Saturday, October 8, 2011

Festival of Ideas

The festival of ideas is on again this year with a theme of planning for uncertainty. The festival organisers have put together a great programme this year. The venues are around Adelaide University and the Adelaide central business district. Merkel and Myrtle attended an entertaining discussion on "Every Marriage is a Minefield" by author and psychologist Christopher Ryan in the Town Hall. This was followed by a talk by Larissa Behrent, aborignal professor of Law at Swinburne University of Technology. This was a thought-provoking insight into the impact of legislative reform on aboriginal and other disadvantaged communities.

Merkel found a hot chocolate at Mind Food Café outside Bonython Hall at the front of the Adelaide University. The cup was compostable and biodegradable but the hot chocolate was also pretty disposable. It was too watery and there was not enough chocolate.  Still it was nice to have somewhere to sit after a talk and view the books on sale from festival speakers.

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