Tag Archives: panic

Tutor daughter thwarts student mother’s study success (Rousse)

My mother had only been studying for a week, so had barely opened the book when I told her that it was time for her first exam. I was somewhat responsible for the panic that ensued. I really should have … Continue reading

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Paternoster panic and a dreary dance (Rousse)

After scaring myself silly on the library’s open paternoster podium (at the instigation of LM), I followed a student in highland dress to the graduation ball. The latter was a grave disappointment. In a tiny meeting room at the back … Continue reading

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How to get through a breakup (Rousse)

It was all over. TPR had found someone else and all that past talk of ‘Love you forever’ was disregarded. He flinched just a little when I enquired about the arrangements for his brother-in-law Neil’s birthday party (just a couple … 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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Gary Glitter flashback (Rousse)

Gary Glitter sidled up to me from behind just as I was about to hand the dirty crockery from the Korean cookery demonstration over to one of the catering staff. I was struck by how much the disgraced pop star … Continue reading

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M is for Manchester (Rousse)

At the meeting in Manchester B outlined a range of duties that I had not before realised were part of my role’s remit. He explained that these were bound to increase as he loosened his connection with work to explore … Continue reading

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Rousse sees off a rival

PC and I were finally reunited after thirty-one years apart, and I was delighted. We had known one another since aged 7 at primary school right up to the point that we took our A levels in 1981. Now PC … Continue reading

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