library one day trying to get the last couple of pieces of information that I needed to complete a journal … Continue reading

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Moomin stationery encounter (Rousse)

I met the author of a relatively well-known academic web site in a shop that sold Moomin stationery. I was disappointed that she had never heard of me, even when I told her my Twitter handle.

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Morningside’s mathematics expert (Rousse)

Putting my super-sleuth skills to good use, I determined that the Schnauzer owner that I had met online was a retired teacher from Morningside, and the author of the maths textbook Let’s fix it.

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Homeless bed down in library lift (Rousse)

I thought that I would help BP out by collecting his finished job from the Print Room and taking it up to the meeting. The problem was that I was unfamiliar with the lift system on campus. I couldn’t work … Continue reading

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An audience with James Herriot (Rousse)

When I heard the exciting news that the guest speaker was James Herriot (or, more precisely, James Alfred Wight) I altered my plans so that I could stay a bit longer at Sighthill and meet the famous veterinary surgeon turned … Continue reading

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