Tag Archives: stress

Insolent student sleeps rough in public library (Rousse)

Having spotted insolence in the student’s work I called him from the classroom out into the corridor to ask him to explain himself. He excused himself on the grounds of stress: his fitness business had failed in the US, he’d … Continue reading

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Broad bean babies transform into aconites (Rousse)

My cousin EV asked if we could look after her newborn baby. I was very nervous about accepting the invitation, especially since the baby was only the size of a broad bean. It was obvious that this would be a … Continue reading

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Lecturing more stressful than teaching (Rousse)

SPC switched teaching for lecturing. Her verdict: the life of a university lecturer is much tougher than that of a school teacher.

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Two kitchens and an injection of gold (Rousse)

TPR and I moved to northern Norway where we lived in a rather run down house with two kitchens. I was determined to bring some order to our living arrangements so started moving jars of flour from one kitchen to … Continue reading

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A spell of levitation (Rousse)

AV typed out her question on the old-fashioned typewriter. In short, she was telling me that I wasn’t pulling my weight, and that it was high time that I took a greater share of the work. Beneath her question I … Continue reading

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How to survive the first week of term (Rousse)

My work life was falling to pieces: the only computer available to me for running a complex statistical package was an ancient XT; my first tutorial of the academic year lasted only 30 minutes because I hadn’t prepared enough material; … Continue reading

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