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Lunch with Barry Cryer (Rousse)

I took pity on Barry Cryer, dining alone at a table for two. He recognised me when I joined him, and seemed to welcome my company. We discussed my ‘secret talent’, and the pleasure of revealing to others that I … Continue reading

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Failing your finals (Rousse)

Now that we were in the second term of the final year of our degrees it was high time that I started work on my dissertation. I caught Mrs S heading into the staff room and confessed to her that … Continue reading

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The value of writing concisely (Rousse)

‘The greatest skill that we learnt as undergraduates’ announced JS to the audience seated before her on rows of hard wooden chairs ‘Is how to write concisely. I can turn one person’s long-winded paragraph into three neat sentences – as … Continue reading

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How long does it take to write up a PhD? (Rousse)

By my calculations (in pencil, on a grid) it would take at least another 38 days to complete the write-up of the thesis. This was double the student’s estimate. It also meant that the submission would be delayed even further … Continue reading

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Phil Cunningham plays Edinburgh – to an audience of three (Rousse)

I took my seat in the fourth row of the concert hall and waited alone for Phil Cunningham to take the stage. The lyrics of his first song were displayed on a flip chart a few metres in front of … Continue reading

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Slim female academic transforms into overweight Chinaman (Rousse)

We were only permitted to join the PhD students at their table if they invited us to join them. XY was pretty certain that she could persuade at least one of them to offer us an invitation. However, this was … Continue reading

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A secret tryst at the White House (Rousse)

It was mid-January and high time that our Christmas visitors headed off home. While non-stop partying had its appeal, these so-called friends were eating us out of house and home, and TPR had strong suspicions that they were sponging off … Continue reading

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