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Career-limiting head tattoo (Rousse)

JG didn’t care that his new dirty blue tattoo covered half his head. When I pointed out that he risked never getting a job with such a monstrous appearance, he explained that he had already considered this. He would just … Continue reading

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A diamond-encrusted pendant, a party in Perthshire, the Petra Project, philosophy and feminism (Rousse)

We were shattered on the last leg of our train journey home from our holiday. By the time we reached Perth we were almost asleep in our seats. Once back in Edinburgh TPR headed straight home to unpack and I … Continue reading

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Chatty arts professional protects her left breast (Rousse)

ECM arrived in the basement gallery as I was installing the new exhibition. She took a plastic tub of bright green powder paint and started to mix it so that she could ‘cheer the room up a bit’. When I … Continue reading

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Cancer patient makes an early, and ill-advised, return to work (Rousse)

LM was shocked to see me in the corridor on campus. ‘Whatever are you doing here?’ she shouted. ‘You’ve got cancer. Go back home to your sickbay!’ My own opinion was that I was fit to work. Then I tried … Continue reading

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To Hexham for celebrities, and to Perth for the pantomime (Rousse)

A crowd of posh pensioners carrying cameras obstructed my way as I attempted to drive my little buggy (illegally) along the pavement of Temperley Place, Hexham. They had their long lenses fixed on a doorway, in eager anticipation of snapping … Continue reading

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Secrets of an Edinburgh book group (Rousse)

TTX was asking me all sorts of questions about book groups as we crossed over London Road between Meadowbank Stadium and Jock’s Lodge. I couldn’t tell whether she was sneering at the concept, or hinting that she would like to … Continue reading

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A sham marriage (Rousse)

The others instantly recognised me as an academic. One told me that she had previously considered me a suitable candidate to co-supervise a PhD student with her, even before I confirmed my identity. Encouraged by her enthusiasm for my work, … Continue reading

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