A Short History of the Stockmarket

The stock exchange (aka stockmarket) is “A physical and electronic market in which government bonds and the securities of companies are traded regularly [1]”

In a simplified form, the stock exchange is a type of market place where entrepreneurs meet with investors to try and get finance to start their business.  The entrepreneur gives some of the equity (shares) in the company to the investor who takes on the risk.  The investor is paid dividends for taking on the risk inherent in attempting this business venture. Read more…

A Brief History of Ruskin College by Raymond King

Named after John Ruskin, Ruskin College was founded in 1899 by Charles Austin Beard and Walter Watkins Vrooman with the aim to provide university standard education for working class people.

From the start the college was associated with the organised labour movement and these links remain strong today. The subject areas intentionally moved away from the classical studies of Oxford University to concentrate on the Social Sciences, a tradition that still holds true today. Read more…

Scientific Method

In a world that is not directly understandable we find that we sometimes disagree with others as to the facts of the things we see in the world around us.

We also find that there are things in the world that are at odds with our present understanding. One must ask a meaningful question or identify a significant problem, and one should be able to state the problem or question in a way that is conceivably possible to answer it. Any attempt to gain knowledge must start here. Scientific method refers to the process by which scientists, collectively and over time, endeavor to construct an accurate, reliable, consistent and non-arbitrary representation of the world. Read more…

Ragged University Graphic Design by Chris Behr

The graphic design of the Ragged project was brought together by Chris Behr when there were differences of opinion amongst the various people who were involved at the very beginning.  For example, what font should be used, what colour, what will the logo be ?

To resolve this I (Alex) said to the group that we will get someone with expertise in the area and take their advice.  I got in touch with Chris Behr, who was a local graphic designer who had a bunch of experience in various areas.  A talented gent who has worked in newspapers, magazines and in various areas such as business logo design and advertising.
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