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Pets of LEL: Hiccup

May 1, 2020 by

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This is Hiccup Cameron-Faulkner. He loves eating lettuce and locusts and watching nature movies with his best buddy Verity. Pictured below are the other Cameron-Faulkner pets. In case you have trouble identifying the species, Hiccup is a bearded dragon, and then we have chickens, worms and fish (minnows). Some of them are nameless – you […]

Pets of LEL: Leon

April 17, 2020 by

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This is a sad story with a happy ending, which is better than the other way round. Leon Hanink, presumed to be Canadian, got abandoned by his owner who moved abroad, but he’s found a safe home with Emily. Leon likes sunbathing on the windowsill, his faux chinchilla blanket, and cat lunch. He also likes […]

Pets of LEL: Bowie and Daffy

April 10, 2020 by

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It’s Easter, so here’s some bunnies for you. These are Begley buns, called Bowie (pictured below, joined the Begley household in 2016), and Daffodil, aka Daffy (featured), as in daft as a. They live in a hutch inside a big run under Mary’s kitchen window. They used to be house rabbits, but after two years […]

Pets of LEL: Caira

April 3, 2020 by

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Caira van Hattum is a cat who has seen many parts of the world, or at least Europe, but remains young in spirit. She is obsessed with boxes and feather toys, and loves nothing more than to cuddle up on her favourite human’s lap, with the favourite being whoever has the blanket. She is fluent […]

Pets of LEL: Ellie aka Dogface

March 25, 2020 by

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Ellie Ulph (also known as Dogface) is an eight-year-old retired racing greyhound. As ‘Pebbles Millie’ she was unbeatable (at least a as far as she has told us) but now she lives a peaceful life, snoozin’, sniffin’ and fussin’. Her best-friend/nemesis is a pink octopus [pictured above, defeated]. Ellie will accept cuddles from anyone and […]

Pets of LEL: Willi hijacks Zoom meeting

March 20, 2020 by

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Among the very few silver linings of the current situation is increased exposure to colleagues’ pets. Here’s Willi, becoming the centre of attention in a Zoom meeting, and triggering a rich array of emotional responses ranging from parental pride (Vera), through joy (Pat) and cuteness overload (Margit), to mild resignation (Richard). It’s hard work being […]

Pets of LEL: Kasi

March 19, 2020 by

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The type of international jet-setting lifestyle that many linguists enjoy(ed until recently) does not easily lend itself to having a pet. In situations like this, some of us resort to stalking or seducing other people’s cats, even though such activities may wreak real havoc. On this note, straight from the Bochnak household, here’s Anton trying […]

Kersti’s goodbye workshop

March 16, 2020 by

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It’s the end of an era. After 26 years at Manchester, Kersti Börjars is off to a new adventure, as she becomes the Master of St. Catherine’s college Oxford. She took up the new job in January, and if you want to know what it’s like, you can read about it in the following interview […]

Pets of LEL: Lotte and Willi

February 27, 2020 by

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Continuing on the pet theme, it is a delight to introduce Lotte and Willi Hohaus. Lotte (featured), is a dwarf hamster. She is very friendly, and enjoys burrowing and broccoli. Aged 15, Willi (pictured below) is a venerable old gentleman. He loves being around linguists- or anyone really that is willing to spoil him.  

Pets of LEL: Olive

February 17, 2020 by

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Those of us who work in LEL know Heather Lennox very well, but to our followers worldwide: Heather is our Departmental Administrator. Olive is Heather’s cat. Olive likes to bite you while you are sleeping, meow at you incessantly at 5.45 a.m., and hunt you from her tunnels (pictured). She will attack any new person […]