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Richard Wilson, a Pharaoh, and the representation of women at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Rousse)

Richard Wilson remembered me from the days that we shared a lane in the Glenogle swimming pool. He therefore greeted me as a friend in the members’ room of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The actor and I were both … Continue reading

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Arnold Schwartzenegger’s boring speech (Rousse)

Two of my Polish colleagues had commandeered my office while I was on long-term sick leave. My desk and other belongings were now all squeezed into a dark corner. I hoped that this was a temporary measure and that I … Continue reading

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Fracas at conference dinner (Rousse)

As I eavesdropped on the conference conversation at the top table I could sense PB’s increasing frustration at the ignorant pronouncements of the American. ‘What’s the main message of your keynote anyway?’ the American drawled. ‘There’s little point in trying … Continue reading

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Reptiles and serpents found at tropical wedding venue (Rousse)

DTJ and KJ were due to host their wedding celebration at a tropical hotel that was familiar to me and TPR. We picked up our wedding present for them – a huge canvas – and walked barefoot to the venue. … Continue reading

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A cartoon lover and a career in swimwear (Belle)

My new boyfriend was an almost humanised version of Stan Smith from American Dad.  At his workplace I was presented with a gift and went onto the stage to make an impromptu speech. I said thank you and then said … Continue reading

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Husband claims that he is God (Rousse)

I overheard TPR tell a conference delegate that he was God, and claim that this was why he was qualified to speak about social media use in higher education (even though he knew nothing about the subject). He also explained … Continue reading

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Princess Anne, a posh prat, polar bears, and perfume preferences (Rousse)

We’d all worked hard on the show for months. Even S played an active role, kindly agreeing to deliver the opening address. I did wonder, however, if she now regretted this offer given the fuss that I was making over … Continue reading

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