Tuesday, 17 September 2019

[No. 740] Don't invite me anywhere because I might just turn up

And then you'll be sorry.

And, well, well ...[1], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[1], and, well, well ...[2], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[1], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[2], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[1], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[2], and why should I be where you are?![1], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[2], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[1], and why should I be where you are?![2], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[1], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[2], and don't be sad[1], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[2], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[1], and don't be sad[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[2], and, so ...[1], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[2], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[1], and, so ...[2], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[1], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[2], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[1], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[2], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[1], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[2], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![1], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[2], and, or ... maybe not[1], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![2], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[1], and, or ... maybe not[2], and I've got my guitar to play ...[1], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[2], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[1], and I've got my guitar to play ...[2], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[1], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[2], and spin, spin, spin! ... you will like it[1], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[1], and s pin, sp in, s pin! ... you will like it[2], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[2], and tell me about it![1], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[2], and, well, well ...[3], and tell me about it![2], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[3], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[3], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[3], and why should I be where you are?![3], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[3], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[3], and don't be sad[3], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[3], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[3], and, so ...[3], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[3], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[3], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[3], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[3], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![3], and, or ... maybe not[3], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[3], and I've got my guitar to play ...[3], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[3], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[3], and s  p  i  n, s  p  i  n, s  p  i  n! ... you will like it[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[3], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[3], and tell me about it![3], and

And, well, well ...[1], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[1], and, well, well ...[2], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[1], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[2], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[1], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[2], and why should I be where you are?![1], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[2], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[1], and why should I be where you are?![2], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[1], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[2], and don't be sad[1], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[2], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[1], and don't be sad[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[2], and, so ...[1], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[2], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[1], and, so ...[2], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[1], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[2], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[1], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[2], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[1], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[2], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![1], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[2], and, or ... maybe not[1], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![2], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[1], and, or ... maybe not[2], and I've got my guitar to play ...[1], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[2], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[1], and I've got my guitar to play ...[2], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[1], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[2], and spin, spin, spin! ... you will like it[1], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[1], and s pin, sp in, s pin! ... you will like it[2], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[2], and tell me about it![1], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[2], and, well, well ...[3], and tell me about it![2], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[3], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[3], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[3], and why should I be where you are?![3], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[3], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[3], and don't be sad[3], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[3], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[3], and, so ...[3], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[3], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[3], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[3], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[3], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![3], and, or ... maybe not[3], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[3], and I've got my guitar to play ...[3], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[3], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[3], and s  p  i  n, s  p  i  n, s  p  i  n! ... you will like it[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[3], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[3], and tell me about it![3], and

And, well, well ...[1], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[1], and, well, well ...[2], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[1], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[2], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[1], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[2], and why should I be where you are?![1], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[2], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[1], and why should I be where you are?![2], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[1], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[2], and don't be sad[1], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[2], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[1], and don't be sad[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[2], and, so ...[1], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[2], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[1], and, so ...[2], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[1], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[2], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[1], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[2], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[1], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[2], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![1], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[2], and, or ... maybe not[1], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![2], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[1], and, or ... maybe not[2], and I've got my guitar to play ...[1], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[2], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[1], and I've got my guitar to play ...[2], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[1], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[2], and spin, spin, spin! ... you will like it[1], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[1], and s pin, sp in, s pin! ... you will like it[2], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[2], and tell me about it![1], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[2], and, well, well ...[3], and tell me about it![2], and I'm a mystical guy, you dig?[3], and I used to burn in the desert ... with the blood and, uh ... fire(!), obviously[3], and, BUT(!) ... NOW(!) I'm a-ROUND here[3], and why should I be where you are?![3], and I'm not part of your world, man / and I've invented my own world - and I'm very happy with it[3], and I'm too "crazy" for your sort, seriously[3], and don't be sad[3], and maybe one day, ah, one day ... I'll visit you for a laugh[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... you won't be laughing yourself, no, no, no / and, oh, I will, and my friends will[3], and ... 'I'm your friend, Mikey' / and yeah, yeah, of course you are, Voice[3], and, so ...[3], and poor cold earth wanderer ...[3], and ... Do YOU(!) really want me at your event(s)?[3], and, listen! ... I can't bring those dead ghost guys - they're GONE(!)[3], and somewheres lost in the astral desert of my mind, my soul ...[3], and ... I can bring the mystic kooks![3], and, or ... maybe not[3], and, Christ! ... it's a lot of trouble for a busy sha/man[3], and I've got my guitar to play ...[3], and I'm actually very reclusive ...[3], and to be honest ... it's much easier if you just get a-ROUND with the rest of us[3], and s  p  i  n, s  p  i  n, s  p  i  n! ... you will like it[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and come on, don't be square[3], and ... 'You can lead a horse to water, boss'[3], and tell me about it![3], and

What am I invited to now?

Well, well ... / Another day, another invitation. Why am I so popular? 'You're the world's foremost financial shaman, boss.' That's right, Voice.

Well, dear reader(s), here we are ...

Invitation to Sectra's Capital Markets Day on September 26 - focus on cybersecurity, Linköping, Sweden, September 16, 2019 - International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra will hold a Capital Markets Day on September 26, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. The focus will be on Sectra's Secure Communications operating area. The aim is to give investors insight into Sectra's role and growth potential in the increasingly dangerous world of cybersecurity threats. Among the speakers are members of Sectra's management and Pia Gruvö, Head of the Crypto and IT Security Department/Director NCSA at the Swedish Armed Forces.

When: September 26, 2019

Location: GT30, Greve Turegatan 30, Stockholm, Sweden


Okay, okay. I'm not going all the way to Sweden for this. Seriously! I can't even speak Swedish, man. 'They can probably speak English, boss. They sent you the email in English.' Yeah, yeah. Listen! If I can't be bothered to travel into central London for some, uh ... cockamamie breakfast briefing bullshit, Christ! ... I'm not going to travel to Sweden, am I?

Anyway, let's do the program and speakers ...

The program starts with registration and breakfast at 8:15a.m. and ends at around 1:00pm. A light lunch will be served during the event. Participants will have the opportunity to mingle with senior management and see demos of Sectra's products for a safer society.

Oh. Er ... 'A free breakfast, boss.' Yes. 'A free lunch, too!' It's a light lunch, Voice. 'A light lunch is better than nothing. What else do you want for free?!' Well, maybe free travel. And a free hotel room. 'Yeah, right. If wishes were - Listen! You want the moon, you do. Never satisfied.' Shut up!

Torbjörn Kronander (CEO and President Sectra AB) and Simo Pykälistö (President of Sectra Secure Communications) will be presenting together with other members of the Secure Communications management team.

Fair enough. I mean, I have no complaints. 'But what about Pia?!' Ha! -

Pia Gruvö, Head of the Crypto and IT Security Department/Director NCSA at the Swedish Armed Forces, will speak about encryption and how the Security Protection Act and increasing cyber security threats influence government authorities and companies. Note that this session will be held in Swedish.

Oh no! In Swedish! You see, I told you! 'Yeah, yeah. You told me.' I'm definitely not going now. They'll just have to have a nice time without me. 'I'm sure they’ll manage.' Don't be like that, Voice.

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Anything else? Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go. 'What the hell is that?!' A vocal exercise, Voice. I found it on YouTube. 'Oh.' It really helps.

Anyway ... later(s), blog fan(s)!

Monday, 16 September 2019

[No. 739] The new one

For "Michael Fowke".

And, uh ...[1], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[1], and, uh ...[2], and a guitar[1], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[2], and, ah ... focus with no distractions, yes, yes[1], and a gui tar[2], and a voice[1], and, ah ... focus with no dist ractions, yes, yes[2], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[1], and a vo ice[2], and a star[1], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a miracle, for a transformation![1], and a s tar[2], and ... why not?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a mirac le, for a transfor mation![2], and away from here ...[1], and ... why not?[2], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[1], and away from here ...[2], and quite untouchable, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[1], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[2], and ... 'More work?!'[1], and quite untou chable, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[2], and, ha![1], and ... 'More work?!'[2], and there is always more work, Christ![1], and, ha![2], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[1], and there is always more work, Christ![2], and I know, I know[1], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and I know, I know[2], and, listen! ... building a new human being from scratch ain't easy, man[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and, so ...[1], and, listen! ... building a new hu man be ing from scratch ain't easy, man[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[1], and, so ...[2], and ... 'Ugh'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[2], and what would Goggins do?[1], and ... 'Ugh'[2], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[1], and what would Goggins do?[2], and I am ... large as life[1], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[2], and ... 'The old you?'[1], and I am ... large as life[2], and here I am[1], and ... 'The old you?'[2], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[1], and here I am[2], and here I go![1], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[2], and a-ROUND with such determination ...[1], and here I go![2], and an image, a figure[1], and a-ROUND with such de termination ...[2], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[1], and an im age, a fig ure[2], and did you see that, Voice?![1], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[2], and ... 'I caught a glimpse, boss'[1], and did you see that, Voice?![2], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[1], and ... 'I caught a glimp se, boss'[2], and I got a feeling ...[1], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[2], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[1], and I got a feeling ...[2], and I got a feeling ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[1], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[2], and it's too late to back out now[1], and I got a f eeling ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[2], and, uh ...[3], and it's too late to back out now[2], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[3], and a g  u  i  t  a  r[3], and, ah ... focus with no d  i  s  t  r  a  c  t  i  o  n  s, yes, yes[3], and a v  o  i  c  e[3], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[3], and a s  t  a  r[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a m  i  r  a  c  l  e, for a t  r  a  n  s  f  o  r  m  a  t  i  o  n![3], and ... why not?[3], and away from here ...[3], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[3], and quite u  n  t  o  u  c  h  a  b  l  e, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[3], and ... 'More work?!'[3], and, ha![3], and there is always more work, Christ![3], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[3], and I know, I know[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and, listen! ... building a new h  u  m  a  n b  e  i  n  g from scratch ain't easy, man[3], and, so ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[3], and ... 'Ugh'[3], and what would Goggins do?[3], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[3], and I am ... large as life[3], and ... 'The old you?'[3], and here I am[3], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[3], and here I go![3], and a-ROUND with such d  e  t  e  r  m  i  n  a  t  i  o  n ...[3], and an i  m  a  g  e, a f  i  g  u  r  e[3], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[3], and did you see that, Voice?![3], and ... 'I caught a g  l  i  m  p  s  e, boss'[3], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[3], and I got a feeling ...[3], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[3], and I got a f  e  e  l  i  n  g ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[3], and it's too late to back out now[3], and

And, uh ...[1], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[1], and, uh ...[2], and a guitar[1], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[2], and, ah ... focus with no distractions, yes, yes[1], and a gui tar[2], and a voice[1], and, ah ... focus with no dist ractions, yes, yes[2], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[1], and a vo ice[2], and a star[1], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a miracle, for a transformation![1], and a s tar[2], and ... why not?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a mirac le, for a transfor mation![2], and away from here ...[1], and ... why not?[2], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[1], and away from here ...[2], and quite untouchable, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[1], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[2], and ... 'More work?!'[1], and quite untou chable, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[2], and, ha![1], and ... 'More work?!'[2], and there is always more work, Christ![1], and, ha![2], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[1], and there is always more work, Christ![2], and I know, I know[1], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and I know, I know[2], and, listen! ... building a new human being from scratch ain't easy, man[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and, so ...[1], and, listen! ... building a new hu man be ing from scratch ain't easy, man[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[1], and, so ...[2], and ... 'Ugh'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[2], and what would Goggins do?[1], and ... 'Ugh'[2], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[1], and what would Goggins do?[2], and I am ... large as life[1], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[2], and ... 'The old you?'[1], and I am ... large as life[2], and here I am[1], and ... 'The old you?'[2], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[1], and here I am[2], and here I go![1], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[2], and a-ROUND with such determination ...[1], and here I go![2], and an image, a figure[1], and a-ROUND with such de termination ...[2], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[1], and an im age, a fig ure[2], and did you see that, Voice?![1], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[2], and ... 'I caught a glimpse, boss'[1], and did you see that, Voice?![2], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[1], and ... 'I caught a glimp se, boss'[2], and I got a feeling ...[1], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[2], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[1], and I got a feeling ...[2], and I got a feeling ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[1], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[2], and it's too late to back out now[1], and I got a f eeling ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[2], and, uh ...[3], and it's too late to back out now[2], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[3], and a g  u  i  t  a  r[3], and, ah ... focus with no d  i  s  t  r  a  c  t  i  o  n  s, yes, yes[3], and a v  o  i  c  e[3], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[3], and a s  t  a  r[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a m  i  r  a  c  l  e, for a t  r  a  n  s  f  o  r  m  a  t  i  o  n![3], and ... why not?[3], and away from here ...[3], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[3], and quite u  n  t  o  u  c  h  a  b  l  e, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[3], and ... 'More work?!'[3], and, ha![3], and there is always more work, Christ![3], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[3], and I know, I know[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and, listen! ... building a new h  u  m  a  n b  e  i  n  g from scratch ain't easy, man[3], and, so ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[3], and ... 'Ugh'[3], and what would Goggins do?[3], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[3], and I am ... large as life[3], and ... 'The old you?'[3], and here I am[3], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[3], and here I go![3], and a-ROUND with such d  e  t  e  r  m  i  n  a  t  i  o  n ...[3], and an i  m  a  g  e, a f  i  g  u  r  e[3], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[3], and did you see that, Voice?![3], and ... 'I caught a g  l  i  m  p  s  e, boss'[3], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[3], and I got a feeling ...[3], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[3], and I got a f  e  e  l  i  n  g ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[3], and it's too late to back out now[3], and

And, uh ...[1], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[1], and, uh ...[2], and a guitar[1], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[2], and, ah ... focus with no distractions, yes, yes[1], and a gui tar[2], and a voice[1], and, ah ... focus with no dist ractions, yes, yes[2], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[1], and a vo ice[2], and a star[1], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a miracle, for a transformation![1], and a s tar[2], and ... why not?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a mirac le, for a transfor mation![2], and away from here ...[1], and ... why not?[2], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[1], and away from here ...[2], and quite untouchable, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[1], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[2], and ... 'More work?!'[1], and quite untou chable, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[2], and, ha![1], and ... 'More work?!'[2], and there is always more work, Christ![1], and, ha![2], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[1], and there is always more work, Christ![2], and I know, I know[1], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and I know, I know[2], and, listen! ... building a new human being from scratch ain't easy, man[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and, so ...[1], and, listen! ... building a new hu man be ing from scratch ain't easy, man[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[1], and, so ...[2], and ... 'Ugh'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[2], and what would Goggins do?[1], and ... 'Ugh'[2], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[1], and what would Goggins do?[2], and I am ... large as life[1], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[2], and ... 'The old you?'[1], and I am ... large as life[2], and here I am[1], and ... 'The old you?'[2], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[1], and here I am[2], and here I go![1], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[2], and a-ROUND with such determination ...[1], and here I go![2], and an image, a figure[1], and a-ROUND with such de termination ...[2], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[1], and an im age, a fig ure[2], and did you see that, Voice?![1], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[2], and ... 'I caught a glimpse, boss'[1], and did you see that, Voice?![2], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[1], and ... 'I caught a glimp se, boss'[2], and I got a feeling ...[1], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[2], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[1], and I got a feeling ...[2], and I got a feeling ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[1], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[2], and it's too late to back out now[1], and I got a f eeling ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[2], and, uh ...[3], and it's too late to back out now[2], and, well ... time needs to be put into it[3], and a g  u  i  t  a  r[3], and, ah ... focus with no d  i  s  t  r  a  c  t  i  o  n  s, yes, yes[3], and a v  o  i  c  e[3], and, oh ... lots of passion, obviously[3], and a s  t  a  r[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and looking for a m  i  r  a  c  l  e, for a t  r  a  n  s  f  o  r  m  a  t  i  o  n![3], and ... why not?[3], and away from here ...[3], and GONE(!) from reality as they know it ...[3], and quite u  n  t  o  u  c  h  a  b  l  e, if it all goes well ... / ... and well, well ... it's what all the work has been for, yes[3], and ... 'More work?!'[3], and, ha![3], and there is always more work, Christ![3], and ... 'You love it, Mikey!'[3], and I know, I know[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and, listen! ... building a new h  u  m  a  n b  e  i  n  g from scratch ain't easy, man[3], and, so ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and Tony says it's the mother of skill[3], and ... 'Ugh'[3], and what would Goggins do?[3], and ... 'Now you're talking!'[3], and I am ... large as life[3], and ... 'The old you?'[3], and here I am[3], and here I am - yes, it's me, for the time being[3], and here I go![3], and a-ROUND with such d  e  t  e  r  m  i  n  a  t  i  o  n ...[3], and an i  m  a  g  e, a f  i  g  u  r  e[3], and ... 'What?! Wow!'[3], and did you see that, Voice?![3], and ... 'I caught a g  l  i  m  p  s  e, boss'[3], and, congratulations! ... because you're the first, the very first, but not the last, oh no[3], and I got a feeling ...[3], and ... 'Tell me! Tell the kooks!'[3], and I got a f  e  e  l  i  n  g ... that it will get bigger and better with every spin[3], and it's too late to back out now[3], and

Europe's payments industry sees a rise!

Yes, it does. Yes, it does, Yes, uh ... it does! / It sees a rise of 100% in deal activity in Q2 2019. 'Great!' Yeah. And how do I know this? 'It's a PR email, boss.' That's right, Voice.

Europe's payments industry sees a rise of 100% in deal activity in Q2 2019, says GlobalData.

[2], ... nice!

Europe's payments industry saw a rise of 100% in overall deal activity during Q2 2019, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

[3], ... very nice! / Beautiful repetition, kook(s)! Three times a-ROUND, just how I like it. 'With a bit of variation though.' That's all right, man. Do you see me complaining? 'No.' Well, there you go.

Okay, okay. Here's the rest of it -

A total of 46 deals worth $2.66bn were announced for the region during Q2 2019, against the last four-quarter average of 23 deals.

Of all the deal types, venture financing saw the most activity in Q2 2019 with 24, representing a 52.2% share for the region.

In second place was mergers and acquisitions (M&A) with 17 deals, followed by private equity deals with five transactions, respectively capturing a 37% and 10.9% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in Europe's payments industry with $1.08bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $970.95m and $604.31m, respectively.

Europe payments industry deals in Q2 2019: Top deals

The top five payments deals accounted for 85% of the overall value during Q2 2019.

The combined value of the top five payments deals stood at $2.26bn, against the overall value of $2.66bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced payments deal tracked by GlobalData in Q2 2019 was Nuvei Bidco's $889m acquisition of SafeCharge International Group.

In second place was the $672.59m private equity deal with Automobile Association Developments and Post Office by Centerbridge Partners, Jaja Finance and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and in third place was Andreessen Horowitz, Baillie Gifford &, BlackRock, Lead Edge Capital Management, Lone Pine Capital and Vitruvian Partners' $292m private equity deal with TransferWise.

The $230m venture financing of Checkout by Blossom Capital, DST Global, Endeavor Catalyst, GIC and Insight Venture Management and Accel, LeapFrog Investments and Technology Crossover Management VII's venture financing of WorldRemit for $175m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

ENDS


Well, well ... / Listen! Don't ever say, dear reader(s), that I don't give you financial news. I mean, there it is/was. What more do you want?! Seriously!

...

Anything else? Oh, I bought that Rocketman film for my phone at the weekend.

Okay, okay. More? You want more?! Really? Music update? Er, this is a finance blog, kook(s). FFS! 'Go on, boss.' No! This has got to stop. I'm cutting out all the personal stuff, anyway. 'Yeah.' I am! It's beyond a joke. THIS IS A FINANCE BLOG. How many times do I have to tell you people?

Of course, I'll be writing a conceptual later, No. 739, which will have absolutely nothing to do with finance.

Music, then? Oh, I'm still rehearsing BECAUSE(!) ... [drum roll] ... I want to! Do you understand? I want to!

It's not a crime.

Laters!

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Hell Week ... ?!

Well, well ... / Well, dear reader(s), I haven't been doing Hell Week, exactly. I mean, it can't really be done without an instructor screaming at you 24/7, BUT(!) - 'I can do that for you, boss!' Shut up, idiot!

BUT(!) ... I have been pushing myself this week harder than ever before. When I haven't been blogging, I've been playing guitar and singing.

I've been making a big effort. Very big.

...

I'm reading Can't Hurt Me for the third time.

...

My anxiety is down. Take my advice, kook(s): you need to be on a mission.

...

Oh, I was rehearsing Nothing this morning. I still think it's the greatest song written by anybody. Seriously! I have to be careful not to play it too fast, though. I get excited, man. / Listen! I've tried describing it in the past. Think of a lively Beatles song like maybe, uh ... We Can Work It Out. [Beethoven? Beatles make more sense.] Imagine it's 5.00 instead of 2.15, and then imagine that one of Shakespeare's soliloquies has been set to the tune. [I've mentioned Shakey before.] 'Ha!' Yes, yes. And, oh, of course ... imagine that it doesn't sound totally ridiculous, man. That's what it's like. Maybe. I don't know.

...

It's not a ballad. Most of the best songs are ballads, I reckon.

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This is the last post of the week. I'll be playing some tunes in a while.

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This post is a bit fragmented, ain't it? Never mind. I feel different, you dig?

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A bit confused.

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No. I'm not playing loads of tunes, or even a few. I'm in the mood for the first movement of Beethoven's Ninth. And that's all. 'Which recording, Mikey?' Don't be an idiot, idiot! 'Oh, Karajan, 1977.' Yes, Voice. Yes!

...

Later(s), alligator(s).

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

I don't want photographs!

I've been offered photographs, dear reader(s). But I don't want them! Do you understand? 'What's this, boss?!' Oh, hello, Voice. PR people are saying I can have pictures of the guys who have been promoted, but ... 'You don't put pictures on your blog.' No, I don't. And I don't want them, anyway, man. Even to look at. Let me imagine what these guys are like, you dig? Let my wild, mystical imagination run, er ... wild, you dig? 'Great!' Yeah. Of course it is.

Anyway ...

Liam McGuinness, has been promoted to partner at CIL, the leading management consultancy. CIL has grown rapidly and has built a reputation for private equity due diligence and corporate strategy engagements to support management teams across a range of sectors.

Congratulations, Liam! You deserve it ... I'm sure. 'Are you really sure, boss?' Well, I'm as sure as I can be without seeing a photo of him. 'But what about your wild, mystical imagination?' Yeah, yeah. Don't worry about it.

Also announced today was the promotion of James de La Salle, to Director of the Built Environment practice. James joined CIL in 2012 and has focused on construction and building projects. He also has significant experience in business services, particularly legal services.

Oh, okay. Uh. / But let's concentrate on Liam!

Liam, who heads the consumer practice, joined CIL in 2007 and has been instrumental in building the firm's expertise in the sector. He has in-depth knowledge across the sector, with recent clients including UK and European holiday operators, branded and private label food and drink manufacturers, gym chains, fast casual dining chains and D2C subscription businesses. He provides due diligence advice to private equity investors and strategic support to management teams, helping them develop growth plans.

Well, er, okay. Nice one, I suppose. Uh ... 'Are you getting any vibes, boss?' About what, Voice? 'Christ! About our Liam, man. Are you seeing into the depths of his soul or something?' No. 'But your wild, mystical imagination! You used to see all kinds of things in these guys that you write about.' Ha! Listen! Voice, reader(s). I don't have the energy these days. 'Oh.' That's the honest truth. 'Oh.' Deal with it! / Let's hear from Giles Johnson ...

Commenting on Liam's promotion, Giles Johnson, managing partner at CIL, says: "Liam is a great example of CIL's home-grown talent. He joined our graduate scheme and has successfully developed our consumer practice, advising household names and fast-growing businesses. Also, Liam's a rather talented shaman. A great shaman, in fact! He's a veteran of the desert, astral and physical. He's burnt brightly with the best of them. Many years ago -"

Hang on! He hasn't burnt brightly with me, mate! This is the first I've heard of this ... Liam McGuinness. FFS! 'Giles is just trying to wind you up, boss. Ignore him.' Yeah, okay. / Let's hear from the "great" man himself then, Mr Liam McGuinness ...

Liam McGuinness says: "I am delighted to join the senior management team. The business is growing rapidly, and we are seeing increasing demand for advice from investors and corporates. I look forward to further developing our consumer and retail consultancy offer."

Okay. I'm genuinely pleased for you, Liam, but it's pretty obvious that you don't have a mystical bone in your body. I'm just saying, like.

ENDS

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Anything else? Listen, kook(s)! I don't go into the desert these days, astral or physical. I put all my energy into my conceptual posts now. It's a different sort of mysticism, man. You dig? I don't write about these finance and business guys with their chakras, and their auras, and ... whatnot any more. 'Calm down, Mikey!' All right.

All right.

All right.

Laters.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

[No. 738] Uh

What else?

And, yes, uh[1], and it's the beginning![1], and, yes, u h[2], and sometimes ... just uh, you dig?[1], and it's the beginning![2], and I don't know, really[1], and sometimes ... just u h, you dig?[2], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[1], and I don't know, really[2], and, oh ... sometimes[1], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[2], and even ... uh, uh, uh[1], and, oh ... sometimes[2], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[1], and even ... u h, u h, u h[2], and in the morning, uh[1], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![1], and in the morning, u h[2], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![2], and in the evening, uh[1], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[2], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[1], and in the evening, u h[2], and ... you?[1], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[2], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[1], and ... you?[2], and beyond is golden, obviously[1], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[2], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[1], and beyond is golden, obviously[2], and accept, please![1], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[2], and ... 'Here - !!!'[1], and accept, please![2], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[1], and ... 'Here - !!!'[2], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![1], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[2], and ... 'Uh'[1], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![2], and, yes, that's the spirit![1], and ... 'U h'[2], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[1], and, yes, that's the spirit![2], and when we're gone, like[1], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[1], and when we're gone, like[2], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[2], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[1], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[2], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[1], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[2], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[1], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[2], and at the end ... uh[1], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[2], and, yes, u  h[3], and at the end ... u h[2], and it's the beginning![3], and sometimes ... just u  h, you dig?[3], and I don't know, really[3], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[3], and, oh ... sometimes[3], and even ... u  h, u  h, u  h[3], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[3], and in the morning, u  h[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![3], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[3], and in the evening, u  h[3], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[3], and ... you?[3], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[3], and beyond is golden, obviously[3], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[3], and accept, please![3], and ... 'Here - !!!'[3], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[3], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![3], and ... 'U  h'[3], and, yes, that's the spirit![3], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[3], and when we're gone, like[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[3], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[3], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[3], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[3], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[3], and at the end ... u  h[3], and

And, yes, uh[1], and it's the beginning![1], and, yes, u h[2], and sometimes ... just uh, you dig?[1], and it's the beginning![2], and I don't know, really[1], and sometimes ... just u h, you dig?[2], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[1], and I don't know, really[2], and, oh ... sometimes[1], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[2], and even ... uh, uh, uh[1], and, oh ... sometimes[2], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[1], and even ... u h, u h, u h[2], and in the morning, uh[1], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![1], and in the morning, u h[2], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![2], and in the evening, uh[1], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[2], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[1], and in the evening, u h[2], and ... you?[1], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[2], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[1], and ... you?[2], and beyond is golden, obviously[1], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[2], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[1], and beyond is golden, obviously[2], and accept, please![1], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[2], and ... 'Here - !!!'[1], and accept, please![2], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[1], and ... 'Here - !!!'[2], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![1], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[2], and ... 'Uh'[1], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![2], and, yes, that's the spirit![1], and ... 'U h'[2], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[1], and, yes, that's the spirit![2], and when we're gone, like[1], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[1], and when we're gone, like[2], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[2], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[1], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[2], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[1], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[2], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[1], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[2], and at the end ... uh[1], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[2], and, yes, u  h[3], and at the end ... u h[2], and it's the beginning![3], and sometimes ... just u  h, you dig?[3], and I don't know, really[3], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[3], and, oh ... sometimes[3], and even ... u  h, u  h, u  h[3], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[3], and in the morning, u  h[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![3], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[3], and in the evening, u  h[3], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[3], and ... you?[3], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[3], and beyond is golden, obviously[3], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[3], and accept, please![3], and ... 'Here - !!!'[3], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[3], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![3], and ... 'U  h'[3], and, yes, that's the spirit![3], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[3], and when we're gone, like[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[3], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[3], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[3], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[3], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[3], and at the end ... u  h[3], and

And, yes, uh[1], and it's the beginning![1], and, yes, u h[2], and sometimes ... just uh, you dig?[1], and it's the beginning![2], and I don't know, really[1], and sometimes ... just u h, you dig?[2], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[1], and I don't know, really[2], and, oh ... sometimes[1], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[2], and even ... uh, uh, uh[1], and, oh ... sometimes[2], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[1], and even ... u h, u h, u h[2], and in the morning, uh[1], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![1], and in the morning, u h[2], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![2], and in the evening, uh[1], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[2], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[1], and in the evening, u h[2], and ... you?[1], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[2], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[1], and ... you?[2], and beyond is golden, obviously[1], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[2], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[1], and beyond is golden, obviously[2], and accept, please![1], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[2], and ... 'Here - !!!'[1], and accept, please![2], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[1], and ... 'Here - !!!'[2], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![1], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[2], and ... 'Uh'[1], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![2], and, yes, that's the spirit![1], and ... 'U h'[2], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[1], and, yes, that's the spirit![2], and when we're gone, like[1], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[1], and when we're gone, like[2], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[2], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[1], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[2], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[1], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[2], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[1], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[2], and at the end ... uh[1], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[2], and, yes, u  h[3], and at the end ... u h[2], and it's the beginning![3], and sometimes ... just u  h, you dig?[3], and I don't know, really[3], and BECAUSE(!), listen! ... everything is so confusing, and there's not much else to say[3], and, oh ... sometimes[3], and even ... u  h, u  h, u  h[3], and when you break them, wow! / and ... do you know what I mean?[3], and in the morning, u  h[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and spin yourself silly, kook(s)![3], and ... 'Yes, Mikey!'[3], and in the evening, u  h[3], and I know that we all like a mystery ...[3], and ... you?[3], and don't go looking too deep ... for things that can't be there, and will never be there[3], and beyond is golden, obviously[3], and, so ... smile ... there's nothing else[3], and accept, please![3], and ... 'Here - !!!'[3], and the astral plane is missing an idiot[3], and here ... ? right here ... ?! / and, oh, I couldn't tell you, Voice / and even if I could ... ha, ha, ha![3], and ... 'U  h'[3], and, yes, that's the spirit![3], and let it mean what I want, same as all the others, not a lot, broken sound for rocks to know about[3], and when we're gone, like[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... we must keep spinning, for now[3], and ... is it the only thing that makes sense to us?[3], and, no, no, no ... / and a-ROUND here ... we are free from sense, surely?[3], and rather ... yes, yes, yes[3], and I think you'll find that it doesn't actually matter[3], and at the end ... u  h[3], and

TMF Group expands!

Yes, yes. It expands! 'Brilliant!' Yes! 'But, uh ... what, how ... does it expand, boss? Explain! Explain it to me, and to your readers. Come on!' Calm down, son.

Okay, okay. Voice, reader(s). Listen! Obviously, it's another PR email BECAUSE(!) ... [drum roll] ... well, why not? WHY NOT?!

Here we go ...

TMF Group, a leading provider of global business services, has completed the acquisition of State Street's private equity and real estate fund administration business in the Channel Islands.

You see? An acquisition. It's as simple and as easy as that. 'So we're not talking about, like, uh ... the universe expanding? Nothing like that?' Oh, it's nothing like that, my little invisible friend. 'Thank God!' Ha! You're so funny.

It doesn't really matter how a firm expands, does it?

The acquisition is a key milestone in TMF Group's drive to further grow its fund services business and means it now has over $125 billion in client assets under administration within fund services, making it one of the leading fund administrators in Europe. TMF Group's 'one-stop-shop' of fund services, including fund administration and depositary services, is supported by experts in over 80 jurisdictions worldwide.

Supported by experts! That's what I like to see! 'Well, that's a relief.' Of course it is! Imagine if they were supported by idiotic amateurs who had absolutely no idea what was going on. 'You mean people who are ... I don't know, totally clueless?' Yes. That sort. We don't need that sort. 'No.' WE NEED MORE EXPERTS IN THIS WORLD!!! 'Yes.' Especially with Brexit. 'Ha, ha, ha!' What? 'Experts aren't needed with Brexit, boss. All you need for Brexit is ... Christ knows! But you don't need experts.'

Let's forget about Brexit, eh?

In Jersey, the acquisition of State Street's private equity and real estate business adds fund administration to its existing corporate and trust services, whilst in Guernsey, it complements the recent acquisition of Gentoo, a leading fund administration business.

Okay, okay. Jersey? A lot of crime there. 'No there isn't!' Er, watch Bergerac, idiot!

Okay, okay. Right. I think we need to know if Mark Weil is excited or not. What do you reckon, Voice? 'Are you taking bets?' No. Just tell me. Is Mark excited? And without cheating! Don't look at the email. 'Okay. Er ... I reckon he's delighted.' Delighted. All right. And you, dear reader(s)? Do you think that he's maybe ... thrilled? 'Damn!' What? 'I should have said thrilled. Can I change?' No. You're stuck with delighted now. 'Well, tell us then!'

Okay, okay ... [drum roll] ... 'Come on, boss! The suspense is killing me!' ... Ha! ... [drum roll] ... here we are! -

Mark Weil, CEO of TMF Group, says: "We are excited to be growing our fund administration business - one of our global specialties. The combination of State Street's private equity and real estate services and TMF Group's funds platforms means that we are brilliantly-placed to serve funds clients around the world with a single, safe and consistent service model."

Well, well ... / Excited! 'Yeah, yeah.' Ha! / He said "we are". He meant "I am", I'm sure. Let the others speak for themselves, Mark!

Okay, okay. Right. We're going to finish now with a quote from Cengiz Somay. 'Great!' Unfortunately, our Cengiz isn't excited, delighted, or thrilled. 'That's fine, boss. What is he, though?' Nothing. 'Pardon?' Just nothing. 'Oh.' Yeah. Some people are like that. However, I refuse to judge him. Only God can judge him!

Cengiz Somay, Managing Director, Channel Islands at TMF Group says: "Now with over 200 experts in the Channel Islands supported by 7,800 professionals globally, TMF Group is the best positioned firm in the market to meet the end-to-end global needs within fund services. This allows our clients to focus on investing and generating returns for their investors, with the peace of mind that TMF Group is delivering first-class fiduciary, administration, compliance and reporting services."

Thank you, Cengiz! No one's judging you. [Well, God might be, if He exists. But let's not get into that. It's too early in the morning, you dig?]

ENDS

...

Anything else? Jesus! Don't tell me you want more, dear reader(s)?! 'Unbelievable!' There is ... no more.

[I'll be writing a conceptual later, of course, for people who like that sort of thing. No. 738.]

Laters!

Monday, 9 September 2019

[No. 737] Every week is Hell Week

If you want it.

And try it![1], and you've got to want it ... in your soul, you dig?[1], and try it![2], and ... come on, come on![1], and you've got to want it ... in your s oul, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your choice, man[1], and ... come on, come on![2], and I know what I'm doing ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your cho ice, man[2], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[1], and I know what I'm doing ...[2], and ... you?[1], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[2], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[1], and ... you?[2], and I'm here ... for all eternity![1], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![1], and I'm here ... for all eternity![2], and ... look![1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![2], and a little light ...[1], and ... l ook![2], and off, off, off ... in the distance[1], and a lit tle lig ht ...[2], and there's your fucking future! / and go and get it NOW - !!![1], and off, off, off ... in the dist ance[2], and are ...[1], and there's your fuc king fut ure! / and go and get it N OW - !!![2], and I can hardly believe it[1], and are ...[2], and are YOU(!) waiting for something ... ? Christ![1], and I can hardly believe it[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[1], and are YOU(!) waiting for so mething ... ? Christ![2], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is nothing in our beautiful realities[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[2], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[1], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is not hing in our beau tiful reali ties[2], and I do, majestically[1], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[1], and I do, majestically[2], and if it's all ... you want[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[2], and ... me?[1], and if it's all ... you want[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[1], and ... me?[2], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[2], and you've got to invent it, for yourself, like[1], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[2], and ... am I getting through to you?![1], and you've got to in vent it, for yourself, like[2], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a mystery[1], and ... am I getting through to you?![2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a myst ery[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to confuse the squares that I hate[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and ... again![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to con fuse the squ ares that I h ate[2], and try it![3], and ... again![2], and you've got to want it ... in your s  o  u  l, you dig?[3], and ... come on, come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your c  h  o  i  c  e, man[3], and I know what I'm doing ...[3], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[3], and ... you?[3], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[3], and I'm here ... for all eternity![3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![3], and ... l  o  o  k![3], and a l  i  t  t  l  e l  i  g  h  t ...[3], and off, off, off ... in the d  i  s  t  a  n  c  e[3], and there's your f  u  c  k  i  n  g f  u  t  u  r  e! / and go and get it N  O  W - !!![3], and are ...[3], and I can hardly believe it[3], and are YOU(!) waiting for s  o  m  e  t  h  i  n  g ... ? Christ![3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[3], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is n  o  t  h  i  n  g in our b  e  a  u  t  i  f  u  l r  e  a  l  i  t  i  e  s[3], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[3], and I do, majestically[3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[3], and if it's all ... you want[3], and ... me?[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[3], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[3], and you've got to i  n  v  e  n  t it, for yourself, like[3], and ... am I getting through to you?![3], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a m  y  s  t  e  r  y[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to c  o  n  f  u  s  e the s  q  u  a  r  e  s that I h  a  t  e[3], and ... again![3], and

And try it![1], and you've got to want it ... in your soul, you dig?[1], and try it![2], and ... come on, come on![1], and you've got to want it ... in your s oul, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your choice, man[1], and ... come on, come on![2], and I know what I'm doing ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your cho ice, man[2], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[1], and I know what I'm doing ...[2], and ... you?[1], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[2], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[1], and ... you?[2], and I'm here ... for all eternity![1], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![1], and I'm here ... for all eternity![2], and ... look![1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![2], and a little light ...[1], and ... l ook![2], and off, off, off ... in the distance[1], and a lit tle lig ht ...[2], and there's your fucking future! / and go and get it NOW - !!![1], and off, off, off ... in the dist ance[2], and are ...[1], and there's your fuc king fut ure! / and go and get it N OW - !!![2], and I can hardly believe it[1], and are ...[2], and are YOU(!) waiting for something ... ? Christ![1], and I can hardly believe it[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[1], and are YOU(!) waiting for so mething ... ? Christ![2], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is nothing in our beautiful realities[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[2], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[1], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is not hing in our beau tiful reali ties[2], and I do, majestically[1], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[1], and I do, majestically[2], and if it's all ... you want[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[2], and ... me?[1], and if it's all ... you want[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[1], and ... me?[2], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[2], and you've got to invent it, for yourself, like[1], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[2], and ... am I getting through to you?![1], and you've got to in vent it, for yourself, like[2], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a mystery[1], and ... am I getting through to you?![2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a myst ery[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to confuse the squares that I hate[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and ... again![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to con fuse the squ ares that I h ate[2], and try it![3], and ... again![2], and you've got to want it ... in your s  o  u  l, you dig?[3], and ... come on, come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your c  h  o  i  c  e, man[3], and I know what I'm doing ...[3], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[3], and ... you?[3], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[3], and I'm here ... for all eternity![3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![3], and ... l  o  o  k![3], and a l  i  t  t  l  e l  i  g  h  t ...[3], and off, off, off ... in the d  i  s  t  a  n  c  e[3], and there's your f  u  c  k  i  n  g f  u  t  u  r  e! / and go and get it N  O  W - !!![3], and are ...[3], and I can hardly believe it[3], and are YOU(!) waiting for s  o  m  e  t  h  i  n  g ... ? Christ![3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[3], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is n  o  t  h  i  n  g in our b  e  a  u  t  i  f  u  l r  e  a  l  i  t  i  e  s[3], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[3], and I do, majestically[3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[3], and if it's all ... you want[3], and ... me?[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[3], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[3], and you've got to i  n  v  e  n  t it, for yourself, like[3], and ... am I getting through to you?![3], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a m  y  s  t  e  r  y[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to c  o  n  f  u  s  e the s  q  u  a  r  e  s that I h  a  t  e[3], and ... again![3], and

And try it![1], and you've got to want it ... in your soul, you dig?[1], and try it![2], and ... come on, come on![1], and you've got to want it ... in your s oul, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your choice, man[1], and ... come on, come on![2], and I know what I'm doing ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your cho ice, man[2], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[1], and I know what I'm doing ...[2], and ... you?[1], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[2], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[1], and ... you?[2], and I'm here ... for all eternity![1], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[2], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![1], and I'm here ... for all eternity![2], and ... look![1], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![2], and a little light ...[1], and ... l ook![2], and off, off, off ... in the distance[1], and a lit tle lig ht ...[2], and there's your fucking future! / and go and get it NOW - !!![1], and off, off, off ... in the dist ance[2], and are ...[1], and there's your fuc king fut ure! / and go and get it N OW - !!![2], and I can hardly believe it[1], and are ...[2], and are YOU(!) waiting for something ... ? Christ![1], and I can hardly believe it[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[1], and are YOU(!) waiting for so mething ... ? Christ![2], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is nothing in our beautiful realities[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[2], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[1], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is not hing in our beau tiful reali ties[2], and I do, majestically[1], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[1], and I do, majestically[2], and if it's all ... you want[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[2], and ... me?[1], and if it's all ... you want[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[1], and ... me?[2], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[2], and you've got to invent it, for yourself, like[1], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[2], and ... am I getting through to you?![1], and you've got to in vent it, for yourself, like[2], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a mystery[1], and ... am I getting through to you?![2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a myst ery[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to confuse the squares that I hate[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and ... again![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to con fuse the squ ares that I h ate[2], and try it![3], and ... again![2], and you've got to want it ... in your s  o  u  l, you dig?[3], and ... come on, come on![3], and a-ROUND here ... well, it can be heaven or hell / and it's your c  h  o  i  c  e, man[3], and I know what I'm doing ...[3], and the good news is: there's plenty of time ...[3], and ... you?[3], and, uh ... if you know what to do with it, obviously[3], and I'm here ... for all eternity![3], and you, you, YOU(!) ... oh, I hope you don't find out too late / and I found out, about all of it![3], and ... l  o  o  k![3], and a l  i  t  t  l  e l  i  g  h  t ...[3], and off, off, off ... in the d  i  s  t  a  n  c  e[3], and there's your f  u  c  k  i  n  g f  u  t  u  r  e! / and go and get it N  O  W - !!![3], and are ...[3], and I can hardly believe it[3], and are YOU(!) waiting for s  o  m  e  t  h  i  n  g ... ? Christ![3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha'[3], and I've told you, ah, so many times before ... there is n  o  t  h  i  n  g in our b  e  a  u  t  i  f  u  l r  e  a  l  i  t  i  e  s[3], and learn to live with it, kook(s)[3], and I do, majestically[3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... if that's all we've got[3], and if it's all ... you want[3], and ... me?[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... there is another life / and, no, no, no ... I'm not talking beyond the THREE[3], and ... in the COLD WORLD, actually[3], and you've got to i  n  v  e  n  t it, for yourself, like[3], and ... am I getting through to you?![3], and, no? ... / and, uh, uh, uh ... so, let it remain a m  y  s  t  e  r  y[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's here to c  o  n  f  u  s  e the s  q  u  a  r  e  s that I h  a  t  e[3], and ... again![3], and

Neil Woodford has sold a major chunk ...

... of, uh ... pineapple?! 'Ha!' Well, I don't know. Let's find out, kook(s)!

Yesterday, it was announced that Neil Woodford has sold a major chunk of his stake in the struggling doorstep lender Non-Standard Finance. It has been reported that Woodford sold around 19% of the firm to a fund run by Alchemy Partners. After the ill-fated merger with Provident, what does this deal mean for Non-Standard Finance and their borrowers?

Okay, okay. / Yes, yes, it's a PR email. And, no, no, it wasn't yesterday, no. I received the email last Thursday, so, uh ... yesterday was actually well, last Wednesday, and so ... you probably know all about the story now, dear reader(s), being so ... ***HOWEVER(!)*** ... what you won't have yet ... because I haven't given it to you, yet ... is my, er, expert commentary and analysis. 'Ha!' Shut up, Voice! Please! 'Boss!' What? 'Why didn't you write this post last week?' BECAUSE(!) ... I don't know, man. 'Oh.' Maybe I had finished my blogging for the week and I was playing my guitar. The email might have come while I was working on the last post. 'Right.' It doesn't matter, does it? I don't owe anyone an explanation. 'Oh, okay.' Christ! Leave me alone!

NOW(!), anyway ... what does Dr Roger say? 'Dr Robert?!' Open your ears, idiot! I said Dr Roger. 'I ain't got no ears, boss!' Well, maybe you should see a doctor then.

Okay, okay ... I really like this guy, an awful lot. Day or night, he's available for a comment, like this - 'He does everything he can!' Yes! Of course he does!

Executive Chairman of FairMoney, Dr Roger Gewolb, provides the following commentary:

"This deal is a positive one that will give borrowers security over the future of their finances and future lending. Alchemy has been a successful revivor of distressed companies and Non-Standard Finance is hugely undervalued as it is still reeling from the ill-judged attempts to take over Provident. I have long been a critic of the NSF/Provident deal and am pleased for consumers and borrowers that Alchemy is providing some stability in this situation."

No one can succeed like Dr Roger.

"As I said at the time, the typical doorstep lending transaction is for around £500. The £30 million or so in fees and expenses that were due to be payable by Provvy and NSF to fight the battle which NSF started could have funded some 60,000 borrowers on challenging financial ground who need help."

He helps you to understand.

"Provident and NSF each had opportunities (and threats) to act which left the borrowers vulnerable and in unstable financial positions. Evitably, they do not have the same luxury as people like Neil Woodford, but now, they have been released from a heightened and what seemed like an indefinite period of insecurity."

Do, you, you, YOU(!) ... understand, kook(s)? Oh, I hope so.

Well, well ... / That's it! What else? 'Where's your, er ...' What?! 'Your commentary and analysis. Dr Roger has done his bit.' Ha! Are you serious, Voice? 'Well, you said -' Don't worry about what I say. Watch what I do. 'Okay. You're typing on your laptop.' Yes, I am. Keep talking. 'I'm lost for words!' Jesus.

I can't get the staff.

...

Anything else? Hell Week? Yeah, yeah, I'm doing it now. Big time. An artistic version. I won't drown, BUT(!) ... oh, maybe I will, you know, in words and music, like.

Listen! I'm thinking I'm ready to record my new demo. I've got the songs. I've got the performance skills. What I don't have is ... peace and quiet, man, because my street is full of noisy bastards.

Yes, yes, regular readers will know that my street has always been full of noisy bastards, but they seem to be getting worse. Some of them are genuine cretins. I wouldn't mind if they were simply going about their business like civilized human beings. The problem is, they screech, and howl, and bang things - at all hours!

I suppose I could go to a rehearsal studio to record. I'm not sure how quiet they are though. They're not meant for recording, really. 'Go to a proper recording studio, boss.' Oh, you're back! I can't, Voice. 'Why not?' I would need an electro acoustic, for one thing. Also, I want to take my time, and do things my way. / I'll have to do it at home. I'll have to ... find a way!

Later(s), blog and pop fan(s)!