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A lost watch in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge (Rousse)

I was struggling to quash the rumours that I was raiding public funds to finance all-expenses paid trips around the globe. In reality all my travel and associated expenses were being covered by my hosts, and not my employer. After … Continue reading

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Uncovered: monkey researchers and shoplifter engineers (Rousse)

RR had a very low opinion of the entertainment troupe that had turned up on campus to liven up our engineering programme. ‘They’re a bunch of monkeys who know nothing about research!’ he complained. Meanwhile I was busy investigating public … Continue reading

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From Turkey to Teesside by taxi (Rousse)

Although my paper had been refereed and accepted, by the time that I registered at the Turkish conference it had disappeared from the programme. I hung around the venue all morning looking for someone to tell me if I was … Continue reading

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Northumbria University’s funfair recruitment drive, and two naughty sisters (Rousse)

When my sister heard that I had a meeting in Newcastle she said that she would like to see me afterwards. Northumbria University had changed considerably since my last visit. In an apparent effort to recruit more students, the campus … Continue reading

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Manchester, marbles and financial admin (Rousse)

I’d already complained heartily to anyone who would listen that I had had enough of travelling up and down the country. To Manchester and back by train twice on this particular day really was the limit. I would much rather … Continue reading

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The Apprentice’s Natasha Scribbins vainly attempts to save Rousse from expenses claim hell

The domed railway concourse was packed. I sat on a bench surrounded by a mixture of old friends from the University of Birmingham, as well as a couple of school friends. In conversation it emerged that KM (now KC) had … Continue reading

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A late resolution to train for the Olympics at London 2012 (Rousse)

It felt like a University of Birmingham reunion. In reality we were gathered together to celebrate the birthday of the youngest person in our year. HW (now HJ) was finally 40. Everyone was there for the party: Spotted for the … Continue reading

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