Tag Archives: industry

Red fleece pyjama shame (Rousse)

When I saw BB come round the corner into reception with a bunch of computer industry experts I knew that I had to sharpen up my act. Lounging around campus reception in my red fleece pyjamas until mid-morning was an … Continue reading

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Careers in Finland (Rousse)

TPR, OC and I had been in Finland so long that the snow had returned to the mountains across the bay. OC had travelled here initially in hope of joining the music industry as accountant for a major record label. … Continue reading

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Stevie Wonder misses his flight (Rousse)

Stevie Wonder, his female friend, TPR, two other computer industry experts and I were chatting in the bar while Stevie and his companion were waiting for a flight. I checked my watch. It was 19:15. ‘What time is your flight?’ … Continue reading

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Find a man in 2016 (Rousse)

I couldn’t face another year of being single. My New Year resolution was to find a man. This time I would avoid anyone in the hospitality industry. My last boyfriend – though a chef of world renown – made a … Continue reading

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A night in the VIP suite at China White (Rousse)

TPR was offered the post of Reader in Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, even without a PhD. I considered this rather odd, but it was his industry expertise that was sought. In the meantime he had to complete … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s PhD (Rousse)

Boris Johnson’s PhD thesis was so ancient that the yellowing paper cracked as you turned the pages. Presented in two battered cream-cloth bound volumes, the content was somewhat disappointing. I’d hoped that it would come in useful as I did … Continue reading

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Prosthetic limbs, a party, and a professor (Rousse)

TPR was mobile again now that he had been kitted out with the same type of blades favoured by Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. He wore them in public for the first time at ED’s party in West Lothian. The party … Continue reading

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Bedroom tuition (Rousse)

It was mildly embarrassing to wake up to find ES, DS and another industry guru seated at the end of my bed. On the other hand, I could do with their help in preparing class material for the coming term.

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University measures of excellence: showers, smoked haddock and guest speakers (Rousse)

If my life wasn’t complicated enough, I accepted another part-time post at the University of Aberdeen, and was also considering a return to Canada. An advantage of Aberdeen was that CM worked in the university gym. He offered to sneak … Continue reading

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Balding barber supplies strawberry feast (Rousse)

The arrival of the balding barber with a supply of strawberries was welcome relief after a meeting in which we were subject (once again) to a discussion of even more nonsensical suggestions on how to network with industry contacts. When … Continue reading

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