the elements with a beard
School of Earth Sciences
your feature about the archives (Reporter
480) you describe Professor P F Kendall as 'chair
of geography'. Fiddlesticks! Who ever saw a geographer
wearing such a beard, let alone exposed to the elements
on Fylingdale Moor? Professor Kendall was, of course,
professor of geology, and head of department (not 'chair'
or even 'chairman', a category which only took hold half
a century later).
I should assure your readers that some of my best friends
last word on public transport
arrogance of so many contributors to your column never
ceases to amaze me. We have the bikers who are fit enough
to ride into work and the public transport commuters all
sat high on their pedestals preaching how morally righteous
they are. Why would I wish to sit (or stand) on an overcrowded,
smelly and often late bus next to one of these people
on my way to work?
I would like to take their argument one step further.
Public transport creates much too much pollution and the
high volume of CO2 and body odour given out by the panting
cyclists leads me to one solution. As an owner of a number
of horses, I am more than willing to insist that we all
come to work on horseback with stabling made available
by the University for those who share their journey with
will make a number of standardbred, thoroughbred and hacks
(to match your budget) available at a reduced rate to
staff and we can all come to work pollution-free and have
beautiful roses to boot.
all get off our high horses and realize that we should
all have the right to decide how we get in to work ourselves
without having other people's lifestyles shoved down our
throats. One size does NOT fit all. Please let's change
but don't forget the pedestrians
School of English
the midst of this debate about cars, buses, and bikes,
is the humble pedestrian trying to get to campus in a
way that is safe, direct, and environmentally sound. Walking
from Headingley ought to be an agreeable alternative to
the impossible road traffic and the filthy, crowded, and
slow-moving buses: it should be a nice way to collect
or lose one's thoughts, and to stretch the legs as well.
But there is a huge problem which prevents many staff
from walking even when they live close in to the University:
the dangers to life and limb encountered between Hyde
Park corner and the western entrance to the campus.
route the most direct one is made impossible
not only by the absence of lighting in the park (an unsafe
way home on a winter's afternoon) but especially by the
extremely dangerous, unregulated four-point intersection
at University Road. This intersection witnesses a steady
stream of foot traffic throughout the day.
a light or a zebra crossing, people take their lives in
their hands dodging speeding cars and turning buses. Surely
something as simple as a pedestrian overpass could solve
a university not a burger bar
write as a long-retired member of staff who visits the
precinct on a daily basis.
opened my e-mail yesterday to find a letter from the director
of human resources addressed to the heads of resource
centres and felt deep disappointment that the University
has travelled so far down the 'business' road. What is
wrong with heads of school and personnel director? Perhaps
a little too 'human' in this day and age.
apart from the form of address, whose legs are these functionaries
pulling? From my own experience, and from what I observe
around me, heads of resource centres would not be too
easy to find in the University so near to Easter, and
neither would most of their academic staff. It was all
a bit late in the day I'm sure, but I do wish the University
would try its best to act like a real one and not follow
in the footsteps of the likes of McDonalds.
suppose one should take some comfort from the fact that
we have resource centres and not 'centers'.