Thursday, 17 April 2014

[No. 210] Good vibrations with Rajeev Misra

The way the sunlight plays upon his hair ...

And sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[1], and I could never forget[1], and sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[2], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[1], and I could never forget[2], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[1], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[2], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![1], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[2], and finance is so cold ...[1], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![2], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[1], and finance is so cold ...[2], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![1], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[2], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![1], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![2], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[1], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![2], and does he wear colourful clothes?[1], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[2], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[1], and does he wear colourful clothes?[2], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[1], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[2], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![1], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[2], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[1], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![2], and sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[3], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[2], and I could never forget[3], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[3], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[3], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![3], and finance is so cold ...[3], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[3], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![3], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![3], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[3], and does he wear colourful clothes?[3], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[3], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[3], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![3], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[3], and

And sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[1], and I could never forget[1], and sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[2], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[1], and I could never forget[2], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[1], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[2], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![1], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[2], and finance is so cold ...[1], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![2], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[1], and finance is so cold ...[2], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![1], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[2], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![1], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![2], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[1], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![2], and does he wear colourful clothes?[1], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[2], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[1], and does he wear colourful clothes?[2], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[1], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[2], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![1], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[2], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[1], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![2], and sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[3], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[2], and I could never forget[3], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[3], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[3], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![3], and finance is so cold ...[3], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[3], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![3], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![3], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[3], and does he wear colourful clothes?[3], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[3], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[3], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![3], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[3], and

And sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[1], and I could never forget[1], and sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[2], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[1], and I could never forget[2], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[1], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[2], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![1], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[2], and finance is so cold ...[1], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![2], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[1], and finance is so cold ...[2], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![1], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[2], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![1], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![2], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[1], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![2], and does he wear colourful clothes?[1], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[2], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[1], and does he wear colourful clothes?[2], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[1], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[2], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![1], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[2], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[1], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![2], and sometimes a name just ... HITS(!) you, you know? / Rajeev, Rajeev, Rajeev ... / 'Don't forget the Misra!'[3], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[2], and I could never forget[3], and Misra know it all won't be at UBS for much longer / there's a better life at Fortress / and I've got ... GOOD VIBRATIONS[3], and Peter Briger is a lucky, lucky man, man[3], and the credit/real estate stuff? Who cares?!?! / Look a-ROUND here ... softly smile, excitations![3], and finance is so cold ...[3], and YOU(!) ... JOIN IN!!! ... Get a-ROUND!!! / Rajeev will come with us to a blossom world[3], and we'll be someone(s) good ... perfect / different, at least ... away from all the dirt![3], and money makes us cold now / those burning days are gone![3], and / BUT(!!!) Rajeev will take his love to Fortress ... / I'm talking REAL LOVE, you dig?[3], and does he wear colourful clothes?[3], and Rajeev is the sort who puts flowers in his hair - 'NO!' / Oh yes, wake up to his love[3], and HELLO, HELLO, HELLO ... here he is, getting DIZZY with the best of us[3], and / Are YOU(!) picking up the GOOD VIBRATIONS? / 'YES!' ... (!!!) ... You're squawking like a pink monkey bird![3], and / Oh, WAKE UP, WORLD!!! / Here we are ...[3], and

Rajeev Misra is leaving UBS for Fortress Investment Group

Yes, private equity and hedge fund stuff. Credit and real estate, with Peter Briger. I wish Rajeev all the best. (Not that he needs my wishes. He's Misra know it all, as Stevie Wonder might say. Or maybe not.) It's a smart move. 'Is it, Mikey?' I don't know, man. It's just something you say in situations like this, if you want to appear knowledgeable. 'Yeah. That's smart, that is.' Of course it is, Voice. I know how things work now. 'Seven years, man and boy.' I'm a professional. 'Of course you are.' / I'll be doing a number on Rajeev later. 'Brilliant!' No. 210 to be precise. I don't know the guy but - 'That's never stopped you before!' - I don't need to know, you know? When you're a mystic like me, all you need is a name. Then you get the vibrations. Rajeev is giving me good vibrations at the moment. 'Oh dear!' There's nothing sordid about it, man.

Well, well, er, well ... / And in other news, this Easter, David Cameron says he's a Christian. 'Ha!' Dear oh dear, eh? 'Dear oh dear, boss. You're not wrong!' / Right-wing "Christians" must be the most deluded people in the world. (Either that or the biggest liars.) Have they actually read the Gospels? I've read them. Jesus wasn't remotely right-wing. He was a socialist. He lived with the poor and the sick and the outcasts - and tried to help them, rather than fuck them up. / Oh, no one can be so deluded, man. So ... why can't characters like Dave be honest? If they want to serve the devil, they should just say so. I think we'd respect them a bit more, don't you? 'They should have the courage of their convictions, boss.' Yes, they should. 'Hell is for heroes, after all.' What are you talking about now, Voice? That's a film. 'Is it? Oh. I thought I knew it from somewhere.' Shut up, you idiot!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

[No. 209] Let's roll a-ROUND the stone!

Why be cold and so alone?

And the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[1], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[1], and the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[2], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[1], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[2], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[1], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[2], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[1], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[2], and / Don't you let it die!!![1], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[2], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[1], and / Don't you let it die!!![2], and just like druids - ?[1], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[2], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[1], and just like druids - ?[2], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![1], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[2], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[1], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![2], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[1], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[2], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[1], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[2], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[1], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[2], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[1], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[2], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[1], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[2], and the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[3], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[2], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[3], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[3], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[3], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[3], and / Don't you let it die!!![3], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[3], and just like druids - ?[3], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[3], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![3], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[3], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[3], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[3], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[3], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[3], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[3], and

And the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[1], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[1], and the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[2], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[1], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[2], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[1], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[2], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[1], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[2], and / Don't you let it die!!![1], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[2], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[1], and / Don't you let it die!!![2], and just like druids - ?[1], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[2], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[1], and just like druids - ?[2], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![1], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[2], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[1], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![2], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[1], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[2], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[1], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[2], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[1], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[2], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[1], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[2], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[1], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[2], and the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[3], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[2], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[3], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[3], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[3], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[3], and / Don't you let it die!!![3], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[3], and just like druids - ?[3], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[3], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![3], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[3], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[3], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[3], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[3], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[3], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[3], and

And the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[1], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[1], and the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[2], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[1], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[2], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[1], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[2], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[1], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[2], and / Don't you let it die!!![1], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[2], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[1], and / Don't you let it die!!![2], and just like druids - ?[1], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[2], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[1], and just like druids - ?[2], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![1], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[2], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[1], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![2], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[1], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[2], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[1], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[2], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[1], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[2], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[1], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[2], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[1], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[2], and the stone will warm us up / like the old days in the desert[3], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[2], and is it concrete all a-ROUND? / our heads[3], and like the dudes in the darkest night, I'll keep you safe and all right, baby, all right?[3], and I want YOU(!) to dig what I'm laying on you, yeah?[3], and so ... let's roll a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here, a-ROUND the stone here ...[3], and / Don't you let it die!!![3], and so ... let's rock a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here, ROCK(!) ... a-ROUND the stone here ...[3], and just like druids - ?[3], and you better know, man: FINANCE IS DEAD[3], and / oh, you're just a rock and roll queen, you know what I mean, and I'm just a rock and roll star![3], and there's no need to work, you know / not when you're free / or more than THREE[3], and / and there's no need for tears when you're a-ROUND / look at me, with sweet nuthin'[3], and I don't care, I'm going past the THREE[3], and take a good look at yourself, please / oh, what do you see? / and how do you feel?[3], and I'm praying you're DIZZY now / and if you ain't DIZZY, son, you ain't doing it right ... daughter[3], and one day, there will be ... just a perfect day, stone or no stone[3], and

Chris Higham made some money out of F&C Asset Management

It's a bit complicated though. You see, Chris had some bonds in F&C. Or his fund did. The Aviva Investors Strategic Bond fund. (So it isn't actually his fund. It probably isn't Aviva Investors' fund either. I think you'll find that Schroders does all the work.) Then Bank of Montreal bought F&C. Then Chris got 15 per cent. Of the bonds. No, the money. Or the increase in something. I don't know how it works, exactly. I'm on the mystical side, man - as you know. 'Yeah.' The point is, Chris is doing all right. 'Life of Riley, boss.' I mean, all right for someone who spends most of his time in the pub, with the rest of the Aviva Investors mob. Because this finance game is too much like hard work. And I don't blame Chris. And I don't blame the rest of them.

It's nearly ice-cream-in-the-park season, ain't it? If you're one of Chris' clients and you see him with a suntan soon, you'll know why. / Aviva Investors is showing the way, the new way. After the collapse of the desert - 'You shut it down, Mikey.' Whatever, Voice. But it's gone, yeah? Those burning days are gone, as Yeats might have said. 'Dancing days.' Well, we were dancing too. Of course we were. / Er ... Where was I? 'The desert.' Yeah, the desert is dead, man. Astral and physical. It's over. 'Oh.' So what's left? Work? 'Ha!' Only if you're a square, son. This Aviva lot aren't a bunch of squares. 'No.' So they spend the autumn and winter in the pub, and a bit of spring and summer in the park. 'Nice. Better than playing with Lego, eh?' Well, those Cantab Capital Partners guys are fucking mental, Voice. Forget about them. 'They should grow up, boss.' I know. But it beats working for a living, I suppose. You've got to give them that. 'Yeah.' / Lunch? Not long to go ...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

What is Stephanie Flanders getting up to these days?

Er ... as far as I can tell, working at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. That's about it. It's a shame, really. (We don't see her much on the telly no more, do we?) Oh, and wearing silly necklaces. And she's not the only one. Why do posh birds all wear these necklaces now? Is there a special posh bird kit you can buy? 'Yeah.' I thought Stephanie had a bit more imagination. 'Did you?' My advice to her? I reckon she should get a spiderweb tattoo on her face. 'Ha!' That would go down well at her new firm. 'It would make her stand out from the crowd, boss.' Of course it would, Voice. Posh bird with a difference.

Anyway, Stephanie has been saying that the global economy is a tenth smaller than it should be - or something. / Well, we could all say, that, er, the moon is smaller than it should be, or - 'The moon?!' Yeah, the moon, man, just as an example. But it doesn't change the fact that the moon is the size it needs to be for ... 'For what, Mikey?' Listen, the point I'm making is, things are the way they are, and there's no point in wishing they were ... bigger or smaller, you dig? 'Yeah.' It's a waste of time. A waste of energy. Stephanie wants to take a look at herself. That's what she wants to do. Never mind the global economy. The global economy can take care of itself. Stephanie? Hello! You should get a grip, girl. You can start by getting rid of those silly necklaces. 'Oh, leave her alone, boss!' All right, I'll leave her alone ...

...

It's a nice sunny day today. Should I go out, or should I stay in and play my guitar? 'Play your guitar tonight.' / I've got to do some recording though. I'll wait until Friday.

Lily Allen says she wants to work with a hedge fund and give her music away. I don't know what she thinks a hedge fund will do for her. A lot of artists are talking about giving their music away. It's crazy! They should focus on making outstanding music that sells. Adele isn't my cup of tea, but her last album sold over twenty-five million copies. Yeah, SOLD!!! She ain't giving shit away, man.

However, I suppose only mainstream stuff sells in the internet age. I used to be influenced by Bowie, Dylan, Velvet Underground, etc. That wouldn't be any good now. But my tastes have changed - early to mid-period Beatles, and Bacharach. No problem ...

Monday, 14 April 2014

What is Tulos Capital?

Oh, it's a bit early in the morning for guessing games, so I'll just tell you, dear reader(s), yeah? Tulos Capital is some new commodities hedge fund that has been set up by a couple of Glencore vets. (I mean, they're veterans of Glencore. I used to think such people were treating animals and shit. 'Ha!' You live and learn, eh?) They're also Goldman vets. 'Nice.' The guys are Paul Schurman and Patrik Sundberg. They want $500 million, by the way. 'If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.' What, Voice?! 'It's an old saying, Mikey.' Will you shut up, please? It's too early in the morning for your nonsense. And I've just had a week off. I want to ease back into this finance crap gently. 'Sorry, boss.' / Yeah, Paulie and Pat want $500 million from outside investors. I hope they get it. The world needs another hedge fund, after all ...

Er ... / Music? Don't talk to me about music, man. The best I can say is that my guitar playing is improving, but I think I underestimated how much practice I need to do a day. Rather than a couple of hours, I probably need to fill every spare moment with strumming and riffs. Like Hendrix, I'll have to sleep with my guitar. / My only consolation is that I have songs like no mutha has these days. It's simply a matter of time, son ...

I watched Convoy last night on TV. It was a favourite of mine when I was a kid, but I realize now that Rubber Duck is supposed to be a Christ-like figure. With a CB radio. How bizarre! / Oh, and Smokey and the Bandit was on Saturday. Another old favourite that I watched over a hundred times in my teenage years. ITV edited the film into a right mess though. Fortunately, the script is etched into my brain so I was able to come up with lines like: If they had cremated the son of a bitch, I'd be kicking Mr Bandit's ass around the moon by now. Lines too shocking for ITV's viewers, apparently ...

Thursday, 3 April 2014

[No. 208] Guy Foster

When you dance, do your senses tingle then take a chance?

And YOU(!)! / is it you?[1], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[1], and YOU(!)! / is it you?[2], and I don't know, son[1], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[2], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[1], and I don't know, son[2], and ... always has[1], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[2], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![1], and ... always has[2], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[1], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![2], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[1], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[2], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[1], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[2], and / you were never there![1], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[2], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[1], and / you were never there![2], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![1], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[2], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![1], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![2], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![1], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![2], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[1], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![2], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![1], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[2], and YOU(!)! / is it you?[3], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![2], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[3], and I don't know, son[3], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[3], and ... always has[3], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![3], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[3], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[3], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[3], and / you were never there![3], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[3], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![3], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![3], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![3], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[3], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![3], and

And YOU(!)! / is it you?[1], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[1], and YOU(!)! / is it you?[2], and I don't know, son[1], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[2], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[1], and I don't know, son[2], and ... always has[1], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[2], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![1], and ... always has[2], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[1], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![2], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[1], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[2], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[1], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[2], and / you were never there![1], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[2], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[1], and / you were never there![2], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![1], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[2], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![1], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![2], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![1], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![2], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[1], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![2], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![1], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[2], and YOU(!)! / is it you?[3], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![2], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[3], and I don't know, son[3], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[3], and ... always has[3], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![3], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[3], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[3], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[3], and / you were never there![3], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[3], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![3], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![3], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![3], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[3], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![3], and

And YOU(!)! / is it you?[1], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[1], and YOU(!)! / is it you?[2], and I don't know, son[1], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[2], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[1], and I don't know, son[2], and ... always has[1], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[2], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![1], and ... always has[2], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[1], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![2], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[1], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[2], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[1], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[2], and / you were never there![1], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[2], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[1], and / you were never there![2], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![1], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[2], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![1], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![2], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![1], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![2], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[1], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![2], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![1], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[2], and YOU(!)! / is it you?[3], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![2], and, yeah, Guy, you've been made head of research at Brewin Dolphin - congratulations! / but can you really love?[3], and I don't know, son[3], and let me tell you: the world needs more than top-class independent analysis of equities, collectives, fixed income securities, and alternative investments, these days[3], and ... always has[3], and, Guy, oh, Guy, it's so very depressing / did the mystical children burn ... for NOTHING?![3], and do you burn? / 'No!' / Yeah, I know ...[3], and do you dance? / do you? / 'Let him speak!' / nothing to say ...[3], and in the old days? Oh, I never saw you in the desert / Where were you, man, while we were getting high?[3], and / you were never there![3], and / Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood? Hardly ...[3], and the others ... Elaine, Benny, John, Edmund, Iain, Nik, Nicla, little Jimmy, Ruairidh, Andy, Shakhista, Tommy, Julian, David, Stephen ... oh dear![3], and, Guy, oh, Guy ... headpiece filled with straw![3], and I never saw one of your crew, out in the desert, astral or physical ... They wasted their youth! Research! Ha![3], and, Guy, one day you'll look back - and the cold will get to you, believe me[3], and why must you wander the cold earth, without knowing the burning love? / Why?![3], and

Brewin Dolphin has made Guy Foster head of research

Do you remember this, dear reader(s)? -

At Brewin Dolphin, we are focused on meeting the individual needs of our diverse range of clients: oddballs, seekers, and mystic kooks from everywhere. That means we always start by listening to you chant, learning about your chakras and discussing what colour you want your aura to be. Your adviser will then draw on specialist expertise from around Brewin Dolphin and the astral sea to ensure you are able to benefit from the blend of services you need. This approach is backed by our commitment to employing the very best financial shamans in our industry, and giving them the blood and the fire they need to offer the most well-informed advice. It's an approach that reaps rewards for our clients and has helped to make us one of the UK's leading private client investment managers.

Well, those days are gone! / Now, Brewin Dolphin is more interested in making a man like Guy Foster head of research. Guy is what we used to call a cold earth wanderer. He knows nothing of the blood and fire. He knows nothing of the dolphin-torn, gong-tormented sea. All he knows is research. Cold research. 'But, Mikey, Guy has worked his way up at Brewin Dolphin!' I don't care, Voice!

I just don't care. Times have changed. Maybe I'm to blame. Maybe I took my eye off the ball. Maybe I let too many squares take liberties. 'Boss, you remember every face of every man who put you here.' Yeah. 'And you see your light come shining from the west unto the east.' Damn straight! 'Any day now, any day now, you shall be released!' Oh, I hope so, Voice. I've got to stay positive.

...

No. 208? I'll be dealing with Guy Foster. You better believe it.

I've got a migraine, since last night. It's painful staring at my laptop screen, man. I need some pills!

Music? My guitar playing is getting pretty smooth. All the practice, you see. Two or three hours a day. / I might try to record You're Lying and My Heart again tomorrow. If I'm feeling better ...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

[No. 207] All the boogaloo dudes

I've wanted to do this for years, ha, ha, ha!

And all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[1], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[1], and all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[2], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[1], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[2], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[1], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[2], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[1], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[2], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[1], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[2], and I've never worn glasses ...[1], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[2], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[1], and I've never worn glasses ...[2], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[1], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[2], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[1], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[2], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![1], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[2], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![1], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![2], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[1], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![2], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[1], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[2], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[1], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[2], and ... ... ... what's the story?![1], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[2], and no news is very good news[1], and ... ... ... what's the story?![2], and all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[3], and no news is very good news[2], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[3], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[3], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[3], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[3], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[3], and I've never worn glasses ...[3], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[3], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[3], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[3], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![3], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![3], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[3], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[3], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[3], and ... ... ... what's the story?![3], and no news is very good news[3], and

And all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[1], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[1], and all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[2], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[1], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[2], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[1], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[2], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[1], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[2], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[1], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[2], and I've never worn glasses ...[1], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[2], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[1], and I've never worn glasses ...[2], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[1], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[2], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[1], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[2], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![1], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[2], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![1], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![2], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[1], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![2], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[1], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[2], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[1], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[2], and ... ... ... what's the story?![1], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[2], and no news is very good news[1], and ... ... ... what's the story?![2], and all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[3], and no news is very good news[2], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[3], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[3], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[3], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[3], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[3], and I've never worn glasses ...[3], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[3], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[3], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[3], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![3], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![3], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[3], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[3], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[3], and ... ... ... what's the story?![3], and no news is very good news[3], and

And all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[1], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[1], and all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[2], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[1], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[2], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[1], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[2], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[1], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[2], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[1], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[2], and I've never worn glasses ...[1], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[2], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[1], and I've never worn glasses ...[2], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[1], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[2], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[1], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[2], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![1], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[2], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![1], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![2], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[1], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![2], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[1], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[2], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[1], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[2], and ... ... ... what's the story?![1], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[2], and no news is very good news[1], and ... ... ... what's the story?![2], and all the old-before-their-time dudes ...[3], and no news is very good news[2], and / COME ON!!! / and suicide ain't painless, but it is their life[3], and what's the news today? / and who is telling it?[3], and / YOU(!) there! / do you have a story for us?[3], and so many of them dress like queens / but I don't mind at all / I'm just saying ...[3], and / 'Hey, you, there, with the glasses!' / What?! Not me, Voice! Don't point the finger at me[3], and I've never worn glasses ...[3], and let's not hear the news today / go away! please[3], and a young, boogaloo dude? Oh, I'm way past twenty-five, but I'm not bothered, man[3], and I am so ooo young at heart, and they are so ooo old - it's their job, you dig?[3], and / oh, is that concrete all a-ROUND - or is it in my head? / never mind, let's ... get a-ROUND here ... yeah![3], and - DON'T CARRY THE NEWS!!![3], and we can love, we can love ... we can love, without facts and figures[3], and if we can get away from finance and its reporting, son ... maybe, just maybe, revolution won't be such a drag, eh?[3], and HEY DUDES! / where are ya?[3], and ... ... ... what's the story?![3], and no news is very good news[3], and

The FBI is probing high-frequency traders

Yeah, it sounds nasty. But it's what the traders deserve. I don't know what the Feds are doing it with, the probing. 'Iron bars, Mikey, like with Gaddafi!' What, Voice?! Christ! Don't let your imagination run away with you. For Christ's sake! I only had breakfast a little while ago. You're sick, you are! 'Sorry, boss.' / Jesus ... Where was I? Oh yes, these high-frequency traders. I've got no sympathy for them. Why can't they trade like decent, normal human beings? Why do they need computers? 'Computers are the future, man. Robots and that.' Robots? They'll all be out of a job when the robots take over. I just wonder what the robots will spend their bonuses on. 'Nuts and bolts.' Nuts and bolts? You can't eat nuts and bolts, Voice. 'Robots can. They love them.' Whatever.

...

Me, I still go for the traditional cheese sandwich. That's what I've got for lunch. And crisps, yoghurt, can of Coke. No surprises. 'Are you thinking of lunch already?' Yeah. I'm hungry again. 'Lunch is for wimps.' Shut up!

I'm listening to The Very Best of Mott the Hoople. Their best song was written by Bowie, of course.

I'll be working on No. 207 later. / I won't be writing about robots, or finance.