Latest teaching company course was African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela: 36 lectures by Kenneth P. Vickery. Interesting material from a passionate lecturer: fairly informative about the history of Africa.
The biggest problem is that it's a huge amount to cover in a short time, which means a lot has to be skimmed over. The European history courses I did covered much shorter periods, and the Chinese history had the advantage of much more homogeneity.
Still, a worthwhile course. Gives what seems to be a pretty objective account of the colonial and post-Colonial period in particular.
Need suggestions for happy TV
The next two disks of "The Great War" have dispatched, and I think I have Deadwood hanging around somewhere. But for exercise and ironing, would really like some light entertainment as well. Something that's not depressing, and isn't humour based around humiliating the characters. Stuff like:
- The Mighty Boosh
- Star Trek
- Father Ted
Quite tempted by the new 160GB iPod classic. Don't like the can't-copy-songs-off-it DRM, but iRiver and the other companies seem to have given up competing.
But the question is: if I buy it for £229 now, are they going to drop the price by a third in 6 months time? Or, are there any plausible alternatives to it?
Photoshop partial face transplants.
ObEconomics, Apart from a slightly gratuitous political shot, decent explanation of what's wrong with the gold standard.
Halfway through the next Aubrey/Maturin, and I notice that when they refer to say, 1807, they always call it "the year Seven". We should totally do that.
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