Saturday, December 27, 2008

Books and Interviews

I am reading 3 books simultaneously: Kua Kia Soong’s “May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969”; Dean Johns’ “Mad about Malaysia”; and Nesa Sivagnanam’s (ed) “25 Malaysian Short Stories: Best of Silverfish New Writing 2001-2005”. Unlike the previous 2 books I was reading, these 3 represent “light” reading, and so I can be expected to finish them off in a relatively short period of time. For those of you who have yet to cultivate the reading habit, go ahead and find a book to read. Reading enriches. Didn’t Mary Wortley Montagu once said, “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting”?

Todate, our Andy McDonough’s “Out of the Blues” sales have climbed to 600 CDs. It may appear that CD sales are slowing down – alas, this is true but we are confident that once the students are back from their hols, there will be another concerted push to fast-forward the sales momentum. I trust Mathew can look into this.

The interviews I am involved thus far, have not been able to yield the lecturers I am looking for – many of them do not have the right type of qualifications, or if they do, they are weak in knowledge-content, which is not too surprising, especially since many of them are from the local IPTAs. But of late, there has been more and more applications coming in – and this, I take it, is a sure sign that our Malaysian economy is on very unsteady ground, and the corporates and professionals are now seeking “safer” jobs such as teaching. But I am only interested to build a small core group of teaching staff, and that they are strong in the following disciplines: Finance, HRM, International Business, Marketing, Communications, Psychology, Law, and English. So are there anyone interested in the teaching profession? The biggest benefit is that you get to work with me, and that is, believe me, a real privilege and an honor! Okay, some of you may think that I am a vain pot, but really “the advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places” – at least that’s what British writer, Samuel Butler believed. I do too – besides, if you are as good as I am, why not trumpet it? Otherwise, who knows, kan?

On the football front, Liverpool must know that they could not afford to forfeit points, especially after both Chelsea and Man United won their last games. And Liverpool (what a relief!) did not disappoint – Bolton received a 0-3 drubbing in their hands; the scorers were Riera (26th minute) and Keane (53rd and 58th minutes). Sadly, Arsenal could only managed a 2-2 draw in their game with Aston Villa; and in this case, the less said the better.

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