Tag Archives: University of Edinburgh

Butler dinner guest seeks opinion of Michel Barnier (Rousse)

My parents’ house was so vast that it was hard to keep track of all the family members and visitors staying there. One morning I was appalled to find a tramp asleep under a brand new duvet in one of … Continue reading

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Passport control, a golden retriever, and the photo archive of the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies (Rousse)

I had just reached the head of the queue when the official stepped back and announced that all services would be closed for an hour while passport office staff took a break for lunch. All the equipment on his desk … Continue reading

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Secrets of an Edinburgh book group (Rousse)

TTX was asking me all sorts of questions about book groups as we crossed over London Road between Meadowbank Stadium and Jock’s Lodge. I couldn’t tell whether she was sneering at the concept, or hinting that she would like to … Continue reading

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A disgraceful dip in the pool (Rousse)

It was a full hour before I was due to chair the presentation at Edinburgh University. I persuaded a couple of others that we had time to call in at the dancing conference on the way. We entered a long … Continue reading

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Spaceship flies over Edinburgh and pensioners enjoy the Paris nightwear walk Pierrot-style (Rousse)

I was running very late when I bumped into MT near the Pleasance. I hadn’t seen him for over thirty years and had no idea that he was now working at the University of Edinburgh. I thought he was still … Continue reading

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Barefoot in a tuxedo (Rousse)

WR brought five female engineers with him from the University of Edinburgh when he came to visit us. They were all dressed up for the graduation ball. Since I happened to be wearing a tuxedo, they asked if I would … Continue reading

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When being stuck in a lift means that you are trapped in a dream (Rousse)

The students spent a couple of minutes trying to make sense of being stuck with me in a lift that travelled up and down a University of Edinburgh building in a random fashion. ‘The only explanation’, muttered one to the … Continue reading

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A night in the VIP suite at China White (Rousse)

TPR was offered the post of Reader in Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, even without a PhD. I considered this rather odd, but it was his industry expertise that was sought. In the meantime he had to complete … Continue reading

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A charmed life working for Gary Lineker and sleeping with Hugh Grant (Rousse)

Gary Lineker (my boss) supervised our stand at the Online Conference, held this year in the University of Edinburgh’s student union building. Gary wasn’t entirely sure how to find the best position to promote our services, but he wasn’t doing … Continue reading

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University of Edinburgh professor is target shooting champion (Rousse)

Talented University of Edinburgh professor JS was the resort champion of target shooting. I wished that I had brought along a camera to capture her magnificent winning shot against the glorious Caribbean sunset.

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