I was delighted earlier this week when my first book review of the year was published on the Newtown Review of Books. This website does a great service to Australia's book industry and it is a pleasure to be edited by the founders of the website, Jean Bedford and Linda Funnell I reviewed Jane Gleeson-White’s latest book, Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism had to have – or … [Read more...] about Wisps of Change in Global Business?
I was astonished. There have been so many complaints about the branding of Anzac and Gallipoli but I never expected to see a rubbish bin adorned with the official logo of the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli. There it was on Glenferrie Road. I was walking to the hairdresser, minding my own business, and the anniversary was thrust in front of me, unasked, via a rubbish … [Read more...] about Australia: Respect, Rubbish Bins and Underwear
This post continues my series, Introduction to Australian History, which is written for people who have recently settled in Australia or live outside Australia and want an introduction to our history and culture. This weekend the AFL Grand Final will be held between the Sydney Swans and Hawthorn football teams. This is a huge event. Around 100,000 fans flock to the Melbourne … [Read more...] about Aussie Rules Football in Melbourne and Sydney
Our apartment in Singapore is like most apartments in Australia but one corner of it is quite different. We have a bomb shelter. Yes, our nine-year old apartment has a fair dinkum bomb shelter. This is because all apartments in Singapore are required to have a bomb shelter under Singapore’s Civil Defence Shelter Act 1997. As you can see from the thick door and walls, this … [Read more...] about Bombs, Clothes Lines and Jeeps
It was Robyn Arianrhod’s book, Seduced by Logic, that prompted me to write this series of posts about my mother’s working life and her education in maths and science. Arianrhod’s book is about two female mathematicians, one from the eighteenth century and the other who lived in the nineteenth century. These women made significant contributions to the scientific revolution … [Read more...] about Glimpses of a Young Woman Working in Laboratories 1959-1963