There will be no detailed blog today as I am in the midst of inter-contintental travel, which is one of those terms from the C19th that sounds exotic but is in reality pretty awful. Somewhere in the next 24 hours I will surface and start typing again. A new blog will appear Thursday sometime. But while I am gone you can listen to some music, if you like.
Also note that I will not be able to approve comments that require moderation until late Wednesday, London time. So don’t fret if your comment is just sitting in the moderation queue. This will especially happen if you have included a link to an external site in your comment.
This is what I will be listening to while on my journey. It is the full album featuring the Jamaican tenor sax player Tommy McCook – Reggae in Jazz – which was first released in 1976.
Tommy McCook was a core member of the Skatalites in the mid-1960s which fused the old jazz big band sounds with the Caribbean back beats, which we now call Ska.
Ska was the precursor to Rock Steady then Reggae, which emerged as tempos slowed.
The concept for the album came from the Stanley “Buster” Riley, who was a Jamaican recording engineer/producer (part of the famous Riley family). He dubbed Tommy McCook over the top of previously recorded tracks from their studio.
The tempos are Rock Steady.
It is a fine album and mine has had plenty of playing. Perfect at 30,000 feet!
Upcoming Event – Reframing the Debate: Economics for a Progressive Politics, London, August 27, 2015
I will be at this event on Thursday. There will be an informal gathering afterwards for those who would like to discuss matters further.
The NHA is very pleased to be able to present an evening with Professor Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics and renowned proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, during his visit to the UK at the end of this month.
Come and join Professor Mitchell in conversation with Richard Murphy (Tax Research) and Ann Pettifor (Prime Economics), both currently economic advisors to Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign.
How can the debate on the economy be reframed around the things that really matter – people and the environment? Does MMT hold the key?
The Event will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST).
John Snow Theatre
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
WC1E 7HT London
WWW site for Registration.
Upcoming Event – Book Launch Maastricht, August 31, 2015
The official book launch for my new book – Eurozone Dystopia – Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale – will be held on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
The Launch will be held at the SBE Building, Tongersestraat 53, Maastricht University.
The event will run from 13:15 to 14:30 (drinks to follow).
There will be two excellent speakers:
1. Dr László Andor, former Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the Barroso II administration of the European Commission.
2. Professor Arjo Klamer, Professor of Economics of Art and Culture at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He “holds the world’s only chair in the field of cultural economics”.
The public is welcome to the event. I hope to see a lot of people there in Maastricht on