Tag Archives: autumn

Librarians infiltrate 10 Downing Street (Rousse)

I thought that I was being interviewed for the post of Librarian at Loughborough University. In fact, it was for the role of second in command. I’d be taking over from a suited man who was returning to work at … Continue reading

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The toilet roll juggler and an amateur bathroom plumber (Rousse)

While AO juggled toilet rolls for my entertainment at one end of the bathroom, at the other TPR helped KA sort out the bath. The blockage was caused by a build-up of revolting rotten autumn leaves stuck at the top … Continue reading

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Delicious dead dog pâté (Rousse)

When the dog failed to respond to neither the cries of its owner, nor my whistling, we first assumed that it was lost in the forest. Sadly, we later discovered its little corpse on a bed of autumn leaves. Keen … Continue reading

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Travelling by minibus for tea with the Queen at Holyrood Palace (Rousse)

I was about to take my seat in the theatre when LF grabbed me from behind. ‘Hey’, she said, ‘Someone forgot the arrangement to meet outside!’ It was true. I had agreed to see her prior to the show, not … Continue reading

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Academic highs and lows (Rousse)

There it was in print: my first co-authored paper with BC. Best of all, when BC read it out loud to me from the pages of the journal it was the sweetest bedtime story ever. Granted it was only a … Continue reading

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Black M&S knickers laundered for the overworked academic (Rousse)

It was inevitable that I would eventually just give in to my workload and move onto campus. My new “home” was a small space at the end of a bench of computers in a noisy student lab: we had words … Continue reading

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Beyond the office window (Rousse)

After all the fuss over our new accommodation I was anxious to learn whether I would still merit a sole-occupancy office. We’d all be informed that nothing was guaranteed. At 01:00am I learnt that my new work space could be … Continue reading

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Early autumn encourages Stockton vandals into the trees (Rousse)

The spell of good summer weather came to an abrupt end when the trees turned brown overnight and the media announced that it was now autumn. If further proof were needed, a riot of unruly boys from Ian Ramsey School … Continue reading

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Peep Show’s Super Hans seeks new recruits to his “Moonys” cult (Rousse)

It was a huge journey from Prague overland, but I eventually made it back to the UK – even though I was minus my pale green fake fur coat, lost by a fat middle-aged woman at a ball in Austria. … Continue reading

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Condensed milk cures homesickness amongst British ex-pats (Rousse)

Whoever thought that I was qualified to examine a PhD in Latin on the French Enlightenment needed their head examining. Four of us gathered for the viva around a table in an over-heated room at the end of a long … Continue reading

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