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The loneliness of a PhD student in COVID times (Rousse)

It was a lonely life as a PhD student, especially during COVID times when I both lived and worked all by myself in the marble columned museum.

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Penguins suits and a smell (Rousse)

The twins made a huge effort with their outfits for the conference. They dressed in not-quite-identical penguin suits. The slightly larger one had also dyed her strawberry blond hair black, making it much easier for strangers to distinguish the two … Continue reading

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The draw of Guatemala (Rousse)

The garden of my great-grandparents’ house was crammed with people I knew, from TPR’s sunbathing ex-colleagues to my board gaming PhD students. The latter group was my target. I promised them the full experience of the mess and quirkiness of … Continue reading

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Lost in Edinburgh with lacrosse at the castle (Rousse)

The University chauffeur drove us through the Edinburgh Streets in the posh yellow car. This was extraordinary service for the two PhD students beside me. That said, the chauffeur obviously didn’t know the city that well when he took a … Continue reading

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Back to school (Rousse)

It was a busy time on the University campus. BD was over from Canada, actually attempting to leave, but forever being dragged into new projects. Even Belle took a punt at signing him up for some madcap scheme of hers. … Continue reading

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The Stanford murderer (Rousse)

Stanford University research engineer JA was all over the news. He was a murderer! It would not be long before journalists would be knocking at my door, demanding to know whether or not I had spotted his evil streak when … Continue reading

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Sleeping in reception and a London lay-over (Rousse)

I climbed into my bed in the lobby of the London hotel under the watchful eye of the staff on the reception desk. Just as I was drifting off to sleep, one of them informed me that a PhD student … 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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Jimmy Savile student beater (Rousse)

It was with horror that I discovered that my new PhD student’s second supervisor was Jimmy Savile. The student had already suffered his first beating at the hands of this fiend. How on earth could I protect him? My only … Continue reading

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Mrs May thesis caretaker (Rousse)

I plonked my PhD thesis on the top table, muttered an apology to Theresa May, and returned to my own seat. Although she had a lot on her plate, I was confident that she would still have time to take … Continue reading

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