"What the international community finds difficult to understand is when you have such a monstrous intrusion of domestic politics so as to prevent one of your own from actually competing on the international stage."
- Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, on not being given Australian government support for his bid to become Director-General of the United Nations.
Err, no, Kevin. The 'international community' couldn't give fig about you or the UN role. The 'international community' is currently concerned about terrorism and poverty, about which the UN and its director-general do, or can do, precious little.
First Samuel client events calendar
|Tue-16-Aug||Investment Forum & cocktail party||Saul Eslake.
"The New World of Economic Disrupters: From Brexit to Trump"
Presentation by leading economist and First Samuel client
|Leonda by the Yarra|
|Aug - Nov (dates TBC)||FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series||A series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer||Various restaurants in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney|
Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...
At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve
A movie goer at a cinema in Paducah, Kentucky, got irate as a boy in the seat behind kicked his seat. Did the man:
a) Turn around and ask the boy to stop kicking;
b) Turn around and ask the boy's father to ask the boy to stop kicking;
c) Call an attendant to ask the boy to stop kicking; or
d) Pull a gun.
Close. But no cigar. The correct answer is d. He was later arrested.
(The Hollywood Reporter)
The man missed the ending to Star Trek Beyond.
Only in America
A 13-year old boy from Albuquerque, New Mexico thought that burping in class was a great joke. The teacher didn't.
The police were called and the boy was arrested, handcuffed and taken to juvenile jail.
(KRQE News 13)
But some passing of wind by a 13-year old boy might require stern action.
Unclear on the concept
The University of Idaho*, a tertiary educational institution (apparently), is offering a university course that includes Pokémon Go (a popular 'augmented reality' game).
The course, which counts towards a physically active PE requirement, features smartphone games that get players moving, including Pokémon Go and Humans vs. Zombies.
(The Daily Dot)
The course starts on 22nd August, if any readers wish to enroll. But it's not available on-line, you'll have to travel to Moscow, Idaho.
Have a wry and dry weekend
*'UI is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities and their advancement of diversity, citizenship and global outreach.' Yessiree. Got that in one. But there is no evidence of English classes.