Reporter 423, 21 September 1998
School of Education
I have returned my form for the audit in the internal mail. I have two comments to offer:
This is taking disability awareness to ludicrous extremes. If it is done in order to boost the numbers of employees with disabilities so that the University can be said to employ the correct proportion of disabled people, then please do NOT count me among their number.
We will soon be counting people with chronic sinusitis or a few twinges of age-related rheumatism as disabled and in that case, the University would probably have over half its employees thus labelled!
Dr Christopher Hammond
Department of Materials
You may like to reprint the following poem in light of the Universitys no-smoking announcement.
Of all the plants that Tellus bosom yields,
In groves, glades, gardens, marshes, mountains, fields,
None so pernicious to mans life is known
As is tobacco, saving hemp alone;
But in them both a strangling virtue note,
For both of them doo worke upon the throte;
The one within it, and without, the other
And th one prepareth work unto the tother!
*Extract from George Gordons editorial notes on The Veteran Pipe in The Oxford Ars Poetica: or, How to write a Newdigate, anon Oxford MDCCCLIII, reprinted in Three Oxford Ironies, p. 129, London, Humphrey Milford 1927.
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