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Dissertation and desertion (Rousse)

My dissertation was due for submission in a matter of weeks and I hadn’t started it even though I had all the access to resources that I would ever need, now that I lived in a cubby hole in the … Continue reading

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Pink dungarees for Kitty Bennet (Rousse)

The speaker hesitated. Who were the Bennet sisters in Pride and prejudice? The audience helped out with four names – Jane, Elizabeth, Mary and Lydia – but nobody could come up with the fifth. We were meeting in a public … Continue reading

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Marriage and goat’s milk mayhem (Rousse)

I was shocked when I learnt that JC had moved back in with her parents after her marriage to GC came to a sudden end. This was nothing, however, to my dismay and desperation when TPR calmly announced that his … Continue reading

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County Durham coal mine confidences (Rousse)

My sister S whispered over the telephone that she’d heard about a woman from County Durham, now living in Sydney, who had sold secrets about British coal-mining to the Chinese. When I next saw her in person, my sister confided … Continue reading

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Suspect social distancing and sub-standard library stock (Rousse)

The university was clearly flaunting the safe distancing ‘stay at home’ directive by allowing all the admin staff on campus and setting them up for work in one massive open plan office in the library. I also disapproved of the … Continue reading

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A library leopard (Rousse)

I found two interesting things in the (old) University of Birmingham main library. First I saw TT, all the way from Denver on sabbatical, accompanied by one of his sons, heading into a meeting room. Second, I spotted the library … Continue reading

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Library friends (Rousse)

I spent so much time in the massive library that I became good friends with all the staff, and other users often mistook me for a librarian. One day, for example, I was obliged to field complaints from a couple … Continue reading

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Potential best-seller ‘discovered’ in old library refurbished as cosmetics hall (Rousse)

I’d sneakily commandeered some excess shelving in the HQ of a revered learned society. Amongst the books, I left a mix of cardboard boxes and plastic crates stuffed with stationery and miscellaneous odd belongings for which there was no room … Continue reading

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Accommodation woes at the University of Birmingham (Rousse)

The renamed, but not refurbished, Mason Hall on the Vale at the University of Birmingham was to be our home for our Masters year. Once again I was sharing accommodation with HJ and SL, although this time it was not … Continue reading

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Flooded New York with Gödel, Escher, and Bach (Rousse)

I managed to find an exit from the massive library by taking a route through the richly furnished rare books section and executive suite of the Chief Librarian. Outside the streets of New York were flooded. I had no choice … Continue reading

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