Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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cc: Keith Briffa <k.briffaatXYZxyz.ac.uk>, Frank Oldfield <frank.oldfieldatXYZxyzes.unibe.ch>, Elke Bergius <elke.bergius@pages.unibe.ch>
date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 13:38:12 +0100
from: Keith Alverson <keith.alversonatXYZxyzes.unibe.ch>
subject: business class flight
to: jansenatXYZxyzl.uib.no

Dear Eyestein,

We have received your request for PAGES reimbursement for your travel to
the HIHOL meeting in Avignon. Unfortunately, PAGES has a strict policy of
not refunding business class travel. This policy has been bent for you once,
after the fact and with *very much* difficulty, at the CLIVAR meeting in
Venice since you stated that you were unable to find economy seat. However,
we cannot bend the rule a second time in a row. It will be absolutely
impossible to clear this expense with our financial auditors at the
University of Bern and the Swiss National Science Foundation, especially as
your travel costs are more than three times the cost of any other European
participant at the meeting.

The conference organizer, Keith Briffa, informed us before the conference
that your expenses would be 300 GB pounds. Therefore, what I suggest is that
we send you that amount, and you seek another source of funding for the
additional amount. I am sorry about any inconvenience that this unavoidable
decision may cause you.

Keith Alverson


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