Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lawrence Herzing has been charged with wire fraud

'Who is Lawrence Herzing?!' Man, Lawrence Herzing is some cat over in America who used to work for Contrarian Capital Management. He was the controller. 'And what is Contrarian Capital?' Christ, Voice! Please! Er, well ... established in 1995 by Jon Bauer, Janice Stanton, and Gil Tenzer, Contrarian is a distressed investing specialist. Are you happy now? 'It's the readers that matter, boss.'

Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. I always struggle with the third post on a Thursday. Er ... / 'Come on, Mikey! You can do it. How much money did Lawrence get?' The authorities claim he transferred $12 million to himself from the hedge fund. 'What does Lawrence say about it?' I don't know. Maybe it's all a big misunderstanding. 'Yeah.' It will all come out in court, I'm sure.

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Pub tomorrow. I haven't been for three weeks because of the flu. I'm over it now.

Writing this blog, playing the guitar ... I don't know where I get the energy from. I'm practically a superman!

I'll do some recording this weekend. I mean, enough is enough! The recordings don't have to be perfect. They just have to seem reasonably professional. I think my guitar playing is up to the required level. I can't practice forever.

But I'm not making any promises ...

[No. 264] Xiaoyu Liu

Or Liu Xiaoyu?

And ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[1], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[1], and ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[2], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[1], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[2], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![1], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[2], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[1], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![2], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[1], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[2], and this ... is the best escape[1], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[2], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[1], and this ... is the best escape[2], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[1], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[2], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![1], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[2], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[1], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![2], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[1], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[2], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[1], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[2], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[1], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[2], and this ... is magic time, forever[1], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[2], and ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[3], and this ... is magic time, forever[2], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[3], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[3], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![3], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[3], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[3], and this ... is the best escape[3], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[3], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[3], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![3], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[3], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[3], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[3], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[3], and this ... is magic time, forever[3], and

And ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[1], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[1], and ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[2], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[1], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[2], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![1], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[2], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[1], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![2], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[1], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[2], and this ... is the best escape[1], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[2], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[1], and this ... is the best escape[2], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[1], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[2], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![1], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[2], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[1], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![2], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[1], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[2], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[1], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[2], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[1], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[2], and this ... is magic time, forever[1], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[2], and ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[3], and this ... is magic time, forever[2], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[3], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[3], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![3], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[3], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[3], and this ... is the best escape[3], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[3], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[3], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![3], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[3], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[3], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[3], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[3], and this ... is magic time, forever[3], and

And ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[1], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[1], and ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[2], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[1], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[2], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![1], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[2], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[1], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![2], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[1], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[2], and this ... is the best escape[1], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[2], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[1], and this ... is the best escape[2], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[1], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[2], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![1], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[2], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[1], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![2], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[1], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[2], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[1], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[2], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[1], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[2], and this ... is magic time, forever[1], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[2], and ... / Are you here, Xiaoyu?[3], and this ... is magic time, forever[2], and Liu, mate, people will try to put us down just because we get a-ROUND / 'Ain't that the truth!'[3], and ... / Are you here - yes! / and is it better than "working" at Aviva Investors?[3], and getting back in touch?! / Oh, you're much nicer than that Stephen Smethurst![3], and I'm pretty sure you're a man[3], and a-ROUND we go, a-ROUND, a-ROUND we go - are you DIZZY yet?[3], and this ... is the best escape[3], and ... I undertake company visits, conference calls, build models, and forecast returns ... Oh, we don't need to know, son[3], and no one cares ... as you'll soon find out[3], and who are YOU(!)? COME ON!!![3], and this ... is the escape you're going to be stuck with, I'm afraid / However, I have to say it's better than "work"[3], and nobody wants any answers from you, Liu / It's only a game ...[3], and ... / Are YOU(!) ... brave enough to head beyond the THREE?[3], and your new colleagues are in the pub getting drunk with different fish, man! / shame about JPMorgan[3], and this ... is magic time, forever[3], and

Xiaoyu Liu has joined Aviva Investors

Yeah. And I have no idea why. Xiaoyu has left a perfectly good job at JPMorgan Asset Management to do ... whatever they do at Aviva Investors. 'Xiaoyu is going to get involved in some emerging markets stuff, boss.' Emerging markets?! Well, that rings alarm bells already. Why would Aviva Investors be interested in emerging markets? 'Maybe they think it gives the impression they're taking an interest in what's going on in the world.' Eh? 'I mean, if they're in the pub all day, they can leave Xiaoyu in the office, doing what he does, and -' Oh, we don't know it's a man, do we? Xiaoyu probably is a man, but I'm no good with these Chinese names. 'What else could he be, Mikey?' Well, one of those other ones ...

It doesn't bear thinking about. /  Asia Equity Income fund, Emerging Markets Equity Income fund, Emerging Market Small Cap fund ... NO! They must think we were born yesterday.

Now, if Xiaoyu were working at Schroders ... it would be a different matter. That's something we could believe in. 'If we dig a bit deeper, boss, we'll probably find that Schroders is managing all the funds anyway.' Yeah, same old story. I can't be bothered with it though. / I'm not even having a go at Aviva Investors, really, dear reader(s). I just wish they would be a bit more honest, you know? I mean, Euan Munro should just say to everyone, clients, reporters: We ain't managing no fucking funds, man, or doing any fucking work at all. We've got more money than we need, and we're happy in the pub. Deal with it! Not only would people respect that, but other financial firms would follow their example. 'Yeah. Then we could create a more beautiful world.' Of course we could, Voice! It's the next logical step.

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Never mind. / I suppose I'll be taking Xiaoyu Liu for a spin after lunch. I've got nothing else to do.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

[No. 263] You say you want a revolution ...

You can count me in, or out.

And guess what ...[1], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[1], and guess what ...[2], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![1], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[2], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![1], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![2], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[1], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![2], and the 1 per cent have enough[1], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[2], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[1], and the 1 per cent have enough[2], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[1], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[2], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[1], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[2], and we're going back ...[1], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[2], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[1], and we're going back ...[2], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[1], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[2], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[1], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[2], and ... astral years, for all of us[1], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[2], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[1], and ... astral years, for all of us[2], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![1], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[2], and as soon as you're born ...[1], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![2], and guess what ...[3], and as soon as you're born ...[2], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[3], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![3], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![3], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[3], and the 1 per cent have enough[3], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[3], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[3], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[3], and we're going back ...[3], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[3], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[3], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[3], and ... astral years, for all of us[3], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[3], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![3], and as soon as you're born ...[3], and

And guess what ...[1], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[1], and guess what ...[2], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![1], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[2], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![1], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![2], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[1], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![2], and the 1 per cent have enough[1], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[2], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[1], and the 1 per cent have enough[2], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[1], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[2], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[1], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[2], and we're going back ...[1], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[2], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[1], and we're going back ...[2], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[1], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[2], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[1], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[2], and ... astral years, for all of us[1], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[2], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[1], and ... astral years, for all of us[2], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![1], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[2], and as soon as you're born ...[1], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![2], and guess what ...[3], and as soon as you're born ...[2], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[3], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![3], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![3], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[3], and the 1 per cent have enough[3], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[3], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[3], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[3], and we're going back ...[3], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[3], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[3], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[3], and ... astral years, for all of us[3], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[3], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![3], and as soon as you're born ...[3], and

And guess what ...[1], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[1], and guess what ...[2], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![1], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[2], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![1], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![2], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[1], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![2], and the 1 per cent have enough[1], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[2], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[1], and the 1 per cent have enough[2], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[1], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[2], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[1], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[2], and we're going back ...[1], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[2], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[1], and we're going back ...[2], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[1], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[2], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[1], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[2], and ... astral years, for all of us[1], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[2], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[1], and ... astral years, for all of us[2], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![1], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[2], and as soon as you're born ...[1], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![2], and guess what ...[3], and as soon as you're born ...[2], and we're still getting a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / 'We love it, man!'[3], and ... / We are genuine revolvers![3], and ... / EVERYTHING(!!!) ... you've been told by the slave masters is ... NONSENSE!!![3], and if you want MONEY for people with minds that HATE ... I feel sorry for you[3], and the 1 per cent have enough[3], and some of YOU(!) may wonder ... 'Oh, oh, do they need to get all a-ROUND and DIZZY?'[3], and I'm ... so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... a-ROUND and DIZZY[3], and I want YOU(!) to dig it all and not to wonder why / 'What? Like Van Morrison, Mikey?' Yeah, man, just like Van the MAN[3], and we're going back ...[3], and you better FREE your mind ... / So, get more than THREE, you dig?[3], and ... wah, wah? 'Oh yeah! Some Jimi!'[3], and some sunshine of my love, for you, with a riff that never gets old? 'Yes please!'[3], and ... astral years, for all of us[3], and John Lennon got lucky, and John Lennon won the pools ...[3], and sometimes the masters allow someone to entertain the slaves ... 'So let me entertain you!' NO![3], and as soon as you're born ...[3], and

Why Daniel Ben-Ami can't understand Russell Brand

There is something profoundly disturbing about Fundweb's Daniel Ben-Ami's reaction to Russell Brand's rants. 'It's so predictable for one thing, Mikey.' Yes, Voice. / Brand is talking gibberish for a reason: to annoy people like Daniel Ben-Ami and the people they represent, the 1 per cent. 'Oh, those 1 per cent bastards! I hate them, boss.' We all do, son. / Now, I presume our Danny is from a nice upper middle-class family. 'Of course he is!' Well, it means he can't understand Brand, and he can't understand the struggle to find money for food and rent ... he can't understand much in the lives of ordinary people. 'He should get out more!' Yeah. See how the other 99 per cent live.

Gibberish? Let me tell you, dear reader(s), Russell Brand doesn't need to make sense. 'Which is just as well.' He just needs to keep going. The more that witless conservatives and ultra-capitalists attack him, the more famous he becomes. Then the sort of people who admire Brand - those who wouldn't normally take an interest in politics - start to think a bit about the world they're living in. Maybe they ask themselves why they're taking shit from Old Etonian aristocrats in government while the rich keep getting richer. Maybe they decide to vote in a different way, or register to vote for the first time, or not vote at all and take some other kind of action. Personally, I'm all for becoming one with God and getting off the planet.

Russell Brand is a professional troublemaker and a brilliant comedian. I hope he has many fruitful years ahead of him. 'So do I, Mikey!' That makes two of us, man.

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Lunch? Egg sandwich. After lunch? Another conceptual, No. 263. You say you want a revolution. I'm going to give it to you.

Music? I haven't put anything on yet. / Saturday, I was listening to Cream for most of the day, then I found out that Jack Bruce had died. 'Spooky!' Yeah.

Guitar? Well, I'm still rockin' in the free world, if that's what you want to know. / I reckon I'll try recording my songs again at the weekend. It's getting better, man. 'What is?' My playing, Voice.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Zafiro Capital Commodities Trading fund?

What? 'What?' What's this Zafiro Capital Commodities Trading fund? Oh, let me tell you, dear reader(s). It's a new fund that is going to be launched next month by Stephen Smethurst. 'Who the hell is Stephen Smethurst, Mikey?!' Stephen Smethurst, Voice, is an oil trader. He used to work at Black River Asset Management. 'Really? I've never heard of him.' Well, he's a serious guy, man. 'Yeah?' Big time. I've just been looking at his LinkedIn profile. He doesn't mess around. Most people at the end of their profile say that they want to make new friends, or get in touch with old friends. Nice, human stuff like that. However, our Stephen just says he can be contacted for "business deals". Nothing else! 'Business deals? Is that all?!' Yeah. 'A bit cold, isn't it, boss?' Well, he wants to get ahead in life, Voice. There's money to be made. Making new friends or getting in touch with old friends is for losers.

You want more? Okay ... Stephen has been telling anyone who will listen that profits can still be made with oil. And he wants a $1 million minimum investment from clients. 'Ha! If wishes were horses ...' People who invest over $20 million will get a discount on fees and a free pen. 'A free pen?!' I made that last bit up. / Zafiro Capital is based in Geneva, by the way.

Obviously, it goes without saying that I wish Stephen all the best. It's not every day we get a new hedge fund, is it? 'Yes it is.' You can't have too many hedge funds, man. 'You were telling us last week that we couldn't have too many drunken boats.' That's true as well. / You've got a bad attitude, Voice. Are you sure you're cut out for this business?

Oh, he's gone. He's very moody these days, dear reader(s), don't you think?

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Er ... yeah. So ... yeah. I feel moody, myself, a bit. It's catching!

Other news? There is no "other" news, man. Wake up! How many times do you need to be told? / Jesus! This life. I've been thinking about how corrupt the world is. And I've been thinking that "political" people really are stupid. Conservatives are utterly corrupt and selfish. Nothing they believe or say or do is remotely for the good of humanity. But socialists are just as bad - in the sense that they think they can change human nature. Human nature is rotten. Only God offers any hope.

Christ! / If I were God though, I'd be smart. I'd be concentrating on other planets. Cut loose of this shithole, you know? / There are billions of galaxies with billions of stars and planets in them. There's got to be some decent, civilized life out there somewhere. Imagine! Aliens with no politics! (Why would they want to split themselves up into different groups, all believing a different kind of nonsense?) And aliens with no religion! (They don't need religion, if they've got God.) / Salvation? We need to be released! All of us!

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Well, I'm going to play my guitar for the rest of the day. Music is my only salvation. Laters.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Carl Icahn says the Taj Mahal will close this year

Pretty depressing ... / And Carl's absolutely gutted about it because the Taj Mahal is his favourite Indian restaurant. Carl told a reporter: "I'm distraught. I visit the Taj Mahal at least three times a week. I was even thinking about buying the place. Have you tried their chicken madras? Well, you should try it, man. It's out of this world! Mr Patel is a nice guy, but I think he's taken his eye off the ball. The restaurant is losing money. And they owe me money, by the way. I lent Mr Patel a few thousand dollars back in March. I'll never see that again. So, it's sad. Even Gordon Ramsay wouldn't be able to save the place. I'm afraid it will close before Christmas."

Well, yeah ... I know how Carl feels. When my nearest chip shop closed down last year I was really upset. They used to do these massive chips which were actually cut from the potato in the shop, you know? They didn't get them out of a bag in the freezer. Unfortunately, you never knew when the shop would be open. They didn't keep regular hours. It was like a hobby to them. They had a big relaunch at one point. However, no one turned up. And then they went out of business about a month later. / Still, there are other good chip shops in my area. It's not the greatest tragedy of all times or anything.

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Other news? Oh, man, did you see David Cameron the other day, shouting and screaming on the TV, and banging his fists, his face bright red? Sure, he has a point about the £1.7 billion that the Eurofreaks are asking for, but I was like ... No, please, Dave, be quiet. People all around the world are watching you, for Christ's sake! / Do you know what I mean, dear reader(s)? It was so fucking embarrassing! Statesman?! Jesus! There's a three-legged cat in my street that would make a better statesman. 'Statescat, boss!' Yeah, whatever.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Daniel Barach is launching a new hedge fund!

This guy never gives up! Danny had an old hedge fund, MLT Capital, which went out of business in 2008. It was very upsetting and Danny actually joined a cult for five years. 'A cult?!' Yeah. For spiritual reflection, Voice, or to lose himself, I don't know. 'Christ!' Yeah, maybe. I don't know. Or one of the space people, aliens. 'Eh?' / But now he's back! 'Great! / In black?' What? 'Is he back in black, Mikey?' Well, I'm looking at his LinkedIn profile. I think he's wearing a black suit. A white shirt though. 'Oh. / Was he really in a cult?' No. I was only joking, man. 'You're a funny guy, boss.' I know.

Anyway, Danny's new fund is called Turnaround Stocks. He's hoping he'll be able to help folks in Cincinnati with it. 'Why?' Because he's from Cincinnati. 'Yeah, but why does he want to help people?' I don't know. He's just that sort of guy, I suppose. A humanitarian, like me.

Oh, by the way, dear reader(s), the minimum investment is $500,000. So, no bums please. 'He wants to help rich people, then?' What's your problem, Voice?! 'I ain't got no problem. I'm just trying to understand what Mr Barach is doing.' He's launching a new hedge fund! And it's none of your business, you little idiot!

My apologies, Danny, if you're reading this. I'm sure you know how difficult it is to find good staff these days.

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Well, the end of another week, eh? Yeah, it's the end of another week. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...

[No. 262] Tony Lanning, drunken boat extraordinaire!

We've got to admire our Tony, jumping into No. 262 like this - as an actual drunken boat! Very risky behaviour!

And here he is![1], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![1], and here he is![2], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[1], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![2], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![1], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[2], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[1], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![2], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![1], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[2], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![1], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![2], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[1], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![2], and panthers in the skins of men?![1], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[2], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[1], and panthers in the skins of men?![2], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[1], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[2], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[1], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[2], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![1], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[2], and I feel like ... crying a bit[1], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![2], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[1], and I feel like ... crying a bit[2], and here he is![3], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[2], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![3], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[3], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![3], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[3], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![3], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![3], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[3], and panthers in the skins of men?![3], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[3], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[3], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[3], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![3], and I feel like ... crying a bit[3], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[3], and

And here he is![1], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![1], and here he is![2], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[1], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![2], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![1], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[2], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[1], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![2], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![1], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[2], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![1], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![2], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[1], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![2], and panthers in the skins of men?![1], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[2], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[1], and panthers in the skins of men?![2], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[1], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[2], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[1], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[2], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![1], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[2], and I feel like ... crying a bit[1], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![2], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[1], and I feel like ... crying a bit[2], and here he is![3], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[2], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![3], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[3], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![3], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[3], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![3], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![3], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[3], and panthers in the skins of men?![3], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[3], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[3], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[3], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![3], and I feel like ... crying a bit[3], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[3], and

And here he is![1], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![1], and here he is![2], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[1], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![2], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![1], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[2], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[1], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![2], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![1], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[2], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![1], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![2], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[1], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![2], and panthers in the skins of men?![1], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[2], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[1], and panthers in the skins of men?![2], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[1], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[2], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[1], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[2], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![1], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[2], and I feel like ... crying a bit[1], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![2], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[1], and I feel like ... crying a bit[2], and here he is![3], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[2], and lighter than cork, he revolves upon waves that roll the dead forever in the deep? Er ... YES! That's our Tony![3], and like, er, a duck to water, certainly[3], and a-ROUND the waves here through the wild splash and surging of the tides, we are here ... too![3], and Rimbaud would be spinning if he were with us, not in his grave[3], and washed in vomit and stained with blue wine, our Tony? Not on a working day, surely?![3], and we have seen what others have only dreamed they saw![3], and Tony never thought the bright feet of Mary could muzzle up the heavy-breathing waves! 'Fair enough, boss'[3], and panthers in the skins of men?![3], and Tony likes to bathe in black perfume, just like the giant serpents! 'Whatever floats his boat!'[3], and silver suns, waves of pearl, fiery skies ...[3], and a-ROUND, again, and again, a-ROUND, so exhausting ... / at least Rimbaud's had an ending ...[3], and ... / ... oh, a-ROUND![3], and I feel like ... crying a bit[3], and it's true, Tony has cried too much ... maybe he'll sink in the sea 'And give us all a rest, eh?'[3], and

Tony Lanning loves risk!

Is anyone surprised? / Well, the cruel rocks gored Tony Lanning, like the horns of an angry bull ... Do you remember that, dear reader(s)? Oh, it were years ago. Henderson and the wreck of the Gartmore. Terrible times! But Tony has moved on. Yes, recovered, and moved on. He's at J.P. Morgan Asset Management now, working as some sort of fusion multi-manager or something. Well, it's his life.

Anyway, Tony has developed a taste for risk. 'Of course he has, Mikey! I mean, wouldn't you, out there, on the cruel sea?' Cruel rocks, Voice. 'The sea was cruel as well, wasn't it? What with that bloody hurricane and all. I quote - Then up and spake an old sailor, had sailed the Spanish Main, "I pray thee, put into yonder port, for I fear a hurricane." Remember?' Yes, I remember, Voice. We all remember. It was a dreadful episode. Tony was lucky to survive it.

But let’' concentrate on Tony's new love of risk. He says he's not worried about volatility in the markets. He sees the markets as a cruel sea we shouldn't fear. 'Well, that's only natural, boss.' Yes. And he ain't worried about no rocks, you know. Not this time. 'Is he a drunken boat?' I wouldn't say that, Voice. He is fearless though.

Actually, Voice, you've given me an idea. 'What?' After lunch I can take Tony for a spin in a drunken boat. No, I mean, he will be the drunken boat, himself, yeah? 'Like Rimbaud.' Well, Rimbaud and Fowke together. Kindred spirits! A drunken boat ... in a conceptual post! 'That's a brilliant idea, Mikey!' Thanks, man. 'It's my idea.' Half of it is. You can't take all the credit.

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Give me a minute ...

I've just been looking through my archive, reader(s). I've mentioned The Drunken Boat before in a conceptual, and even rewrote it (sort of) in a conventional post. It doesn't matter. You can't have too many drunken boats, can you?

So, that's the afternoon sorted. What a life, eh?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

[No. 261] I don't know if you are loving some body ...

I only know it isn't mine.

And it's none of my business, I suppose ...[1], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![1], and it's none of my business, I suppose ...[2], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![1], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![2], and nothing material[1], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![2], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[1], and nothing material[2], and the drums, the drums![1], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[2], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[1], and the drums, the drums![2], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[1], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[2], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[1], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[2], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[1], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[2], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[1], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[2], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[1], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[2], and our bodies don't matter, man![1], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[2], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[1], and our bodies don't matter, man![2], and we can be more than THREE[1], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[2], and ... we will get happy![1], and we can be more than THREE[2], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[1], and ... we will get happy![2], and it's none of my business, I suppose ...[3], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[2], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![3], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![3], and nothing material[3], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[3], and the drums, the drums![3], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[3], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[3], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[3], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[3], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[3], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[3], and our bodies don't matter, man![3], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[3], and we can be more than THREE[3], and ... we will get happy![3], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[3], and

And it's none of my business, I suppose ...[1], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![1], and it's none of my business, I suppose ...[2], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![1], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![2], and nothing material[1], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![2], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[1], and nothing material[2], and the drums, the drums![1], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[2], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[1], and the drums, the drums![2], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[1], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[2], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[1], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[2], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[1], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[2], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[1], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[2], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[1], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[2], and our bodies don't matter, man![1], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[2], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[1], and our bodies don't matter, man![2], and we can be more than THREE[1], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[2], and ... we will get happy![1], and we can be more than THREE[2], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[1], and ... we will get happy![2], and it's none of my business, I suppose ...[3], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[2], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![3], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![3], and nothing material[3], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[3], and the drums, the drums![3], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[3], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[3], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[3], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[3], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[3], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[3], and our bodies don't matter, man![3], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[3], and we can be more than THREE[3], and ... we will get happy![3], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[3], and

And it's none of my business, I suppose ...[1], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![1], and it's none of my business, I suppose ...[2], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![1], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![2], and nothing material[1], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![2], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[1], and nothing material[2], and the drums, the drums![1], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[2], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[1], and the drums, the drums![2], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[1], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[2], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[1], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[2], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[1], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[2], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[1], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[2], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[1], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[2], and our bodies don't matter, man![1], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[2], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[1], and our bodies don't matter, man![2], and we can be more than THREE[1], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[2], and ... we will get happy![1], and we can be more than THREE[2], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[1], and ... we will get happy![2], and it's none of my business, I suppose ...[3], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[2], and maybe Coltrane, a supreme love, would be better ... something spiritual![3], and ... / let's not be all ... all depressed, eh? / we only need to get a-ROUND here to get our kicks / and we can get happy![3], and nothing material[3], and there's no need to mention money / this isn't costing you a penny, my friend(s)[3], and the drums, the drums![3], and fingers ... all a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, making a crazy sound[3], and whatever enters my head is fine by me / and I save the best bits for here[3], and finance is work and work is pain and it goes on for no reason that anyone knows[3], and whatever I say makes sense when we're DIZZY / and words are a disease[3], and there's never any excuse ... for being lonely, no! / not a-ROUND here ...[3], and we're all friends ... here, yes! / and a-ROUND we go, no bodies, nothing holding us back[3], and our bodies don't matter, man![3], and it's our minds that get us a-ROUND / and it's a release, really, a sort of freedom[3], and we can be more than THREE[3], and ... we will get happy![3], and I used to be disgusted  / and now I try to be amused[3], and

Dick Hodges will be working for Nomura Asset Management soon

Yeah, yeah ... er, next month. 'Great!' Yeah. I have no idea who he is though, and I'm not in the mood for finance this morning, so I'm just going to go through the motions, if you don't mind, dear reader(s). 'Have you looked at his LinkedIn profile, boss?' Yes. 'And you're not excited?!' No. 'There's a nice picture of him in his house.' Ha! The house is falling down, Voice. It's all lopsided. Subsidence, or whatever. 'Well, maybe Nomura will pay him enough to get it fixed.' It should be condemned! Not even my house is that bad, for Christ's sake! Did he think anyone would be impressed?

Well, well ... er, this Dick Hodges used to work at Legal & General Investment Management. He's some sort of bond star, or so they say. 'And you're still not excited?!' No. I couldn't care less. I never saw Dick Hodges in the desert in the old days. I never saw him in astral flames. So, bond star? It means nothing to me, I'm afraid. 'You're in a funny mood, Mikey.' I know.

Oh God. / It goes without saying that I wish Mr Hodges all the best in his new role at his new firm. 'Really?' Yes.

(Yes, I wish him all the best. Oh, I have to say that, dear reader(s). You're a regular. You know how I am. But some casual internet surfer might think I'm a bastard for having no enthusiasm for this stranger's career.)

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Anything else? Well ... I'm listening to Elvis Costello's King of America. The songs seem to be high quality, but there aren't any classics that stand out, like Alison. / I suppose Costello is lucky to have a handful of classics. Most artists don't, these days. And that's why I spent a couple of years writing just three songs for my demo. They're written now, but not recorded (except for one of them.) And that's why I'm spending so long improving my guitar playing. You need classics, man. / When I tried to make it when I was younger, my shit wasn't good enough. And if your shit's not good enough, you have to take shit from shits, you dig? I'm too old for all that ...

Lunch? Yes, I'm having lunch.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Inequality has always been dangerous for the poor

Not the obsession with inequality, but inequality itself. / It must be dangerous for the rich now though, otherwise we wouldn't get posts like this over at City A.M. Who is this Ryan Bourne writing for? The rich, obviously. Well, I'm sure they'll find his article a great comfort when the mobs with the pitchforks and torches turn up at their front doors. The poor don't need to be told how dangerous inequality is. If you're poor, you live in an area where you have to run the gauntlet of muggers every day. And you eat shit food which shortens your life. You have no money for emergencies, unexpected bills. And you know the rest, dear reader(s). (If you don't, use your imagination.) However, it's the obsession with inequality that upsets Ryan. Yes, he wants everyone to stop talking about it. 'Ha!' If we stop talking about it the mobs will stay on their inner city housing estates, only harming each other. But if we keep talking about it ... 'Oh no, they're coming!' ... the mobs might get ideas, man! They might start leaving their estates/ghettoes and start wandering over to nice areas like Kensington, Chelsea, Mayfair ... 'Hey blud, fancy a day trip?' All right, Voice, that's enough. You're not a thug 4 life. / Where was I? 'The mobs, wandering.' Oh yeah. That's when inequality will become seriously dangerous. Not the obsession with inequality, but the actual thing. That's why Ryan wants everyone to shut up about it. 'So he writes about it!' Well, maybe he thinks he's having the last word - who knows?

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Music? Oh, I'm listening to The Very Best of Cream. A lot of the songs are a bit lame, so it's not total cream. 'Ha!' But there's some great stuff on it, like Sunshine of Your Love. (Robert De Niro standing at the bar with a cigarette, murder on his mind.) Badge. (Kevin Costner throwing darts at a picture of himself.) And then there is Clapton's guitar playing, of course.

Guitar? My guitar? Well, I find I can play lead pretty smoothly now after only warming up for thirty minutes or so. Just five or six weeks ago, I had to play for at least three hours to get that smoothness. / There won't be any lead on my demo though. All rhythm! I've still got to get my songs right, man.

Lunch? My lunch? I don't know. What are you having, reader(s)? A Pot Noodle?

Laters.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Carson Block is thinking about starting a hedge fund

'Again?!' Yeah, seriously. He seems a bit confused though. 'Ha! Boss, Carson Block is totally confused. He's always talking about starting a hedge fund, but he'll never do it.' No, Voice. He will do it. And soon. He's serious this time. However, that's not the confusion in his mind, his soul. 'Oh. What's the confusion, then?' Well, I tried speaking to him about his plans. I phoned him yesterday. But I couldn't get any sense out of him. 'I told you! He'll never do it!' He will, man. Carson will start a hedge fund. It's just ... 'What?!' Okay, okay. Voice, reader(s), you'll have to judge for yourselves ...

From our phone conversation yesterday: 'Mikey, I've never felt this good, son! (Great! I guess you're excited about the hedge fund, yeah?) Hedge fund? No, forget that. I'm the hoochie coochie man. (Eh?) The gypsy woman told my mother ... before I was born ... you got a boy child's comin' ... gonna be a son of a gun ... he's gonna make pretty womens ... jump and - (Carson, mate, what are you going on about?) I'm the hoochie coochie man. (Well, er ... what's that got to do with starting a hedge fund?) Nothing. Listen, Mikey, you're the one who's always saying finance is for squares. I got the blues, man! (Yeah, but -) I got a black bone. (Yeah?) I got a mojo, too. (Oh.) I got the John the Conqueror root. I'm gonna mess with you. (No, please.) Come on, Mikey! Play the game. (No. Christ! Can't you tell me anything about the fund? My readers will want to know. They're serious people, Carson.) But you know I'm him. (Who?!) Everybody knows I'm him! I been all round the world. I was born for good luck. Well, you know ... I'm the hoochie coochie man. Everybody knows!'

I put the phone down after that. Unbelievable! / So, dear reader(s), I'm afraid there's nothing I can tell you about Carson's future hedge fund. 'Ha!' I know it seems unlikely at the moment, but I'm sure he'll get his shit together. Once he's got the blues out of his system ...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Where did Man Group get all this lovely AUM from?!

Just a short post to finish up the week because I'm knackered again, man. And I don't feel well. / Yeah, Man Group. It has more AUM now than it knows what to do with. 'How much AUM, boss?' $72.3 billion. Up 25 per cent or something. 'Yeah, they're buying stuff though, aren't they? Like Numeric and Pine Grove. It's not the same as good old-fashioned honest work.' Maybe not, Voice. Who are we to judge? / 'What about the new financial crisis?' What crisis?! 'Don't you read the news, man?' Not any more, man. I've given it up. The rune stones are enough for me. 'Whatever.' Don't knock it!

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Oh! Oh! 'What?' I've got Channel Four News on! (Well, what's this crisis, then?) Stephanie Flanders is hiding her necklace. Ha! Tucked it into her dress. That's my influence, that is. 'How?' I had a go at these posh birds with their big trendy necklaces, don't you remember? Specifically, Steph. 'Oh yeah. You're such a card, boss.' I aim to please.

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I've got a really bad cold. I hope it's nothing more serious. I gotta go, reader(s). Bye!

[No. 260] Some people will believe anything

Personally, I like to believe nothing. It's safer.

And this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[1], and ... I'm doing it my way[1], and this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[2], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[1], and ... I'm doing it my way[2], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![1], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[2], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![1], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![2], and brains are for slaves[1], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![2], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[1], and brains are for slaves[2], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![1], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[2], and slaves are for Satan[1], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![2], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[1], and slaves are for Satan[2], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[1], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[2], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[1], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[2], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![1], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[2], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[1], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![2], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[1], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[2], and this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[3], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[2], and ... I'm doing it my way[3], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[3], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![3], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![3], and brains are for slaves[3], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[3], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![3], and slaves are for Satan[3], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[3], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[3], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[3], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![3], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[3], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[3], and

And this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[1], and ... I'm doing it my way[1], and this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[2], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[1], and ... I'm doing it my way[2], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![1], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[2], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![1], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![2], and brains are for slaves[1], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![2], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[1], and brains are for slaves[2], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![1], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[2], and slaves are for Satan[1], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![2], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[1], and slaves are for Satan[2], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[1], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[2], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[1], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[2], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![1], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[2], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[1], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![2], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[1], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[2], and this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[3], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[2], and ... I'm doing it my way[3], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[3], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![3], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![3], and brains are for slaves[3], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[3], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![3], and slaves are for Satan[3], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[3], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[3], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[3], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![3], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[3], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[3], and

And this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[1], and ... I'm doing it my way[1], and this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[2], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[1], and ... I'm doing it my way[2], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![1], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[2], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![1], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![2], and brains are for slaves[1], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![2], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[1], and brains are for slaves[2], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![1], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[2], and slaves are for Satan[1], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![2], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[1], and slaves are for Satan[2], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[1], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[2], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[1], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[2], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![1], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[2], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[1], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![2], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[1], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[2], and this is the place for YOU(!) ... if you believe NOTHING you're told, and NOTHING you read[3], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[2], and ... I'm doing it my way[3], and what do you need to know, when you're a-ROUND here all DIZZY out of your head?[3], and ... / Oh, let me tell you, it's a no-brainer![3], and ... / NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING![3], and brains are for slaves[3], and you ... never think what YOU(!) want to think, man / Erich Fromm knew that[3], and we don't want no thoughts / we piss on thoughts / just give us pure emotion, O Lord![3], and slaves are for Satan[3], and what do you believe? / Come on, it's BULLSHIT, mainly, be honest[3], and my only consolation is the size of the universe / oh, and chips[3], and I know you're real worried but ... the economy don't matter, son (daughter) ... so take a day off, yeah?[3], and ... / JUST TAKE A DAY OFF!!![3], and don't you find, the more you get a-ROUND the more you want to get a-ROUND, eh?[3], and if I weren't here, I'd only be in the pub ... down by the river, ah! / Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ...[3], and

The economy is not recovering and unemployment is not going down

That's the bad news. The good news is that government ministers have decided to take a pay cut. To show voters that We're all in it together ministers will now get paid a mere £2 an hour. 'What?!' Oh yes. Of course, it won't harm them at all because they're all millionaires. 'That's a shame.' However, I still think it's a nice gesture. They're showing us that they're not lower than vermin, and they're not nasty. (Theresa May and Nye Bevan were wrong!) They're just misunderstood, that's all.

Right, er ... / 'You live in a dream world, you do, boss.' It's better than the real thing, Voice. / Also, in my dream world, the bad news ... the economy is not recovering and unemployment is not going down. 'Total bollocks!' Listen! Unemployment is somewhere around 10 or 12 per cent, I reckon. Maybe 15 per cent. And the economy is totally screwed unless ... you live on a billion dollar yacht. If you're floating around the world's oceans on a billion dollar yacht, the economy is booming - for you. 'What are you talking about, Mikey?! You're not making any sense.' Voice, this is my fantasy, all right? Just leave me alone. If you want the truth, go to one of the square financial websites. They'll tell you that unemployment is only 6 per cent.

Jesus H. Christ! / Do you know who I feel sorry for, dear reader(s)? I'll tell you, man (woman): It's not the downtrodden, the disabled, the sick, the unemployed, the low paid, the workfare slaves. No! It's the bankers and hedgies who are making investment decisions based on information they get from the government and the media. And that probably means ... YOU! / If you believe all the shit that's being pumped out, you've got some serious problems, boy (girl). Serious fucking problems! You're going to end up sleeping under the arches with the rest of us if you're not careful.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

[No. 259] If I had $20 million in assets under management ...

You've got to have a dream, man.

And, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[1], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[1], and, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[2], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![1], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[2], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[1], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![2], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[1], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[2], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[1], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[2], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[1], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[2], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[1], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[2], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![1], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[2], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[1], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![2], and all investors are asking for it![1], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![1], and all investors are asking for it![2], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![2], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[1], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[2], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[1], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[2], and, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[3], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[2], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[3], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![3], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[3], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[3], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[3], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[3], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[3], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![3], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[3], and all investors are asking for it![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![3], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[3], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[3], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[3], and

And, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[1], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[1], and, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[2], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![1], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[2], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[1], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![2], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[1], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[2], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[1], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[2], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[1], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[2], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[1], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[2], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![1], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[2], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[1], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![2], and all investors are asking for it![1], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![1], and all investors are asking for it![2], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![2], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[1], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[2], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[1], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[2], and, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[3], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[2], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[3], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![3], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[3], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[3], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[3], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[3], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[3], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![3], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[3], and all investors are asking for it![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![3], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[3], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[3], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[3], and

And, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[1], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[1], and, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[2], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![1], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[2], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[1], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![2], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[1], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[2], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[1], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[2], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[1], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[2], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[1], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[2], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![1], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[2], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[1], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![2], and all investors are asking for it![1], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![1], and all investors are asking for it![2], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![2], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[1], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[2], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[1], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[2], and, well ... (give me a moment - or two), yeah ...[3], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[2], and, er ... / a-ROUND again, Christ ...[3], and when my ship comes in ... you won't see me for dust![3], and oh! ... / another day, another spin a-ROUND, another dream ... I'd be in Malibu with my twenty million[3], and I suffer for my dreams, you know ...[3], and ... yes, my twenty million / possession is nine-tenths of the law, ain't it?[3], and how many Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibson Les Pauls could I buy? / 'Quite a few, boss'[3], and I tell YOU(!) ... as you want to know ... luxury egg sandwiches would be a regular thing[3], and until my ship comes in ... / Oh, let's get so ooo ... ooo ... ooo ... DIZZY ... YEAH?!!![3], and ... yes, my twenty million! / Dollars or pounds? / I really don't give a shit, son[3], and all investors are asking for it![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Where's that fucking ship?![3], and I can understand the temptations, and I don't judge anyone ... I'm not God! / (yet)[3], and the best thing is to not get involved with money[3], and I don't even manage money, man! / I'm a mystic kook, me[3], and