Thursday, 15 November 2018

Music, and general night thoughts

Okay, okay. / I'm putting Oxygene on first, by Jean Michel Jarre. This music was used in the film Gallipoli. Amazingly, it worked really well. I mean, a First World War film and electronic music shouldn't work at all.

My music? I'll have to finish that fifteenth song of mine soon. The music is good enough. Not great, but good enough. I reject too many ideas, man.

I'll record my new demo soon, too. Before Christmas. So, I'll be ready after Christmas. I'm finally sick of normal life - after nearly fifty years. It's time to be a rock star. An out-of-reality one, like David Bowie or Jim Morrison. Not like Bono or Chris Martin, you dig? However, one suited to my age, uh, like Karajan in that Beethoven Seventh symphony clip on YouTube. Eyes closed. Mystical ecstasy. Living large! Kook(s), you know what I mean.

I'm reprogramming myself. Well, I have been. I don't need those Grant Cardone books no more. Nor the Vance/Musk one. I've changed. I work hard now without having to force myself. The incantation helps a lot. It blocks out any negative thoughts. I've been ten days without a bad thought in my head. And I sleep less. I eat less. I've become a monster of massive action!

Anything I want, I will get. Watch out!

I'm looking forward - hang on! I want to switch to Eno's Apollo. Okay. As I was saying, I'm looking forward to Christmas. A week off blogging. Mince pies. The pub. A bit of TV. I'll be "normal" that week, for strictly sentimental reasons.

Before the storm. Because I'm not fucking around. / I could have done with this mentality thirty years ago. Never mind. You live and learn, don't you? Well, I do.

Brexit? I'm not even thinking about it. Do you know why? I'll tell you: Nothing in the world has got any connection to me.

My focus is my music. Anything that isn't my music will have a rough time of it from now on.

***Monomania***. Lap it up!

...

Okay, okay. / Good night, dear alligator(s)! I mean, later(s), crocodile(s)! Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Two PR emails

And I've had to choose one of them. Only one. 'Nonsense, boss! You're writing another post later. You can cover both emails.' Er, excuse me, Voice. I'll be writing about music later, probably, and just general night thoughts. 'Oh.' Not that it's got anything to do with you. I don't even want you on the next post. 'Good! I'll be able to get some kip on the astral plane then.' Well, good! We're both happy.

Jesus H. Christ! / Uh, anyway ...

Lagos, 13/11/2018 - Unity Bank has agreed to work together with Daystar Power in moving the power supply of Unity Bank's branches across Nigeria from diesel generation to cleaner and more efficient solar powered solutions. Unity Bank is one of Nigeria's leading retail banks with 240 business offices across the country and Nigeria's 8th largest bank by business locations. Unity Bank is driven by the vision to be the retail bank of choice for all Nigerians and the move to a cleaner power supply will further improve the banking experience of retail customers. Daystar Power belongs to the venture capital company Sunray Ventures of the German founders Christian Wessels and Jasper Graf von Hardenberg.

Yeah, solar power in Nigeria. The other email looked quite interesting. Some cryptocurrency research by Warwick University. Unfortunately, there's an embargo on it until midnight. Why the hell do they do that?! 'You can write about it later, boss.' I've already told you, idiot! I'll be writing about music later and - 'Yeah, yeah, and general night thoughts.' Yes, that's right. 'Break the embargo then.' What?! Have you lost your fucking mind, Voice?! 'Well -' You can't break an embargo! Do you know what would happen to me if I did break it? 'No. What?' Er ... well, I don't actually know. 'Ha!' But I'm pretty sure it would be serious. / So, dear reader(s), let's stick with solar power in Nigeria ...

Daystar Power was founded by the venture capital financier Sunray Ventures, which has set itself the task of making a significant contribution to the electrification of the African continent through private equity investments and thereby promoting the systematic expansion of renewable energy resources.

Fair enough. / Unity Bank?

Unity Bank has agreed to work with Daystar Power in moving the power supply of its branches across Nigeria to cleaner and more economic solar powered solutions. In delivering its services, Daystar Power uses globally leading technology to provide Unity Bank with a combination of hybrid battery backed-up solar power solutions, which reduce costs as well as carbon emissions.

Yeah, okay, we know! / Right, let's hear from - oh, ha, ha, ha ... this girl has got a cool name, man - let's hear from ... Tomi Somefun -

Tomi Somefun, Managing Director of Unity Bank says: "Unity Bank is dedicated to be the retail bank of choice for all Nigerians and provide our customers with the best possible banking experience. We believe that our transition to clean solar energy solutions will not only help providing a better experience to customers visiting our branches, but also contribute to safeguarding our environment. We are happy to be working together with Daystar Power in this endeavour."

Nice one! / I bet she's the life and soul of parties. / Okay. To finish with, let's hear from, uh ... Christian Wessels. Whatever.

Christian Wessels, Geschaftsfuhrer von Sunray Ventures, says: "A significant gap between required and available electricity from the grid is prevalent across Nigeria, leading to most businesses using diesel generators for most of the day. However, advances in technology have made it economical for commercial and industrial customers alike to switch to cleaner hybrid solar power solutions. We are very happy that Unity Bank has decided to be at the forefront of this development and work together with Daystar Power, to provide cleaner and economical power solutions to its branch network."

All right. Thanks, Christian. Shame about your boring name, but it's not your fault, is it?

Right, uh ... let me have a short break, blog fan(s).

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

[No. 660] Will you be asking the cosmos?

For what you want, like.

And you should ask, man, seriously[1], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[1], a nd you should ask, man, seriously[2], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[1], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[2], and other times, plenty of times[1], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[2], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![1], and other times, plenty of times[2], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[1], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![2], and actually ...[1], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[2], and, oh, well ...[1], and actually ...[2], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![1], and, oh, well ...[2], and ... consciousness ness ...[1], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![2], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![1], and ... consciousness ness ...[2], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[1], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![2], and what do I actually know ... ?![1], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[2], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![1], and what do I actually know ... ?![2], and what a comedy![1], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![2], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[1], and what a comedy![2], and one day ...[1], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[2], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[1], and one day ...[2], and let's spin![1], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[1], and let's spin![2], and the likes of us, like[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[2], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[1], and the likes of us, like[2], and ... 'No!'[1], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[2], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[1], and ... 'No!'[2], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[1], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[2], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[1], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and you should ask, man, seriously[3], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[3], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[3], and other times, plenty of times[3], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![3], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[3], and actually ...[3], and, oh, well ...[3], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![3], and ... consciousness ness ...[3], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![3], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[3], and what do I actually know ... ?![3], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![3], and what a comedy![3], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[3], and one day ...[3], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[3], and let's spin![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[3], and the likes of us, like[3], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[3], and ... 'No!'[3], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[3], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[3], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], a  n  d

And you should ask, man, seriously[1], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[1], a nd you should ask, man, seriously[2], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[1], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[2], and other times, plenty of times[1], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[2], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![1], and other times, plenty of times[2], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[1], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![2], and actually ...[1], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[2], and, oh, well ...[1], and actually ...[2], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![1], and, oh, well ...[2], and ... consciousness ness ...[1], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![2], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![1], and ... consciousness ness ...[2], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[1], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![2], and what do I actually know ... ?![1], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[2], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![1], and what do I actually know ... ?![2], and what a comedy![1], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![2], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[1], and what a comedy![2], and one day ...[1], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[2], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[1], and one day ...[2], and let's spin![1], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[1], and let's spin![2], and the likes of us, like[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[2], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[1], and the likes of us, like[2], and ... 'No!'[1], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[2], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[1], and ... 'No!'[2], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[1], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[2], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[1], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and you should ask, man, seriously[3], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[3], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[3], and other times, plenty of times[3], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![3], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[3], and actually ...[3], and, oh, well ...[3], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![3], and ... consciousness ness ...[3], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![3], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[3], and what do I actually know ... ?![3], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![3], and what a comedy![3], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[3], and one day ...[3], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[3], and let's spin![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[3], and the likes of us, like[3], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[3], and ... 'No!'[3], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[3], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[3], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], a  n  d

And you should ask, man, seriously[1], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[1], a nd you should ask, man, seriously[2], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[1], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[2], and other times, plenty of times[1], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[2], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![1], and other times, plenty of times[2], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[1], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![2], and actually ...[1], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[2], and, oh, well ...[1], and actually ...[2], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![1], and, oh, well ...[2], and ... consciousness ness ...[1], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![2], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![1], and ... consciousness ness ...[2], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[1], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![2], and what do I actually know ... ?![1], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[2], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![1], and what do I actually know ... ?![2], and what a comedy![1], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![2], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[1], and what a comedy![2], and one day ...[1], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[2], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[1], and one day ...[2], and let's spin![1], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[1], and let's spin![2], and the likes of us, like[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[2], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[1], and the likes of us, like[2], and ... 'No!'[1], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[2], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[1], and ... 'No!'[2], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[1], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[2], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[1], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and you should ask, man, seriously[3], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and I don't think my new tune will work out now, uh, uh, uh, but never mind ...[3], and I will ask for ... other things, you dig?[3], and other times, plenty of times[3], and what do YOU(!) want - ?!?![3], and music is a funny thing, ah, my funny thing / and tell me ... what is your funny thing?[3], and actually ...[3], and, oh, well ...[3], and this ... conceptual spinning shit ... is certainly a funny thing, oh, a very funny thing, ha![3], and ... consciousness ness ...[3], and out there, beyond the COLD WORLD to here ... yes![3], and it's a massive spiritual force without morality, uh, uh, uh, maybe, and maybe, I reckon[3], and what do I actually know ... ?![3], and the same, the very same, as the greatest minds of all time ... yes, absolutely NOTHING - !!![3], and what a comedy![3], and it's so ... so divine! Yes, yes, yes ...[3], and one day ...[3], and one day ... it won't even matter, kook(s), and so ...[3], and let's spin![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and this is all there is, for us[3], and the likes of us, like[3], and we're weird, and let's not deny it, no, no, no ...[3], and ... 'No!'[3], and the cosmos loves us ... just the way we are, the shamanic way, the kooky way[3], and you've got to feel sorry for the squares ... / and ... 'What?! Are you sure, Mikey?!'[3], and I don't, listen ... and I don't feel sorry at all[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], a  n  d

Ask the cosmos

And the cosmos will give. That's how it works, my friend(s). The following is a true story ...

I woke up yesterday morning around six o'clock after a dream about a lovely lady. 'Who?' That will have to remain private, I'm afraid. It was nothing sordid. But she's a real person. 'Who, boss?! Tell us!' Someone from the internet, Voice. I've never met her. She was sitting on my bed, talking to me. 'Were you asleep in the dream?' No. I was awake in the dream, talking to her. 'On the bed?' Yes. 'I see.' All above board, man. / Anyway, at the end of this dream a whole piece of music was playing. Not just a fragment, you dig? A verse, and a chorus. 'Nice one!' So, I sang the melody into my Zoom Handy recorder thing. It's actually very handy, near the bed. I had trouble getting it out of its case. Fumbling around in the dark, like. 'Ha!' Never mind. The point is, I spent the rest of the day blogging. 'Working hard.' Yeah. / Okay, okay. Later on in the evening though, I picked up my guitar and started to find chords for the melody. 'Great!' Listen! Unfortunately, in my wisdom, I decided to abandon everything about the tune except for the first two seconds of it. 'Ha!' Crazy! An absolute waste of time you might think. 'Yes.' Ha! Well, no, Voice, dear kook(s)! BECAUSE(!!!) ... I started jamming and then got a whole new tune within minutes - which will definitely [maybe] become the music for a new world-beater song, as I like to call them. 'Amazing!' I just need to work on the structure now. And I'll do that tonight. It will only take half an hour or so. 'More jamming?' Oh, more jamming, certainly. Until I'm satisfied with it.

That is how the cosmos works for me, reader(s). Maybe it will for you, too.

You've got to be positive. You've got to do incantations. Are you digging this? Not affirmations. Incantations!

And with real intensity ... ask, ask, ask - and you shall receive!

Oh, you've got to make an effort as well, kook(s), in whatever you're involved in. The cosmos helps people who help themselves. 'That's true, boss!' Fuckin' A it is!

Laters!


Update: I will have to change the melody a bit. A slight problem. I'll deal with it. Don't worry!

Monday, 12 November 2018

[No. 659] You are safe here

The cold world can't touch you.

And, okay, okay ...[1], and believe it! / and just try to![1], and, oka y, oka y ...[2], and I know you're fed up, man ... with the way things are, Christ! / and, well ...[1], and belie ve it! / and just try to![2], and don't be sad, no, no, no[1], and I know you're f ed up, man ... with the way th ings are, Christ! / and, well ...[2], and, listen, baby ... I'm looking out for you, yes / and what are you worried about, seriously?[1], and don't be sad, no, no, no[2], and, uh ... okay, okay[1], and, listen, bab y ... I'm loo king out for you, yes / and what are you wor ried about, seriously?[2], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some changes in your life, obviously[1], and, uh ... okay, okay[2], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![1], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some chan ges in your life, obviously[2], and a-ROUND here ... you are safe! / and you know that you're my special kook, don't you?[1], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![2], and ... smile - !!![1], and a-ROUND here ... you are saf e! / and you know that you're my spe cial koo k, don't you?[2], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who loves you more than I do?[1], and ... smile - !!![2], and are you happy ... out there?[1], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who lo ves you mo re than I do?[2], and ... 'Plenty of good questions, Mikey!' / and, thank you, Voice, I try my best[1], and are you happy ... out there?[2], and ... spin - !!![1], and ... 'Plen ty of goo d q uestions, Mikey!' / and, th ank you, Voice, I try my best[2], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we DIZZY(!)? Yes - !!![1], and ... spin - !!![2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we DIZ ZY(!)? Yes - !!![2], and, listen ... smile for me, please, please, please! / and you're so beautiful when you're smiling, yes[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and ... are we running out of time?[1], and, listen ... smile for me, plea se, ple ase, plea se! / and you're so beautiful when you're smi ling, y es[2], and we have all the time in the freakin' cosmos! / and I'm talking billions of years, you dig?[1], and ... are we ru nning out of ti me?[2], and I hope you dig ...[1], and we have all the time in the frea kin' c osmos! / and I'm talking bil lions of y ears, you dig?[2], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're vampires or nuthin', FFS![1], and I hope you dig ...[2], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a tight connection, oh, yes?[1], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're vampi res or nut hin', FFS![2], and ... YES!!![1], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a tig ht co nnection, oh, yes?[2], and, o  k  a  y, o  k  a  y ...[3], and ... YES!!![2], and b  e  l  i  e  v  e it! / and just try to![3], and I know you're f  e  d up, man ... with the way t  h  i  n  g  s are, Christ! / and, well ...[3], and don't be sad, no, no, no[3], and, listen, b  a  b  y ... I'm l  o  o  k  i  n  g out for you, yes / and what are you w  o  r  r  i  e  d about, seriously?[3], and, uh ... okay, okay[3], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some c  h  a  n  g  e  s in your life, obviously[3], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... you are s  a  f  e! / and you know that you're my s  p  e  c  i  a  l k  o  o  k, don't you?[3], and ... smile - !!![3], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who l  o  v  e  s you m  o  r  e than I do?[3], and are you happy ... out there?[3], and ... 'P  l  e  n  t  y of g  o  o  d q  u  e  s  t  i  o  n  s, Mikey!' / and, t  h  a  n  k you, Voice, I try my best[3], and ... spin - !!![3], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we D  I  Z  Z  Y(!)? Yes - !!![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, listen ... smile for me, p  l  e  a  s  e, p  l  e  a  s  e, p  l  e  a  s  e! / and you're so beautiful when you're s  m  i  l  i  n  g, y  e  s[3], and ... are we r  u  n  n  i  n  g out of t  i  m  e?[3], and we have all the time in the f  r  e  a  k  i  n' c  o  s  m  o  s! / and I'm talking b  i  l  l  i  o  n  s of y  e  a  r  s, you dig?[3], and I hope you dig ...[3], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're v  a  m  p  i  r  e  s or n  u  t  h  i  n', FFS![3], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a t  i  g  h  t c  o  n  n  e  c  t  i  o  n, oh, yes?[3], and ... YES!!![3], and

And, okay, okay ...[1], and believe it! / and just try to![1], and, oka y, oka y ...[2], and I know you're fed up, man ... with the way things are, Christ! / and, well ...[1], and belie ve it! / and just try to![2], and don't be sad, no, no, no[1], and I know you're f ed up, man ... with the way th ings are, Christ! / and, well ...[2], and, listen, baby ... I'm looking out for you, yes / and what are you worried about, seriously?[1], and don't be sad, no, no, no[2], and, uh ... okay, okay[1], and, listen, bab y ... I'm loo king out for you, yes / and what are you wor ried about, seriously?[2], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some changes in your life, obviously[1], and, uh ... okay, okay[2], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![1], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some chan ges in your life, obviously[2], and a-ROUND here ... you are safe! / and you know that you're my special kook, don't you?[1], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![2], and ... smile - !!![1], and a-ROUND here ... you are saf e! / and you know that you're my spe cial koo k, don't you?[2], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who loves you more than I do?[1], and ... smile - !!![2], and are you happy ... out there?[1], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who lo ves you mo re than I do?[2], and ... 'Plenty of good questions, Mikey!' / and, thank you, Voice, I try my best[1], and are you happy ... out there?[2], and ... spin - !!![1], and ... 'Plen ty of goo d q uestions, Mikey!' / and, th ank you, Voice, I try my best[2], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we DIZZY(!)? Yes - !!![1], and ... spin - !!![2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we DIZ ZY(!)? Yes - !!![2], and, listen ... smile for me, please, please, please! / and you're so beautiful when you're smiling, yes[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and ... are we running out of time?[1], and, listen ... smile for me, plea se, ple ase, plea se! / and you're so beautiful when you're smi ling, y es[2], and we have all the time in the freakin' cosmos! / and I'm talking billions of years, you dig?[1], and ... are we ru nning out of ti me?[2], and I hope you dig ...[1], and we have all the time in the frea kin' c osmos! / and I'm talking bil lions of y ears, you dig?[2], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're vampires or nuthin', FFS![1], and I hope you dig ...[2], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a tight connection, oh, yes?[1], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're vampi res or nut hin', FFS![2], and ... YES!!![1], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a tig ht co nnection, oh, yes?[2], and, o  k  a  y, o  k  a  y ...[3], and ... YES!!![2], and b  e  l  i  e  v  e it! / and just try to![3], and I know you're f  e  d up, man ... with the way t  h  i  n  g  s are, Christ! / and, well ...[3], and don't be sad, no, no, no[3], and, listen, b  a  b  y ... I'm l  o  o  k  i  n  g out for you, yes / and what are you w  o  r  r  i  e  d about, seriously?[3], and, uh ... okay, okay[3], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some c  h  a  n  g  e  s in your life, obviously[3], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... you are s  a  f  e! / and you know that you're my s  p  e  c  i  a  l k  o  o  k, don't you?[3], and ... smile - !!![3], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who l  o  v  e  s you m  o  r  e than I do?[3], and are you happy ... out there?[3], and ... 'P  l  e  n  t  y of g  o  o  d q  u  e  s  t  i  o  n  s, Mikey!' / and, t  h  a  n  k you, Voice, I try my best[3], and ... spin - !!![3], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we D  I  Z  Z  Y(!)? Yes - !!![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, listen ... smile for me, p  l  e  a  s  e, p  l  e  a  s  e, p  l  e  a  s  e! / and you're so beautiful when you're s  m  i  l  i  n  g, y  e  s[3], and ... are we r  u  n  n  i  n  g out of t  i  m  e?[3], and we have all the time in the f  r  e  a  k  i  n' c  o  s  m  o  s! / and I'm talking b  i  l  l  i  o  n  s of y  e  a  r  s, you dig?[3], and I hope you dig ...[3], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're v  a  m  p  i  r  e  s or n  u  t  h  i  n', FFS![3], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a t  i  g  h  t c  o  n  n  e  c  t  i  o  n, oh, yes?[3], and ... YES!!![3], and

And, okay, okay ...[1], and believe it! / and just try to![1], and, oka y, oka y ...[2], and I know you're fed up, man ... with the way things are, Christ! / and, well ...[1], and belie ve it! / and just try to![2], and don't be sad, no, no, no[1], and I know you're f ed up, man ... with the way th ings are, Christ! / and, well ...[2], and, listen, baby ... I'm looking out for you, yes / and what are you worried about, seriously?[1], and don't be sad, no, no, no[2], and, uh ... okay, okay[1], and, listen, bab y ... I'm loo king out for you, yes / and what are you wor ried about, seriously?[2], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some changes in your life, obviously[1], and, uh ... okay, okay[2], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![1], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some chan ges in your life, obviously[2], and a-ROUND here ... you are safe! / and you know that you're my special kook, don't you?[1], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![2], and ... smile - !!![1], and a-ROUND here ... you are saf e! / and you know that you're my spe cial koo k, don't you?[2], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who loves you more than I do?[1], and ... smile - !!![2], and are you happy ... out there?[1], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who lo ves you mo re than I do?[2], and ... 'Plenty of good questions, Mikey!' / and, thank you, Voice, I try my best[1], and are you happy ... out there?[2], and ... spin - !!![1], and ... 'Plen ty of goo d q uestions, Mikey!' / and, th ank you, Voice, I try my best[2], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we DIZZY(!)? Yes - !!![1], and ... spin - !!![2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we DIZ ZY(!)? Yes - !!![2], and, listen ... smile for me, please, please, please! / and you're so beautiful when you're smiling, yes[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and ... are we running out of time?[1], and, listen ... smile for me, plea se, ple ase, plea se! / and you're so beautiful when you're smi ling, y es[2], and we have all the time in the freakin' cosmos! / and I'm talking billions of years, you dig?[1], and ... are we ru nning out of ti me?[2], and I hope you dig ...[1], and we have all the time in the frea kin' c osmos! / and I'm talking bil lions of y ears, you dig?[2], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're vampires or nuthin', FFS![1], and I hope you dig ...[2], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a tight connection, oh, yes?[1], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're vampi res or nut hin', FFS![2], and ... YES!!![1], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a tig ht co nnection, oh, yes?[2], and, o  k  a  y, o  k  a  y ...[3], and ... YES!!![2], and b  e  l  i  e  v  e it! / and just try to![3], and I know you're f  e  d up, man ... with the way t  h  i  n  g  s are, Christ! / and, well ...[3], and don't be sad, no, no, no[3], and, listen, b  a  b  y ... I'm l  o  o  k  i  n  g out for you, yes / and what are you w  o  r  r  i  e  d about, seriously?[3], and, uh ... okay, okay[3], and, I know, I know, I know ... you would like to see some c  h  a  n  g  e  s in your life, obviously[3], and wouldn't we all, in your life, like? / and Jesus H. - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... you are s  a  f  e! / and you know that you're my s  p  e  c  i  a  l k  o  o  k, don't you?[3], and ... smile - !!![3], and, so ... why don't you stay here ... forever? / and who l  o  v  e  s you m  o  r  e than I do?[3], and are you happy ... out there?[3], and ... 'P  l  e  n  t  y of g  o  o  d q  u  e  s  t  i  o  n  s, Mikey!' / and, t  h  a  n  k you, Voice, I try my best[3], and ... spin - !!![3], and, oh ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, now - ! / and ... ain't we D  I  Z  Z  Y(!)? Yes - !!![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, listen ... smile for me, p  l  e  a  s  e, p  l  e  a  s  e, p  l  e  a  s  e! / and you're so beautiful when you're s  m  i  l  i  n  g, y  e  s[3], and ... are we r  u  n  n  i  n  g out of t  i  m  e?[3], and we have all the time in the f  r  e  a  k  i  n' c  o  s  m  o  s! / and I'm talking b  i  l  l  i  o  n  s of y  e  a  r  s, you dig?[3], and I hope you dig ...[3], and we will never grow old ... / and I'm not saying we're v  a  m  p  i  r  e  s or n  u  t  h  i  n', FFS![3], and I'm sure YOU(!) understand / and we've got a t  i  g  h  t c  o  n  n  e  c  t  i  o  n, oh, yes?[3], and ... YES!!![3], and

Batteries and that

Electricity, dear reader(s)! You know the score.

Yeah, it's a PR email. No surprises. I ain't got no enthusiasm to go searching for news, man. I'm not as young as I used to be. 'None of us are, boss.' How old are you, Voice? 'Ha! Millions of years old, man.' Ha! Me too! That's why I'm so wise. But I don't know what happened to you. 'What do you mean?' Well, you're an idiot. 'Thanks.' Don't get upset, son. I'm only having a laugh with you. 'Okay.' Right -

BAAR, Switzerland - (09 November 2018) - Blackstone Resources AG ("Blackstone") has frequently disclosed to the SIX Swiss Exchange that the President and CEO Ulrich Ernst has purchased 53,624 shares at an average price of CHF 7.52 in Blackstone Resources since July 2018. Mr Ernst is a significant shareholder in the company.

Okay. Mr Ernst has bought shares in his own firm. Just like Elon Musk with Tesla. He's always buying shares, our Elon. / Uh, no endorsements, obviously, dear reader(s). I mean, I don't actually know anything about investing because - 'Tell them, boss!' Christ! Give me chance! Yeah, I'm on the mystical side of things. A shaman, you dig? And you should know that by now, unless you're a new reader.

Anyway ... / Okay. How does our Ulrich explain himself?

"I strongly believe in the mission we have here at Blackstone Resources. That's why I continue to invest my own savings as I believe the share price is undervalued. I am convinced one day all cars will run on electricity and renewable energy will become sustainable. To turn this vision into reality, battery metals are needed in vast quantities along with better battery technology. This is where Blackstone Resources invests. This is why I choose to invest".

Fair enough. The future is electric. Maybe. If we have a future, that is. Look at the world, my friend(s)! California has fire trouble at the moment. And that's supposed to be my future home! I hope they get it under control.

...

Uh, uh ... / Anything else? Music? My music? I've got to cut out the music updates, kook(s). This is a finance blog. 'Yeah, right.' I'm serious. 'Yeah, right.' Shut up! / Okay. You know I'm addicted to self-help? Well, I can say that the Robbins incantation I put in the last post works better than ***EVERYTHING*** else I have tried. I've actually had the incantation for some time, but it's only in the last week that I've been using it in a hardcore way, like those Krishna guys. 'They don't use it, boss.' Christ! I mean the way they chant Hare Krishna all day long. 'Oh.' Yeah. And it works! My rehearsing is better, and I haven't had ***ANY*** negative thoughts in the last week - which is a miracle for me. So, I'll be ready to record soon. 'Yippee!' And I'm confident my new demo will be ten times better than the 2016 one - in writing and performance!

Laters!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Ask and you shall receive

I'm going to fully embrace rock and roll shamanism. It's the only way to work, for guys like me.

Listen! I was thinking about my three best songs a while ago, wondering if I would be able to get a fourth song as good, let alone twenty-five of them. With real intensity I was practically begging the cosmos for a fourth. A couple of days later the chords for Malibu came to me. I put those chords on the Straight Line and eleven days later I had my fourth world-beater, as I like to call them. Well, now I'm thinking that I should delay finishing my fifteenth song - because what I have of it is pretty ordinary, truth be told - and try to get a fifth great song before Christmas. You see, kook(s), the more I ... dream!!! ... about recording a debut album, the more it's absolutely necessary to me that that that ... how many thats?! ... that that album should be the greatest album ever, the Citizen Kane of albums, you dig? One more big song would do it.

Okay, okay. I was watching a TV programme about Nikola Tesla last night. Apparently, he was in touch with aliens and they gave him a lot of his best ideas. Obviously, I'm not saying I'm in touch with aliens. That would be ridiculous. I'm in touch with spiritual forces. / Here's an example: one of my tunes was given to me by a fucking choir singing at the top of their voices in a dream. At first, they were singing quite softly, but I wouldn't wake up. So they increased the volume until they were practically screaming at me. I then woke up and sang the tune into my Zoom Handy recorder thing. It is now a part of my Lucky You song. (The verse(s), actually. I wrote the chorus tune myself.)

So, do you see what I'm getting at, dear reader(s)? This is rock and roll shamanism. Ask and you shall receive. Yeah, yeah, I didn't ask for that particular dream tune, man. However, it was a nice present. 'Very nice, Mikey!' It was also a turning point. I mean, it felt like a musical monolith, with me being the musical ape, you dig? [Maybe it was aliens.] Since then I've really upped my game.

By the way, here's the incantation I've adapted from Tony Robbins -

I now command my subconscious mind to direct me today to work hard on music of genius; and to give me the strength, the emotion, the imagination, the creative power, whatever it takes, to change my life - NOW!!!

And it works, baby(s). Believe me.

Well, okay. Have a nice weekend, pop and rock fan(s)! 'Bye!' Yeah, laters!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

[No. 658] Out of reality

I

Lovely!

And, well, well ... eh?[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, who is?![1], and, well, well ... eh?[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w ho is?![2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just lovely, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[1], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just love ly, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[2], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[1], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[1], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[2], and the COLD WORLD is evil, yes[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[2], and be happy, smile![1], and the CO LD WO RLD is evil, yes[2], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, mystical ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and be hap py, sm ile![2], and keep on spinning, kook(s)![1], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, myst ical ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and keep on sp inning, kook(s)![2], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w  h  o is?![3], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just l  o  v  e  l  y, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[3], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[3], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[3], and the C  O  L  D W  O  R  L  D is evil, yes[3], and be h  a  p  p  y, s  m  i  l  e![3], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, m  y  s  t  i  c  a  l ... and how about YOU(!)?[3], and keep on s  p  i  n  n  i  n  g, kook(s)![3], and

And, well, well ... eh?[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, who is?![1], and, well, well ... eh?[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w ho is?![2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just lovely, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[1], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just love ly, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[2], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[1], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[1], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[2], and the COLD WORLD is evil, yes[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[2], and be happy, smile![1], and the CO LD WO RLD is evil, yes[2], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, mystical ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and be hap py, sm ile![2], and keep on spinning, kook(s)![1], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, myst ical ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and keep on sp inning, kook(s)![2], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w  h  o is?![3], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just l  o  v  e  l  y, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[3], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[3], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[3], and the C  O  L  D W  O  R  L  D is evil, yes[3], and be h  a  p  p  y, s  m  i  l  e![3], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, m  y  s  t  i  c  a  l ... and how about YOU(!)?[3], and keep on s  p  i  n  n  i  n  g, kook(s)![3], and

And, well, well ... eh?[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, who is?![1], and, well, well ... eh?[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w ho is?![2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just lovely, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[1], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just love ly, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[2], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[1], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[1], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[2], and the COLD WORLD is evil, yes[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[2], and be happy, smile![1], and the CO LD WO RLD is evil, yes[2], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, mystical ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and be hap py, sm ile![2], and keep on spinning, kook(s)![1], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, myst ical ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and keep on sp inning, kook(s)![2], and, uh ... I'm not beyond the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w  h  o is?![3], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just l  o  v  e  l  y, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[3], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[3], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[3], and the C  O  L  D W  O  R  L  D is evil, yes[3], and be h  a  p  p  y, s  m  i  l  e![3], and, listen ... I'll always be here ... in spirit, m  y  s  t  i  c  a  l ... and how about YOU(!)?[3], and keep on s  p  i  n  n  i  n  g, kook(s)![3], and


II

Believe it, baby!

And, we             ll, we                              ll ... eh?[1], and, uh ... I'm not bey                          ond the THR                      EE(!) yet ... oh, who is?![1], and, w                  ell, we                                               ll ... eh?[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyo    nd the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w ho is?![2], and, bu                                           t, but, B                           UT(!) ... this is just lo                                    vely, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[1], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and, are YOU(!) ... too, li                              ke?[1], and, but, but, B                      UT(!) ... this is ju                                         st lo                                       ve ly, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[2], and ... 'I am, Mik                      ey!'[1], and, are YO                U(!) ... too, like?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[1], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[2], and the COL                                            D WOR                                    LD is ev                                     il, yes[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to f                                     eel so                                          rry for the s               quares, man[2], and be happy, smile![1], and the CO LD WO RLD is evil, yes[2], and, lis                                ten ... I'll alwa                                            ys be here ... in spirit, myst       ic                            al ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and be hap py, sm ile![2], and keep on spinning, k                                                                        ook(s)![1], and, li                                sten ... I'll al                         ways be here ... in spir                              it, myst ical ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and keep on sp inning, kook(s)![2], and, uh ... I'm not bey                               ond            d the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w  h                                 o is?![3], and 'Ha, ha, h                                        a!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just l                               o  v                                                   e  l  y, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[3], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[3], and ... 'I am, M                                           ikey!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROU                                                         ND ... / ... and you've go                   t to f         eel           s     orry for the s  quares, ma                                                n[3], and the C                            O  L  D W                                                 O  R  L  D is e                                                      vil, yes[3], and be h  a  p  p                                                                                    y, s  m                                        i  l  e![3], and, liste         n ... I'll always be he  re ... in s   pirit, m  y  s  t  i  c  a  l ... and h             ow ab                         out YOU(!)?[3], and keep on s  p  i                                                     n  n  i  n  g, ko                                  ok(s)![3], and

And, we             ll, we                              ll ... eh?[1], and, uh ... I'm not bey                          ond the THR                      EE(!) yet ... oh, who is?![1], and, w                  ell, we                                               ll ... eh?[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyo    nd the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w ho is?![2], and, bu                                           t, but, B                           UT(!) ... this is just lo                                    vely, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[1], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and, are YOU(!) ... too, li                              ke?[1], and, but, but, B                      UT(!) ... this is ju                                         st lo                                       ve ly, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[2], and ... 'I am, Mik                      ey!'[1], and, are YO                U(!) ... too, like?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[1], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[2], and the COL                                            D WOR                                    LD is ev                                     il, yes[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to f                                     eel so                                          rry for the s               quares, man[2], and be happy, smile![1], and the CO LD WO RLD is evil, yes[2], and, lis                                ten ... I'll alwa                                            ys be here ... in spirit, myst       ic                            al ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and be hap py, sm ile![2], and keep on spinning, k                                                                        ook(s)![1], and, li                                sten ... I'll al                         ways be here ... in spir                              it, myst ical ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and keep on sp inning, kook(s)![2], and, uh ... I'm not bey                               ond            d the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w  h                                 o is?![3], and 'Ha, ha, h                                        a!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just l                               o  v                                                   e  l  y, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[3], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[3], and ... 'I am, M                                           ikey!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROU                                                         ND ... / ... and you've go                   t to f         eel           s     orry for the s  quares, ma                                                n[3], and the C                            O  L  D W                                                 O  R  L  D is e                                                      vil, yes[3], and be h  a  p  p                                                                                    y, s  m                                        i  l  e![3], and, liste         n ... I'll always be he  re ... in s   pirit, m  y  s  t  i  c  a  l ... and h             ow ab                         out YOU(!)?[3], and keep on s  p  i                                                     n  n  i  n  g, ko                                  ok(s)![3], and
 
And, we             ll, we                              ll ... eh?[1], and, uh ... I'm not bey                          ond the THR                      EE(!) yet ... oh, who is?![1], and, w                  ell, we                                               ll ... eh?[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, uh ... I'm not beyo    nd the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w ho is?![2], and, bu                                           t, but, B                           UT(!) ... this is just lo                                    vely, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[1], and 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and, are YOU(!) ... too, li                              ke?[1], and, but, but, B                      UT(!) ... this is ju                                         st lo                                       ve ly, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[2], and ... 'I am, Mik                      ey!'[1], and, are YO                U(!) ... too, like?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to feel sorry for the squares, man[1], and ... 'I am, Mikey!'[2], and the COL                                            D WOR                                    LD is ev                                     il, yes[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you've got to f                                     eel so                                          rry for the s               quares, man[2], and be happy, smile![1], and the CO LD WO RLD is evil, yes[2], and, lis                                ten ... I'll alwa                                            ys be here ... in spirit, myst       ic                            al ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and be hap py, sm ile![2], and keep on spinning, k                                                                        ook(s)![1], and, li                                sten ... I'll al                         ways be here ... in spir                              it, myst ical ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and keep on sp inning, kook(s)![2], and, uh ... I'm not bey                               ond            d the THREE(!) yet ... oh, w  h                                 o is?![3], and 'Ha, ha, h                                        a!'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... this is just l                               o  v                                                   e  l  y, a-ROUND here ... so out of it, you dig?[3], and, are YOU(!) ... too, like?[3], and ... 'I am, M                                           ikey!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROU                                                         ND ... / ... and you've go                   t to f         eel           s     orry for the s  quares, ma                                                n[3], and the C                            O  L  D W                                                 O  R  L  D is e                                                      vil, yes[3], and be h  a  p  p                                                                                    y, s  m                                        i  l  e![3], and, liste         n ... I'll always be he  re ... in s   pirit, m  y  s  t  i  c  a  l ... and h             ow ab                         out YOU(!)?[3], and keep on s  p  i                                                     n  n  i  n  g, ko                                  ok(s)![3], and

Toscafund has launched a fund!

That's all right, ain't it? 'Yes, boss.' It's a UCITS fund. 'Oh, okay.' Yeah. Look -

6th November 2018 - Toscafund Asset Management ("Toscafund") and ML Capital are pleased to announce the launch of the Tosca UCITS Fund, a global long/short equity fund hosted on the MontLake UCITS Platform. MontLake is a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a range of Irish-domiciled liquid, transparent and regulated investment products.

Yeah, it's a PR email, dear reader(s). I've not written about Toscafund since November 2008. Here's a quote from that post -

Stories of liquidation, waves of fear, tears of rage, bound on a wheel of fire, rolling down the road, King Lear, Albert Steptoe, the fool, Angel Delight, the chaos, I awoke one morning, insect, in a nutshell, infinite space, Akaky Akakievich, peas, ha hoo ha, pride, one man and his dog, one man familiar with the situation, peaches, dentist, tax, fear of freedom, nausea, some of these days you'll miss me honey.

So, uh ... make of it what you will, dear reader(s). 'Ha! You were crazy in those days, boss.' Ha! I'm still crazy after all these years, Voice! / Anyway ...

Tosca UCITS, emulates the award winning offshore Tosca LP and invests primarily in equities across the entire value chain of financials globally. This large, liquid and diverse universe is rich in alpha, with varied drivers of profitability. Deep dive, fundamental analysis is at the core of the investment process where the six person strong investment team has over 90 years combined experience in this specialized and inherently complex area of the market. The team's extensive expertise as well as the breadth and depth of their contacts and relationships offers investors a significant and sustainable edge.

Universe? Whatever. No endorsement, obviously. I wish them all the best with it though. And I wish Johnny all the best, too. 'Johnny? Johnny who?!' The manager of the fund, man.

The fund will be led and managed by Johnny de la Hey, who has been the manager for Tosca since December 2008. He is supported by a team of analysts with expertise in global financials, property and business services.

Now that's interesting!!! He joined Toscafund just one month after my old post. 'I wonder why, boss.' It's obvious why, Voice. He was excited by the prospect of getting mixed up with fear of freedom, Angel Delight, tears of rage, and all the rest of it. 'Maybe.' Let's hear from the great man himself -

Johnny de la Hey, Portfolio Manager and Partner at Toscafund says: "We are pleased to be able to offer Tosca in UCITS format on the MontLake Platform. Our portfolio construction and risk management framework is already more exacting than the demands of UCITS and we are looking forward to being able to offer the strategy to clients who were precluded from investing in our offshore fund. Recent market moves mean we launch the Fund with an opportunity set which combines deep value rehabilitating incumbent businesses and genuine secular growth in newer technologically driven businesses. We would like to thank our early stage backers and have committed substantial amounts of our own capital to the launch".

Oh, okay. Thanks, Johnny! / As long as he's happy, I suppose ...

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Anything else? In other news? America has become a bit more sane. Laters!