Category Archives: University

Fees, cuts and rises in pay: David Eastwood shows the way

  Smug In a week that saw Fernando Torres move to Chelsea for a British record fee of £50m, it was also announced that the Vice Chancellor at Birmingham University received a stunning 11% rise to his pay, bringing it … Continue reading

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>Nutters I have known #3: The Greek ‘researcher’

> Soula was very keen on her research. She was researching her own island (aren’t we all) during Ottoman times, but nobody knew exactly what. You see, Soula thought that what she was doing was so important and significant , … Continue reading

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>Nutters I have known #2: the pseudo-intellectual

> [I had forgotten about this series, until Claude reminded me-thanks!] Makis was an intellectual. One of those you know the moment you lay eyes on them. Short, dark, with John Lennon glasses, always clutching a book. I met him … Continue reading

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>Nutters I have known #1: the Basque

> According to Will Self, 70% of the world’s nutters are in University in some shape or form. In a way it makes sense. Universities are inhabited by people who spend lifetimes focusing on something so small and intricate, that … Continue reading

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>Life is going round in circles

> image by Leonard Freed. Click here to buy. Click image for large version At last. The much discussed, rumour-based, policy-driven, top-down shakedown-fuelled office move has taken place. The ‘porters’ shifted all our stuff this morning into our new space, … Continue reading

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>Life is a journey, I am a traveller

> image from here A few days ago I scanned and posted some old photos on Facebook for the delectation of friends, old and recent. The outcome was a thoroughly moving response by about 10 fellow students from a time … Continue reading

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>Three is a crowd

> (Inspired (or rather reminded) by the Flight of the Conchords ep. 4, where Bret finds a girlfriend but Jermaine keeps hanging out with them, expecting to be a part of the relationship) February 1996 It was a cold evening, … Continue reading

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