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Curry versus keynote (Rousse)

There was barely half an hour before the opening keynote speech and I still hadn’t finished preparing the chicken curry that I had promised for dinner for day 2 of the conference. As soon as the sessions started, I would … Continue reading

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Top hair trend 2022: eighteenth century wigs (Rousse)

Belle and I admired one another in the mirror. Conferences were so much more fun now that eighteenth century headgear was all the rage. We were most impressed when ET joined us, balancing on her head a tottering powdered Georgian … Continue reading

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A tryst with a Turk in Toronto (Rousse)

I’d grown very fond of my tiny Turkish room-mate over the course of the conference in Toronto – so much so that I was in the habit of bending down to kiss the top of his head whenever I passed … Continue reading

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Trapped on a non-stop train to Heidelberg (Rousse)

I jumped on the train to accompany MM – for just a short while – on her long journey east across Europe. The plan was for me to accompany her as far the next stop, leave the carriage, cross platforms, … Continue reading

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Premature plane ticket purchase (Rousse)

I was already annoyed that my colleague had submitted a conference contribution without first sharing his work for review with the rest of the team When I found out that he had already bought return first class return flights to … Continue reading

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Horse head hood hotel hillock attire (Rousse)

After a two year break due to pandemic restrictions, conference season was once more in full swing. I joined the throng in the registration queue, looking forward to dropping off my case in my hotel bedroom and seeing the colleagues … Continue reading

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A burgundy red bob and Big Ben (Rousse)

TPR made a huge effort with his appearance, first straightening and then dying, his grey hair into a glossy burgundy red bob. This was all in readiness for the arrival of a bunch of his former work colleagues at our … Continue reading

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Conference skiving (Rousse)

One day at a conference was quite enough for me these days, so I made a good contribution on day 1, then lounged about in my hotel bedroom on day 2. I would have done the same on day 3 … Continue reading

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Penguins suits and a smell (Rousse)

The twins made a huge effort with their outfits for the conference. They dressed in not-quite-identical penguin suits. The slightly larger one had also dyed her strawberry blond hair black, making it much easier for strangers to distinguish the two … Continue reading

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An unprofessional conference chair (Rousse)

The keynote speaker – Professor EG from Berlin – was so excited to see me that she stretched out her hand and brushed my arm. I recoiled in horror. How could she be unaware that we were still social distancing … Continue reading

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