Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Palamon to acquire Business School24 ...

Acquire, again. Never mind. It was always going to happen. 'They were always going to acquire it, boss?' No, Voice, I mean someone was going to send me a PR email about some firm acquiring something. 'And has Business School24 been acquired yet?' No. They've just, uh ... signed an agreement.

Palamon Capital Partners ("Palamon" or the "Firm"), a pan-European growth investor, announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Business School24 SpA ("Business School24" or the "Company") the education and services unit of Il Sole 24 Ore S.p.A ("Il Sole"), Italy's leading business newspaper.

Christ! The "Firm" and the "Company". Whatever next?!

Palamon will ("Will") acquire 49% of the Company at an enterprise valuation of €80 million with a call option to acquire an additional 2% in May 2018. The sale agreement has arrangements in place ("Place") for Palamon to acquire additional equity with Il Sole agreeing to retain a minimum 20% strategic stake in the Company going forward.

Oh, I see. It's "Will" and "Place" now. Just at random, like. We must have our little jokes, mustn't we, PR people? 'Why do you tolerate it, boss?' I don't know, man. I suppose I'm a glutton for punishment. / Anyway, what's this Business School24 all about?

Business School24 is a leading player in the tertiary education segment and provides professionally-oriented postgraduate education and training. Established in 1991 as a business unit of Il Sole 24 Ore, the school has two headquarters in Milan and Rome and enrols more than 26,000 students a year onto its courses based both in classrooms and online. The Company differentiates itself by creating targeted courses focused on the real needs of business and employs highly experienced industry professionals to originate content and deliver lessons. Most courses incorporate an internship, which presents a highly successful pathway to employment.

Okay. Fair enough. 'It sounds all right.' Yes. I have to say though, I'm very disappointed that Fabio Massimo Giuseppetti hasn't said anything about all this. You would think he might release a statement. It would be the professional thing to do. However - 'Who the bloody hell is Fabio Massimo Giuseppetti?!?!' Don't you know, Voice? He's a partner at Palamon. 'Oh, Fab! You mean Fab? Our Fab. Of course. Yes, yes, he did say something.' Did he?! 'Look -'

Commenting on the investment, Fabio Massimo Giuseppetti, partner of Palamon Capital Partners, said: "Business School24 is one of the most widely respected education brands in Italy and it is playing a key role in overcoming the structural disconnection between tertiary education and employment, which is severely undermining graduate prospects and damaging the economy. We are therefore delighted to be partnering with the Company to help accelerate growth in the provision of specialized vocational training and a pathway to the labour market for its students. We look forward to working with the talented management team and building out the platform over the years to come."

Where did you find that? 'It's all in the email, boss.' Oh. Nice one. 'I suppose you want to hear what Moscetti, the CEO of Business School24, said as well?' No. Not if he only has one name. 'Ha!' Moscetti! Seriously! The ego of some of these people is unbelievable. He ain't Sting, for crying out loud! He ain't Cher!

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Ah, that's enough. Anything else, dear reader(s)? No. I'll see you the week after next week. / Later(s), crocodile(s)!

Maitland has bought R&H Fund Services

Or it's going to buy R&H Fund Services (Guernsey) Ltd soon. 'Acquire, boss.' What, Voice? 'Maitland Group is going to acquire R&H.' What's the difference? 'Well, to me, it suggests that Maitland isn't paying any money for it.' What?! Ha! That would be outrageous, man. Of course they're paying. 'Then why are they talking about "acquire", boss?' Oh, you know nothing. It's just a poncey way of talking, that's all. It means they bought R&H. 'They haven't it bought it yet.' They're going to buy it! Please shut up.

Okay. About Maitland Group -

Maitland is a global advisory, administration and family office firm providing seamless legal, fiduciary, investment and fund administration services to private, corporate and institutional clients across multiple jurisdictions.

Our tailored solutions embrace complexity to deliver simplicity by combining our talent, one-firm approach and best-of-breed multi-jurisdictional platforms.

We are privately owned and fully independent with 18 offices in 13 jurisdictions, 1,400 employees and over $280 billion in assets under administration.

We leverage our strong values and a collaborative culture to develop and maintain trusted relationships with our clients.


That sounds all right, don't it, dear reader(s)? / The good news is, no one at R&H is going to lose their job. 'All's well that ends well.' Exactly, Voice! And it's not even the end. They probably have a very exciting future. 'Let's hope so.' Yes.

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Yes, let's hope we all have a very exciting future. Let's hope the ex-game-show host doesn't release fire and fury.

Anything else? No, not a lot. I'll be writing another post this afternoon, my last of the week. 'Oh, early finish.' Yes, early finish. Then I'll be taking a week off. 'Nice.' Yes.

Still no PR emails. Everyone's gone off somewhere. And there's no news, much. I don't know what I'm going to write about later. I really don't. 'What's happening at Aviva Investors, boss?' Ha! Apparently, they're upset about the awful weather we've been having. They can't go to the park when it's like winter. 'But they have the pub.' Yes. They'll always have the pub ...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

[No. 537] Tyger

You've got to be a tyger in this life.

And, kook(s), come on![1], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[1], and, kook(s), come on![2], and it's a jungle out there, man![1], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[2], and ... or a forest[1], and it's a jungle out there, man![2], and in here ...[1], and ... or a forest[2], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![1], and in here ...[2], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[1], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![2], and burning bright, yes[1], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[2], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[1], and burning bright, yes[2], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![1], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[2], and there, on the floor![1], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![2], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[1], and there, on the floor![2], and don't be scared of squares in the world[1], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[2], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[1], and don't be scared of squares in the world[2], and, uh ... maybe we should[1], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[2], and they've had it their own way for far too long[1], and, uh ... maybe we should[2], and I need a break ...[1], and they've had it their own way for far too long[2], and I will go OFF, for a while[1], and I need a break ...[2], and something is needed: more energy![1], and I will go OFF, for a while[2], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[1], and something is needed: more energy![2], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[1], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[2], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[1], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[2], and I see them again: those little white crests![1], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[2], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![1], and I see them again: those little white crests![2], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[1], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![2], and, kook(s), come on![3], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[2], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[3], and it's a jungle out there, man![3], and ... or a forest[3], and in here ...[3], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![3], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[3], and burning bright, yes[3], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[3], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![3], and there, on the floor![3], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[3], and don't be scared of squares in the world[3], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[3], and, uh ... maybe we should[3], and they've had it their own way for far too long[3], and I need a break ...[3], and I will go OFF, for a while[3], and something is needed: more energy![3], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[3], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[3], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[3], and I see them again: those little white crests![3], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![3], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[3], and

And, kook(s), come on![1], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[1], and, kook(s), come on![2], and it's a jungle out there, man![1], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[2], and ... or a forest[1], and it's a jungle out there, man![2], and in here ...[1], and ... or a forest[2], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![1], and in here ...[2], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[1], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![2], and burning bright, yes[1], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[2], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[1], and burning bright, yes[2], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![1], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[2], and there, on the floor![1], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![2], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[1], and there, on the floor![2], and don't be scared of squares in the world[1], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[2], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[1], and don't be scared of squares in the world[2], and, uh ... maybe we should[1], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[2], and they've had it their own way for far too long[1], and, uh ... maybe we should[2], and I need a break ...[1], and they've had it their own way for far too long[2], and I will go OFF, for a while[1], and I need a break ...[2], and something is needed: more energy![1], and I will go OFF, for a while[2], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[1], and something is needed: more energy![2], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[1], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[2], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[1], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[2], and I see them again: those little white crests![1], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[2], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![1], and I see them again: those little white crests![2], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[1], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![2], and, kook(s), come on![3], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[2], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[3], and it's a jungle out there, man![3], and ... or a forest[3], and in here ...[3], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![3], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[3], and burning bright, yes[3], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[3], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![3], and there, on the floor![3], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[3], and don't be scared of squares in the world[3], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[3], and, uh ... maybe we should[3], and they've had it their own way for far too long[3], and I need a break ...[3], and I will go OFF, for a while[3], and something is needed: more energy![3], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[3], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[3], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[3], and I see them again: those little white crests![3], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![3], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[3], and

And, kook(s), come on![1], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[1], and, kook(s), come on![2], and it's a jungle out there, man![1], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[2], and ... or a forest[1], and it's a jungle out there, man![2], and in here ...[1], and ... or a forest[2], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![1], and in here ...[2], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[1], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![2], and burning bright, yes[1], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[2], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[1], and burning bright, yes[2], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![1], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[2], and there, on the floor![1], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![2], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[1], and there, on the floor![2], and don't be scared of squares in the world[1], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[2], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[1], and don't be scared of squares in the world[2], and, uh ... maybe we should[1], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[2], and they've had it their own way for far too long[1], and, uh ... maybe we should[2], and I need a break ...[1], and they've had it their own way for far too long[2], and I will go OFF, for a while[1], and I need a break ...[2], and something is needed: more energy![1], and I will go OFF, for a while[2], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[1], and something is needed: more energy![2], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[1], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[2], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[1], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[2], and I see them again: those little white crests![1], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[2], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![1], and I see them again: those little white crests![2], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[1], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![2], and, kook(s), come on![3], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[2], and not a tiger, but a tyger / and I can't stress that enough[3], and it's a jungle out there, man![3], and ... or a forest[3], and in here ...[3], and, seriously ... you don't want to be a fucking dormouse![3], and I hope YOU(!) ... will be paying attention, even so DIZZY(!), like[3], and burning bright, yes[3], and I know you're a CRAZY CAT, but sometimes that ain't enough, you dig?[3], and can you hear a squeaking sound? / and, no, no, no ... oh, my sick imagination![3], and there, on the floor![3], and it's the chickens that are the trouble, really[3], and don't be scared of squares in the world[3], and so many of them are just BIG CHICKENS - !!! ... / ... and maybe we shouldn't judge them[3], and, uh ... maybe we should[3], and they've had it their own way for far too long[3], and I need a break ...[3], and I will go OFF, for a while[3], and something is needed: more energy![3], and when I get back from where I'm going to ... there will be some changes, believe me[3], and ... 'Christ! Where, Mikey?!'[3], and, ha! ... relax, not beyond the THREE, Voice, ah, not in this wretched life[3], and I see them again: those little white crests![3], and squares' visions are ten a penny, if they even have them / and ... but mine are priceless![3], and pray for me, kook(s), and I will pray for you[3], and

The latest on Martin Coward's dormouse

We've all been concerned about the health of Martin's pet dormouse over the years, haven't we, dear reader(s)? Sometimes it puts on weight, sometimes it loses weight. The good news, though, is ... it's still alive! And, more than that, it put on 2.88% of weight last month. 'What, just in July, boss?!' Yes, Voice, just in July. 'What has it been eating?' Christ knows. Who cares anyway? We just want the dormouse to be healthy.

We all know about Mr Coward's troubles. This dormouse is the only thing he has in his life. If he ever lost it, well ... 'It doesn't bear thinking about, boss.' No, it doesn't.

Oh, this if from one of my posts in 2014 -

Martin Coward was planning to start his own hedge fund. However, he didn't have enough money. And he got depressed. So he decided to spend more time with his pet dormouse instead. Unfortunately, the dormouse is poorly now. It needs treatment at the vets. And that's why Mr Coward wants your money, dear reader(s). Yes, he wants you to invest in his dormouse, or take a share in it, or adopt it ... er, I don't know what’s going on with this guy. We've all seen the adverts on TV: Adopt a tiger and get a free cuddly tiger toy! This is the same sort of thing, although Martin won't even be sending you the toy.

You see? It's an ongoing saga. 'More drama than Dynasty.' Yeah. Definitely.

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Anyway, I suppose you want to hear about my music ... ? But this is a finance blog, man.

Jesus H. - !!! / Okay.

That new tune I got last week? I rearranged it. Big time. Instead of being a small and rather nice album track [two minutes twenty seconds], it's now a potential hit [four minutes]. The original rhythm was too bland, and similar to another rhythm I have, so I changed it, and then the tune became longer somehow [well, repetition]. I just need a lyric now. I'd like it to be the fourth song on the demo. The song that is currently fourth could potentially be matched by anyone around today. I mean, professional artists, you dig? However, I would like a four-song demo that ... no one can touch. Because there are countless singer/songwriters and bands on Twitter, looking for deals ...

Maybe I'll be ready by October, and maybe I won't.

Anyway, later(s), pop fan(s)! / 'No. 537, Mikey?' Later, Voice.

Monday, 7 August 2017

[No. 536] Disco

Spin now!

And a new way, sure[1], and we can't rock it all the time ...[1], and a new way, sure[2], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[1], and we can't rock it all the time ...[2], and I hope so ...[1], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[2], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![1], and I hope so ...[2], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![1], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[1], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![2], and ... in your eyes![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[2], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[1], and ... in your eyes![2], and I'll lay everything on you[1], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[2], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[1], and I'll lay everything on you[2], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[1], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[2], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[1], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[2], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![1], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[2], and ... get down[1], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![2], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![1], and ... get down[2], and my boogie mind is so intense![1], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![2], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![1], and my boogie mind is so intense![2], and it's a new technique to take control![1], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![2], and, uh, who is here ... ?[1], and it's a new technique to take control![2], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[1], and, uh, who is here ... ?[2], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[1], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[2], and this ... is the way I like it[1], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[2], and a new way, sure[3], and this ... is the way I like it[2], and we can't rock it all the time ...[3], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[3], and I hope so ...[3], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![3], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[3], and ... in your eyes![3], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[3], and I'll lay everything on you[3], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[3], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[3], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[3], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![3], and ... get down[3], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![3], and my boogie mind is so intense![3], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![3], and it's a new technique to take control![3], and, uh, who is here ... ?[3], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[3], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[3], and this ... is the way I like it[3], and

And a new way, sure[1], and we can't rock it all the time ...[1], and a new way, sure[2], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[1], and we can't rock it all the time ...[2], and I hope so ...[1], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[2], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![1], and I hope so ...[2], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![1], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[1], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![2], and ... in your eyes![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[2], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[1], and ... in your eyes![2], and I'll lay everything on you[1], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[2], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[1], and I'll lay everything on you[2], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[1], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[2], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[1], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[2], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![1], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[2], and ... get down[1], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![2], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![1], and ... get down[2], and my boogie mind is so intense![1], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![2], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![1], and my boogie mind is so intense![2], and it's a new technique to take control![1], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![2], and, uh, who is here ... ?[1], and it's a new technique to take control![2], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[1], and, uh, who is here ... ?[2], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[1], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[2], and this ... is the way I like it[1], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[2], and a new way, sure[3], and this ... is the way I like it[2], and we can't rock it all the time ...[3], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[3], and I hope so ...[3], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![3], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[3], and ... in your eyes![3], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[3], and I'll lay everything on you[3], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[3], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[3], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[3], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![3], and ... get down[3], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![3], and my boogie mind is so intense![3], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![3], and it's a new technique to take control![3], and, uh, who is here ... ?[3], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[3], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[3], and this ... is the way I like it[3], and

And a new way, sure[1], and we can't rock it all the time ...[1], and a new way, sure[2], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[1], and we can't rock it all the time ...[2], and I hope so ...[1], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[2], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![1], and I hope so ...[2], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![1], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[1], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![2], and ... in your eyes![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[2], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[1], and ... in your eyes![2], and I'll lay everything on you[1], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[2], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[1], and I'll lay everything on you[2], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[1], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[2], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[1], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[2], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![1], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[2], and ... get down[1], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![2], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![1], and ... get down[2], and my boogie mind is so intense![1], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![2], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![1], and my boogie mind is so intense![2], and it's a new technique to take control![1], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![2], and, uh, who is here ... ?[1], and it's a new technique to take control![2], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[1], and, uh, who is here ... ?[2], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[1], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[2], and this ... is the way I like it[1], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[2], and a new way, sure[3], and this ... is the way I like it[2], and we can't rock it all the time ...[3], and, yes, yes, yes ... you will need your boogie mind for this one / and have you got a boogie mind?[3], and I hope so ...[3], and spin on the floor, man, on the ceiling, oh, I don't care ... as long as you're spinning![3], and YOU(!) can be my dancing queen ... so shake it![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... with me, and with all the flashing lights[3], and ... in your eyes![3], and if you're new to all this ... don't let my words bother you / it's only jive talk[3], and I'll lay everything on you[3], and if you're not spinning yet, my kook(s), why not? / You should be spinning ...[3], and it could be the Seventies again, or any time for eternity[3], and a-ROUND, please ... come on, don't be shy[3], and in a joyful mood ... yes, yes, yes, not the usual existential despair, no, no, no ... ha, ha, ha![3], and ... get down[3], and my shirt is open to the waist - so what?![3], and my boogie mind is so intense![3], and, kook(s), give me access to your consciousness ness, and I will storm in just like Carlito Brigante![3], and it's a new technique to take control![3], and, uh, who is here ... ?[3], and, well ... square(s)? Why would you even be spinning? Listen, ah, don't resist me ... or I may have to cut your liver out, you dig?[3], and reality beyond the THREE is always watching[3], and this ... is the way I like it[3], and

Not so many redemptions at Och-Ziff Capital Management

Okay, okay. Look at the sky, grey. Oh dear. / I don't feel like writing about finance today. Or this week, really. I guess you feel the same, dear reader(s), eh? I mean, everyone is on holiday. [Where's the sun?] I should imagine you're on holiday. Are you somewhere nice? 'Ha!' Just one question, my friend(s): Why are you reading this blog when you're on holiday? Jesus H. - !!! Do you still keep up with the financial news even when you're on holiday? 'You ain't got no financial news, anyway, boss.' Well, no, Voice. No one has sent me any PR emails, and I can't be bothered to go looking for news. 'What about this Och-Ziff stuff?' Eh? Oh, that. It's nothing really. There were loads of redemptions at Och-Ziff. So many in fact that they started singing Bob Marley's Redemption Song in the office. 'Ha!' Yeah. But things are getting better now. Fewer investors are pulling their money out. The legal problems are going away, and performance is improving.

All's well that ends well, maybe.

...

So, er ... anything else? Music? My music? Uh ... good news! I've got all the tunes I need for an album. 'Yippee!' Shout it, Voice! 'YIPPEE!!!' I just need four lyrics to finish off. With all the music done, I now have a proper vision for the album and how it will be. I'm confident that as long as it's recorded in a competent manner, it'll get in the top five with The Stone Roses, Revolver, OK Computer, etc. [What do you think I've been doing for the last seven years, dear reader(s), picking my nose?] 'Well, what about the Citizen Kane of albums, Mikey?' Ha! That remains to be seen. The number one spot. It's a serious problem that you can't do anything new in music these days. Look at Radiohead! They've spent the last twenty years screwing around, obviously imagining that they're doing something new. But they ain't doing anything new, son.

Never mind. It's only rock and roll. I like it though.

Laters!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

[No. 535] Noise

Give me noise!

And DEATH(!) to words![1], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[1], and DEATH(!) to words![2], and hammer it, my soul![1], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[2], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[1], and hammer it, my soul![2], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[1], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[2], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[1], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[2], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![1], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[2], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[1], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![2], and I'll get the electric for us[1], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[2], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[1], and I'll get the electric for us[2], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![1], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[2], and my teeth will surely explode![1], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![2], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![1], and my teeth will surely explode![2], and feel, please[1], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![2], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![1], and feel, please[2], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[1], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![2], and, so ... wow![1], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[2], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[1], and, so ... wow![2], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[1], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[2], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[1], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[2], and pray for yourself, if you must[1], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[2], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[1], and pray for yourself, if you must[2], and I'm wondering ...[1], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[2], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[1], and I'm wondering ...[2], and DEATH(!) to words![3], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[2], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[3], and hammer it, my soul![3], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[3], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[3], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[3], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![3], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[3], and I'll get the electric for us[3], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[3], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![3], and my teeth will surely explode![3], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![3], and feel, please[3], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![3], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[3], and, so ... wow![3], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[3], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[3], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[3], and pray for yourself, if you must[3], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[3], and I'm wondering ...[3], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[3], and

And DEATH(!) to words![1], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[1], and DEATH(!) to words![2], and hammer it, my soul![1], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[2], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[1], and hammer it, my soul![2], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[1], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[2], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[1], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[2], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![1], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[2], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[1], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![2], and I'll get the electric for us[1], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[2], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[1], and I'll get the electric for us[2], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![1], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[2], and my teeth will surely explode![1], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![2], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![1], and my teeth will surely explode![2], and feel, please[1], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![2], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![1], and feel, please[2], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[1], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![2], and, so ... wow![1], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[2], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[1], and, so ... wow![2], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[1], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[2], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[1], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[2], and pray for yourself, if you must[1], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[2], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[1], and pray for yourself, if you must[2], and I'm wondering ...[1], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[2], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[1], and I'm wondering ...[2], and DEATH(!) to words![3], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[2], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[3], and hammer it, my soul![3], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[3], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[3], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[3], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![3], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[3], and I'll get the electric for us[3], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[3], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![3], and my teeth will surely explode![3], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![3], and feel, please[3], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![3], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[3], and, so ... wow![3], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[3], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[3], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[3], and pray for yourself, if you must[3], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[3], and I'm wondering ...[3], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[3], and

And DEATH(!) to words![1], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[1], and DEATH(!) to words![2], and hammer it, my soul![1], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[2], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[1], and hammer it, my soul![2], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[1], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[2], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[1], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[2], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![1], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[2], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[1], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![2], and I'll get the electric for us[1], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[2], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[1], and I'll get the electric for us[2], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![1], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[2], and my teeth will surely explode![1], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![2], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![1], and my teeth will surely explode![2], and feel, please[1], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![2], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![1], and feel, please[2], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[1], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![2], and, so ... wow![1], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[2], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[1], and, so ... wow![2], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[1], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[2], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[1], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[2], and pray for yourself, if you must[1], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[2], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[1], and pray for yourself, if you must[2], and I'm wondering ...[1], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[2], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[1], and I'm wondering ...[2], and DEATH(!) to words![3], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[2], and I will drown my consciousness and, ah, to kill the words, believe I will ...[3], and hammer it, my soul![3], and this chaos is a quick solution to the common sense of the squares that make me ill[3], and they suffer from lack of spirit ...[3], and I don't care what it looks like ... / ... and I only care what it sounds like[3], and piss off, quiet moments of reflection![3], and if you want to bang some drums, my kook(s), be my guest(s), you are so welcome[3], and I'll get the electric for us[3], and it's freedom we want we need because the demons will make us slaves to their traditional vision[3], and I'm not even thinking NOW(!), ha![3], and my teeth will surely explode![3], and a-ROUND here ... it's fun as usual / and ... COME ON - !!! / Yes, YOU(!) - !!![3], and feel, please[3], and touch this ... ELECTRIC - !!![3], and I ain't thinking of life beyond the ... you know / uh, can't even say it, so sick of hoping[3], and, so ... wow![3], and rush, rush ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... like never before[3], and blood and shit are our friends, who cares?[3], and bones crack - at such a speed, and brains weren't meant for evil spinning, well ... uh, oh, oh[3], and pray for yourself, if you must[3], and it's either the BEST ONE or the WORST ONE we've ever done / and be happy with that, yes[3], and I'm wondering ...[3], and is it enough yet, man? / and it don't feel enough yet ...[3], and

Bow River Capital Partners has raised some cash ...

Yeah. Okay. How much? ... you're probably wondering, dear reader(s). 'Not just that. What do they need the cash for, boss?' For their fourth buyout fund, Voice, which they're calling the 2017 Fund, rather imaginatively. 'Okay, okay. Let me guess ... $300 million.' Well, they wanted $200 million, man. 'Okay, so $300 million then, like I said.' No, afraid not. They've raised $262 million. 'Oh.' It's not bad, Voice. Come on! 'But it's not $300 million, is it?' No, it's not $300 million. But it's more than they wanted. Not everyone is as ambitious as we are. You seem to forget that, son. I mean, personally, if I were trying to raise $200 million, I would probably get $500 million. 'Yeah. [I'd get a cool billion. Ha!]' But that's just me, you dig? Everyone is different. That's why the world is such a beautiful place.

Anyway, Bow River Capital ...

Founded in 2003, Bow River Capital is a private investment firm based in Denver, Colorado. The partners formed Bow River Capital following several years of successfully investing their own monies with a long term vision of building a world class, diversified investment management platform committed to the lower middle market. Collectively, we have deployed capital into diverse industries and across the capital structure.

That's from their website. There's a lot more of it, but, but, but ... I'm not in the mood. Obviously, I wish them all the best with their fourth fund. 'It would be churlish not to, boss.' Of course it would. / Oh, they want to invest in infrastructure, engineering, healthcare, and industrial business services. Just so you know, dear reader(s).

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Jesus H. - !!! Anything else? It's nearly the end of the week, kook(s). I'll be doing a conceptual later, No. 535. But until then ... NOTHING(!) because I'm all confused and shit. I just want this week to be over, you dig? Yeah, yeah. Right. Okay. Ha!

Laters.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

They want top business women ...

Right. Okay. I'm a bit late today with this post because I had a migraine this morning. I think I've shaken it off now. It's that goddamn smart phone of mine. 'Not smart, boss.' Pardon?! 'It's not smart, man, using that smart phone as much as you do.' Just shut up, Voice. Please. I'm really not in the mood.

Okay, okay. It's, uh ... the Stevie Awards. 'What? Who?' I don't know, man. Some cat called Stevie is giving out prizes to women in business. 'Stevie Wonder?' I shouldn't think so. Some other Stevie, probably. Er, let's see ...

Fairfax, VA, USA / Troisdorf, Germany, August 1, 2017 - The 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's top honours for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run, is now accepting entries. The final entry deadline is August 23 and late entries will be accepted through September 20 with payment of a late fee.

So, you see, they want women. Business women. Well, Mickey does, anyway. 'Mickey? Stevie Mickey? Is that his name?' Ha! No. Mickey Gallagher, the president and founder. Look -

"Women are a tremendous force in the global economy," emphasizes Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. "We therefore want to encourage women entrepreneurs, executives and employees all over the world to seek and receive the recognition that they deserve."

'Okay. Sounds all right.' Yeah.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honour the achievements of working women in more than 85 categories including, among others, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Female Executive of the Year, Mentor or Coach of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Women Helping Women, Female Employee of the Year, Woman-Owned or -Run Company of the Year and Female Innovator of the Year. By winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award, business women and their organizations gain increased media awareness. Further benefits are increased brand recognition and a positive reputation as attractive employers.

Well, it sounds great. 'Yeah. When do we find out who won what?' Er, here, man -

A jury of many leading women entrepreneurs, executives and luminaries worldwide will evaluate the entries, before the winners of the 14th annual competition will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on November 17, 2017.

Okay, okay. I wish everyone involved the best of luck. 'Good luck, everyone!' Yes, thank you, Voice.

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Anything else? 'Music, Mikey! Tell us about your two new tunes from yesterday, that you promised us.' Well ... I didn't write two new tunes yesterday. 'Oh dear. How disappointing!' I wrote one new tune. And it's a great tune. Ha! So you can put that in your pipe and smoke it, you little idiot! 'All right, calm down, boss. I knew you would come up with something.' I only need one tune now for my classic debut album. 'And four lyrics.' Yes, and four lyrics. Thanks for reminding me.

Bye.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Gold and silver are safe

And they're beautiful to look at, apparently. Or something like that. 'What's this, boss?' PR email, Voice. Gold and silver, from Goldcore. They reckon they are safe, and beautiful. But Bitcoin ain't. [Is it Bitcoin or bitcoin? I don't know. Maybe both. I know what Mikeycoin is. I use a capital M because it's my name.] Look -

There is still a huge amount of noise in the bitcoin and cryptocurrency space but there have been a few developments of late which have pushed the space further into maturity.

From what I can tell from dinner party conversations people who are vaguely aware of bitcoin now know that there are two terms they need to throw into the chat in order to sound like they know what they are talking about. These two terms are ICO and Fork.

Price is also a major talking point at present. As ever the price of bitcoin remains volatile and headline-worthy.

This week will mark a point in cryptocurrency history as the most powerful of cryptocurrencies, bitcoin will experience a major technical change and the US regulator SEC has just made a significant announcement about fundraising in the space.


So, they say bitcoin, small b. / There's more here. Not an endorsement, you understand, dear reader(s). You'll have to make your own mind up. Personally, I'm putting all my money into baked beans. When the Brexit apocalypse comes, I want to be ready.

Oh, just out of interest, reader(s), what do you think is worse, Trump or Brexit? Answers on a postcard. The winner gets a biscuit. 'What sort of biscuit, boss?' A Jammie Dodger. 'Nice.' / No, not really. There is no prize. With Brexit, I can't actually afford Jammie Dodgers any more. Not to give away, like.

Trump or Brexit? It's hard to say. / Right-wing nutjobs like to imagine that the West is in decline. Well, if it is, it's because of them, man. If you vote for stupid stuff, then stupid stuff is what you get. Pretty simple, really.

However, I don't care. I seek refuge in music these days. Don't talk to me about politics. This is a music blog. 'Er ... it's a finance blog, boss.' That's what I meant, Voice. Leave me alone!

I'm going to be playing my guitar for the rest of the day, and I'm going to try to write two new tunes. 'Ambitious!' You bet your ass! 'Well, good luck, Mikey!' Thanks, son.

Ah, laters, yeah?