Tag Archives: colleagues

An introduction to a new colleague goes off the rails (Belle)

We were travelling from the office to the seaside on board the company train. I was introduced to the new sales director who told me “I actually have a pretty great sense of humour.” I guffawed in his face. “Simply … Continue reading

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Ski-ing in the Philippines (Rousse)

NP marshalled everyone to spend over £1000 each on a ski-ing holiday – in the Philippines. I travelled out with TPR but soon lost him in the transfer between the airport and city centre hotel. He had all the details … Continue reading

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Popular in Pitlochry (Rousse)

S and T completely remodelled their house in Pitlochry to enlarge the space for a visit from former colleagues. As we settled into our new environment someone mentioned a trivia quiz. Suddenly I was the most popular person in the … 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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The special demands of a shopping companion (Rousse)

Each year I held a party for my colleagues at which I supplied a wide selection of homemade food. JK was a great fan of the event, as was BP: they had both attended six years in a row. This … Continue reading

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Topless waitress survives tsunami (Rousse)

I’d got into the habit of going topless – everywhere. At Friday morning meetings my colleagues just ignored my bare breasts and didn’t pass comment. However, when I applied for a job as a waitress at a luxury tropical hotel … Continue reading

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A novel solution to shortage of office space on campus (Rousse)

Space was at such a premium on campus that they converted the ladies’ toilets into a staff office. Then they split the tiny school office in two: one half housed desks, and the other a fully functional bathroom. All that … Continue reading

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Husband’s mystery trips to Manchester while wife heads north to Inverness by foot (Rousse)

The day that I made the round trip by car to Manchester to fix JC’s blinds I discovered that TPR had made the same trip the day before and had another planned for the next. He claimed that these visits … Continue reading

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Rogue primary school teacher gives up ‘research fellow’ disguise (Rousse)

My immediate thought on waking in my office was whether or not I had any clothes to change into from my red fleece pyjamas. What I thought was a pair of black and white spotted knickers on a bookshelf turned … Continue reading

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Library and information science at Birmingham Polytechnic (Rousse)

I met HW and her daughter I (who now also wished to be known as H) at a swimming pool public library. There we had a long conversation about Birmingham Polytechnic, my former colleagues, and the benefit of part-time undergraduate … Continue reading

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