Babatunde Olatunji (here playing the west-African Djembe) is one of the most important drummers of the 20th century.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
An ex-girl friend of mine spends her life sending e-mails to millions of people providing details of the latest Israeli academic who is voicing excessive support for the Palestinians or recommending that the institution that pays his wages etc. be boycotted. I get about two of these mails every day. So it was with a certain sense of irony that I went to a symposium at Tel-Aviv University about the psychological impact of the "Nakba" (catastrophe) on the Palestinians, organized by "Psychoactive - Mental health professionals for Human Rights". I'm curious to see if it makes her mail.
Friday, February 19, 2010
The recent quake in Haiti has set off alarm bells here in Israel. Historically Israel gets an earthquake every century and the last one was in 1927 so our due date is coming up. The first result was that all the school children in the country practised getting under their tables. No doubt that will really make a difference should anything happen.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
A few years ago I found myself with a fresh MA in History and not much to do. I had a go at publishing my thesis (British prison camps in Cyprus for illegal Jewish migrants to Palestine) but wasn't successful and didn't feel like sending out copies of it to masses of academic journals.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Interviews, interviews. Yes I'm out of a job and busily sending my CV off to potential employers. I wonder, where did this practise originate? Did people in the 14th century have a scribe write their work experience on a piece of vellum, then seal it with some wax and send it to the Royal Court in the hope of finding work as a bathroom attendant? Did ancient Egyptian architects send the Pharoh a papyrus with hieroglyphs describing their latest tomb design? If this person is alive can we put them on trial?