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Private Eye, Private Enterprise

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The first season of the HBO series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, based on the series of novels by Alexander McCall, is now available on DVD. The show follows the triumphs and travails of Precious Ramotswe, a thirtyish African woman fresh out of an abusive marriage who starts Botswana's first female-run sleuthing business. The first American movie or TV series produced entirely in Botswana, the show is lushly shot, with cameras panning over African plains and riverbanks, capturing wildlife, native African clothing, and Botswana's capital, Gaborone, in warm, vivid hues.

While the show focuses mostly on the kidnapping, philandering, and petty crime mysteries that come to Precious' agency, it also explores themes of entrepreneurship, escaping class and gender restrictions, and chasing happiness and success in a developing country. Precious gets her agency up and running by selling off the herd of cattle her late father left her as a dowry to win a kinder second husband.

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  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets.

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