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Job vacancies in upmarket fish restaurant (Rousse)

PMF worked in comms for an upmarket fish restaurant, so I was surprised to find him smartly dressed in an all-white waiter’s unform and serving seated customers one day when I visited him in the office. ‘They must be rather … Continue reading

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The qualified homeless (Rousse)

Homeless, I lived in my car. When I was fortunate to find an empty flat, I would sneak in there to use the shower and prepare for job interviews. One day a young woman asked about my prospects of employment. … Continue reading

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Zoë the admin (Rousse)

My long-legged friend MH, who had recently taken to calling herself Zoë, announced to everyone that she had some news that would be of particular interest to me. She had successfully applied for the new admin role in my research … Continue reading

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A new job at the University of Nowhere (Rousse)

My colleague called in sick, so I offered to take his class. My instructions were first to collect his teaching materials from the print room. These comprised: a selection of peer-reviewed journal articles, each in a buff folder; a special … Continue reading

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Turning down Loughborough (Rousse)

I performed well in my interview for a chair at Loughborough University, and it came as no surprise when Eric (the Head of School) offered me the job. I was delighted with this outcome, as was AM, who had always … Continue reading

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What not to present in a job application (Rousse)

SL showed me her notes for the job application form. ‘What’s the best way of present this information?’ she asked, showing me a sheet of paper headed ‘Dates’ with long list of men’s names underneath. I advised SL that her … Continue reading

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Poor park keeping (Rousse)

JS didn’t take her new job as a part-time park keeper very seriously. She took our money for half an hour on the tennis court, then bunked off to play tourist in Oxford for the rest of the afternoon.

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Rory Kinnear and Belle’s thigh-highs

I was free ranging around the British Library’s ‘crazy project’ department finding ways to stealthily join the workforce. With my simple yet effective suggestions I was already making an impact and that was before people noticed my thigh-high leather boots. … Continue reading

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Nosy parker notices nose job (Rousse)

The old photos proved it. JC had had a nose job in the 1990s!

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Midges put off move to Lochinver (Rousse)

TPR and I took temporary accommodation in a Lochinver hotel. It wasn’t very suitable: whenever the tide came in, our room was flooded with sea water and the occasional fish; the bathroom was barely a cupboard; and poor security encouraged … Continue reading

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