Thursday, 8 August 2019

"My colleague is completely incorrect...."

I was just contacted by a professor at a British university. Nothing unusual in that except he was asking about a certain 'big cat' photo but then told me about a recent incident.

"We had two radio journalists and were discussing non native and introduced species. My colleague, a senior lecturer, began to joke about this and made reference to your EAR and you having had nothing better to do than chase mythical cats around the countryside"

I was told this academic's name -never heard of him and as far as I can tell he has never looked at exotic reports. I was told that the top man at the university being present then interjected:

"My colleague is completely incorrect. Mr Hooper has published private papers as well as co-authored reports with academics and is a noted naturalist with a specialisation in canids and felids and began his work forty odd years ago before my esteemed colleague had even gone to university"

What?!

It seems that the 'junior' academic had been very mouthy of late and this "defamation" in front of journalists was the last straw.,  He made his rebuttal and everyone moved on to the next topic.

I have no idea what is going on but it is nice to have a senior academic sing your praises.

Sadly, it does not make me money! :-)

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"My colleague is completely incorrect...."

I was just contacted by a professor at a British university. Nothing unusual in that except he was asking about a certain 'big cat'...