I spy

Stella Rimington, who recently became Edinburgh University's alumna of the year, claimed in her acceptance speech that she had never planned her career, and certainly never thought that she would join MI5, let alone end up as its director general. But the signs were there for the men with the dark glasses and the turned-up collars: while she was an Edinburgh student, Mrs Rimington took part in a demo protesting against a visit by the then Soviet leaders Bulganin and Khrushchev, carrying a placard which read: "Bulge and Krush go home".

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

  • Zygmunt Bauman with hand over mouth

Eminent sociologist has recycled 90,000 words of material across a dozen books, claims paper

  • Man lying beneath rugby pile-up

Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system

  • Woman taking homeopathic medicine

Alternative treatments in healthcare plan is latest in a series of homeopathy-related controversies

  • Sorana Vieru, National Union of Students

Sorana Vieru says exams and essays 'privilege' more advantaged students, calls for changes to 'Middle Ages' format

  • Andrew Fire receives Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2006

UK is second to US for nationality of Nobel prizewinners in the 21st century