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RIP Sportsmanship. An antiquated idea that has been abandoned.

I think we are all watching the death throes of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct on the Tour de France this year. It has traditionally been the practice that, when one rider falls or has mechanical trouble, his competition will wait … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Local

“Cross-cultural tales” I needed to get the hub of my front bicycle wheel looked at.  It was clicking.  I thought that I might have split a bearing.  There are two bike shops in my local suburb. At the first shop. … Continue reading

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Servants

  A common sight around here is to see Filipina maids with their Caucasian charges  To my eyes it always looks odd, I am not yet used to it.  Servants are really cheap here.  You can get a live-in maid … Continue reading

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The Tanzanian Ministry of Health

When I was younger, I was involved in a small way with the WHO Global Programme on AIDS and the WHO Health Learning Materials Programme in this country.  This  brought me into contact with senior bureaucrats in the Ministry.  I … Continue reading

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They’re Drinking Our Beer Here

Well not exactly drinking our beer, but certainly making use of my beer-fridge.   The beer-fridge was surplus-to-requirements in our flat, and taking up space in the spare room.  Through my involvement with the Breadline Group I managed to find … Continue reading

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PPE: Politics, Philosophy and Economics

PPE is a course taught at Oxford.  It aims to give the student a quick run-through of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics all in one course.  The Rationale is that, “the answers to economic questions are often political, and the answers … Continue reading

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The King is Dead, Long Live The King!

This is a brief post to mark the passing of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (or EMH), to track my personal exposure to the EMH over the last 30 years, and to wonder how we are going to replace the hoary … Continue reading

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Watch Real Tough-Guys

  This was the slogan that Robbie McEwen used to advertise last year’s Tour de France on Australian television.  His point was, instead of a passionate devotion to football players of all codes, Australians should realise that professional cyclists, though … Continue reading

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Q409 now in the public domain

Yesterday I rolled out Q409 of Dolphin.    It was (as usual) on time, under budget,  and high quality.     This version has a CMS, a crowdsourcing survey engine, and some permission-based marketing features (ie, the ability to send … Continue reading

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