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An afternoon with Killing Eve star Sandra Oh (Rousse)

I met my book group pals in Edinburgh’s Dean Village. MH instructed us to follow the steep overgrown path down to the Water of Leith. I willingly obeyed, unaware that the path was, in fact, a tight tunnel. Half way … Continue reading

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Butler dinner guest seeks opinion of Michel Barnier (Rousse)

My parents’ house was so vast that it was hard to keep track of all the family members and visitors staying there. One morning I was appalled to find a tramp asleep under a brand new duvet in one of … Continue reading

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Killer Brillo pads (Belle)

A student was showing me his paper-based Breakfast Survey which he was distributing to commuters at Brockley station. I challenged him, angrily: “So basically you’re simply asking people at which of the expensive cafes near the station they bought their … Continue reading

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A lipstick promotion compensation (Rousse)

The promotion interviews were arranged for a Saturday morning in a school gym. However, since I only learnt last minute that all candidates were required to give a presentation on their research, I arrived at the venue completely unprepared to … Continue reading

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Escape from Brexit (Rousse)

It was meant to be a two-hour morning meeting to discuss the requirements of the advertised posts and the candidates to be interviewed in the afternoon. About 45 minutes in one of my colleagues started an irrelevant rant about Brexit. … Continue reading

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Martha Kearney and the no knickers interview for Women’s Hour (Rousse)

At the end of the interview Martha Kearney asked me to wait while she fetched something to cover me up. She returned with a beautiful royal blue cashmere coat. ‘We can’t have you sitting around the studio half-naked’ she explained. … Continue reading

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A house move to Malaysia and a musty old school (Rousse)

RL and SL and said that they were moving to Kansas, but now their plans had changed. Their new home would be Malaysia. Before they left for Asia, RL recommended me for a teaching post at an Edinburgh private school. … Continue reading

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Settlers of Catan in San Francisco (Rousse)

As the coach pulled into San Francisco nobody could doubt that we were in free and easy California. From the window I saw pastel painted houses, rainbow flags, and hippies in the street. I checked into the same hotel as … Continue reading

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‘Intelligence calipers’ measure IQs of aspiring spooks (Rousse)

The job advert had read ‘civil servant’ but I knew that the panel members opposite me were assessing my suitability for a role that included subterfuge, espionage, honeypots, and data decryption. I played along answering the standard interview questions with … Continue reading

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Interview nerves (Rousse)

I had a part in so many research projects I was getting them all mixed up, and now they all merged into one. I had to conduct an interview in the next five minutes and I had not even had … Continue reading

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