Thursday, April 21, 2011

Page turners

I've finally finished reading the Memoirs of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser,  I was fascinating by the account of his life, his politics, and how his relationship with the Liberal Party changed. Since then I read Dambisa Moyo's book Dead Aid -which I found to be a well reasoned argument for why western-aid is not only not the solution to Africa's problems, but also part of the problem - I guess the problem is the way we face these problems is that "we are 'westerners' how can we fail to do good'.

At the moment, I've started reading Hugh Mackay's book - What makes us tick - about the 10 major drivers of our behaviour - so far I'm about a third of the way through, and again I don't think there is anything in there that is a shock, but its been an interesting read - especially the way he talks about religion (be it the theist or atheist type). 

And it is lovely to have a five day break, hopefully I'll get a bit more reading down, and also find the time to write a touch. Last weekend we went and saw the Ballet Madam Butterfly, which was really amazing, I can't get over the dancers stamina and grace of equal portions. 

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