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A swing, a helicopter, and a sauna (Rousse)

Even I was doubting the sense of my latest charity shop purchase: a plastic orange children’s swing set, just about the right size for a Barbie doll. The others at AH-S and CH-S’s vast house looked at me with pity … Continue reading

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Keeping distance from a research council meeting groper (Rousse)

It was rather inappropriate to be invited back to rejoin the EPSRC committee that I left in 2018 – especially since many other ‘new’ members were my former colleagues and friends. I disgraced myself by falling asleep in the first … Continue reading

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Fun and games with trains (Rousse)

I needed to reach Liverpool by 13:15 for a meeting. At 12:30 I jumped on the first train that I saw at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, assuming that it was a London service that called at Leeds. I was right in … Continue reading

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A false alibi (Rousse)

I reluctantly agreed to provide an alibi for KW and told the police that he was at the Tuesday lunchtime meeting. As evidence, I showed them the entry in my calendar. Of course, in reality, at that time KW was … Continue reading

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A (possibly) dead husband and a stolen Christmas parcel (Rousse)

Life had been difficult since TPR died of cancer, but I resolved to lead as ‘normal’ a life as possible, and went to work as usual. I needed to tell the powers that be that the arrangement for collecting deliveries … Continue reading

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Dissertation draft literature review disappoints (Rousse)

I had promised my new PhD student that there was nothing to fear at the review meeting – but this was before I realised that she was under the impression that it was appropriate to submit a chapter of creative … 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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Terrorist YouTube treat on campus (Rousse)

Following the previous year’s success, I invited my colleagues at Scottish Enterprise back on campus for a week. This time, however, they treated their visit as a jolly, crowding around my computer singing along to karaoke videos on YouTube. As … Continue reading

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Sock entertainer substitutes at book group (Rousse)

JS left it too late to book the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre for our monthly book group meeting. We would have to make do with an inferior footwear pair: the two white woollen stockings decorated with beady eyes sewn … Continue reading

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Tussling with a drag queen and making Michael Portillo cry (Belle)

I burst out of the house in Birmingham and accidentally barged a drag queen out of my way. She started to follow me and we wrestled a bit until I realised just how much she looked like Gloria Grahame. After … Continue reading

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