Tag Archives: support

Dealing with workplace bullies (Rousse)

When I congratulated Captain C on his thirty years of service at the University, he introduced me to his brother Martin. Although I had known Captain C for decades, until this point I had no idea of the existence of … Continue reading

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How not to chair a meeting (Rousse)

All eyes were on me as the chair of the meeting. This made me very uncomfortable. It didn’t help that everyone had (unusually) turned up on this occasion so the room was packed with (mainly) men in suits (as well … Continue reading

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A rival called Norman (Rousse)

I left with AJ. She seemed rather agitated. In the lift I declared my love for her. This didn’t seem to solve her dilemma: to support me or to support Norman. We were temporarily distracted by the sound of TPR’s … Continue reading

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Finns support childcare specialist spread the news in Northumberland (Rousse)

KA passed around a set of printed cards. ‘I very much hope you can come along to my talk on childcare at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham’ she said. ‘It’s sponsored by the University of Kent and Åbo Akademi, Finland’.

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Northumbria University’s funfair recruitment drive, and two naughty sisters (Rousse)

When my sister heard that I had a meeting in Newcastle she said that she would like to see me afterwards. Northumbria University had changed considerably since my last visit. In an apparent effort to recruit more students, the campus … Continue reading

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Pension rights and divorce (Rousse)

My former colleague’s husband took me to one side and revealed his secret: “I’ve fallen in love with a religious woman in the village and we are moving in together”, he whispered. “Does E know?” I enquired. “No, but I … Continue reading

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Call me doctor, and please support the pandas (Rousse)

I never thought that I would be forced to encounter sixth form bullies Nasty N and Crafty C after I left school, but here they were, just across the room. It was over thirty years too late, but now – … Continue reading

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