Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Something about open-ended real estate funds ...

Yeah, I don't know what. I've got my mind on other things, to tell you the truth, dear reader(s). Oh, this is the last post of the week, yes, a bit early, and I'm taking next week off. No, I haven't the slightest idea how you will cope without me. You might have to go to one of those other financial news websites. 'Ha!' No, it's not ideal. But I'm just saying. It's either that, or nothing. Or just wait until I return, man.

Anyway...

Average occupancy rates increase to over 95%.

Eh?

German open-ended retail real estate funds have justified their reputation as a vital asset class, with two thirds of 18 funds analyzed by Scope Ratings showing increased average occupancy rates in the past year. The occupancy rate has a significant influence on fund performance and is one of the most important indicators for investors when evaluating open-ended real estate funds.

The average occupancy rate of the analyzed funds, as weighted by fund assets, was 95.3% at end-April according latest asset management publications. This reading was 0.8 percentage points higher than last year's 94.5%.


As I said, I don't really know ... 'Don't worry, boss.' I'm not worried, Voice. I'm really not. The readers know, son. The readers know everything. 'Sonja knows, too.' Who?! 'Sonja Knorr.' Yeah, who's that?! 'Christ!'

"The sustained increase in occupancy rates among open-ended real estate funds is primarily due to buoyant economic activity across Europe" says Sonja Knorr, head of Alternative Investments at rating agency Scope. "Strong growth, particularly in the past year, has led to increased demand for office space."

Oh, right. That Sonja Knorr. You could have said, Voice. 'I did say.' Whatever.

Furthermore, numerous managers of open-ended real estate funds are taking advantage of the current high price environment to optimize their portfolios. Properties with high vacancy rates are often sold and furthermore the purchases of fully rented, large-volume properties push up the average occupancy rate. The early renewal of rental contracts also ensures stability.

Okay, okay. Uh, is there much more of this? 'A bit. / Who was that speaking, just then?' I have absolutely no idea. It was just a statement, I think. 'Yeah, by who?' Probably by the PR person who put the email together. Christ!

...

No, that's enough now. I need a rest, you dig? Have a nice weekend, crocodile(s). 'Later(s)!' Yeah, bye, alligator(s)!

San Francisco is the best city for startup entrepreneurs!

Well, that's not a surprise, dear reader(s), is it? 'Why are you telling us then, boss?' Because it's a PR email, Voice. 'Oh.' And London is on the list somewhere, a bit further down. Of course, after Brexit it won't be on the list at all, but that's another story.

Berlin, Germany, 15/05/2018 - Furnished apartment search engine, Nestpick, has released a study revealing the top 110 cities for entrepreneurial millennials, based on factors such as startup ecosystem, and employment. The results are released as part of the larger Millennial City Ranking, which Nestpick released for the second year running earlier in 2018. Nestpick conducted this study in order to pinpoint which cities are successfully attracting this generation, and therefore a core future workforce.

Oh, I see. Obviously, Nestpick wants these young entrepreneurs to live in furnished apartments, rather than sleep on the office floors of their startups. Good luck with that!

"Millennials grew up in a shrinking world, where the internet opened doors their parents never could have dreamed of, and budget airlines made those avenues real possibilities. It's now possible to live and work anywhere in the world, and these opportunities are shaping how our planet will look to future generations." says Ömer Kücükdere, Managing Director of Nestpick. "We must learn to adapt to the needs of younger people in order to have a thriving economy, and we believe that this ranking offers valuable insights to those cities looking for regeneration from a younger demographic."

Ha! Will it be possible to come and live in Brexit Britain? Will it even be possible to leave Brexit Britain? I thought we were shutting up shop, like North Korea.

Well, anyway, we don't want the list of top cities. [Some copy and pasting mess up, you don't need to know.] But, uh, findings:

Beijing, China ranks highest for Employment, followed by American cities San Francisco and Austin.

New York City, USA has the highest score for their Startup ecosystem, followed by San Francisco, USA and London, UK.

Hong Kong, China ranks highest for Tourism, followed by Bangkok, Thailand and London, UK.

Guadalajara, Mexico has the highest score for Housing, followed by fellow Mexican city Monterrey and Medellín, Colombia.

Bangkok, Thailand ranks highest for Food, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Lima, Peru.

Oslo, Norway has the highest score for Transport, followed by Washington D.C., USA and Paris, France.

Japanese cities Tokyo and Osaka rank joint highest for Health, followed by Singapore, Singapore.

Seoul, South Korea has the highest score for Internet Speed, followed by Bergen, Norway and Denver, USA.

London, UK ranks highest for Universities, followed by Paris, France and Seoul, South Korea.

China and Hong Kong rank highest for Access to Contraception, followed by the UK.

Norway ranks highest for Gender Equality, followed by Finland and Sweden.

New Zealand ranks highest for Immigration Tolerance, followed by Canada and Norway.

Amsterdam, Netherlands has the highest score for Personal Freedom and Choice, followed by Oslo, Norway and Helsinki, Finland.

Madrid, Spain ranks highest for LGBT Friendliness, followed by Amsterdam, Netherlands and Toronto, Canada.

Berlin, Germany has the highest score for Nightlife, followed by Paris, France and Melbourne, Australia.

Beijing, China ranks highest for Beer prices, followed by Colombian cities Medellín and Bogotá.

Miami, USA has the highest score for Festivals, followed by fellow American city Washington D.C. and Paris, France.


Okay, okay. That's enough.

...

Anything else? No, not really. Laters!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

[No. 612] NOTHING ... in particular

The way it's supposed to be.

And, yes!!![1], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[1], and, yes!!![2], and ... in particular, yes[1], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[2], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[1], and ... in particular, yes[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![1], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[2], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![2], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![1], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[2], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[1], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![2], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[1], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[2], and say: YES, Master![1], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[2], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![1], and say: YES, Master![2], and ... never mind[1], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![2], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[1], and ... never mind[2], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[1], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[2], and this is magic, yes[1], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort[1], and this is magic, yes[2], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort[2], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[1], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[2], and ... oh! / and ... ha![1], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[2], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[1], and ... oh! / and ... ha![2], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[1], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[2], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[1], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[2], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[1], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[2], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![1], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[2], and, yes!!![3], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![2], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[3], and ... in particular, yes[3], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![3], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[3], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![3], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[3], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[3], and say: YES, Master![3], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![3], and ... never mind[3], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[3], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[3], and this is magic, yes[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort [3], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[3], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[3], and ... oh! / and ... ha![3], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[3], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[3], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[3], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[3], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![3], and

And, yes!!![1], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[1], and, yes!!![2], and ... in particular, yes[1], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[2], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[1], and ... in particular, yes[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![1], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[2], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![2], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![1], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[2], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[1], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![2], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[1], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[2], and say: YES, Master![1], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[2], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![1], and say: YES, Master![2], and ... never mind[1], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![2], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[1], and ... never mind[2], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[1], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[2], and this is magic, yes[1], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort[1], and this is magic, yes[2], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort[2], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[1], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[2], and ... oh! / and ... ha![1], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[2], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[1], and ... oh! / and ... ha![2], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[1], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[2], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[1], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[2], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[1], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[2], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![1], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[2], and, yes!!![3], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![2], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[3], and ... in particular, yes[3], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![3], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[3], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![3], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[3], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[3], and say: YES, Master![3], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![3], and ... never mind[3], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[3], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[3], and this is magic, yes[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort [3], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[3], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[3], and ... oh! / and ... ha![3], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[3], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[3], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[3], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[3], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![3], and

And, yes!!![1], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[1], and, yes!!![2], and ... in particular, yes[1], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[2], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[1], and ... in particular, yes[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![1], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[2], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![2], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![1], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[2], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[1], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![2], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[1], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[2], and say: YES, Master![1], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[2], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![1], and say: YES, Master![2], and ... never mind[1], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![2], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[1], and ... never mind[2], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[1], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[2], and this is magic, yes[1], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort[1], and this is magic, yes[2], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort[2], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[1], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[2], and ... oh! / and ... ha![1], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[2], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[1], and ... oh! / and ... ha![2], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[1], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[2], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[1], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[2], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[1], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[2], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![1], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[2], and, yes!!![3], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![2], and my advice? Have NOTHING in your mind, your soul, whatever[3], and ... in particular, yes[3], and you'll feel a whole lot better, believe me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and forget the filth of the world, please![3], and the squares love it all, the filth, oh, all of it[3], and it's so depressing out there ... don't you think? / and ... Jesus H. Christ![3], and I won't tell YOU(!) again ...[3], and you don't want to think ... but you do want to stay here with me, you dig?[3], and say: YES, Master![3], and ... 'YES, Master! Boss! Mikey!' / and not you, Voice, you idiot![3], and ... never mind[3], and, so ... you don't want to hold on too tight to the things of dirty reality, just saying[3], and I'll teach you how to let go ... / and I'll teach how to be free ...[3], and this is magic, yes[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here now ... / ... and this is all there is for our sort [3], and, er, are we getting ... faster?[3], and, uh ... blank, BLANK, blank[3], and ... oh! / and ... ha![3], and did I pass out there, for a moment? / and, uh, to nowhere ... in particular?[3], and where was I? / and, man ... where am I?[3], and not beyond the THREE?!, ha! / and, no ... still here ... ever so DIZZY(!)[3], and are YOU(!) ... okay, little spinner(s)?[3], and, ha! ... let's keep going, ah, yes!!![3], and

Tuesday morning blog post

Well, it's Tuesday morning now, dear reader(s). And, uh ... this is another blog post, for my sins. 'What's the latest financial news, boss?' I couldn't tell you, Voice. 'Er ... haven't you looked?' I looked for thirty seconds or so, before I got bored. 'Oh. / What about PR emails?' Uh ... there's one about new houses being built in London. I mean, lack of houses being built. 'Oh.' Yeah, it's not really relevant. / If anyone's got any PR emails about seagulls in St Ives. Or sharks. 'Why would they have that?' Well, sometimes there's stories about seagulls attacking people for their chips. I wouldn't mind writing about that. Apparently, there's a ringleader. 'Yeah, okay. Or sharks attacking people for their chips.' Don't be so bloody ridiculous, Voice! 'Sorry.' People don't take their chips in the water, do they? If they did, there might be a problem, but they don't.

Anyway ... what am I going to write about? NOTHING ... in particular, I suppose.

Well, well ... / I'll write a conceptual later. No. 612. After lunch, like. 'What about, boss?' Er ... NOTHING ... in particular. 'Nice one!' Yeah. I'm not going to change the habit of an eternity. Why should I, when it's all going so well? 'You'd be a fool to change.' Exactly!

Well, well ... / Anything else? Have you got any ideas, Voice? 'Me? Ha! I don't get paid enough to have ideas, man.' Thanks.

Music, I suppose. That's all I'm interested in. [And getting a-ROUND, obviously.] / It must be hellish being one of these people who's interested in the world in general, you dig? It's better to be obsessed with one thing. [Two things!] The world is basically a collection of billions of bits of nonsense. And if you're interested in all that ... I don't know what to say. 'Say - Good luck!' Yeah, okay. I'll say that. Good luck!

Ha! Uh. / People are talking about the Arctic Monkeys' new album. I haven't heard it. I really like their two songs I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and Fake Tales Of San Francisco from their first album. But that's it. / Apparently, they've experimented on their new album and sound like Bowie in his Berlin period. Well, if that's true, it's not experimenting, is it? Repeating someone else's experiments from forty years ago isn't experimenting. / I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you can't do anything new in pop and rock. It's all been done. The only thing you can do is ... write songs that are greater than any songs that have been written in the past. And if you can't manage that, stop kidding yourself.

Ah, laters.

Monday, 14 May 2018

[No. 611] I can't leave it alone!

Yes, I'm getting a-ROUND again. I wasn't going to spin today, but ... what can I say, man?

And I'm addicted, yes[1], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[1], and I'm addicted, yes[2], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[1], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[2], and no one can judge me, no one![1], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[2], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[1], and no one can judge me, no one![2], and ... seriously[1], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[2], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![1], and ... seriously[2], and those bastards![1], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![2], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[1], and those bastards![2], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![1], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[2], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[1], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![1], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[2], and later? Who knows?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![2], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![1], and later? Who knows?![2], and maybe I'm not normal ...[1], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![2], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[1], and maybe I'm not normal ...[2], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[1], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[2], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[1], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[2], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[1], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[1], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[2], and so ... who cares?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[2], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[1], and so ... who cares?![2], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[1], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[2], and I'm addicted, yes[3], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[2], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[3], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[3], and no one can judge me, no one![3], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[3], and ... seriously[3], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![3], and those bastards![3], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[3], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![3], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![3], and later? Who knows?![3], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![3], and maybe I'm not normal ...[3], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[3], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[3], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[3], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[3], and so ... who cares?![3], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[3], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[3], and

And I'm addicted, yes[1], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[1], and I'm addicted, yes[2], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[1], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[2], and no one can judge me, no one![1], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[2], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[1], and no one can judge me, no one![2], and ... seriously[1], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[2], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![1], and ... seriously[2], and those bastards![1], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![2], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[1], and those bastards![2], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![1], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[2], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[1], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![1], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[2], and later? Who knows?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![2], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![1], and later? Who knows?![2], and maybe I'm not normal ...[1], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![2], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[1], and maybe I'm not normal ...[2], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[1], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[2], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[1], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[2], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[1], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[1], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[2], and so ... who cares?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[2], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[1], and so ... who cares?![2], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[1], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[2], and I'm addicted, yes[3], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[2], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[3], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[3], and no one can judge me, no one![3], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[3], and ... seriously[3], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![3], and those bastards![3], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[3], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![3], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![3], and later? Who knows?![3], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![3], and maybe I'm not normal ...[3], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[3], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[3], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[3], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[3], and so ... who cares?![3], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[3], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[3], and

And I'm addicted, yes[1], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[1], and I'm addicted, yes[2], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[1], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[2], and no one can judge me, no one![1], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[2], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[1], and no one can judge me, no one![2], and ... seriously[1], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[2], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![1], and ... seriously[2], and those bastards![1], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![2], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[1], and those bastards![2], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![1], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[2], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[1], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![1], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[2], and later? Who knows?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![2], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![1], and later? Who knows?![2], and maybe I'm not normal ...[1], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![2], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[1], and maybe I'm not normal ...[2], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[1], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[2], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[1], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[2], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[1], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[1], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[2], and so ... who cares?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[2], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[1], and so ... who cares?![2], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[1], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[2], and I'm addicted, yes[3], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[2], and I just love the DIZZY(!) life[3], and when I'm a-ROUND here ... hey!, there's no place I would rather be, you dig?[3], and no one can judge me, no one![3], and if you're a kook ... I presume, you, uh, love it, too, or ... what the fuck is going on with YOU(!)?[3], and ... seriously[3], and forget about the squares / and they are so DEAD, man![3], and those bastards![3], and there's a lot to think about ... but let's feel[3], and most of the time ... I don't even think about life beyond the THREE / and that's the bonus level, ha![3], and, uh ... I can feel there's something there ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... will do fine, so fine - for NOW(!) - !!![3], and later? Who knows?![3], and it's when the words lose their awful meaning - that's the bit I like most![3], and maybe I'm not normal ...[3], and my consciousness ness is open to the cosmos ... / ... and I'm not complaining[3], and maybe you're a total freak ... too[3], and my body doesn't matter, man / and it's my mind and soul that are really alive, you dig?[3], and ... if anyone knows the difference, mind, uh, soul ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... it's so easy to forget, and so hard to remember[3], and so ... who cares?![3], and as long as you've got your health ... / ... and I don't know what else to say[3], and I'm feeling pretty GONE(!)[3], and

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sunday night blog post

I'm not doing any writing tomorrow, but I'm doing this post tonight. Even though I've got a migraine. I think I've had it since Friday. I'm sick of it!

And I'm not writing about finance. I'm going off finance after eleven years of writing about it. Funny that! I might turn this into a self-help blog. You know, I'll help my readers to help themselves. [YOU(!)?] They can write in with their problems. Ha! Yeah, like I need that. I've got enough problems of my own.

Cancel that idea! / I bought another Grant Cardone audiobook, If You're Not First, You're Last. It's not as good as The 10X Rule, but it has good stuff in it. Like the chapter on giving your customers the wow factor, which, strangely, made me think of a takeaway burger bar in St Ives. Bear with me, dear reader(s). This place charges £8 for a veggie burger, chips, and a can of Coke. That's double what I pay in London. However, the guy is so friendly and chatty while he's preparing the food that I really don't mind paying over the odds. As much as I love St Ives, I do find a lot of the shop assistants there to be a bit surly. Maybe they don't like tourists. Fair enough. But this guy is killing it with his overpriced burgers.

Hopefully, I'll get a week away in St Ives soon. I go for the sea and the beaches and the cliffs and that.

By the way, that Grant Cardone is a scientologist. Each to their own, I suppose. It's not my cup of tea. But as long as it doesn't affect the advice he gives ... / Unsurprisingly, he's right at the highest level in the organization. Yes, he's a born winner, my friend(s)!

Music? What am I listening to? Oh, I'll give you a clue: "Greetings in the name of his Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, Jah, rastafari, ever living, ever fearful, ever sure, Selassie I the First!" No, no. It's not Gilbert O'Sullivan, you bloody idiot(s)! What?! Dean Martin?!?! No, it's Bob Marley. Babylon by Bus. FFS!

Bob Marley was another one. I mean, lots of people have their strange ideas about God and the meaning of life. It can be their culture, or just their personal choice. Me? I'm sure there's a big guy out there in the cosmos somewhere, but I'm not going to get all submissive with Him, you dig? I've been given this life - I realize now - to become the greatest ever songwriter. So fuck it! Malibu here I come! And let the devil take the hindmost!

Right. Er, I seem to be at an extended instrumental section of Babylon by Bus, and the crowd are cheering wildly. It's pretty obvious what is going on: Bob Marley is dancing around. Nice one!

Amazingly, I played my guitar for three hours today. Granted, it's not the 10X life, but with this migraine, yeah? It's a bloody miracle! / I've been doing the spider exercise lately to increase the strength of my fretting hand. Not that you care. I'm just saying.

Anything else? It's not bedtime yet. / Oh, the difference between Jordan Belfort and Grant Cardone? Belfort has the best selling system, The Straight Line, which is just awesome. However, Cardone strikes me as the better salesman, due to his charisma and forceful personality. I don't think he has much of a system though. Not that I care, you dig? I'm not a freakin' salesman! It's just an observation, that's all. I could be wrong. What do I know?

Right. That's enough Marley. It's getting late. Bring out the Eno! Apollo. Yes!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Don't be a fool

Whatever you're doing, dear reader(s), don't be a fool. That's my advice. Follow that, and you won't go far wrong in life.

Ah, this is the last post of the week. And this is the last time I'm going to write about music and self-help because this is actually a finance blog. 'Ha! You said that the other day, boss.' I know I did, Voice. However, there's more to say, man. Important shit, you dig? 'Oh, okay. Go ahead.' Thank you.

I've scrapped that song I wrote in one day. Not the rock song. That's my fourth best song. I mean the one I wrote in one day about a week before the rock song. So ... I only have thirteen songs again. That's fine, man. You need minimum standards if you want to be great. She Loves Me and It's Just a Joke, Man from the first demo are my minimum standard, and they're both B-sides as far as I'm concerned. Do not tolerate weakness, reader(s)!

And, yes, I grade my songs. There are three categories: [1] world-beaters, [2] bread and butter classics, and [3] good songs. / The song I scrapped was actually a good song by most people's standards ... You've got to have HIGH STANDARDS, reader(s)! I hope you're taking notes. Please! Do it for yourself. A gift to yourself!

Okay, Elon ... / I was serious last month when I wrote that I intend to apply Elon Musk's methods and attitudes to my music and the music business. No one has ever worked like that. Not even Prince. [He was very hard-working, obviously, but he recorded dross for the last twenty-five years of his life, let's be honest.] And working one hundred hours a week isn't enough. You need to be four times more effective than anyone else. That's four hundred hours a week, man! It will take time though. I imagine it's like a muscle that you need to build up.

Being really personal for a moment ... the thing that sickens me about Elon Musk is that he taught himself computer programming when he was twelve years old. I taught myself computer programming when I was twelve years old. But what did I do after that? Christ knows! Elon is going to Mars ...

Oh, that Grant Cardone audiobook, The 10X Rule ... it's made me realize my big mistake in life. I've always thought you can avoid "average" by having an extraordinary inner life. However, I forgot the importance of other people. No one sees your inner life, son, daughter, you dig? You may be an immortal genius inside, but you look "average" to other people. And that's a serious problem. Even the freakin' Buddha looks average if you can't see his inner life. / No, reader(s), what you need is MASSIVE ACTION!!! I'm talking about absolutely deranged levels of effective massive action. Then you will look like a goddamn monster! And you can still have a satisfying inner life. Best of both worlds!

Do it! Do it now!

...

Okay, okay. This is a finance blog, as you know. / Have a nice weekend, blog fan(s)! 'Bye, alligator(s)!' Yeah, later(s)!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

GCI sets itself up!

Oh, for what, dear reader(s)?! 'This sounds like bad news, boss.' Ha! Don't be negative, Voice, you little invisible idiot! You've got to have a positive mindset, like me. 'Oh, okay. / So, uh ... what's going on then?' Ha! This, man! -

GCI sets itself up for continued growth with Mayfair Equity Partners and the formation of a strategic acquisition fund over £60 million.

You see? 'Yeah. That's a relief, boss.' Do you feel better now? 'Much better.' Good. / Here's some more, dear reader(s) -

Lincoln, 8 May: Converged ICT Services Provider GCI is pleased to announce that Mayfair Equity Partners ("Mayfair") has acquired ("acquired") a majority stake in the business. Mayfair's investment also includes ("includes") the formation of a new strategic fund worth over £60 million, providing GCI with significant financial firepower to finance future strategic acquisitions.

As part of the transaction, Mayfair has purchased the majority of the equity held by Chairman Wayne Martin, who will remain on the GCI board, and the full minority stake held by BGF, which has backed the business since 2012.

The investment in GCI comes at an exciting time for ("for") the company. Over the last two years GCI has acquired Packet Media, Fusion Media Networks, Outsourcery, Freedom Communications, and Blue Chip Data Systems, taking the company's revenues to circa £100m. At the same time the company has returned to strong organic growth across a customer base of over 4,000 - firmly establishing the company as one of the largest converged ICT suppliers in the UK.


Well, that's all right, ain't it? We've got a few statements, too, oh, from, uh ... Waqqas, Adrian, and Mark. I'm only going to go with one of them. So ... 'Which one, boss?' I don't know, man. Who deserves it most, Waqqas, Adrian, or Mark? It's so hard to say. 'You've got to make a decision. Time is money, after all.' I know, I know.

Er ... I just can't decide. 'Come on!' Listen, I'm sure they're all great guys, but ... 'You're going to have to disappoint someone. That's life, boss. Not everyone can be a winner.' Okay, okay. I'm going with ... Adrian Thirkill!

Adrian Thirkill, CEO of GCI says: "We're excited to have Mayfair on board as we embark on the next phase of the company's growth. Our immediate objective is to continue to fully integrate what we have and in the coming months we will see all GCI group companies operating under one brand with common systems and processes. This will significantly enhance our service offering to customers - making it easier for them to use more of our innovative and broad range of services. Whilst there are currently no significant gaps in our portfolio, we operate in a fast-changing market and the new £60m fund will enable us to make strategic acquisitions over the coming months and years to add even more value to our customers."

Okay, okay. Thanks, Adrian! And it's nice to see that you're excited, son. So many people are delighted these days. It's a real pain.

...

Anything else? No. Nothing else. I'll be back tomorrow, obviously, dear reader(s), but I would like to play my guitar now - if that's all right, with you, of course. 'They don't mind, Mikey.' Well, good. / Laters, then! 'Yeah, bye, crocodile(s)!' Bye!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

[No. 610] Exhaustion is a state of mind

So keep spinning, kook(s)!

And have YOU(!) spun enough?[1], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[1], and have YOU(!) spun enough?[2], and ... Jesus H. Christ![1], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[1], and ... Jesus H. Christ![2], and ... it's not rocket science[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[2], and make the effort, please![1], and ... it's not rocket science[2], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![1], and make the effort, please![2], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[1], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![2], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[1], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[2], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![1], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[2], and I want to help ...[1], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![2], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![1], and I want to help ...[2], and you think all this ... is for my health?![1], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![2], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[1], and you think all this ... is for my health?![2], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![1], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[2], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[1], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![2], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[1], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[2], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![1], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[2], and I know you like to feel, we all do[1], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![2], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[1], and I know you like to feel, we all do[2], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[1], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[2], and ... spin, spin, spin![1], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[2], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![1], and ... spin, spin, spin![2], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[1], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![2], and just love me forever, thank you![1], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[2], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[1], and just love me forever, thank you![2], and ... nice one![1], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[2], and have YOU(!) spun enough?[3], and ... nice one![2], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[3], and ... Jesus H. Christ![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[3], and ... it's not rocket science[3], and make the effort, please![3], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![3], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[3], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[3], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![3], and I want to help ...[3], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![3], and you think all this ... is for my health?![3], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[3], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![3], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[3], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[3], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![3], and I know you like to feel, we all do[3], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[3], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[3], and ... spin, spin, spin![3], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![3], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[3], and just love me forever, thank you![3], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[3], and ... nice one![3], and

And have YOU(!) spun enough?[1], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[1], and have YOU(!) spun enough?[2], and ... Jesus H. Christ![1], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[1], and ... Jesus H. Christ![2], and ... it's not rocket science[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[2], and make the effort, please![1], and ... it's not rocket science[2], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![1], and make the effort, please![2], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[1], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![2], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[1], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[2], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![1], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[2], and I want to help ...[1], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![2], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![1], and I want to help ...[2], and you think all this ... is for my health?![1], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![2], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[1], and you think all this ... is for my health?![2], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![1], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[2], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[1], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![2], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[1], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[2], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![1], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[2], and I know you like to feel, we all do[1], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![2], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[1], and I know you like to feel, we all do[2], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[1], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[2], and ... spin, spin, spin![1], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[2], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![1], and ... spin, spin, spin![2], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[1], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![2], and just love me forever, thank you![1], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[2], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[1], and just love me forever, thank you![2], and ... nice one![1], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[2], and have YOU(!) spun enough?[3], and ... nice one![2], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[3], and ... Jesus H. Christ![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[3], and ... it's not rocket science[3], and make the effort, please![3], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![3], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[3], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[3], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![3], and I want to help ...[3], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![3], and you think all this ... is for my health?![3], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[3], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![3], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[3], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[3], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![3], and I know you like to feel, we all do[3], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[3], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[3], and ... spin, spin, spin![3], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![3], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[3], and just love me forever, thank you![3], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[3], and ... nice one![3], and

And have YOU(!) spun enough?[1], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[1], and have YOU(!) spun enough?[2], and ... Jesus H. Christ![1], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[1], and ... Jesus H. Christ![2], and ... it's not rocket science[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[2], and make the effort, please![1], and ... it's not rocket science[2], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![1], and make the effort, please![2], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[1], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![2], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[1], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[2], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![1], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[2], and I want to help ...[1], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![2], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![1], and I want to help ...[2], and you think all this ... is for my health?![1], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![2], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[1], and you think all this ... is for my health?![2], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![1], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[2], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[1], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![2], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[1], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[2], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![1], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[2], and I know you like to feel, we all do[1], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![2], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[1], and I know you like to feel, we all do[2], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[1], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[2], and ... spin, spin, spin![1], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[2], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![1], and ... spin, spin, spin![2], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[1], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![2], and just love me forever, thank you![1], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[2], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[1], and just love me forever, thank you![2], and ... nice one![1], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[2], and have YOU(!) spun enough?[3], and ... nice one![2], and this is no place for amateurs / and do I even have to tell you that?[3], and ... Jesus H. Christ![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and explain to me what's so difficult[3], and ... it's not rocket science[3], and make the effort, please![3], and you put one piece of consciousness ness in front of the other - simple![3], and learn from me, brother, sister ...[3], and you don't have to be a spiritual aristocrat, although it does help, obviously[3], and you're not tired, man, you're lazy![3], and I want to help ...[3], and do you want your soul to be left undeveloped? / and what about life beyond the THREE?![3], and you think all this ... is for my health?![3], and, ha! ... think again, seriously[3], and beyond the THREE, uh, come on![3], and, oh ... you won't get there, son, daughter, without great energy and great determination[3], and ... are YOU(!) listening to me?[3], and get some bigger, better ... feelings - !!![3], and I know you like to feel, we all do[3], and kill your thoughts! / and, no, no, no ... we don't want no dangerous thinking a-ROUND here[3], and words can't hurt us because we've made them so fucking useless, you dig?[3], and ... spin, spin, spin![3], and, yes ... that's good! / and keep going! / and, yes ... I like your style![3], and you're not exhausted, baby / and you've been reborn / and you feel great, don't you?[3], and just love me forever, thank you![3], and, ha, ha, ha! ... oh, how DIZZY(!) are YOU(!), uh ... exactly?[3], and ... nice one![3], and

Mobius Capital Partners

What's that?! ... you may be wondering, dear reader(s). Well, wonder no more because I can tell you that it's a new boutique founded by Mark Mobius and a couple of other guys. Which is actually great news for me. 'Why, boss?' I need some new clothes, man. 'Oh.' Yeah. The only thing I can't understand is why this firm is named like it's an asset management company. It's totally bizarre! 'Maybe you should look at their website, boss.' Okay, Voice. Let's do that!

Mobius Capital Partners LLP is an asset management company founded by Mark Mobius, Carlos Hardenberg and Greg Konieczny.

Leveraging decades of experience in emerging and frontier markets, the firm aims to deliver sustainable returns to responsible investors.


Oh, I see. 'It's an asset management company.' Yes, it is. It all makes sense now. But how strange! 'Where are you going to get your new clothes from then?' Well, it's back to Marks & Spencer, I suppose. 'Ha!' Yes, it's very disappointing.

Oh, look! This is from my archive, 2016 -

The fact is, our Mark has been mixed up in finance for decades. I couldn't stand it for six months, myself. 'What, boss?! You've been writing this blog for over nine years now!' Yeah, yeah. This is different, Voice. Covering the news, taking the piss, writing about music a bit. 'Ha!' And I'm on the mystical side of things, anyway. It's not the same as going into an office, day-in, day-out, managing funds, managing staff, talking to clients - who are a massive pain in the arse, as we all know. Those bastards always want more money, more profit. 'Slags!' They should get jobs, Voice. Let's see some of these investors do a hard day's work for once. 'For a fair day's pay.' Exactly! But no! They expect their money to work for them. 'While they sit back and drink Martinis. I absolutely despise these scumbags, boss.' So do I, man. And I imagine Mr Mobius, our Mark, feels the same way now.

Well, he obviously doesn't feel the same way! The guy is still going! And going strong! 'How old is?' Only eighty-one, Voice. 'Wow!' Yeah. Our Mark will never stop! I take my hat off to him. 'You don't have a hat, boss.' Er ... I have a cap somewhere. I'll have to dig it out.

...

Right. Anything else? Yes! I was watching a video on YouTube last night where Grant Cardone was saying how much he admires Elon Musk, which makes sense, and - 'I thought you weren't writing about this motivational stuff no more.' Shut up, Voice! This is important. It seems to me that Musk is living the 10X life, man. 'Oh.' He works one hundred hours a week, and I would say he's four times more effective than your average person. So that's four hundred hours a week. 'That's a lot!' And the average person works forty hours a week. You do the maths. 'Or the math.' Yeah, or the math. / It's the only way to be, blog fan(s)! So get busy! Laters.

[Oh, this is what I meant yesterday. I mean the sales thing. It's like a scene from Glengarry Glen Ross!]