The value of benchmarking?

8 01 2006

Writing about web page http://www.eubc.bham.ac.uk/

In recent years the Funding Council has chucked decent amounts of money at trying to encourage institutions to undertake more benchmarking. Lots of universities seem to be pretty keen on talking about it too – everyone is always ‘benchmarking ourselves against peer institutions in the UK and overseas’.

But it’s rubbish really. One glance at the now wonderfully out of date site of the ‘English Universities Benchmarking Club’ tells you all you need to know about this dynamic cutting edge activity. I particularly like this photo of ‘Members of the Data Collection Group – hard at work’.

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Not as funny as it should be..

8 01 2006

Book front cover

Title:
The Fowler Family Business
Author:
Jonathan Meades
ISBN:
1857029046
Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

Very strong black comedy emphasis but perhaps not quite enough of the comedic stuff. Some partly entertaining horrifying stuff around the funeral business, death more generally and blindness but still doesn’t quite deliver what it promises.

I also expect Meades to be much cleverer than this and more witty.





Stranger on the shore

8 01 2006

Book front cover

Title:
The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author:
Albert Camus, Joseph Laredo
ISBN:
0141182504
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Catching up on a few old classics. Thoroughly deserved reputation for existentialist masterpiece status.

Not terribly good for enhancing those cheerful family gatherings over festive period though!





Extraordinary

8 01 2006

Music front cover

Title:
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Artist:
Neutral Milk Hotel
ASIN:
B000AE8M3S
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

I know this has been around for some years and that many others will have fruitlessly recommended it in the past but, having received as a Xmas gift, I am completely bowled over by the originality of this album. Simply can’t believe I’ve not picked it up before. But it is absolutely brilliant and pre-figures some of the most interesting stuff of more recent years, esp Arcade Fire.

Just do it.








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