Category Archives: Older women

End of a era

Hi everyone.

This is just a reminder for anyone who missed my previous postings.

This blog site has ceased operation.

I have moved across to:

The Bouncing Tigger Reads on http://www.tiggerreviews.com

The new site should link to Google+, Tumblr and Facebook too so nothing should be lost – but you can let me know over the new site if it fails to do so. Odd hiccups are occurring as I am still learning about the software !

Here’s hoping that I will see you on the new site ūüôā You will need to sign up again to get a direct email unfortunately.

See you soon!

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Only 3 left! And then this stream ends

Hi everyone.

This is just a reminder for anyone who missed my orevious posting.

At the end of the month of January this blog site will cease operation.

I have moved across to:

The Bouncing Tigger Reads on http://www.tiggerreviews.com

In fact there are only 3 posts left to run on this site – all new posts are already being created across the way!

The new site should link to Google+, Tumblr and Facebook too so nothing should be lost – but you can let me know over the new site if it fails to do so. Odd hiccups are occurring as I am still learning about the software – it’s only been 10 days!

Here’s hoping that I will see you on the new site ūüôā You will need to sign up again to get a direct email unfortunately.

See you soon!

Site Moving!

Hi everyone!

From February this site will move permanently to: http://www.tiggerreviews.com

This is also a WordPress site and will look very little different but will have a few extra features.

Start looking at this site any time you like before then and you will see me sorting those features out Рand all posts will match on both sites until Feb1st, after which only the new site will  be operational.

No hassle for you at all – just a new id.

Thanks for reading this blog up until now and I hope you will continue as the blog develops further on its new site.

Be seeing you!

 

Enter the Queendom of the Red Academy

The Rise of the Red Queen

By

Bourne Morris

An interesting title for this novel, as reading  it you might assume the book was fantasy or YA in genre. But no such thing. It is a crime novel set in a university.

The Red Queen of the title is an academic whose rise is chronicled through the faculty management structure to being Assistant Dean in this university set high above Lake Tahoe in the Nevada Hills, and who has red hair.

She is thus commonly known as ‚ÄėRed‚Äô and many of her colleagues see her as their born leader and that they are members of the court of her faculty.

However, not all members of the university appreciate her qualities and there is still a significant misogynistic element  amongst them. Especially in the higher management echelons.

Prejudices and academic rivalry abound and are very intense and even lead here to murder and criminal behaviour.

And then there is the warped mind of one of the community who abducts a young girl. So within this story, other stories intertwine here there are mysteries and suspicious behaviours and suspicions that leave you guessing.

A note here on academic tenure in American universities (generalised).

Tenure in American universities is extremely hard to achieve.

It requires not only a PhD but a significant body of publications, grants, and conference appearances achieved; and then you have to be liked by all the members of the faculty committee that will review your record and award you tenure ‚Äď or not.

Tenure, is effectively for the rest of your life. It is almost impossible to be fired, and it is very much your choice as to when you retire. Only about 2% of tenured Professors are fired each year ‚Äď and then it has to be for ‚Äėdue cause‚Äô.

And: ‚ÄúAs a tenured Professor, you are free to do your own work, your own way‚ÄĚ (quoted in the book).

The probationary period averages three years for community colleges and seven years at four-year colleges. This is a period of employment insecurity almost unique among U.S. professions. People denied tenure at the end of this time lose their jobs; tenure is an “up-or-out” process.

During the probationary period, almost all colleges can choose not to renew faculty contracts and terminate faculty without any reason or cause. Throughout this time, senior professors and administrators evaluate the work of new faculty-teaching, research and service before deciding whether or not to recommend tenure. The most recent survey of American faculty shows that, in a typical year, about one in five probationary faculty members was denied tenure and lost his or her job.

No more than one-third of all college and university faculty members are tenured. The reason? More and more colleges are relying on part-time or temporary nontenure-track faculty to teach undergraduates — part-timers constituted about 38 percent of the professoriate in 1987 and grew to 43 percent in 1992.

http://www.nea.org/home/33067.htm

I don’t like getting up in the morning and I’m not alone

snowy mountain

Cauld blaws the wind frae east to west,
The drift is driving sairly;
Sae¬†loud and shill’s I hear the blast-
I’m sure it’s winter fairly.

Chorus.-Up in the morning’s¬†no¬†for me,
Up in the morning early;
When a’ the hills are covered¬†wi’¬†snaw,
I’m sure it’s winter fairly.

The birds sit chittering in the thorn,
A’¬†day they fare¬†but¬†sparely;
And lang’s the night¬†frae¬†e’en¬†to morn-
I’m sure it’s winter fairly.
Up in the morning’s, no¬†for me,
Up in the morning early;
When a’ the hills are covered¬†wi’¬†snaw,
I’m sure it’s winter fairly.
1788 Robert Burnspoetry, song

The Tigger’s 2015 in review: stats and more

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Now at the start of the year I made some a series of reasons why people should read this blog so that I could gain 1000 followers. I now have 385 that read this blog directly; 29 read through Tumblr; and 985 see my book reviews through my FaceBook page Рhttps://www.facebook.com/elayne.coakes which does have other stuff on it too.

So what I said was:

  1. I don’t blog a lot about my health and moan about my family or the state of the union or be vehement about my politics or… I blog about a variety of subject matters that interest me and hopefully you, some of which, especially as the majority of my followers are from the US, may be unfamiliar to you;
  2. I write good grammatical English (UK spelling), properly punctuated, and I know how to use the apostrophe. I don’t usually write in stream of consciousness mode but nice precise paragraphs.
  3. I write about a good variety of subjects so you are very likely to find something to interest you in them ¬†‚Äď from flowers and gardens, to crafts, to travel, to ‚Äď in particular ‚Äď books. Illustrated by my husband‚Äôs excellent photographs. As a European I¬†get to a lot of countries you may wish to visit in Europe, but also have been to many more exotic locations such as China and India and these are ¬†described here. More still to come on past adventures, but this year I¬†shall be flying out¬†to Boston¬†and New York¬†and¬†cruising back on the Queen Mary 2; and also Ireland later in the summer for sure. [Sorry, 2015 has been dominated by books but still I did cover other items, and shall try to do better in 2016]
  4. I read a lot of books and write informative and well researched reviews that don’t give the plot away and are not summaries. There is no plot synopsis but a comment that will be relevant to the subject matter and will inform. [2015:This is absolutely still true and will continue to be so]
  5. If I can get over 1000 followers, I¬†will be authorised by more publishers on the NetGalley site which means I will get to read yet more books that are just being published, and more books by new authors you may not yet have heard of. I shall endeavour to keep up the interviews with them that I¬†have recently started. [2015:I now have at least one author interview a month, sometimes more, and I am recognised by several publishers as shown by my¬†widgets including being in the Brash Priority Reveiwer’s Circle]

¬†Here are details of 2014‚Äôs activity to compare to this year’s:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

The busiest day of the year was January 21st with 75 views. The most popular post that day was Feminism? Vegetarianism? Linked or not?. In 2014, there were 60 new posts.

Click here to see the complete report. for 2015.

And do please comment and come and read more posts!