Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Am off very early tomorrow for my classes in Croatia (here some of my team on a break, photo taken last year but it should be similar this year, hopefully!), will be incommunicado until the end of the month.
Preparations are the usual panic... one of my key staff announced she will be coming but only to be on holiday, that is, she won't work, so I am desperately trying to work out how we are going to get the assignments done without her... another student is flying in to Trieste and wants to be picked up, but even though that is only about 30 miles from us, there are two borders and four languages and many tiny roads to get there, I have at this point no idea how we are going to arrange this...
Most students at the beginning of the week are complaining that they don't have enough assignments, but by the end of the week that they have too many.
Anyhow my head is reeling with last-minute desperation, wish me luck!
Monday, July 09, 2007
Heather in Cologne
Then this morning a rather disturbing phone call from my ex, who has worked for several years for the National Health System in London as a secretary; she types up the patient reports and the research papers for the doctors in 2 hospitals in central London... she reports that to save money, the typing is sent to India. That is, the audio dictations from the doctors are mailed to India, typed up there, and sent back to London for checking. This seems to me to be quite dangerous, because there is no longer any direct contact between the doctors and the secretaries. The number of doctors is being cut, the trainee positions have been eliminated, research grants have been curtailed. And why? Because the service is being privatised and outsourced, the only new jobs being created are for more levels of burocracy.
It is appalling, and quite depressing to see the decline of what was one of the best public health systems in the world.
I can only hope the same thing doesn't happen in Germany.
Friday, July 06, 2007
More island pictures
If this were america, this would be a dandelion. But it isn't America, and so I have no idea...anyone out there know? Pretty though.
This bench at the north end of the island is one of several benches created by local artists, they all have some surprises.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
I like these roads but the Ossie is too forcibly reminded of her childhood under Russian domination.
Of course now Germany is being again dominated by Russia though its control of gas and oil. There are no rich American tourists throwing their money around here, it is the Russian businessmen, often ruthless and thuggy.
A Week on the Island
There was only one day that the clouds lifted enough that we could see the sunset.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
On holiday on the island
The Ossie cavorting in the Baltic Sea
This is where we are, took these pictures yesterday. Weather hasn't been SO great, we had a hurricane here on Wednesday (120mph winds) and no electricity. Still, it hasn't been all bad.