Thursday, 20 November 2008

Endelexeia

The acid smell of athens, coffee and strong ciggarettes. Grey skies and uncertain futures. The pressure of these month has led me back to when i was 19, unsure of myself, hesitant and resistant. Endelexia encapsulate that. I miss my family and friends, but more i miss my sence of purpose: bewildered i stagger on.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Liberty

Yesterday i had the great luck to see a play preformed by the Shakespeare's globe troupe called Liberty . It was an inspiring show set in revolutionary Paris, and dealt wonderfully with issues of idealism, fear, duty, and human relationships. For me the most bone chilling aspect was to see a man, who while working for great freedoms, becomes a murderer of hundreds. It is on tour and them back in London on the 15th on November - don't miss it!

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

“Like a thief in the night” Are we underestimating the Service sector output?

A great new publication by Dr. Gerben Baker “Entertainment Industrialised: The Emergence of the International Film Industry, 1890 -1940”
Dr. Gerben argues that we are underestimating the GDP by simply not measuring services correctly thus we see their impact but we can’t spot it in productivity estimates. He argues convincingly that if Service activities such as film and television were measured based on the leisure time they provide then we would be bale to better capture the tremendous growth in services and their impact in our life.
This should be noted by the statistical offices on Cyprus and Malta since so much of their economies is based on service provision – and estimating their output is sometime just not good enough to encapsulate their economic impact and social impact. New service industries (such as software development, social networking sites and online betting) need new ways to estimate their output and their productivity impact in the economy – and the statistical offices can be pioneers in such developments.