Monthly Archives: August 2011

53. The South Pacific and Someone’s Restaurant at the End of the Universe

This piece was writ­ten while I was a lec­turer in lin­guis­tics at the Uni­ver­sity of the South Paci­fic, Suva, Fiji  from 1987 to 1990. Now it is 2011, but not so much has really changed in the Paci­fic for its … Con­tinue read­ing

Posted in culture, economics, Pacific Islands | Leave a comment

52. Performance-Linked Micro-Tariffs

The let­ter fol­low­ing was addressed to Prime Min­is­ter Keat­ing, 8 July 1995, and later posted on my web­site ( The reply to me from a min­der was what you might expect: vapid. Nev­er­the­less the points out­lined remain ger­mane to any Aus­tralian … Con­tinue read­ing

Posted in competence, culture, economics, law, regulations | Leave a comment

51. Getting It Done, Or Your Gift For Mine? – An Echo from the Philippines

On a stopover in Manila a while back, I wan­dered into a book­shop, look­ing for some­thing that could give me a fix on “the” cul­tural mind­set of the Philip­pines. This is a coun­try with which I have had only brief … Con­tinue read­ing

Posted in competence, culture, management, reciprocation, Research & Study, teaching | Leave a comment