Category Archives: Literature

Meanwhile Gov 2 keeps surging in the GLAM Sector

Here are some headlines marking various milestones of progress and regress in the Government 2.0 agenda. As we recommended in the Cutler Report donations to the global commons are growing apace. Meanwhile it’s not surprising that the Scandinavians, who are some … Continue reading

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Rich countries and happiness: the story of a bet.

Do countries that are already rich become even happier when they become yet richer? This was the essential question on which I entered a gentleman’s bet in 2004 with Andrew Leigh and which just recently got settled. The reason for … Continue reading

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Mr Pip: and some things and people who give me the pip

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are the rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried than before – more sorry, more aware of my own … Continue reading

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I love accents. I love pretty much everything about them. I love the way in which they actually convey things – sincerity, guile, sneering, superiority and their opposites and complements – all surreptitiously; all in a way that is at the same time … Continue reading

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D H Lawrence: A Letter from Germany

Remarkable letter written from, and about, Germany by DH Lawrence in 1928. For all the beauty of his descriptions, it feels like divination rather than reportage. Immediately you are over the Rhine, the spirit of place has changed. There is … Continue reading

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On Mr Rudds multitude of policy positions, or syntax without semantics.

  “ they exert every variety of talent on a lower ground…and may be said to live and act in a submind”…… VS Naipaul  “The Air Conditioned Bubble” Writing in 1984 about the republican convention of 1984 (the triumphant beginning … Continue reading

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The Crucible: go and see it if you can

Warning: Enthusiasm Alert. I’ve just got home from seeing the Crucible by Arthur Miller at the Melbourne Theatre Company. I thought it was a very good production. I thought I wasn’t going to like David Wenham much at the outset … Continue reading

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