Daily Scrapbook turned 3 today!
It’s been three years since I started this? Three years ago I was still working at a law firm in Sydney. I was helping corporations to finance their infrastructure projects and liaising with bankers and other lawyers from all around the world to negotiate and draft documents.
Now I am sitting at home in Melbourne about to meet a teacher friend for a coffee and chat about studying in the USA. Life is weird and cool like that.
Calvin and Hobbes
My law school friends used to always joke that the summer holidays after we graduated were our halcyon days.
Like … Beat
If there isn’t already, there will soon be a hipster dress-up pack, complete with existentialist quotes from Satre and an espresso cup.
The health of any polity depends as much on its leaders and citizens as it does on its laws and institutions. Its members must be prepared to think beyond themselves and to make sacrifices for a common good.
It is now hard to articulate a sense of common ground in this country, however. Politics as it is currently being practised offers few openings for consensus or compromise. A bitter adversarialism has closed off any chance of this - at least for a while.
If there is a problem with elites in Australia, it concerns this abandonment of civic decorum.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/our-brutally-ugly-politics-imperils-the-ideal-of-public-service-20121202-2aowg.html#ixzz2DzHZq9JJ