Gonk wars?

16 11 2005

For several years Warwick volunteers have used a nice gonk-type creature (the bug?) in different guises to promote their activities – see:

link

It appears though that one of them has done a runner to Liverpool:

link

and adopted the promising moniker of “Professor Fluffy”

It is not entirely clear what academic credentials he/she/it actually has though….

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MES delivers the goods again

15 11 2005

Music front cover

Title:
Fall Heads Roll
Artist:
Fall
ASIN:
B000A39FL2
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Another outstanding production from TMF, with some new classics, including esp:

  • Pacifying joint
  • What about us?
  • Assume
  • Bo Demmick
  • Clasp hands (including choice reference to ‘wolverines’…)

It’s not often you get a cover of a Move song which is even worse than the original but MES and co manage it successfully here with ‘I can hear the grass grow’.





Annoying title

15 11 2005

Book front cover

Title:
Number9dream
Author:
David Mitchell
ISBN:
0340739762
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

But that’s just coz it’s an overblown and pretentious Lennon lyric.

Still, an excellent and compelling read – difficult to assess the veracity of the setting and the policitcal/criminal context (or the WWII episodes) but convincing to me.

Some of fantastical elements a bit irritating at times but overall just about hangs together.

Also he manages to anticipate the title of his next book (which is a bit clever clever if you ask me.

Well worth a punt though!





A refreshing view

15 11 2005
Title:
Bad Thoughts: A Guide to Clear Thinking
Author:
Jamie Whyte
ISBN:
0954325532
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

A delightfully sceptical analysis of public pronouncements, political speak, media frenzies, spurious statistics etc etc. Nice critique of relativism and wonderful barbs about those who value their own opinions higher than facts.

Suffers only from being too darned brief.





WG II

13 11 2005




Dangerous Medicine

12 11 2005

Writing about web page http://www.booksack.co.uk

It ain’t on Amazon, only Booksack, but still a top quality publication!

To quote some of the blurb wot I wrote:

This book explores the origins of the quality assurance discourse in 20th Century higher education and argues that quality and standards are widely misunderstood concepts. This is manifested in the apparent enthusiasm for the adoption of industrial models of quality which are quite alien to education. The political context and justification for quality assurance are considered along with problems with language.








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