Jennifer Lang

Book Review: Lost Enlightenment

Today’s book review is a bit different for this blog – the book is a fairly dense history of a part of the world that doesn’t get much attention these days. It is Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane, by S Frederick Starr. I bought this book after becoming fascinated by the…

What did I read in 2015?

I’ve written up my annual page about what I read in 2015 here. This year there was a lot of history, inspired by my travels. In this post, I’m just mentioning the books that I enjoyed the most. First, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson A very…

A cycling update

Last year, after a spate of cycling deaths, I posted about the riskiness of cycling in Sydney. I concluded that cycling Sydney’s streets is actually safer than it was 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve gone back to a regular commute – I’m cycling to work two or three times a week at the moment.…

How big is the indigenous gap?

This week’s Economist has a sobering article about the gap between black and white america. It included a graphic of various statistics, showing the difference between black and white america on a range of measures. It also showed how the two compared with various countries around the world – for example, the life expectancy at…

ICAAP – Lessons Learned

On Wednesday this week (22 April), I am part of a panel discussion on ICAAP – comparing and contrasting the experience across the banking, life and general insurance industries. I’m representing life insurance. This post summarises the points from my introduction. I’ll come back and update with any interesting points from the panel discussion. Challenges…