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A lakeside retreat in the US (Rousse)

Our long drive across the states with cousins NT and DT eventually brought us to the beautiful detached red brick house of a slim, elderly black man. The building was crammed with fine antiques, including a handsome marquetry grandfather clock. … Continue reading

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New discoveries at the University of Manchester: puppies working as lift attendants, an immersive Star Trek game with daleks, and a man called Yeast (Rousse)

At last the time had come when I could take up my place at Manchester University on the Early English honours degree course. I wondered what it would be like going back into first year. I anticipated that essay writing … Continue reading

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How to keep safe online (Rousse)

AA had suddenly developed an interest in social media profiles. His big concern was the discovery that I was “all over the Internet”. He showed me a collage of all the pictures of me that he had downloaded, including some … 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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Trapped in (seminar) space (Rousse)

The big hand was edging closer to the hour and I just about managed to close the seminar discussion when AD started it up again. It was another 40 minutes before we eventually persuaded him that it was about time … Continue reading

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Rousse defends her position, welcomes a friend, and attempts to teach

I travelled up the building squeezed into a lift with two colleagues. Over months one of them had developed a dangerous patter in snide remarks about my leadership. When yet another oblique and insulting comment escaped from his dirty little … Continue reading

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Rousse’s honour and shame

Impressive, or a lack of imagination? They’d named the new wing after me! I first noticed when I looked for the time on one of the branded clocks. What a shame then that I would die from starvation in a … Continue reading

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