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Reader held hospital hostage (Rousse)

For a change, the book group members met for Sunday lunch. MH offered her sparse flat as the venue, even though she could not attend herself. JS’s sister took MH’s place, holding her head in her hands whenever death was … Continue reading

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Conference paper submissions and a chicken breast (Rousse)

Head of department JH hauled six of us into his office. He was furious that the PhD students had ‘stupidly’ submitted their draft conference paper submissions for peer review to unworthy colleagues in a ‘nutty evangelical gay Methodist’ further education … Continue reading

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Silly sticker selection process (Rousse)

The selection process for the prized appointment was so ridiculous that I decided to withdraw my application. Surely they could have come up with something more challenging than asking the candidates to make up stories based on the assembly of … Continue reading

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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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The dance of the hotel spa radishes (Rousse)

There was nobody at the reception desk when I tried to check into the hotel. Having made a couple of enquiries as to their whereabouts, I found the staff lined up along the edge of the hotel playing field. They … Continue reading

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A hairy bridesmaid (Rousse)

I was honoured to have been asked to serve as one of JA’s bridesmaids, even though the only part that I had played in her life was to introduce her to some external work contacts and help her secure her … Continue reading

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‘Expand’ becomes ‘espand’ at the British Library (Rousse)

I worked on my journal paper in a reading room of the newly refurbished British Library (now selling tweed jackets in the gift shop). I noticed that the young man sitting next to me, who was typing up an essay, … Continue reading

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