Friday, 26 September 2014

Update on my various E-Pals

There seem to have been rather a lot of changes in my communication archives in the last three months so I think it is time for an update.

GAINS

AC/DC - a young blogger and E-pal of mine who remained cheerful and upbeat despite money troubles and the sudden arrival of her live-in boyfriend's sister to share their tiny flat. Her family life has calmed down and she now emails me every few weeks. I still laugh out loud every time I read her messages.
Happiness factor - 8/10
 

LOSSES 
 
Caroline - She was the last link to my years as a college lecturer. We had exchanged emails since I retired but recently these have been bouncing and I have no other reliable way of getting in touch. It is all rather sad - I hope nothing has happened to her.
Sadness factor - 9/10


UNCHANGED

The Facebook Social History group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/609806292391471/

I am the Administrator of this group which has enrolled nearly 1400 members in just under a year. I try hard to post several items of interest every day.
Happiness factor - 9/10 

My cemetery related blog
http://grave-mistakes.blogspot.co.uk/

This was started back in July 2013 and it gets between 500 and 2000 visitors a day.
Happiness factor - 10/10 


Old Timer - His "matter of fact" approach to life was like the proverbial breath of fresh air in the world of blogging. He is a widower but has just got engaged to his first ever girlfriend from way back in his school days. He now seems, perhaps unsurprisingly, to be too busy to stay in touch!
Sadness factor - 5/10

 
The Astro-CynicsFour years ago there were five of us who shared a common interest in astronomy and also in being a proverbial thorn in the flesh of the astronomical "movers and shakers". We used to exchange emails a couple of times a month and I used to look forward to hearing all the gossip. Then Hannah died and we were down to four and in 2013 two other members gave up on the hobby as advancing years and retreating finances took their toll. Now Charles, my friend and sounding board in the USA, has decided to retire from the world of science to take up golf and fossil hunting.

And that just leaves me - the last man standing.
Sadness factor - 9/10


So I seem to have gained 27 points and lost 23 points which rather confirms my view of the last 15 months - "Moderate but not more".

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Cannington College Years - an alternative perspective

A former senior member of staff from Cannington College - long retired - found my blog by accident. He shared his views with me on the strict understanding that he would not be identified.

1 - Norman became Head of Department by accident (Brian's terminal illness) and before he was experienced enough to take on the role.

2 - Norman found it very difficult to manage Mike and Richard and so to prove to himself that he had what was required to be a "boss" he overcompensated and became too macho in his dealings with other colleagues.

3 - Norman needed a 2nd in department but the obvious candidate (Steve) was never going to be acceptable to the rest of the staff.

4 - Norman made a number of beginners mistakes especially when he invested a lot of energy and time in members of the department who subsequently exploited the staff development opportunities that he had given them to find new jobs away from Cannington.

5 - What Norman and his "inner circle" did while setting up Network Training was unfair to the rest of his department. Norman took his eyes off the ball but by then he had his escape plan formulated and so he didn't care that much about public opinion.