Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Nice sunny winter in Durban

This has been the longest, sunniest winter I have ever experienced in my life and I have nothing to complain about that. It makes for good times watching World Cup soccer (gotta love the italians) and running on the beach in the mornings. So as of August, I will cruising around in a shiny red (Leanne calls her "ruby"), 1991 Mazda 323 (damn, another standard). purchased at only 18,000 rands ($3000 USD) and only at 82,000 kms (formerly owned by a granny)... well, she'll be taking us to the university and back and saying goodbye to the aqua blue Durban transport bus as of July 31, 2006.

What else? Political Economy course has us reading inserts by Nicholas Barr's book on Economic Theory and the Welfare State, mainly comparing libertarian, liberal and socialist views on the economy. Interesting stuff.

Also reading stuff from the United Nations publication by Thandika Mkandawire basically summarizing that social policy is embedded in economic growth.

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