Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Desert Island Discs Feedback

Hello. My name is Kostas Economides and I am a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of the South of England (USE for short). Well, actually that is not true really as the names of individuals and institutions in this blog have been changed to protect the innocent - and the guilty!

I have had a fair bit of feedback on my Desert Island Discs blog.

Interestingly people seem to prefer to email me directly with their comments rather than leave them after the blog itself. Perhaps they want to keep their comments just for me to read, or maybe they just haven’t spotted that the comments box is there at the end of the blog. Can I just say that if you do have a comment to make about the blog post and you are happy for other readers to see your comments you can do it quite easily, although you do have to have a Google account.

A comment from one reader was that she thought his most interesting point in the discussions that Kirsty Young had with Sir Mervyn King related to David Blanchflower's criticism of the well-paid Governor's lack of foresight!

Another made a comment about Mozart and Beethoven, and classical music in general. He said that he loves telling people that Mozart wrote to order and to formula - that isn't to say he wasn't a genius or that he didn't write some good tunes, but, to strip it all away, he was a bit of the Stock Aitken Waterman of his day (try that one with classical music aficionados and wait for them to choke ... always assuming they know who Stock Aitken and Waterman are!

Then there were suggestions for other economists who might feature on the programme: An obvious candidate, said one reader is Sir Nicholas Stern, now Baron Stern of Brentford, and author of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change .

And if we can include Americans why not go for three Nobel prize winners? Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz , or Elinor Ostrom . The first two are regular visitors to the UK and make clear their views on the Coalition government’s economic policy. Maybe I should get in touch with the producer of Desert Island Discs and suggest these names to her?

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