I would like to think that debates at this weblog were won and lost on the quality of the information provided and the logic of the arguments presented, but so often information is judged on the perceived standing of the commentator based on the prejudices of the reader.
Some months ago I started a ‘people category’ and suggested regular commentators and readers send me some information about themselves.
Russell posted the following information at an earlier thread in response to some misguided comment from others. He has agreed for me to post it as a new thread:
“I have lived in Nigeria for the last three years where I am a freelance consultant on projects in Nigeria, Ghana, and lately Indonesia.
I am currently engaged on projects in urban planning, coastal and land-use management, reconstruction (Aceh), rural development (primary health care, water and sanitation at village level).
Prior to that I spent a year in Germany where I was the technical advisor to Iraq in their defence of claims against them at the UNCC for damages caused to the coastlines of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran by the largest oil spill in history.
For two years before that I lived in Townsville where I was the head of an environmental sciences group for one of Australia’s largest consulting engineering companies and ran projects in Australia (QLD, WA, NT, SA, TAS) and New Zealand.
Before that I lived and worked for two years in Indonesia running a mangrove reforestation project.
Prior to that I lived for 3 years in Brisbane and ran my own consulting company, working in Queensland, the Northern Territory, Indonesia and Vanuatu.
I was also the unfortunate owner of a restuarant in Brisbane during that time.
Prior to that I lived and worked for 15 years in the Northern Territory for the NT government as a marine and coastal ecologist and spent a lot of time engaged in coastal management and planning. I also completed my PhD parttime and was resident on a bushland block at Humpty Doo.
Prior to that I was at Uni for 4 years where I studied zoology and botany, statistics, chemistry.
Before that I wandered and worked around Australia, mostly the south west of Western Australia and have worked as a truck driver, storeman and packer, share cropper (wheat and sheep), on the mutton chain in an abbatoir, fruit picking, builders and brickies laboring, casual farm laboring, factory hand, ships chandler (Victoria), and numerous others.“
Thanks Russell to telling us something about yourself.
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