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And that ghostly human figure. Beloved yoga It was Max, by God! They had been bosom friends all those years ago. Yoga nyc midtown But then there had been that business with Marjorie, the graduate they had both loved, and Ebenezer had done for Max, too.

“You, Ebenezer Scroose, are what has gone wrong with what was once one of the finest things in Britain: its temple of mind,” Max intoned hollowly. Yoga cards printable “I died, an unloved, lonely sot, many years ago, and I have had a lot of time in the darkness to think about you, Scroose.


Yoga asanas for weight loss by ramdev baba I see you as a chancre. Kundalini yoga kriyas for pregnancy Do you know what that is? A small unwholesome thing symptomatic of a corporeal disease.”

“What disease, Max?” croaked Ebenezer. Pilates yoga fusion workouts Disease was not a word he liked: there were a couple of things going wrong with him that he hadn’t even dared mention to his GP.

“You, along with myriads like you,” replied Max, “let power-brokers with no more interest in universities than in toilet-paper factories rationalise, globalise, marketise and trivialise that glorious discipline you and I once believed in. Yoga nidra exercises You came into a profession of gold, and let it turn to dross. Absolute yoga youtube You didn’t care.”

“My point exactly,” the wraith replied. Postures de yoga pour ventre plat “We could have done something, however small, to resist the dissolution. Yoga for back pain youtube And we didn’t. Open doors yoga hanover Before you die, Ebenezer Scroose, I shall impose on you three visions: the university of our past, your present and our successors’ future. Nada yoga school Remember, as you watch what I am about to show you, Nathan’s words to David: ‘Thou art the man!’”

There was a whoosh and a sense of dizzying reverse movement. Yoga feet images And, wonder of wonders, Ebenezer found himself where he and Max had started out. Corporate yoga proposal It was the glorious, sunny Sixties. Pranayama techniques New maps of learning, new universities, new every-bloody-thing. Open door yoga The place hummed with ideas, like a beehive on purple hearts (lovely little things). Yoga center amherst All those students getting their cost-free higher education. Yoga poses for concentration and memory Why not? They were the future: it was rational investment on the state’s part.

This was the era in which his subject mattered so much, too. Earth yoga “Humanities are the very heart of our institution,” the provost had said. Yoga houston downtown He and Max were going to write a book together on late Trollope, or early James, or middle-aged George Eliot. Restorative yoga poses for lower back pain Or something. Cd yoga free download Both planning to dedicate it to Marjorie.

How different Scroose’s life would have been, he reflected, if Max hadn’t gone on to spirit her away that night in 1969, trading on his better looks (frog, frog, frog), chat-up lines and seduction technique (he could unhook your bra with his lips, one of his other lovers had reported. Beginner yoga class sequence You could say that kind of thing in the Sixties).

Ebenezer had eaten his revenge cold by manipulating a killer review in the very week that Max was up for the big job that would have opened doors for him. Plus size yoga poses Ebenezer hadn’t written it himself, of course. Yoga feet pictures But he’d arranged it through a cat’s-paw (whom he later likewise dished).

He and Max never spoke again. Anti gravity yoga long island Max went off to Canada with Marjorie. Yoga yoga schedule Above the snow line, Ebenezer had been pleased to learn. Yoga ottawa westboro University of Reindeer Jaw, was it? Marjorie only stayed one winter. Yoga austin south But she never answered any of Scroose’s heartfelt subsequent invitations to the senior common room.

There she was now! Heading to the library with a volume of Dickinson under her arm. Kripalu yoga boston Pure Jules et Jim! Ah, it had been good to be alive in 1965.

But it hadn’t only been his love life that was headed for the iceberg. Pure yoga west address The warning signs had been there too about the future of the academy. Yoga mantras for healing Those French “events” – and all the Americans who’d come over to dodge the draft, bringing with them frightening direct action. Laughing yoga man Look over there! There was a great gaggle of them, marching across the courtyard with Maoist placards, en route to “occupy” some dean’s office, or to interrupt some poor sod’s lectures. Ryan giggs yoga dvd hmv Or perhaps just to record them (were those microphones poking out of their bags?). Yoga spartanburg Foucault, of all people, had started that nonsense by telling listeners to record him, and, like apostles, spread the tapes to all and sundry. Everyday yoga routine for weight loss Little had anyone realised that such technology was the very serpent in the cradle, soon to chill everyone with its dehumanising touch.

Yes, too much had been let loose even in 1965. Yoga relaxation techniques for sleep Centres weren’t holding. Yoga mat buying guide But Ebenezer had just gone with the flow. Yoga calgary north It would see out his time. Bikram yoga brighton mi Wouldn’t it?

“You may repent, Ebb,” Max replied. Prana yoga schedule “But you have not fully understood.” He paused for a dry cough, accompanied by what Ebb recognized as the whiff of decomposition. Bikram yoga vancouver wa “Now,” he instructed, “regard the present.”

In a twinkling, Ebenezer found himself in a crush in the precincts he knew so well. Yoga for kids video Students – dressed, many of them, in designer clothes, carrying Tumi and Hermès bags – barged him as if he weren’t there. Bikram yoga melbourne Which, in a sense, he wasn’t.

He knew vaguely how they paid for their finery. Yoga studios calgary se With plastic, which they’d still be paying off at 50. Yoga loft chicago While also still paying the interest on their £50,000 student loans. Yoga mudrasana steps And for what? “Contact”, they called those nine hours a week, 28 weeks a year, sitting with 100 others in a lecture-room designed for 50. Yoga poses pictures and descriptions Essays marked by robotic teaching assistants, all programmed to grade-inflate lest the “customer” get litigious.

Ebenezer suddenly felt an urgent need and went to a large communal urinal. Daily yoga routine for fitness There was a man alongside him dressed so shabbily that Ebenezer thought he was one of the growing army of street people. Yoga asanas for flat stomach videos But then he saw he was reading Gawain. Yoga for piles in telugu “Are you in the English department?” Ebenezer asked, while fumbling (damned dexterity) with his flies.

“No, on the edge of it,” the tramp responded. Isha yoga tamil songs free download “I’m a teaching assistant. Kozen yoga On a zero hours contract. Bikram yoga arlington ‘Freeway Flyers’, they call us in America, but I can’t afford a car. Pilates mini ball workout youtube God, I can barely afford the bus. Ashtanga yoga standing sequence Excuse me, I have to run to one of my other jobs. Triad yoga schedule You know, I was once going to write a book on late Trollope?”

How had we got here? Ebenezer wondered. Yoga pictures for two Governments – both parties – had come to the view that universities were dangerous (all those ideas). Open doors yoga dorchester Purse strings had been pulled. Yogasanam Throttlingly. Nada yoga music And then had come differential funding, based on external inspection. Yoga dance classes In just a couple of decades, universities had been brought to heel.

They had also discovered that science and technology was where the real money was. Bikram yoga adelaide hills Solve the viscosity problems of tomato ketchup or find a cure for male pattern baldness and it’s El Dorado. Mandala yoga sequence Humanities? Going the way of divinity and theology. 8 limbs yoga studio They gave a little enrichment to students, but were no more than cream on the cake. Yoga during pregnancy first trimester And so unprofitable.

Factories of the mind. Wild lotus yoga downtown new orleans la There was a certain hard grandeur in the concept. Beginner yoga poses for abs But what did factories always want? Low-paid workers, overpaid managers and profit. Yoga spark These were things Ebenezer would rather not know.

Another whoosh – this time forwards. Yoga studios vancouver wa “You are now”, announced Max, “in the world created by the doctrine of STEM. Yoga vancouver canada Humanities have been left to Moocs, YouTube and self-help reading groups. Pregnancy yoga poses to avoid Every top UK university is a wannabe Caltech or MIT. Yoga for depression the research evidence But they don’t have the money. Yoga instructor pay Brexit – which you and your generation voted for – has shrivelled them. Sumits yoga scottsdale There are no EU funds, no cross-border collaborations, so all the cleverest scientists and techies have gone west, to the US, where the Ivory Tower has become Trump Tower in a mortar board, in hock to big business.”

Ebenezer wandered to where “his” university had been. Yoga positions for lower back pain But there was now a shopping mall there instead. Chakras yoga kundalini Called Varsity Place. Types of yoga hinduism He turned to Max, who had been following him like a grey Virgil tracking Dante through the infernal regions.

“The same hope there’s always been: those young people who still come, despite everything. Yoga pura vida Sooner or later they’re going to build something on the ruins of what we have left them. Yoga pose downward dog Rubble has its uses. Yoga haven clapham common What was it Brecht said? Revolution requires demolition? Christ, what a bore that Kraut is down here, always claiming it was he who pulled down that damn wall. Yoga pictures challenge But enough of this. Yoga para principiantes You are a bore too, Frogface. Prema yoga I’ll see you soon. Dru yoga uk I could tell you precisely when – but I won’t.”

Morning light. Yantra yoga numerology Ebenezer woke and turned on his radio. Yoga wallingford Thought for the Day was on. City yoga schedule Ebenezer had a thought or two of his own on this second day of Christmas.

Of course, Max had put the darkest construction on things. Yoga for lower back pain It was all spin and payback. Yoga poses names But the one thing he’d said that rung true was that as long as the young people kept coming, there was hope. Tinnitus yoga So Ebenezer made a Christmas vow. Charm city yoga towson He would leave his worldly wealth to endow a postdoctoral fellowship. Dahn yoga center He could never atone for what he’d done (or failed to do) but, in the little time left to him, he would be a better man.

And an alternative vision for the University of the Future – he’d think it through and write it up now. Pregnancy yoga poses images Who was that contact he had at Oxford University Press? Bright young chap.

I believe it would have been better if Ebenezer had reconnected with Cratchit at the end, or some other person he knew, although there was a hint of that in the mention of his OUP contact, who may well in the future have returned to university and been the recipient of his postdoc fellowship. Yoga tropics pb class schedule Nevertheless, this is assuredly an imaginatively interwoven story of love and sex, and of health, aging, work, money, and hope, with a bit of politics thrown in, would surely . Yoga art projects But what of the comment, “as long as the young people kept coming, there was hope.” Did Max mean hope for universities, for without young people there wouldn’t be any and lecturers would be redundant, or hope for our world – our different societies and ways of life, and our technologies and sense of humanity? Away from the campus, I have concocted another interpretation of the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, actually a response to Professor Levin’s own ‘In Defense of Scrooge.’ But aren’t most of these about aging in general, retirement, and the meaning of life, in some form or another?

John Sutherland’s Ebenezer writes here that the problems originated from outside the universities, that the government was at fault. Yoga for hair But in the story Ebenezer does acknowledge, too, that he did nothing throughout his career to stop these kinds of changes. Meditation techniques for beginners How close to reality is this? Did the government start it, and did academics and the powers that be simply fall in line?

How much of the problem is actually to do with the academics themselves, unwilling to take a chance on new research, to do anything that would threaten their own continuing career moving upwards and onwards? When the main aim of universities is self-preservation (both at the individual level, and the socioeconomic), to maintain class distinctions – the elitism of the ivory tower, with the occasional addition of ‘fresh blood’ to enhance their reputation as fair and open to all, how can this system possibly expect to continue? The world is changing – society is changing, and universities must change also.

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