I’ve got lots I want to write about but I’m rather busy at the moment with school stuff. So let’s have another open thread.
To kick things off, I was at a conference yesterday where someone representing a large, influential supranational organisation known by its acronym said the following:
“Our global goals have been agreed between governments and private business.”
Is that good or bad?
So the university staff have found my blog; I wondered how long it would take. They’ve not made any remarks, other than an offhand comment from one of the professors at a party last night that he’d read what I’d written. The next question is how long it’ll take my fellow students to find it.
Yesterday one of my professors, who is Indian-born and trained as a lawyer in his home country before moving to Switzerland, remarked he doesn’t like socialism, is in favour of anarcho-capitalism, and is a libertarian. I was rather cheered by this. Would I have got a professor echoing similar sentiments if I’d gone to a US college, or Manchester Business School? Or would I have had to listen to anti-Trump diatribes and monologues on the virtues of Barack Obama?
I’ve only been here two weeks, but thus far I’ve seen no sign that ideological conformity is demanded from my school; on the contrary, robust debate and contradictory opinions seem to be encouraged. That alone is probably worth the monthly parking fees in Geneva.
Today I sat a test to benchmark my knowledge on business, finance, economics, organisational behaviour, etc. at the start of my course. The idea is I’ll sit the same test at the end and see whether anything has sunk into my thick skull, or it all went in one ear and out the other.
I’m not sure how I did because they don’t give you the results, but some questions I had absolutely no idea about. Of the ones I did, I’d say a good three quarters I was able to answer mainly because I’d spent the past ten years reading Tim Worstall’s blog. Perhaps we should start calling him Prof.
Apologies for the lack of post yesterday: I am moving house and all my stuff got delivered yesterday. I’m sure most of you know what that’s like.
Posting will be a little sporadic over the next few days. I’m flying to Thailand tomorrow, then from 13th to 22nd September I’ll be in Perth visiting friends down under. If any Perth-dwellers wants to meet me for a drink, let me know. I am assuming William of Ockham and Bardon will nip over from the east coast, so I’ll not be alone.
I’m off to the south of France for a couple of days, then onto Annecy. I doubt I’ll be doing a whole lot of blogging, but we’ll see. In the meantime, why not discuss stuff among yourselves? I might even join in.
I’m off to Torquay for a couple of days to see a pal and his family, so no blogging until Friday. Kindly don’t honk: you’ve had 66 posts this month, a record for me. Thanks for reading and, ahem, clicking on the adverts.
On the suggestion of Bardon, this is an open thread to discuss whatever you like.
I’m going to Dubai for a couple of days and won’t be back in Paris until late Monday night. Don’t expect any posts until Tuesday. I’ll be cheering on France in the World Cup final, but won’t be unhappy if Croatia win.
Have a nice weekend.
I’m off to Thailand tomorrow for a couple of weeks, just for fun. I’ll still be blogging but the frequency may vary and the time posts go up a little odd. Two points:
1. Some of you have sent me emails pointing me in the direction of articles you think might interest me. If I’ve not replied, please don’t think I’m rude, I’ve just not had time. I’ll get around to it over the next week.
2. If anyone is in Phuket and fancies meeting for a drink, let me know.
I’m going to be in Porto until Wednesday then Lisbon until Friday, and next Saturday is looking busy. I’ll try to put something out while I’m in Portugal, but I might not be blogging until next week.
So last night a number of my readers and commenters joined me in The Parcel Yard pub, thus ensuring I didn’t have to buy all my own drinks. I think there were 16 of us in total including me, which is a splendid turnout given it was a Tuesday night and there was no free bar or buffet. We weren’t the most diverse bunch, being all men except The Devil’s wife, and we were so pasty you’d think we were the golf team of a nearby merchant bank. Sadly there were no turquoise-haired polyamorists present, although a table of trannies behind us might have fit the bill. Topics discussed included polyamory (of course), the numerous shortfalls of my first novel, other people’s blogs (namely, Tim Worstall’s and David Thompson’s), my new career in HR, the importance of a good comments section, and a whole load of other stuff. There was much lamentation that Mr Ecks didn’t show up, as we wished to use the occasion for the launch of his much-needed purge.
So big thanks to everyone who came, even bigger thanks to those who bought me drinks or offered to, and thanks to those who wanted to come but dropped me a note to say they couldn’t. It was a fun evening, great to put faces to pseudonyms, and I’ll do it again next time I’m in London.