Tag Archives: conversation

Fracas at conference dinner (Rousse)

As I eavesdropped on the conference conversation at the top table I could sense PB’s increasing frustration at the ignorant pronouncements of the American. ‘What’s the main message of your keynote anyway?’ the American drawled. ‘There’s little point in trying … Continue reading

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A gossipping wheelchair user (Rousse)

Now going by the name ‘Mandy’, LM drew me aside me to discuss an exam paper. We were just about to consider the questions when my school friend AR (was AH) approached us. She was clearly primed for a good … Continue reading

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In conversation with the Princess Royal (Rousse)

Princess Anne and I enjoyed an intimate cosy chat. I asked after her father the Duke of Edinburgh, who had recently been in hospital, and told her that I would meet her mother the Queen in a couple of days.

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Dull conversation with the disorganised (Rousse)

The young lad who had been telling us about his eastern European Jewish heritage skipped ahead along Bruntsfield Place and stopped at a fast food outlet where he ordered a doner kebab. When we reached him TPR thought about asking … Continue reading

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Sea races and a student on a swing (Rousse)

I walked all the way up the hill to the new building of the highest point of campus, then made my way up to the top floor. From there I took position at the window with everyone else to watch … Continue reading

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How not to chair a meeting (Rousse)

All eyes were on me as the chair of the meeting. This made me very uncomfortable. It didn’t help that everyone had (unusually) turned up on this occasion so the room was packed with (mainly) men in suits (as well … Continue reading

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Books, visitors, and plans for Christmas 2016 at the newly acquired guest house (Rousse)

The guest house was now in the hands of MB. This meant that there was a completely different library of old books from which to retrieve your reading material. I soon worked my way through modern literary fiction, but then … Continue reading

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