Edinburgh University - David Hume Tower
So its back to school for Huttonian today as he starts another semester of teaching about the Middle East. As an Honorary Fellow the financial rewards are not on the Tony Blair scale. Up to two years ago when I had added my lecture fee to my taxable income, took off my train fare I found I was 75 p to the good. Now the Uni kindly pays the Ber-Wick-Embra-Berwick Senior Rail Card assisted fare I can exult in the knowledge that I am subsidised to enjoy the novel delights of National Express.
The teaching environment is not ideal but at least I am no longer in the archaeology lecture theatre. And so that smart ass student will no longer be able to comment as he did last year when I was gently complaining about the deficiencies of ancient room not too unlike a Roman ampitheatre:
'In your case' he said, from the safety of row L,
'One might think it appropriate'