In the run up to the summer recess, peers often ask colleagues where they will be spending the summer or if they are doing anything exciting. Some do charity walks or disappear to far-flung places. I see Lord Ashcroft has taken a boat through the North-West Passage. Some still forget they have asked me in previous years and so ask me as well.
Colleague: Where will you be spending the summer?
Me: In Hull.
I do occasionally explain that the campus is an ideal place to be over summer. It is not crowded, the ground staff do a fantastic job – there are colourful flower beds all over – and one can get on with work on a fairly uninterrupted basis. It’s lovely. Okay, I’m rare in that I still have marking to do, courtesy of my students on placement, but that apart…