Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor

This Soldier Needs a Tailor (Photo by Enrico Hänel from Pexels)

We all remember the children’s counting game, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor. (For those from across the Atlantic that’s Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief.) The first record of these four professions being grouped together was back in 1695.

Around the same time, you could do well for yourself as a saggar makers bottom knocker. But, in days of yore, if you were looking for what to do with your life there weren’t too many possibilities. And, often, you weren’t given a choice. You would be told what your “chosen” profession was going to be.

Today, we have a host of new professions that would mystify our forbears as much as the saggar makers bottom knocker mystifies us.

To prepare for a career in one of the upcoming professions, there are university courses waiting for you. Let’s take a look.

Manchester Metropolitan University is offering Pizza Hut Studies, a course dedicated to perfecting management and leadership skills in the food service industry. Sounds good whichever way you slice it.

And if you want to horse around, or engage in some horseplay, you should be able to think like a horse. You might want to follow in the footsteps of Dan “Buck” Brannaman, the Horse Whisperer, who had an almost magical ability to calm unruly horses. A good start would be a course in Equestrian Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. This will give you a good understanding of horse psychology, allowing you to interact better with them. Not so much ‘horses for courses’ but ‘courses for horses’. But beware of the coronavirus making you a little hoarse.

And if you really want to make a stink, the International Centre for Aroma Trades Studies at Plymouth University has a course on Perfumery; the science and the art.

If you are stuck in a hole, the University of Birmingham offers a way out with its Applied Golf Management Studies, a full 3-year BSc course. You will learn about sports science, equipment technology, training, business management, human resources and marketing. Why not take a swing at it?

But if you really want to impress, try for Algorithm Analyst. Algorithm analysis is a component of computational complexity theory. To put it simply, it’s a theoretical estimate of the resources needed by an algorithm to solve a specific computational problem. It couldn’t be simpler than that.

We end this Blog on a serious note. The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University, Bloomington, offers a wide range of courses on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism in general. Sadly, many courses are needed to cover the growing anti-Semitism in today’s world.

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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