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6:05pm on Thursday, 20th November, 2008:

Andy Rook


Today, I went into the university's Cafe Vert to get a coffee to take with me to my lecture so my voice didn't dry up, and I heard someone shout, "Richard!".

I turned round, and saw Anne De Roeck sitting at a table. Anne was a postgraduate and then a lecturer around the same time I was (she's now Professor of Computing at the Open University, and Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing). I was surprised, but very pleased to see her — it's 20 years since we last met.

The thing is, though, she looks exactly the same as she did in 1988. Augh! How do people do that? How do they get to be 20 years older without aging 20 years?!

Here's a picture of me then, alongside one of me now:


See the difference? It's amazing Anne recognised me — and not just because I was in black and white in those days, either.

How do these ageless people not age?!

(Oh, "Andy Rook" is what students traditionally thought Anne De Roeck's name was before meeting her — she, and hence her name, is from Belgium).

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