Tag Archives: Blackberry

Sad and lonely at the seaside (Rousse)

I was lonely on the beach and looking for company (when not almost losing my Blackberry in the water when the tide came in). I looked through pub and cafĂ© doors in the hope of finding someone I knew. All … Continue reading

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Cats that look like pandas (Rousse)

The members of this small community all seemed to know one another really well. It must be something to do with their isolation, I concluded. However, I also knew all about them too because I followed the Blipfoto journals of … Continue reading

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Stuck in Loughborough (Rousse)

All my friends were able to go to and from Loughborough as they pleased – but not I. While they were either happy in the East Midlands or had easy transport elsewhere, all my attempts to get a flight out … Continue reading

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A useless sabbatical, a stray student, and a delicious brand of cell phone (Rousse)

My boss pass me a typed sheet of paper. This stated that I had been granted a sabbatical between 29th April and 31st August 2015. It was already the end of June. What use was this to me? Then the … Continue reading

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Birmingham University confessions, a career with moleskin trousers, and underwater cycle kayaking (Rousse)

SB kicked off the Birmingham University French department reunion by suggesting that we read the “confessions” from last time. She actually meant the comments on the 2006 evaluation sheets, which she passed around the table. Personally I would have preferred … Continue reading

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Bogs, bullets and a disappointing blow as Rousse hunts for Paris

I hadn’t anticipated just how far it was to Paris. I had already walked for miles along a route that took me over boggy moorland and through a war-zone. The most dangerous moment came when I narrowly missed being shot … Continue reading

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How to improve your REF 2014 ranking (Rousse)

Once again, at the airport I bumped into someone I hadn’t seen for ages. This time it was MH. Our last encounter had been over quarter of a century ago on the campus of the University of Birmingham. We spent … Continue reading

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