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Hugh Grant returns (Rousse)

Hugh Grant was back in town. His  time was short, but he knew his priorities – to spend the afternoon with me and JK on the lower floor of the conference venue. Those busy working upstairs had no idea.

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Bring your own bacon (Belle)

I wasn’t managing the conference stress very well. When a delegate requested a bacon sandwich, I jumped up on stage and shouted “Buy your own bloody pig!” over the microphone.

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Conference paper submissions and a chicken breast (Rousse)

Head of department JH hauled six of us into his office. He was furious that the PhD students had ‘stupidly’ submitted their draft conference paper submissions for peer review to unworthy colleagues in a ‘nutty evangelical gay Methodist’ further education … Continue reading

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Fiona Bruce fake friend (Rousse)

At the first conference Fiona Bruce treated me with respect, and even gave the impression that she would like to be my friend. That said, she still managed to convey a sense of superiority over the academic delegates. It did … Continue reading

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A conference mix-up (Rousse)

‘I’m looking forward to your paper in Newcastle on Saturday’ said my colleague from Engineering. ‘I don’t think so’ I replied. ‘I’m off to Loughborough this weekend’. Then I checked my diary. I had double-booked myself and now had just … Continue reading

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The price of a one-legged male escort (Belle)

Apparently I was on a mailing list for male escort services. Three potential ‘dates’ turned up at the conference and exhibition at which I was working. I found the first two deeply unattractive. One of them was showing me his … Continue reading

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A comedian, lipstick on a hairbrush and a conference with rottweilers (Belle)

The food at this conference WAS good, I admitted begrudgingly. This didn’t stop me shouting loudly that the slices of Spanish omelette were too large.  The person responsible for the catering success was Australian comedian Chris Lilley, whom I had … Continue reading

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