Thursday, 2 July 2015

That's it!

Enough already! The end of another week. Thank God! No more finance ... until next week. / Christ, I'm still in the holiday mood, you know. Yeah, big time. Maybe I should apply for a job at Aviva Investors. I could do their PR. (When I'm not in the pub or the park.) I reckon I'd be good at that.

Pub? Tomorrow? Down by the river? With Cromwell's ghost? It's possible. I went to the pub four times last week in St Ives and didn't get one migraine. (Except for the migraine I had after the night train. No sleep!) I went to the Union Inn at night though, instead of lunchtime. Maybe that's the secret.

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Oh, I forgot! Talking about PR. Some PR guy sent me the news (in an email) of some banker leaving one bank only to join another bank. I got a picture as well! But I didn't get around to writing about it. Never mind, eh?

The problem is, it's just not very exciting. If the banker had've left to join a religious cult or a rock band ... you get me?

If you're sending me stuff, THINK(!): Is a cat like Mikey going to be interested?

Anyway, laters.

[No. 328] Edouard Carmignac is a-ROUND

Off the beaten track.

And the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[1], and change is a state of mind[1], and the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![1], and change is a state of mind[2], and our special guest?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![2], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[1], and our special guest?[2], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[1], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[2], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![1], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[2], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[1], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![2], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[1], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[2], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[1], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[2], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[1], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[2], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![1], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[2], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[1], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![2], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[1], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[2], and we won't get on, can't get on[1], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[2], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[1], and we won't get on, can't get on[2], and the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[3], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[2], and change is a state of mind[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![3], and our special guest?[3], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[3], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[3], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![3], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[3], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[3], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[3], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[3], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![3], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[3], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[3], and we won't get on, can't get on[3], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[3], and

And the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[1], and change is a state of mind[1], and the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![1], and change is a state of mind[2], and our special guest?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![2], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[1], and our special guest?[2], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[1], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[2], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![1], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[2], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[1], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![2], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[1], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[2], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[1], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[2], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[1], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[2], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![1], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[2], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[1], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![2], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[1], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[2], and we won't get on, can't get on[1], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[2], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[1], and we won't get on, can't get on[2], and the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[3], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[2], and change is a state of mind[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![3], and our special guest?[3], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[3], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[3], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![3], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[3], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[3], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[3], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[3], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![3], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[3], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[3], and we won't get on, can't get on[3], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[3], and

And the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[1], and change is a state of mind[1], and the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![1], and change is a state of mind[2], and our special guest?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![2], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[1], and our special guest?[2], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[1], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[2], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![1], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[2], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[1], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![2], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[1], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[2], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[1], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[2], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[1], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[2], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![1], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[2], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[1], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![2], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[1], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[2], and we won't get on, can't get on[1], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[2], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[1], and we won't get on, can't get on[2], and the madness is different every time BUT(!) ... we still get DIZZY(!), obviously[3], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[2], and change is a state of mind[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / my track, our track, out of the SQUARE(!) world![3], and our special guest?[3], and Edouard? / Oh, he is here / and I invited him, well ... / yeah, I forced him, so ...[3], and I always make these "people" offers they can't refuse ...[3], and he's French, but he don't like taxes, man![3], and David Older has a got a new job, away from Stevie / and some fund managers have all the luck ...[3], and a-ROUND, yes ... we can go faster[3], and I need a job, oh, maybe our Edouard will give me a job, maybe if I mess him up enough[3], and I won't ask these "people" for any crumbs[3], and we're so BOLD(!) ... off the beaten track, out of our minds, looking to get beyond the THREE - ?![3], and I wanna be NUMB(!)[3], and I could be DUMB(!) ... given half a chance, half a brain, broken in the gutter with the rest of mankind[3], and we won't get on, can't get on[3], and a-ROUND now, Edouard ... how do you feel, son? / Can YOU(!) feel at all?[3], and

David Older has left Point72 for Carmignac Gestion

Yes, away from Stevie, and into the arms of Edouard Carmignac, as a senior fund manager, and away from New York, and to ... London!!! / Well, well ... it sounds like an improvement, don't it? 'I suppose.' [No more of Stevie's cold stares ...] Unfortunately, I have no idea who David Older is. Oh, I've tried finding out. I've even gone to Bloomberg. 'Ha!' Guess what Bloomberg told me, dear reader(s). This person is connected to 0 Board Members in 0 different organizations across 0 different industries. 'They're useless wankers, boss. Why do you even bother with Bloomberg?' I don't know, Voice. Maybe I enjoy the pain.

Carmignac Gestion? Carmignac Gestion is different. Like no other fund management company. I know you've heard it a million times before, but it's true. Independence. Boldness. Performance. Team spirit. A culture of transparency. You won't find that shit anywhere else. And Edouard Carmignac? Let me tell you, he likes getting off the beaten track. 'Brilliant!' Yes. And that's why I'll be taking him for a little spin after lunch, No. 328.

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Music? I'm listening to The Times They Are A' Changin'. I think it's Dylan's best album before he went electric. Highlights are: Ballad of Hollis Brown and Boots of Spanish Leather.

Lunch? Cheese and pickle sandwich, crisps, yoghurt, can of Coke. Just the way I like it ...

Guitar? My guitar?! I thought taking a week off to go on holiday would damage my playing, but I'm back to normal after a few days practice. Which is a relief. I haven't come this far to lose it all now, man. You dig? 'Of course they dig, Mikey!' Yes, Voice. Of course they do.

If I ever manage to record my demo, I'll get back to writing songs. I have a plan to write every Sunday. A complete song, and no messing. That way I should be able to write forty songs in a year. Roughly. I mean, not every writing session will be successful. Dylan at his peak was writing about forty songs a year.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

[No. 327] Hot tornado!

Yes. Very much like No. 36, the firestorm, you get me?

And HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[1], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![1], and HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[2], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[1], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![2], and empty mind is the best[1], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[2], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[1], and empty mind is the best[2], and put the ice cream on me, please![1], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[2], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![1], and put the ice cream on me, please![2], and summertime ... is living easy?[1], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![2], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![1], and summertime ... is living easy?[2], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[1], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![2], and how many great moments make a great life?[1], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[2], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[1], and how many great moments make a great life?[2], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[1], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[2], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[1], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[2], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![1], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[2], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[1], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![2], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[1], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[2], and here ... it is![1], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[2], and HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[3], and here ... it is![2], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![3], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[3], and empty mind is the best[3], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[3], and put the ice cream on me, please![3], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![3], and summertime ... is living easy?[3], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![3], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[3], and how many great moments make a great life?[3], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[3], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[3], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[3], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![3], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[3], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[3], and here ... it is![3], and

And HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[1], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![1], and HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[2], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[1], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![2], and empty mind is the best[1], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[2], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[1], and empty mind is the best[2], and put the ice cream on me, please![1], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[2], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![1], and put the ice cream on me, please![2], and summertime ... is living easy?[1], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![2], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![1], and summertime ... is living easy?[2], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[1], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![2], and how many great moments make a great life?[1], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[2], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[1], and how many great moments make a great life?[2], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[1], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[2], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[1], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[2], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![1], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[2], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[1], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![2], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[1], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[2], and here ... it is![1], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[2], and HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[3], and here ... it is![2], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![3], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[3], and empty mind is the best[3], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[3], and put the ice cream on me, please![3], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![3], and summertime ... is living easy?[3], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![3], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[3], and how many great moments make a great life?[3], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[3], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[3], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[3], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![3], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[3], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[3], and here ... it is![3], and

And HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[1], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![1], and HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[2], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[1], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![2], and empty mind is the best[1], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[2], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[1], and empty mind is the best[2], and put the ice cream on me, please![1], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[2], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![1], and put the ice cream on me, please![2], and summertime ... is living easy?[1], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![2], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![1], and summertime ... is living easy?[2], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[1], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![2], and how many great moments make a great life?[1], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[2], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[1], and how many great moments make a great life?[2], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[1], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[2], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[1], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[2], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![1], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[2], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[1], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![2], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[1], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[2], and here ... it is![1], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[2], and HOT TORNADO has spoken to me with its heat and wind ... / Everything is going to be all right[3], and here ... it is![2], and it ain't no postcard!!! / but it is the answer![3], and YOU(!) have to lose the world to find yourself ... / Oh, it's common sense, really[3], and empty mind is the best[3], and there ain't no money that can make you that high, you dig? / What are you looking for, wanting?[3], and put the ice cream on me, please![3], and inside/outside ... who can say? / And from the cosmos ... shit, who can know - ?![3], and summertime ... is living easy?[3], and there's one thing I'm sure of: pineapple chunks are on the menu, man!!![3], and I'd like to be GONE(!) forever in this heat / and I ain't talkin' 'bout no rainbow ...[3], and how many great moments make a great life?[3], and this ... tornado and the a-ROUND times are all I have ... / and until I get beyond the THREE ... - ?[3], and it's so easy leaving behind a wretched world fit only for slaves and stooges[3], and ... are YOU(!) convinced?[3], and feel ... the wind! / and feel ... the heat![3], and I found HOT TORNADO on The Island ... / and NOW(!!!) ... I can take it everywhere[3], and mystical experiences are the FUTURE - and the past, my friend(s)[3], and here ... it is![3], and

Ron Paul says there will be a day of reckoning

Yeah, and that's what I've been saying, man. A day of reckoning. 'Big time.' The day we all go back to caves and huts. You see, central banks can't print money forever. That's obvious. And Greece? Greece can't pay back no money, can it? It ain't got no money! Why should the Greeks become slaves ... just because some nutty creditors want their money back? 'They shouldn't have lent the money to Greece in the first place, boss. They only have themselves to blame.' Yes, Voice.

[Oh, dear reader(s), I'm feeling a bit messed up. The hottest day for ten years and I've ... got a cold, flu, I think. Can you believe that? So, I'm a bit out of it. I probably won't make much sense today. 'Shame, Mikey. How will it affect No. 327?' No. 327, the hot tornado? Man, I'm just going to give it my best shot, you know? If it turns out a right mess, so what? You live and learn. I doubt anyone will notice, anyway.]

An evil day of reckoning. Ha! The people with NOTHING to lose will lose ... NOTHING! Bring it on!

And Ron Paul agrees with me about America! All that debt! Why are we worried about Greece? It's America that is in trouble. 'And Great Britain, boss.' Yes, over here, too. George Osborne is going to have his "emergency" budget next week. That should be good for a laugh. 'Ha!' Cut the taxes of the rich? Cut the benefits of the poor? Why not? It's only a game. It's not real life.

The real life will come later, after the Mad Max years. Oh, I'll tell you what's real, my friend(s): A cave, the sea, the sand, the sun, over and over. No stress. No bills. No debt. Yes, it can be that simple again. And it will be that simple again. We're going back to the way things were before the demons took control of the world.

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Anything else? Not a lot. Music? I don't know. I'll put something on in a minute. / Have you seen Gangster No. 1, reader(s)? It's a good film. Well, on my train coming home from St Ives the other day there was a ticket inspector who looked just like Paul Bettany in that film. Needless to say, no one gave him any trouble ...

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Omada Capital has given $200 million to Qbasis Invest!!!

And it gets worse! You won't believe this, dear reader(s). WHY?! Just so Qbasis Invest can buy ... a black swan of all things! I mean, I mean ... Unbelievable, eh???!!! / Firstly, why is this black swan so expensive? (Maybe Qbasis is going to get a herd of black swans? I don't know.) Secondly, if Omada Capital has the money to waste on such nonsense - and it does - how about sending a bit of money my way, yeah? Dollars or pounds. I ain't fussy, man. A couple of million, that's all. I'm not greedy like our Flo, you know.

But seriously! Come on, reader(s)! $200 million! The whole world has gone fucking insane!!! / Obviously, I've never heard of these firms. BUT(!) ... Omada Capital is a London-based private wealth manager, if you can believe that. Ha! And, er, by engineering integrated financing solutions and operational expertise, it clearly offers an alternative to the outsized financial service institutions still struggling with inherent conflicts, legacy issues, degenerates, misaligned incentives, and rigid processes. Also, its senior team has long-standing experience of the international capital markets with complementary skills covering equity and debt capital. / And, well ... Qbasis Invest?! Er, yeah, it's a ... hedge fund, Christ(!) ... founded by Florian Wagner in 2005. He's Austrian or something. Never mind. We don't mind, do we?

HOWEVER(!) ... / / / Why this "Florian" character wants or needs a black swan is anyone's guess. I suppose it's nice to have a dream, but why is Omada Capital bankrolling this guy's fantasy? / ... / There's something satanic going on, you mark my words. In the old days, Jack Pickles would have been involved in this. Up to his neck! Fortunately, he doesn't have a neck any more. Our Jack is dead. And he's staying dead! I don't care how much money "they" offer me to bring him back to life. MONEY CAN'T BUY EVERYTHING(!!!). [Flo would do well to read this blog of mine and learn a thing or two, you dig, man? YOU(!), Flo, YOU(!)!!!]

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Yes, I'm writing in the night again - for my sins. / Actually, I want to go out tomorrow/today ... in the sunshine! Oh, I'm still in a holiday mood. I want to have fun like ... the Aviva Investors mob. Life is one big holiday for that lot ...

Music? I'm listening to Eno's Apollo. No surprises. We don't want any surprises, do we?

GOOD NIGHT. / GOOD MORNING.

Monday, 29 June 2015

What's been happening in the financial world? Anything exciting?

Haven't they solved the problem of Greece yet, dear reader(s)? (I've been away for a week, as you know.) Christ! How much time do they need? 'Things have got worse, boss.' Really? Dear oh dear! 'All the banks are shut, and there's no money left.'

Well, well ... / There is no way Greece will ever be able to repay its debts. 'So ... ?' So, just let it keep the money. 'What?! And what about the other countries, man, like Portugal and Ireland?' Er ... let them keep the money, too, Voice.

I've been working on this solution: Let everyone in the world keep all the money they owe! 'What about America?' Yes, America, as well. America owes more than anyone. Trillions! But who cares? We need to start again. We need to return to living in huts and caves.

It came to me in Cornwall. / I was trying to become one with Nature, you know? But it was difficult. Every time I looked around me it was like I was staring at a postcard. It didn't feel real, you dig? 'Damn!' However, one afternoon I was a bit tired so I sat down on the grass in a place they call The Island and I closed my eyes and I had a mystical experience, of sorts. 'Really, boss?' Believe! I was half-asleep, yeah? I was aware of the warmth of the sun, and the wind that was blowing a-ROUND(!) me. But that's all. Everything else was gone. (Even my mind.) It was like being in a hot tornado.

Anyway, after about fifteen minutes, I "woke up" and said to myself: Mikey, there is nothing to worry about, son. 'Brilliant!' All my stress had gone, too.

So, that's what the Greek people need to do, man. 'A hot tornado! One with Nature, with a clear head!' Yes. The creditors can whistle for their fucking money!

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Anything else? Hedge funds opening, closing? Oh, wait until tomorrow, reader(s). I'm sure there'll be something. 'There always is.'

Lunch? Cheese and onion pasty, er, no, egg sandwich. 'Ha!' I forgot where I was for a minute ...

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Greece?

Is the Greece thing still going on? 'All that debt nonsense? Yes, afraid so.' Jesus H. Christ! Haven't they sorted it out yet? I can't believe these guys! ['Those guys.' Whatever.] And why haven't they called me? 'Er ... why would they call you, boss?' Because I might be able to do something. You know, come up with a solution. Well, maybe. 'Yeah, right. Stick to the guitar playing, Mikey. That's what you're good at.' Voice, I am the world's foremost financial shaman, remember? 'I haven't forgotten, son.'

Cheeky git! / Uh, I wouldn't want to help the Greeks, anyway. It's not my problem. It doesn't affect me ... in my dream world.

Guitar? 'Acoustic or electric?' I had a go on my Telecaster earlier, and I was playing a bit like Keith Richards. 'Electric. Yeah, I heard.' He's not the greatest guitarist ... he is pretty good though, and he has a nice way of mixing rhythm with small bursts of lead playing - which is what I was doing. I'm definitely making progress, man. I'm not a groovy cat like Keith yet, but it's only a matter of time. 'You -'

Oh, YOU(!) ... gotta keep believing!



Update Monday 22nd: I'm taking the week off, blog fans. Going to Cornwall. I'll see you next week (Tuesday, probably).

[No. 326] Let's spin some sense into Nick Kirrage

Oh dear! Nick's luck has run out.

And the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[1], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[1], and the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[2], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![1], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[2], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![1], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![2], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[1], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![2], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[1], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![1], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[2], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![2], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[1], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[2], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[1], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[2], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![1], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[1], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![2], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[2], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[1], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[2], and the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[3], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[2], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[3], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![3], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![3], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[3], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![3], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[3], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[3], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[3], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[3], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[3], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[3], and

And the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[1], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[1], and the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[2], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![1], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[2], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![1], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![2], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[1], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![2], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[1], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![1], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[2], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![2], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[1], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[2], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[1], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[2], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![1], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[1], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![2], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[2], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[1], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[2], and the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[3], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[2], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[3], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![3], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![3], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[3], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![3], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[3], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[3], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[3], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[3], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[3], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[3], and

And the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[1], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[1], and the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[2], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![1], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[2], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![1], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![2], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[1], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![2], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[1], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![1], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[2], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![2], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[1], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[2], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[1], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[2], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![1], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[1], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![2], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[2], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[1], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[2], and the harder I spin a-ROUND the luckier I get / Don't YOU(!) ... feel the same?[3], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[2], and our Nick ... here he is! ... so confused ... away from his funds ... and in a strange land[3], and why would someone work at Schroders and not Aviva Investors?![3], and nature? I AM NATURE!!![3], and YOU(!) ... have got to know ... how to live ... or what's the point? / Why are you ... here - ?[3], and I'd like to nurture our Nick ... / ... in the old days I would have taken him into the desert[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... oh, it's all ice cream in the park for some of us![3], and is this ... really No. 326? / Where do I find the time?[3], and NICK(!) ... please, my friend, make the most of this / not every fund manager gets a number done on him, you know[3], and if you're DIZZY(!) you're LUCKY(!) / just a personal point of view, you understand[3], and NICK(!) ... oh, man, please say you UNDERSTAND!!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... (?) / Come on, it beats working for a living[3], and pause - if you need to, yeah?[3], and YOU(!) ... make your own luck in this world / It was your choice to follow me, man[3], and

Is Nick Kirrage a lucky punk?

Does Nick Kirrage feel lucky? Is he going to make my day? 'Eh? What's this all about, Mikey?' Nick Kirrage is a Schroders fund manager, and he's talking about nature and nurture and the luck of fund managers. 'Are you sure, boss? I can't hear him.' Not here, man. There. 'Oh, Fundweb. I get you. It all makes sense now.' Does it?!

Oh, my dear reader(s), read the article, please! What do you make of it? What do you make of this?! -

In a statement that I'm sure many will find refreshingly honest, Nick suggests "successful people massively underplay the role that luck has". He goes on to explain that, in many walks of life, possessing talent is often necessary but not sufficient to guarantee success. "You need to not only work hard and possess talent, but also to benefit from some serendipity in the sense that your boss notices, or that the right opportunity opens up at the right time".

Christ. 'Ha!' I don't like it at all. Not one little bit.

Let's think of it in terms of music (something I understand). Were The Beatles lucky? Was David Bowie lucky? Some people will say YES! I have to say ... NO! / The Beatles sweated for years in clubs like The Cavern. (I think they played The Cavern close to three hundred times.) After Brian Epstein took an interest in them they were turned down by every major record company in the country. (Not just Decca.) Where's the luck? I can only see hard work and struggle. Eventually, they got a deal with Parlophone/EMI. Luck? There was no luck involved, man. They just wouldn't go away and George Martin finally noticed them. But that's not the end of the story. Lesser talents might have needed "luck" to build a career from that point, but Lennon and McCartney became great songwriters. Perhaps the greatest. (Bob Dylan is great but his lyrics dominate at the expense of his music.) So ... fuck luck, yeah? / And David Bowie? He was releasing records for eight years before Ziggy Stardust made him a ... STAR(!), man. And if he hadn't had "made" it in 1972, he would have made it in 1974 or 1976 or 1979, you dig? 'Fuckin' A!' And The Beatles would have made it in 1966 or 1969. 'Or 1970.' The secret is to be more talented than most (or all) of your competitors and to never give up.

So I don't understand Nick Kirrage at all. 'What are you going to do about it, boss?' Take a wild guess, Voice. 'Er ... write a conceptual post about him? No. 326 - !!!' Yes, I'm going to take our Nick for a spin after lunch. I'm going to spin some sense into him.