Thursday, November 28, 2013

Last days II

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my last days as professor at the University of Insubria, Como, were complicated by a sudden change of office. I don't remember whether I mentioned that I also had to complete a course on security obligatory for all teachers and staff of the university, the final date of which was my last working day. Although not relevant for me since I have no duties regarding safety in the university after my retirement I was afraid there might be legal consequences if I did not complete the course as specified.

I thought these complications were an aspect of Italian life, but I see now similar problems occur in England. In Peter Cameron's blog he racounts being removed from his office, and losing his status as a lecturer before his course ended. He had my problem of what to do with all the books and papers.

(When I decided to leave the University of Sydney in 1998 I was careful not to tell anyone about it till the last moment exactly for fear of being regarded prematurely redundant.)


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A walk near Lecco

A few days ago I was going to write a post about how depressing I find November with its lack of light. Today however we went for a walk along the Adda in delightful weather. Here are some photographs made with my phone:
The next photograph has Grigna in the background.

In the centre background of the next is Resegone:

Another photograph of Grigna with Lago di Olginate in the foreground:

A last photograph of Grigna and Resegone (with swan):