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A conference mix-up (Rousse)

‘I’m looking forward to your paper in Newcastle on Saturday’ said my colleague from Engineering. ‘I don’t think so’ I replied. ‘I’m off to Loughborough this weekend’. Then I checked my diary. I had double-booked myself and now had just … Continue reading

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Academic is owner of magnificent mansion on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (Rousse)

I knew that it was unconventional to take one’s sibling to a school management meeting, but now that mine worked at the University (albeit in a different department), I thought that I would get away with it. SS glanced over … Continue reading

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Bicycle thief Mr Almond’s attack (Rousse)

Every time that we returned to our house there was further evidence of attempted break-ins. We knew that it was only a matter of time before we would come home to a crime scene. The day finally arrived when we … Continue reading

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Phil Cunningham plays Edinburgh – to an audience of three (Rousse)

I took my seat in the fourth row of the concert hall and waited alone for Phil Cunningham to take the stage. The lyrics of his first song were displayed on a flip chart a few metres in front of … Continue reading

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Funny faces in the Stockton Arms (Rousse)

The Stockton Arms had undergone a dramatic change since I was last a regular sixth former visitor in the early 1980s. The biggest difference was that children were now welcome. All those sitting near to me were very well behaved, … Continue reading

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Doctoral degree entry requirements: Oxford and Edinburgh (Rousse)

All the others were clutching revision notes as we entered the exam hall. I had nothing in my hands because I had done no preparation whatsoever. So what if SH got a first and I failed? Then I started to … Continue reading

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Notes on a G-string (Rousse)

While my father fretted over whether or not soup would be served at the pre-wedding breakfast the night before my cousin’s wedding in Somerset, I hunted in desperation for clean underwear. My sister and HJ unearthed an over-complicated G-string. Aghast … Continue reading

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A dead grandmother, a muscular tramp, and a lost wallet (Rousse)

I spent the night before the dinner at my Granny T’s house. She was looking remarkably well – and indeed fashionable – for someone who had been dead for twenty years. On the evening of the big event itself I … Continue reading

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How not to peer review conference submissions (Rousse)

AM reminded me why she would have very little time to herself next academic year: she was organising a conference in Leipzig. Apart from the idiotic behaviour of one of her colleagues, who refereed conference submissions by lining up yellow … Continue reading

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Rousse’s presentation skills are pushed to the limit

I gathered the print-outs of my typed notes and turned up at the classroom as planned to give the students a quick run-down on the third year placement module. Once inside, however, I found my boss and a couple of … Continue reading

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