I'm finishing my thesis for college at the moment. Its on a famine in Malawi in 2001/2. I'm an economics student so I'm analyzing it from a price quantity perspective. Basically, I'm arguing that there was sufficient food in the country at the time of the famine it's just that the distribution and pricing mechanisms did not work. The level of corruption there is unreal. People with government connections (some even in the government) bought the entire national grain reserve very cheaply. They then hoarded it so that the prices would skyrocket. The end result was that people starved while these traders made profits.
The price and food production data supports this. Its been an interesting experience. A lot of hard work in a thesis. Hopefully, I can edit it so that it gets published in an academic journal. I certainly think its good enough. So does my supervisor, so fingers crossed. If I get it published then I'll have a better chance of going to the US with a scholarship for a PhD. Thats the dream!
I start my first proper full time job next week. I meet the office yesterday and they seem like a nice bunch. I'll be the only guy working in an office with 4 girls. I was slightly disappointed about that, because I won't be able to talk about manly stuff like cars, football and action movies . I have to brush up on my knowledge of shopping, shoes etc for next week!
The job itself seems cool and it involves some travel, which I like. I'll be going to London, Madrid, Prague and Portugal.
Thats if I go in! I fractured the metacarpal in my thumb after some guy blocked my attempted ridgehand with his elbow. Scheduled for surgery on Monday if I need it. If I'm still in hospital on Wednesday I won't be able to go into work. Hopefully the healing is going well but you never know.
I really miss kickboxing and working out. These are my two most enjoyed past-times. Maybe after surgery I can start doing some kind of limited training so I don't lose my fitness. I'm going to miss a few tournaments which is always a disappointment. Being injured makes you appreciate being fit and training so much more. Having a hand injury is even worse because you can't play the X-box either!