I have been away, and just catching up. The hose is on kvd's garden bed watched by his and LE's chairs. kvd sent me some photos of his son's garden bed. This is one sample. Now that's what I call a garden bed! Feelings of inadequacy?!
Having explored the concept of elegance, (Elegance and tennis), our Polish-Australian blogging friend AC has been out exploring the Australian countryside: Getting to know Australia – Thredbo. I really have to visit the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery.
Ramana, another of our blogging friends, has suffered the loss of his sister-in-law, A Death And A Reconnection, although Sudhira's death re-established old connections. It's a bit sad that so often this has to happen through deaths and funerals. Perhaps something to think about there?
My post on the current Australian curriculum review, The Pyne curriculum review - Dr Donnelly's challenge, has continued to attract visits and comments. Neil Whitfield wrote in a comment:
I am getting weary of this..... we are all wasting our time and energy on this tripe. If I can stomach it I may do a post along these lines soon.
I can see his point of view. However, I would argue that one of the key things with questions like this is the need to delineate the issues. Otherwise it becomes one set piece in opposition to another set piece.
In writing on this topic, I have tried to make a difference between the stop the boats policy and the way it is applied, focusing my criticisms on the second.
This photo from the Jakarta Globe (link above) shows Australian Foreign Minister Bishop meeting her Indonesian counterpart on 5 December.
Look at the body language. It must be bloody uncomfortable for Ms Bishop to deal with all this. How often can you get on the phone to say sorry?
In a comment on Problems with project management, DG pointed me to this paper by David Gadiel and
Jeremy Sammut, How the NSW Coalition Should Govern Health: Strategies for Microeconomic Reform. I haven't had time to read it properly yet.
As it happened, over coffee on Saturday I was trying to explain the failures in current management (public and private) and policy development as I see them. Yes, i know that this is a hobby horse of mine, but I so hate inefficiency. Still, I will let that hold to a later post.