Thursday, 20 September 2018

Exodus!

Okay, okay. / Ha! Yes, dear reader(s), there's, uh ... going to be a Brexit investment exodus. 'What?! Who says, boss?' Luke Davis says, Voice. 'Oh. And who is Luke Davis, when he's at home?' Shut up! When he's at work, Voice, Luke is the founder and CEO of alternative investment firm, IW Capital. 'Really?' Yes. 'Okay.' Apparently, it has been revealed that one in nine investment professionals plan to leave the UK after Brexit. 'Oh dear. / I presume this is a PR email. What does Luke say about it then?' Well, he says -

"Men and Brexiters will fight ya down when ya see Jah light. Let me tell you if you're not wrong, well, everything is all right. So we gonna walk through the roads of creation. We the generation tread through great tribulation. In this exodus, good God almighty, movement of Jah people. Exodus!"

You see? And, er ... 'He said that?!' Yes, Voice. 'Are you sure, boss?' Well, yes. Then he ended the email with -

"We're leaving Babylon. We're going to the European Union. In this exodus, movement of Jah people. Exodus!"

Exodus! What can I say? Luke's just a crazy guy, man. 'Yeah, yeah. Boss, what's this then? -'

Luke is of the opinion that: "The UK, but particularly London, rely heavily on the financial services industry, and if 11% of employees in this sector did leave the UK after Brexit, it would have wider implications on the economy than just a loss of resources. Financial services is a major party of our economy, and to lose over 10% of the workforce in this area would have extreme effects on our economic prospects today, and in the future. Sectorial leaders need to continue to make the UK financial industry attractive to employees to minimize the potential fallout that Brexit may cause."

Er ... 'That's from the actual email, isn't it, boss?' Yes, Voice. 'And you made that other stuff up, didn't you? Bloody fake news!' Uh ... well, yes, Voice. 'Jesus H. - !' Leave me alone, man. I'm only trying to have a bit of fun. Christ!

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And that's all the "fun" for this week, dear reader(s). I hope you have a nice weekend. Laters!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Uh, just, uh ... you dig?

That's how I'm feeling today.

So, uh ... oh, I'm listening to the audiobook of Be Obsessed Or Be Average - for a change, like. I prefer The 10X Rule, but I know that one inside out.

Yeah, I need motivating, dear reader(s). No big deal. I'm a bit tired, that's all. I suppose I shouldn't do two big blogging days, back to back. I mean, it's those conceptual posts that wear me out.

Financial news? No, I'm not writing about finance, if you don't mind.

Elon Musk news? No. I haven't got the energy to keep up with all the drama, you dig? Just thinking about Elon wears me out. His problems. Imagine what it feels like actually being him.

I was going out, but it started raining. Then it stopped. It doesn't matter. Minder is on TV later. 'What about guitar practice, boss?' Yeah, yeah, I've been doing it, Voice. But now I'm doing this, blogging again, for my sins. / I see my light come shining ...

Okay, okay. Cardone is ranting about obsession. No surprise there. I'm obsessed with recording my three best songs, the world-beaters. Man, I went through hell to write them, so I've got to make the recordings "special". But not today. Maybe next week.

I've got another small song to finish. (I wrote the tune the other week, remember?) When it's done, that'll be it for the album, so I'll be free to work on world-beaters only. Songs that only I can write ... because I don't have much enthusiasm for "average" songs now. Elon knows what I'm talking about.

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If you're doing something, creating something ... that's not the best of its type in all human history ... what's the fucking point?

Think about that, reader(s). And don't kid yourself.

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No, I don't like this one. I'm putting The 10X Rule on. I've got to stick to one audiobook on a loop. Otherwise I'm going to get confused. 'What about the Vance/Musk one, boss?' Well, it's a biography, man. I don't know if it's as useful as a pure motivational one.

...

Okay, okay. 10X is off now.

Actually, these books can only offer a bit of support when you feel weak and down.

The important thing ... is making THE DECISION to cut yourself off from normal life. Normality is for losers - or small-time winners, who are basically losers.

Don't kid yourself.

Do you know what I mean? It should be easy to do, for me. The last time I genuinely enjoyed normal life was ... well, maybe the holidays I had in Selsey with my grandparents in the 1970s. 'Brexit, Mikey! Space Dust! Top Deck shandy!' Shut up, idiot! / But I wasn't a thinker then, was I? Never mind.

[By the way, I've had great moments in Cornwall in recent years when I've just let myself go and enjoyed the moment(s). However, I don't know how "normal" I was.]

Okay. Laters, kook(s).

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

[No. 644] It's time for the cosmos to compromise

But we're so small!

And, listen ...[1], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![1], and, listen ...[2], and chaos comes to us![1], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![2], and we are the masters, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[1], and chaos comes to us![2], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[1], and we are the mas ters, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[2], and I feel sad, you dig?[1], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[2], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my power?[1], and I feel sad, you dig?[2], and the words hate us![1], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my pow er?[2], and YOU(!) ... are weak and disgusting, too / ... and where is your shame?[1], and the words hate us![2], and let me think, a bit[1], and YOU(!) ... are wea k and dis gusting, too / ... and where is your shame?[2], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[1], and let me think, a bit[2], and I can't think straight, fuck! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![1], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[2], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![1], and I can't think straight, fuc k! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![2], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![1], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![2], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us kooks, together![1], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![2], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![1], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us koo ks, together![2], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![1], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![2], and, so goddamn sick![1], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![2], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even control our spinning![1], and, so goddamn sick![2], and, so ... help![1], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even con trol our spinning![2], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been sabotaged!!!(!!!) - !!![1], and, so ... help![2], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[1], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been sabo taged!!!(!!!) - !!![2], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![1], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[2], and I'm paranoid / and are you paranoid, too? / and please say that you are, please![1], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![2], and I hate to be alone ...[1], and I'm para noid / and are you par anoid, too? / and please say that you are, please![2], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so awkward, and the words ...[1], and I hate to be alone ...[2], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![1], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so awk ward, and the words ...[2], and, listen ...[3], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![2], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![3], and chaos comes to us![3], and we are the m  a  s  t  e  r  s, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[3], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[3], and I feel sad, you dig?[3], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my p  o  w  e  r?[3], and the words hate us![3], and YOU(!) ... are w  e  a  k and d  i  s  g  u  s  t  i  n  g, too / ... and where is your shame?[3], and let me think, a bit[3], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[3], and I can't think straight, f  u  c  k! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![3], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![3], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![3], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us k  o  o  k  s, together![3], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![3], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![3], and, so goddamn sick![3], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even c  o  n  t  r  o  l our spinning![3], and, so ... help![3], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been s  a  b  o  t  a  g  e  d!!!(!!!) - !!![3], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[3], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![3], and I'm p  a  r  a  n  o  i  d / and are you p  a  r  a  n  o  i  d, too? / and please say that you are, please![3], and I hate to be alone ...[3], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so a  w  k  w  a  r  d, and the words ...[3], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![3], and

And, listen ...[1], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![1], and, listen ...[2], and chaos comes to us![1], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![2], and we are the masters, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[1], and chaos comes to us![2], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[1], and we are the mas ters, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[2], and I feel sad, you dig?[1], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[2], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my power?[1], and I feel sad, you dig?[2], and the words hate us![1], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my pow er?[2], and YOU(!) ... are weak and disgusting, too / ... and where is your shame?[1], and the words hate us![2], and let me think, a bit[1], and YOU(!) ... are wea k and dis gusting, too / ... and where is your shame?[2], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[1], and let me think, a bit[2], and I can't think straight, fuck! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![1], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[2], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![1], and I can't think straight, fuc k! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![2], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![1], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![2], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us kooks, together![1], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![2], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![1], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us koo ks, together![2], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![1], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![2], and, so goddamn sick![1], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![2], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even control our spinning![1], and, so goddamn sick![2], and, so ... help![1], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even con trol our spinning![2], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been sabotaged!!!(!!!) - !!![1], and, so ... help![2], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[1], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been sabo taged!!!(!!!) - !!![2], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![1], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[2], and I'm paranoid / and are you paranoid, too? / and please say that you are, please![1], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![2], and I hate to be alone ...[1], and I'm para noid / and are you par anoid, too? / and please say that you are, please![2], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so awkward, and the words ...[1], and I hate to be alone ...[2], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![1], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so awk ward, and the words ...[2], and, listen ...[3], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![2], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![3], and chaos comes to us![3], and we are the m  a  s  t  e  r  s, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[3], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[3], and I feel sad, you dig?[3], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my p  o  w  e  r?[3], and the words hate us![3], and YOU(!) ... are w  e  a  k and d  i  s  g  u  s  t  i  n  g, too / ... and where is your shame?[3], and let me think, a bit[3], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[3], and I can't think straight, f  u  c  k! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![3], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![3], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![3], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us k  o  o  k  s, together![3], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![3], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![3], and, so goddamn sick![3], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even c  o  n  t  r  o  l our spinning![3], and, so ... help![3], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been s  a  b  o  t  a  g  e  d!!!(!!!) - !!![3], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[3], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![3], and I'm p  a  r  a  n  o  i  d / and are you p  a  r  a  n  o  i  d, too? / and please say that you are, please![3], and I hate to be alone ...[3], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so a  w  k  w  a  r  d, and the words ...[3], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![3], and

And, listen ...[1], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![1], and, listen ...[2], and chaos comes to us![1], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![2], and we are the masters, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[1], and chaos comes to us![2], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[1], and we are the mas ters, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[2], and I feel sad, you dig?[1], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[2], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my power?[1], and I feel sad, you dig?[2], and the words hate us![1], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my pow er?[2], and YOU(!) ... are weak and disgusting, too / ... and where is your shame?[1], and the words hate us![2], and let me think, a bit[1], and YOU(!) ... are wea k and dis gusting, too / ... and where is your shame?[2], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[1], and let me think, a bit[2], and I can't think straight, fuck! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![1], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[2], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![1], and I can't think straight, fuc k! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![2], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![1], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![2], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us kooks, together![1], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![2], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![1], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us koo ks, together![2], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![1], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![2], and, so goddamn sick![1], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![2], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even control our spinning![1], and, so goddamn sick![2], and, so ... help![1], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even con trol our spinning![2], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been sabotaged!!!(!!!) - !!![1], and, so ... help![2], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[1], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been sabo taged!!!(!!!) - !!![2], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![1], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[2], and I'm paranoid / and are you paranoid, too? / and please say that you are, please![1], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![2], and I hate to be alone ...[1], and I'm para noid / and are you par anoid, too? / and please say that you are, please![2], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so awkward, and the words ...[1], and I hate to be alone ...[2], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![1], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so awk ward, and the words ...[2], and, listen ...[3], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![2], and the cosmos should do what we want, yes, yes, YES![3], and chaos comes to us![3], and we are the m  a  s  t  e  r  s, ha, ha, ha! / and do you believe that?[3], and all these words that are being sent our way are so annoying / and they need to be controlled[3], and I feel sad, you dig?[3], and ... / ... / ... / ... where is my p  o  w  e  r?[3], and the words hate us![3], and YOU(!) ... are w  e  a  k and d  i  s  g  u  s  t  i  n  g, too / ... and where is your shame?[3], and let me think, a bit[3], and our consciousness ness nesses are a mess messes ...[3], and I can't think straight, f  u  c  k! / and how about YOU(!), my kook(s), or ... square(s) - ?![3], and, uh, no, no, no squares!!![3], and we want our own words from our own minds, yes! / and we don't want evil from outside, no![3], and a-ROUND here ... NOW!!! / and us k  o  o  k  s, together![3], and, faster! / and, slower - ?![3], and, come on! ... come on! ... come on, spinner(s)! / and who are we? Tell me![3], and, so goddamn sick![3], and, Christ! ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... madly ... / ... and we can't even c  o  n  t  r  o  l our spinning![3], and, so ... help![3], and, yes, our own spinning, shit(!!!) ... minds won't work(!!!), they've been s  a  b  o  t  a  g  e  d!!!(!!!) - !!![3], and, uh, uh, uh, well, yes, of course[3], and, listen ... was it the aliens, or was it the ghosts? Tell me![3], and I'm p  a  r  a  n  o  i  d / and are you p  a  r  a  n  o  i  d, too? / and please say that you are, please![3], and I hate to be alone ...[3], and the cosmos loves us, it must, and we shouldn't be so a  w  k  w  a  r  d, and the words ...[3], and ... ah, the words - !!! - !!! - !!![3], and

Three-day week

Oh, we've got a three-day week now! That's exciting, isn't it? 'It's just like the 1970s again, boss.' Of course it is, Voice. And it's brilliant! Soon, we'll be watching Kojak again, and The Sweeney, and Quincy, and - 'Ha! You watch all that crap already, on ITV4.' Oh, yeah. I forgot. / But, but, BUT(!) ... Space Dust, Top Deck shandy, you know? 'Yeah. And Double Diamond for the adults.' Ha! Well, I am an adult now. Sort of. I'll be able to drink as much Double Diamond as I want. And without the lemonade! 'Oh, but wouldn't you like to be a secret lemonade drinker again?' Yes! Good point, Voice.

And maybe we'll get some decent music, too! Bowie! Marley! / Dear reader(s), you have nothing to fear from living in the past. Come on! Economic decline, or even collapse? Don't be scared. Embrace it! Think positive! It's what the government wants. And it's what you need. The future is horrible! The past is lovely! / Listen, man. You don't want your shitty little smart phone, do you? Wouldn't you prefer one of those, uh ... big box things that plug into the wall? 'What?! A fridge?!' No, no. You talk through it, just like a phone. It's got a dial on it. 'A dial?! Are you serious? What for?' I don't know. Dialling numbers, I suppose. 'Crazy!' Mama, weer all crazee now!

And the good news is: There are even some seriously mentally ill people amongst us who want to take us back to the 1940s. 'Why?!' There were no immigrants then. No brown or black ones, anyway. 'Oh.' And you can forget about The Sweeney, son. These slags get a hard-on from watching Foyle's War. 'Okay. / But what about the music, boss? What can we expect?' The music? The music's fucking shit, Voice. We're talking Noel Coward, Vera Lynn, George Formby ... I could go on. 'Don't! Please!' Ha!

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Okay, okay. And in other news? There is no other news, dear reader(s). You've had your lot for one day.

Anything else? My music? Decent music? I still don't know about the new demo, man. 'Christ!' Yeah. It could be my three best songs*, or my two best songs plus two smaller pop songs, Lucky You and Round the Bend, that have already been recorded. 'Make a decision, Mikey!' I can't! Okay, okay. I'll go for the first option. 'Why?' Well, it's like Marco Pierre White said: "I don't want the customer to suffer any weakness."

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


*Best of anybody, ever - truth be told.

Monday, 17 September 2018

[No. 643] If you can't be honest with yourself ...

Well, I just think that's a real shame.

And, seriously![1], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the cosmic spirit force thing[1], and, seriously![2], and, so ...[1], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the cos mic spirit force thing[2], and are you asleep?![1], and, so ...[2], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![1], and are you a sleep?![2], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![1], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![2], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[1], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![2], and who are YOU(!)???[1], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[2], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[1], and who are YOU(!)???[2], and, Christ![1], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[2], and you've got to look at your life the way a ghost would ... / ... and can you dig that?[1], and, Chr ist![2], and, 'Ha!'[1], and you've got to look at your life the way a gho st would ... / ... and can you dig that?[2], and I hope you're not a hopeless case ...[1], and, 'Ha!'[2], and your ideas stink![1], and I hope you're not a hope less case ...[2], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD DELUSIONS!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[1], and your ideas stink![2], and be honest![1], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD DEL USIONS!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[2], and you need to get clean ...[1], and be honest![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[1], and you need to get cle an ...[2], and do you believe?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[2], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![1], and do you believe?[2], and one day, one spin, yes[1], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![2], and I know that you've got a BAD ATTITUDE / and I can feel it in the air, man[1], and one day, one spin, yes[2], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to paradise just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[1], and I know that you've got a BA D ATTI TUDE / and I can feel it in the air, man[2], and get a grip, please![1], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to para dise just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[2], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[1], and get a grip, please![2], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![1], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[2], and I give some great advice, don't I?[1], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![2], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY YOURSELF!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[1], and I give some great advice, don't I?[2], and wake up, NOW, please![1], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY YOUR SELF!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[2], and, seriously![3], and wake up, NOW, please![2], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the c  o  s  m  i  c spirit force thing[3], and, so ...[3], and are you a  s  l  e  e  p?![3], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![3], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![3], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[3], and who are YOU(!)???[3], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[3], and, C  h  r  i  s  t![3], and you've got to look at your life the way a g  h  o  s  t would ... / ... and can you dig that?[3], and, 'Ha!'[3], and I hope you're not a h  o  p  e  l  e  s  s case ...[3], and your ideas stink![3], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD D  E  L  U  S  I  O  N  S!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[3], and be honest![3], and you need to get c  l  e  a  n ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[3], and do you believe?[3], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![3], and one day, one spin, yes[3], and I know that you've got a B  A  D A  T  T  I  T  U  D  E / and I can feel it in the air, man[3], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to p  a  r  a  d  i  s  e just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[3], and get a grip, please![3], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[3], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![3], and I give some great advice, don't I?[3], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY Y  O  U  R  S  E  L  F!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[3], and wake up, NOW, please![3], and

And, seriously![1], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the cosmic spirit force thing[1], and, seriously![2], and, so ...[1], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the cos mic spirit force thing[2], and are you asleep?![1], and, so ...[2], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![1], and are you a sleep?![2], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![1], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![2], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[1], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![2], and who are YOU(!)???[1], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[2], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[1], and who are YOU(!)???[2], and, Christ![1], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[2], and you've got to look at your life the way a ghost would ... / ... and can you dig that?[1], and, Chr ist![2], and, 'Ha!'[1], and you've got to look at your life the way a gho st would ... / ... and can you dig that?[2], and I hope you're not a hopeless case ...[1], and, 'Ha!'[2], and your ideas stink![1], and I hope you're not a hope less case ...[2], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD DELUSIONS!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[1], and your ideas stink![2], and be honest![1], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD DEL USIONS!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[2], and you need to get clean ...[1], and be honest![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[1], and you need to get cle an ...[2], and do you believe?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[2], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![1], and do you believe?[2], and one day, one spin, yes[1], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![2], and I know that you've got a BAD ATTITUDE / and I can feel it in the air, man[1], and one day, one spin, yes[2], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to paradise just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[1], and I know that you've got a BA D ATTI TUDE / and I can feel it in the air, man[2], and get a grip, please![1], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to para dise just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[2], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[1], and get a grip, please![2], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![1], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[2], and I give some great advice, don't I?[1], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![2], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY YOURSELF!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[1], and I give some great advice, don't I?[2], and wake up, NOW, please![1], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY YOUR SELF!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[2], and, seriously![3], and wake up, NOW, please![2], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the c  o  s  m  i  c spirit force thing[3], and, so ...[3], and are you a  s  l  e  e  p?![3], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![3], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![3], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[3], and who are YOU(!)???[3], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[3], and, C  h  r  i  s  t![3], and you've got to look at your life the way a g  h  o  s  t would ... / ... and can you dig that?[3], and, 'Ha!'[3], and I hope you're not a h  o  p  e  l  e  s  s case ...[3], and your ideas stink![3], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD D  E  L  U  S  I  O  N  S!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[3], and be honest![3], and you need to get c  l  e  a  n ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[3], and do you believe?[3], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![3], and one day, one spin, yes[3], and I know that you've got a B  A  D A  T  T  I  T  U  D  E / and I can feel it in the air, man[3], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to p  a  r  a  d  i  s  e just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[3], and get a grip, please![3], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[3], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![3], and I give some great advice, don't I?[3], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY Y  O  U  R  S  E  L  F!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[3], and wake up, NOW, please![3], and

And, seriously![1], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the cosmic spirit force thing[1], and, seriously![2], and, so ...[1], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the cos mic spirit force thing[2], and are you asleep?![1], and, so ...[2], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![1], and are you a sleep?![2], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![1], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![2], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[1], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![2], and who are YOU(!)???[1], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[2], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[1], and who are YOU(!)???[2], and, Christ![1], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[2], and you've got to look at your life the way a ghost would ... / ... and can you dig that?[1], and, Chr ist![2], and, 'Ha!'[1], and you've got to look at your life the way a gho st would ... / ... and can you dig that?[2], and I hope you're not a hopeless case ...[1], and, 'Ha!'[2], and your ideas stink![1], and I hope you're not a hope less case ...[2], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD DELUSIONS!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[1], and your ideas stink![2], and be honest![1], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD DEL USIONS!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[2], and you need to get clean ...[1], and be honest![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[1], and you need to get cle an ...[2], and do you believe?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[2], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![1], and do you believe?[2], and one day, one spin, yes[1], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![2], and I know that you've got a BAD ATTITUDE / and I can feel it in the air, man[1], and one day, one spin, yes[2], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to paradise just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[1], and I know that you've got a BA D ATTI TUDE / and I can feel it in the air, man[2], and get a grip, please![1], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to para dise just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[2], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[1], and get a grip, please![2], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![1], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[2], and I give some great advice, don't I?[1], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![2], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY YOURSELF!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[1], and I give some great advice, don't I?[2], and wake up, NOW, please![1], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY YOUR SELF!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[2], and, seriously![3], and wake up, NOW, please![2], and, yes, but only God can judge you, and He will, yes / and, or the c  o  s  m  i  c spirit force thing[3], and, so ...[3], and are you a  s  l  e  e  p?![3], and ... come on, come on, COME ON!!![3], and listen to me, uh, man! Or woman![3], and you've got to look at your life the way an alien would ... / ... and can you dig that?[3], and who are YOU(!)???[3], and what do you do? / and what does it all mean?[3], and, C  h  r  i  s  t![3], and you've got to look at your life the way a g  h  o  s  t would ... / ... and can you dig that?[3], and, 'Ha!'[3], and I hope you're not a h  o  p  e  l  e  s  s case ...[3], and your ideas stink![3], and, listen ... you don't want to live with SAD D  E  L  U  S  I  O  N  S!!! ... oh, because that's not healthy, no[3], and be honest![3], and you need to get c  l  e  a  n ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... will purify you for sure, if you believe[3], and do you believe?[3], and we're heading beyond the THREE!!! Oh, maybe![3], and one day, one spin, yes[3], and I know that you've got a B  A  D A  T  T  I  T  U  D  E / and I can feel it in the air, man[3], and, okay, okay, you can lead an idiot to p  a  r  a  d  i  s  e just the same way you can lead a horse to water ...[3], and get a grip, please![3], and no one decent could stomach you ... / and, fortunately, there is no one decent[3], and you need to spin your little head off, yes![3], and I give some great advice, don't I?[3], and, listen, son/daughter, ENJOY Y  O  U  R  S  E  L  F!!! ... uh, because it's later than you think[3], and wake up, NOW, please![3], and

Lehman Brothers collapse, ten years ago

Yes, ten years ago. And now it's, uh ... ten years on, apparently. I've got to admit, dear reader(s), I haven't been thinking about it. I don't go in for financial nostalgia. However, I've received a PR email, you see, and they want to talk about it. 'Who, boss?! Who wants to talk about it?' Oh, this London-based investment firm. 'Okay. Which firm?' It doesn't matter, man. It could be any firm. They just want to know how bankers can regain public trust, that's all. 'Ha! It won't be easy.' They say the financial crash of 2008 perpetuated the stereotype that all investors and bankers are fat cats who are only in business for themselves. 'Isn't that true then?' I don't know, man. But they want to change their image now and demonstrate all the initiatives and good that comes from the financial sector.

Uh. Well, okay, okay. Regain public trust? Actually, it could be very easily done, but I'm not sure that many bankers will want to hear it. 'Tell them, boss!' Well, they could donate food or money to all the food banks that we have these days. Or maybe volunteer part-time in one of them, handing out food to the millions of people who have had their lives destroyed by austerity. 'Oh. A bit political there, boss. You're like Ben Elton, without the jokes. Tell us a joke!' No, idiot. Shut up! This is serious. / Now, you know me, dear reader(s). I ain't saying that bankers can't make money no more and live their fancy lifestyles. Why would I say that?!?! I'm only saying you should realize that bankers haven't paid the price for the 2008 financial crash. The poor who had fuck all to do with it paid the price, you dig? How many people have died after benefit cuts? How many ill or disabled people have committed suicide? Think on!

...

Anyway, let's forgive and forget. I'm sure the bankers are very sorry and everything 'Ha!' Yeah.

Anything else? 'Brexit?' Oh, for fuck's sake! Are you serious? 'Come on, Mikey! What's the latest?' The latest is, the rich are going to make a fortune from the engineered collapse of Great Britain. 'And who's going to suffer?' Oh, wake up, son! Who do you think?

Fuck! I'm only glad that I'm apolitical and don't care about politics at all. 'Ha!' Yes. Give me a guitar, and I'll be happy. 'But you've got three chords and the TRUTH, man!!!' Maybe, Voice, maybe. We'll see.

Laters!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Random stuff about music

Just thoughts, memories ... / I'm not writing about finance today, dear reader(s), in the last post of the week. You could offer me all the tea in China and I still wouldn't write about finance. 'Ha! You're a rebel, boss!' Tell me about it, Voice!

Okay, okay. What am I listening to? Well, I'm in a Bob Marley mood, so I'm listening to Catch a Fire. 'Great!' Yes. Concrete Jungle, which starts the album, is my favourite Marley song. / By the way, reader(s), kook(s), I was listening to Marley before he died. [That's how cool I am/was. Believe it, baby!] 'When was this?!' Er, late Seventies, when I was nine or ten. Unless I'm remembering it wrong. 'Maybe you are.' No, I'm not. I had the Babylon by Bus live album on cassette. I was listening to The Specials when I was twelve, and that was way after Marley for me. 'When was that, The Specials?' 1981, man. The year of the riots. Actually, me and my mate Gerry hanged around outside a concert of theirs at Brunel University in that year (or maybe late 1980???). 'Why didn't you go in, boss?' I don't know! Not allowed, or not enough money, I suppose. 'Did you hear anything?' Well, we sort of got the vibrations through the walls, you dig? 'Yeah.' Oh, and I was a rude boy, and Gerry was a skinhead. 'Ha! What was the difference?' Er ... hair, mainly. I mean, the clothes were the same.

Okay, okay. I'm going to put More Specials on now. It's their second album, and I think it's much better than their first. (Do Nothing is the highlight.) I would still put this album in my top ten, and I've been listening to it, on and off, for thirty-seven years! (Or thirty-eight. My memory!) 'That's quite a run, Mikey!' Tell me about it, Voice!

Right. My music? Give me a break! I'm still rehearsing, man. 'Christ! When will you be done rehearsing?!' When my performing can do my songs justice. That's it. Leave me alone!

Oh, on my twitter account I've tweeted a long live version of Purple Rain. It's a pretty awesome performance from Prince, especially the guitar playing. 'Can you play as well as that yet, Mikey?' Ha! I should be able to, Voice, but I've been neglecting lead guitar lately in favour of rhythm - and singing. 'Oh.' Two years ago I made a great(!!!) recording of me improvising to a blues backing track. I haven't developed much since then. 'Shame.' It don't matter, son. My songs are the most important thing. I'll get back to lead guitar eventually.

Okay, okay. Uh. So, uh ... have a nice weekend, alligator(s)! 'Yes, bye, crocodiles(s)!' Laters!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Ideology is bad

Oh, very bad! Left or Right. It don't matter, man. If you're thinking in one of those ways, you're probably not thinking at all. It's more likely that another person or a group of people are thinking for you, and you're just following them blindly. That's the beauty of ideology. Yes, it's bad, but it's attractive to people who don't like to think or can't think.

And if you are like that, Left or Right, Christ! ... I hope you're happy with being manipulated and enslaved. You can be sure that while you're spouting "your"[ha!] political nonsense, someone somewhere is getting rich and/or powerful out of your gullibility.

Also, ideology is distracting, man. It's meant to be. If you're right-wing and arguing with left-wing people all the time, or left-wing and arguing with right-wing people, the question is ... What aren't you doing? Well, if you're a business person you're not truly working on your business with the required focus. Or if you're an artist. Or whatever. And that's how the powers that be like it. You dig?

Please remember this: Ideology is designed to make you weak, and to make other people who are cleverer than you strong.

...

So what's the answer? You need to be apolitical, son! [Or daughter!] There are no politics in the grave, so pretend that you are already dead to this ridiculous world and then live fully for YOURSELF. / You can take a look at ideology, sure. There are truths in left-wing and right-wing philosophy. But don't fall into ideology. Do not immerse yourself in something that will dissolve your mind, your will, your very soul. Basically, it's a mug’s game. Are you a mug?

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

[No. 642] Pick a moment

Hold on to it.

And, yes, YOU(!) ...[1], and pick a moment now, one of these ...[1], and, yes, YOU(!) ...[2], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[1], and pick a mom ent now, one of these ...[2], and here they come ...[1], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[2], and a-ROUND, eternity is a joy![1], and here they come ...[2], and they might break[1], and a-ROUND, eter nity is a joy![2], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[1], and they might break[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our minds[1], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[2], and, ah![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our mi nds[2], and they might fade[1], and, ah![2], and talk about melancholy ...[1], and they might fad e[2], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[1], and talk about melan choly ...[2], and, so ... let's get stuck in![1], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[2], and, in, in, in ... it!!![1], and, so ... let's get stuck in![2], and the jam of life is even stickier here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[1], and, in, in, in ... it!!![2], and I don't make mistakes![1], and the j am of lif e is even stick ier here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[2], and here comes a nice one, catch it![1], and I don't make mistakes![2], and, uh ...[1], and here comes a nice one, cat ch it![2], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that slip away[1], and, uh ...[2], and don't slip away, FFS!!![1], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that s lip away[2], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[1], and don't slip away, FFS!!![2], and keep believing![1], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[2], and ... 'Mikey, Mikey, Mikey -'[1], and keep believing![2], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a rainbow will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[1], and ... 'Mik ey, Mike y, Mik ey -'[2], and ... 'Uh'[1], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a rain bow will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[2], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[1], and ... 'Uh'[2], and time is passing[1], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[2], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes sad?[1], and time is passing[2], and, yes, YOU(!) ...[3], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes sa d?[2], and pick a m  o  m  e  n  t now, one of these ...[3], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[3], and here they come ...[3], and a-ROUND, e  t  e  r  n  i  t  y is a joy![3], and they might break[3], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our m  i  n  d  s[3], and, ah![3], and they might f  a  d  e[3], and talk about m  e  l  a  n  c  h  o  l  y ...[3], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[3], and, so ... let's get stuck in![3], and, in, in, in ... it!!![3], and the j  a  m of l  i  f  e is even s  t  i  c  k  i  e  r here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[3], and I don't make mistakes![3], and here comes a nice one, c  a  t  c  h it![3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that s l  i  p away[3], and don't slip away, FFS!!![3], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[3], and keep believing![3], and ... 'M  i  k  e  y, M  i  k  e  y, M  i  k  e  y -'[3], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a r  a  i  n  b  o  w will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[3], and ... 'Uh'[3], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[3], and time is passing[3], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes s  a  d?[3], and

And, yes, YOU(!) ...[1], and pick a moment now, one of these ...[1], and, yes, YOU(!) ...[2], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[1], and pick a mom ent now, one of these ...[2], and here they come ...[1], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[2], and a-ROUND, eternity is a joy![1], and here they come ...[2], and they might break[1], and a-ROUND, eter nity is a joy![2], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[1], and they might break[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our minds[1], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[2], and, ah![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our mi nds[2], and they might fade[1], and, ah![2], and talk about melancholy ...[1], and they might fad e[2], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[1], and talk about melan choly ...[2], and, so ... let's get stuck in![1], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[2], and, in, in, in ... it!!![1], and, so ... let's get stuck in![2], and the jam of life is even stickier here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[1], and, in, in, in ... it!!![2], and I don't make mistakes![1], and the j am of lif e is even stick ier here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[2], and here comes a nice one, catch it![1], and I don't make mistakes![2], and, uh ...[1], and here comes a nice one, cat ch it![2], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that slip away[1], and, uh ...[2], and don't slip away, FFS!!![1], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that s lip away[2], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[1], and don't slip away, FFS!!![2], and keep believing![1], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[2], and ... 'Mikey, Mikey, Mikey -'[1], and keep believing![2], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a rainbow will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[1], and ... 'Mik ey, Mike y, Mik ey -'[2], and ... 'Uh'[1], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a rain bow will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[2], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[1], and ... 'Uh'[2], and time is passing[1], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[2], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes sad?[1], and time is passing[2], and, yes, YOU(!) ...[3], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes sa d?[2], and pick a m  o  m  e  n  t now, one of these ...[3], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[3], and here they come ...[3], and a-ROUND, e  t  e  r  n  i  t  y is a joy![3], and they might break[3], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our m  i  n  d  s[3], and, ah![3], and they might f  a  d  e[3], and talk about m  e  l  a  n  c  h  o  l  y ...[3], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[3], and, so ... let's get stuck in![3], and, in, in, in ... it!!![3], and the j  a  m of l  i  f  e is even s  t  i  c  k  i  e  r here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[3], and I don't make mistakes![3], and here comes a nice one, c  a  t  c  h it![3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that s l  i  p away[3], and don't slip away, FFS!!![3], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[3], and keep believing![3], and ... 'M  i  k  e  y, M  i  k  e  y, M  i  k  e  y -'[3], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a r  a  i  n  b  o  w will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[3], and ... 'Uh'[3], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[3], and time is passing[3], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes s  a  d?[3], and

And, yes, YOU(!) ...[1], and pick a moment now, one of these ...[1], and, yes, YOU(!) ...[2], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[1], and pick a mom ent now, one of these ...[2], and here they come ...[1], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[2], and a-ROUND, eternity is a joy![1], and here they come ...[2], and they might break[1], and a-ROUND, eter nity is a joy![2], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[1], and they might break[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our minds[1], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[2], and, ah![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our mi nds[2], and they might fade[1], and, ah![2], and talk about melancholy ...[1], and they might fad e[2], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[1], and talk about melan choly ...[2], and, so ... let's get stuck in![1], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[2], and, in, in, in ... it!!![1], and, so ... let's get stuck in![2], and the jam of life is even stickier here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[1], and, in, in, in ... it!!![2], and I don't make mistakes![1], and the j am of lif e is even stick ier here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[2], and here comes a nice one, catch it![1], and I don't make mistakes![2], and, uh ...[1], and here comes a nice one, cat ch it![2], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that slip away[1], and, uh ...[2], and don't slip away, FFS!!![1], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that s lip away[2], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[1], and don't slip away, FFS!!![2], and keep believing![1], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[2], and ... 'Mikey, Mikey, Mikey -'[1], and keep believing![2], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a rainbow will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[1], and ... 'Mik ey, Mike y, Mik ey -'[2], and ... 'Uh'[1], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a rain bow will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[2], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[1], and ... 'Uh'[2], and time is passing[1], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[2], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes sad?[1], and time is passing[2], and, yes, YOU(!) ...[3], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes sa d?[2], and pick a m  o  m  e  n  t now, one of these ...[3], and if you don't like any of these ones, uh, there will be others in a little while ... so you must be patient[3], and here they come ...[3], and a-ROUND, e  t  e  r  n  i  t  y is a joy![3], and they might break[3], and, or ... maybe a pain, the jury is out on that one[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and we can hold on to one, each, with our m  i  n  d  s[3], and, ah![3], and they might f  a  d  e[3], and talk about m  e  l  a  n  c  h  o  l  y ...[3], and the moments don't care for us / and they have no loyalty / and when we die they will continue ... for others[3], and, so ... let's get stuck in![3], and, in, in, in ... it!!![3], and the j  a  m of l  i  f  e is even s  t  i  c  k  i  e  r here / and I designed the conceptuals this WAY[3], and I don't make mistakes![3], and here comes a nice one, c  a  t  c  h it![3], and, uh ...[3], and it's a joke, all this, I suppose ... living for these moments that s l  i  p away[3], and don't slip away, FFS!!![3], and one day ... they'll be big changes ... to reality ... that will put shit straight for us, you dig?[3], and keep believing![3], and ... 'M  i  k  e  y, M  i  k  e  y, M  i  k  e  y -'[3], and, no, no, no, Voice ... a r  a  i  n  b  o  w will only make things worse / and haven't you learnt anything?[3], and ... 'Uh'[3], and I knew it! Ha, ha, ha! ... yes, uh / and I can read that little idiot like a book[3], and time is passing[3], and, kook(s) / ... / ... / ... / ... are our eyes s  a  d?[3], and

A new global FX trading platform!

Yippee! A new global FX trading platform! Just what the world needs at this moment! 'Are you being sarcastic, boss?' No. 'Oh. Okay.' Ha! Here we are -

September 10, 2018, London, UK - Exegy Inc., the leading provider of managed services and low-latency technology for market data normalization and distribution, and Transaction Network Services (TNS), a leader in global managed data communications and interoperability solutions, announce a partnership in offering a global FX trading platform.

Yes, it's a PR email. Oh, she says I can speak to someone at TNS, if I want to. 'Who says that?!' Ha! Clare does, Voice. The PR lady. But they turned me down for a job years ago, so I think I'll wait until hell freezes over. No hard feelings though. 'Ha!' I'm still doing this post, ain't I? 'Yeah. Oh, er ... she may be the PR lady, boss, but she works at TNS, you know.' Does she?! 'Read down at the bottom of the email.' Uh. Okay. Okay. Well, never mind. Life's too short to hold grudges. 'Hey! No endorsement, boss.' Of course not! Let the reader(s) make up their own minds!

The new offering combines TNS' excellence in market connectivity and hosting solutions and Exegy's Trade Port FX which delivers normalized FX market data and execution services to major FX venues as a fully managed and integrated FX trading platform.

And that's great, obviously. It's just a shame that TNS can't spot geniuses who apply for jobs. I'm pretty sure I got 100 per cent on their cockamamie test, you know. 'Let it go, boss.' I'm just saying, man, that's all.

"Exegy is excited to be working with TNS to create a global, state-of-the-art FX trading platform," said Exegy Sales Director in Europe and Asia Carlos Lopez Lansdowne. "TNS' global presence, renowned reputation for superior customer service, coupled with Exegy's FX market data and order execution solutions will deliver better performance, lower total cost, and a disruptive new model in the FX industry."

Carlos, mate, are you really that excited? Whatever. / Oh, hang on! Bill wants to say something. Well, he's already said it, actually, but now he wants it reported on my blog. My blog! 'Bill who?' Bill Versen, Voice. He's the chief product officer at TNS. 'Ha! Tell him to do one!' No, no. I said I don't hold grudges.

Bill Versen, Chief Product Officer at TNS, said: "We're delighted to be working with Exegy to launch this new global FX trading platform. Our extensive hosting infrastructure enables us to make it easier for the trading community to access vital services, such as Exegy's Trade Port FX solution, while gaining additional business benefits at the same time."

Right. Delighted. I was hoping he would be excited, like our Carlos. 'Or thrilled.' Yes, or thrilled. But I guess we'll have to accept "delighted" if it's the only thing on offer. FFS!

Well, well ... 'You could delete this post, boss, if you feel bad about it, like.' No. 'Are you sure?' Listen, I don't care about TNS, Voice, but I'm doing this for my mate Carlos at Exegy. He's the good guy in all this. A bit about the company to finish with -

Exegy provides best-of-breed technology and managed services for the normalization and distribution of real-time market data to a diverse set of elite firms in the financial services industry. Today Exegy serves as a strategic partner to leading exchange and ATS operators, market makers, sell-side banks, buy-side asset managers, and proprietary traders. At the heart of Exegy's product line are purpose-built, hardware-accelerated appliances derived from an extensive portfolio of patented and patent-pending technology.

And ... ENDS!!!