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Privatising universities & finally killing them off

April 14, 2014 - 22:48 -- Admin

Non-academics Andrew Norton and David Kemp recommend privatisation of the university system with subsidies paid to private as well as government suppliers. Universities don’t only supply private goods so I am unclear of the motivation here though libertarian thrill seekers will get a jolt of blood through their arteries when they read this proposal.

Powerful university people

March 23, 2014 - 10:14 -- Admin

Important administrative people in universities  (Vice Chancellors, Deans and their lackeys) often don’t need to argue sensibly.  Their authority gives every remark they make significance no matter how banal, wrong or tautological (“we will do what is appropriate” etc.).  Their inability to connect with those over whom they rule suggests an aura of power, authority and wisdom.

Innocent Bystander Syrah 2012

March 20, 2014 - 18:07 -- Admin

I am always a bit put off when Aussi shiraz producers call their wines “syrah” but in this case the description is accurate.  The wine has a lot in common with those of France.  It is soft, slightly peppery, with an immaculately perfect shiraz finish.  It won’t rip the tartar off your teeth and at 13% alcohol is at the low end of the alcohol scale – at least compared to the Barossa and McClaren Vale monsters that often get given to me.