Thursday, 19 October 2017

Are you responsible?

Oh, you better be, dear reader(s)! I mean, I think you are, actually. 'Responsible?! Responsible for what, boss?! You've gone too far this time. Your readers aren't responsible for anything. Don't blame others. Look at yourself!' Eh?! What are you talking about, you little idiot?! 'Well, what are you talking about?' Voice, it's just a PR email, son ... about responsible investing. 'Oh, all right.' Yes. It is all right.

Munich/London, 18 October 2017 - Responsible capital markets clearly have a positive influence, oekom research has concluded in its latest Impact Study (2017). According to a survey of nearly 500 companies, the impact that responsible investors, banks and ratings agencies have on companies' sustainability efforts has increased considerably since the last survey was conducted in 2013.

You see, Voice? 'Okay. I just thought you were blaming your lovely long-suffering readers for something.' Don't be silly. Why would I do that?

Sustainability ratings agencies are the main driver of change.

Sustainability ratings agencies play a decisive role in this, whereas the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are currently less significant for most companies. The global study was conducted in partnership with the PRI (Principles of Responsible Investment).

Companies generally agree on the importance of sustainability. More than 90% of firms asked described it as being of 'great' or 'very great' importance.

The strongest driver of increased awareness of, and commitment to, sustainability among companies are the demands and analyses of sustainability ratings agencies. A total of 61.3% of companies state that they have been motivated to look into sustainability issues by such agencies (the same percentage as four years ago) making this the most important factor for the first time. Customer requirements and expectations moved into second place, having previously been the top driver, at 60.3%.


You see? You gotta be sustainable. Easier said than done, of course. About two thirds of insects have died off in the last couple of years. 'Eh?' Something like that. I read it on the Guardian website last night. 'Oh.' Yeah. / Okay. Let's hear from Bobby Hassler -

According to Robert Hassler, CEO of oekom research: "The impact of responsible investment has increased in the last few years. We are particularly proud of the fact that ratings agencies, compared to our first Impact Study in 2013, are considered even more relevant and have become an important driver for corporate sustainability activities. Sustainability ratings have a huge leverage effect. However, this high significance is coupled with considerable responsibility, which must be reflected in the use of a strong quality management system by agencies."

Okay, okay. Nothing about the insects. 'People don't invest in insects, do they, boss?' No. But maybe they should, you dig? Because all life on earth is fucked without the insects. 'Big time.' Having said that, a few thousand wasps nearly chased me off a cliff in Cornwall a few years ago, so ... 'So what?!' Well, I wouldn't mind some payback, you know? 'Oh, leave them alone, man! You didn't get one sting.' That's true. They were quite friendly, for wasps. 'Tell your readers about the bees.' They know about the bees, Voice. I've written about this before. 'Remind them.' All right. After the incident with the thousands of wasps, I was walking along this road to Polperro when I came across twenty or so bees by a tree. Twenty! 'Ha! What did they do, Mikey?' Well, they tried it on with me, didn't they? Just buzzing around my head and that. But I was totally calm. I was like, Yeah, bring it on, you losers. I don't give a shit. Do you know what I mean?

Anyway, it's the end of the week now. Have a nice weekend, reader(s)! Laters.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

[No. 555] Do you believe in me?

Do you believe in financial shamanism?

And do you ... ?[1], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[1], and do you ... ?[2], and - 'Ha!'[1], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[2], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[1], and - 'Ha!'[2], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[1], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[2], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[1], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[2], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![1], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[2], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[1], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![2], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[1], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[2], and forget the others ...[1], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[2], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[1], and forget the others ...[2], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[1], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[1], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[2], and so very beautiful[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[2], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[1], and so very beautiful[2], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[1], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[2], and I've told you enough times, FFS![1], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[2], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[1], and I've told you enough times, FFS![2], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[1], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[2], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![1], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[2], and, yes, music, yes[1], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![2], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[1], and, yes, music, yes[2], and ... GET IT ON - !!![1], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[2], and do you ... ?[3], and ... GET IT ON - !!![2], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[3], and - 'Ha!'[3], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[3], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[3], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[3], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![3], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[3], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[3], and forget the others ...[3], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[3], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[3], and so very beautiful[3], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[3], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[3], and I've told you enough times, FFS![3], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[3], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[3], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![3], and, yes, music, yes[3], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[3], and ... GET IT ON - !!![3], and

And do you ... ?[1], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[1], and do you ... ?[2], and - 'Ha!'[1], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[2], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[1], and - 'Ha!'[2], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[1], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[2], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[1], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[2], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![1], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[2], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[1], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![2], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[1], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[2], and forget the others ...[1], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[2], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[1], and forget the others ...[2], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[1], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[1], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[2], and so very beautiful[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[2], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[1], and so very beautiful[2], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[1], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[2], and I've told you enough times, FFS![1], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[2], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[1], and I've told you enough times, FFS![2], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[1], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[2], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![1], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[2], and, yes, music, yes[1], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![2], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[1], and, yes, music, yes[2], and ... GET IT ON - !!![1], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[2], and do you ... ?[3], and ... GET IT ON - !!![2], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[3], and - 'Ha!'[3], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[3], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[3], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[3], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![3], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[3], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[3], and forget the others ...[3], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[3], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[3], and so very beautiful[3], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[3], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[3], and I've told you enough times, FFS![3], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[3], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[3], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![3], and, yes, music, yes[3], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[3], and ... GET IT ON - !!![3], and

And do you ... ?[1], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[1], and do you ... ?[2], and - 'Ha!'[1], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[2], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[1], and - 'Ha!'[2], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[1], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[2], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[1], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[2], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![1], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[2], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[1], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![2], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[1], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[2], and forget the others ...[1], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[2], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[1], and forget the others ...[2], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[1], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[1], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[2], and so very beautiful[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[2], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[1], and so very beautiful[2], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[1], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[2], and I've told you enough times, FFS![1], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[2], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[1], and I've told you enough times, FFS![2], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[1], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[2], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![1], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[2], and, yes, music, yes[1], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![2], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[1], and, yes, music, yes[2], and ... GET IT ON - !!![1], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[2], and do you ... ?[3], and ... GET IT ON - !!![2], and do YOU(!) ... like to get a-ROUND?[3], and - 'Ha!'[3], and, yes, that's the big question: Do you like to get a-ROUND? Because if you don't, you're kinda wasting your time, really, aren't you?[3], and don't waste your time, son/daughter[3], and you gotta believe in me, yes / and I'm your mystical master, yes / and I know it all, yes[3], and say it ... YES(!) - !!![3], and no one loves you the way I love you ...[3], and look into my eyes, as you spin so DIZZY(!) ... / ... and I will look into your soul(s)[3], and forget the others ...[3], and I don't want you spending time with those fucking squares in the cold world, you dig?[3], and we're all kooks here, ah, no need to be afraid[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and, yes, you're so beautiful out of your mind[3], and so very beautiful[3], and if anyone can't believe in this ... - !!! / and, uh, well, what can you say?[3], and there's nothing in the COLD WORLD for the likes of us / and you do know that, don't you?[3], and I've told you enough times, FFS![3], and changes are coming, man ... I mean, I got my music, you dig? / and maybe I'll stop spinning ...[3], and enjoy it ... while it lasts[3], and, er ... obviously, it will last forever, so dry your eyes, my friend(s), ha![3], and, yes, music, yes[3], and, actually ... it's only a matter of time before we're all rock and roll ...[3], and ... GET IT ON - !!![3], and

What do you believe at work?

We're talking faith here, dear reader(s). Personally, I reckon you should believe in me and my financial shamanism, but I know that some of you weird ones like to believe in God. 'Ha! It's their funeral, boss.' Exactly!

Consultancies Deloitte and EY have been shortlisted for a ComRes Belief At Work Award, nominated by their employees.

So, what's this then?

The new awards scheme celebrating excellence in employer relations relating to religion and belief gathers evidence based on the experiences of colleagues within the organization, to assess whether and how the organization has developed a workplace culture where people of all faiths and none can thrive.

You'll notice they don't mention financial shamanism, rock and roll shamanism, or any type of shamanism. 'Boss, give them a chance, for crying out loud!' All right, Voice, all right. I'll give them a chance.

"We have received some inspiring nominations from people feeling very supported in the workplace, and able to bring their whole selves to work," says Katie Harrison, Director of ComRes Faith Research Centre. "It is hugely encouraging to hear of the ways employers are listening well to their colleagues, and the hugely positive effect this has on motivation and confidence."

Well, there's nothing worse than bringing half of yourself to work. 'Ha!' What? 'I come to work here every day on your blog as a disembodied voice. That's all, man. Just a voice! How would they like them apples?' Shut up, you idiot!

"There is a common consensus that people's experience at work comes down to two things: the organizational culture modelled by leaders, and the direct rapport with a line manager," says Katie Harrison. "Where employers are sending helpful messages around the whole of the organization by making provision, naming expectations and modelling good listening, an overall culture becomes established. And when someone feels heard and understood by their line manager, they feel able to bring their whole self to work and their experience of the workplace is much richer."

Yeah, right. Still no mention of financial shamanism. I've had readers of this blog, followers of mine, complain that no one at work understands their need to get lost in one of my shamanistic conceptual posts. 'And the desert.' What? 'The old days, boss. It used to be bloody difficult for your followers to get time off for the desert, astral and physical.' Oh, of course. The physical desert was the hardest. 'Obviously.' Yeah. / Anyway, let's hear from Emma Codd. She probably has something she wants to say about financial shamanism ...

Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent, Deloitte UK, said: "I am delighted and very proud that Deloitte has been shortlisted for this award by ComRes. Having an inclusive environment where everyone is treated with respect and is recognized for the value they can bring is very important to us, and ensuring that people of all faiths and none are able to fully be themselves and can thrive both personally and professionally is a key part of creating that environment."

Unbelievable! 'Boss, what do you expect?' Er, some acknowledgement of the importance of financial shaman in the financial workplace! Yeah? 'Yeah, she's not going to come out and say something like that, is she?' Okay, okay.

Okay. Well, that's enough of that.

...

Anything else? Brexit? FFS! Listen, I don't discuss that shit, reader(s). However, I'll just say ... imagine the referendum result last year if the Leave side promised that we would leave the single market and the customs union and not get a trade deal with the EU! 'Or anyone else, boss.' Ha! Yeah, or anyone else, Voice. There are no trade deals on the horizon at all at the moment because every other country wants to see what our relationship with the EU will be. It's a joke, man!

Laters.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Crypto billionaire invests into Worldwide Asset eXchange!

Yes, it's Mike Novogratz again! 'There's no stopping this guy, boss!' No, probably not, Voice. / It's something to do with "gaming skins", whatever they are ...

LOS ANGELES - Mike Novogratz, the billionaire crypto investor and legendary hedge fund manager and his newly created fund, Galaxy Digital Assets, have invested into Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX), a new decentralized marketplace that will serve over 400 million people trading video game assets each year. This marks one of the first reported investments of Galaxy Digital Assets since Novogratz announced coming out of retirement to create the fund in an interview with Bloomberg in September. At $500 million it will be the largest crypto fund ever created.

Okay. Video games. 'Have you still got your PlayStation One?' Yeah. I haven't played it for ages though. I used to love that Civilization II game. 'I think things have moved on a bit since then.' Yeah, probably. But I still think it's hard to beat the old Space Invaders. / Anyway, what is this WAX thing? ...

Largely under the radar, WAX is a new Blockchain platform that disrupts the $50 billion industry of video game asset trading that serves over 400 million people worldwide each year. WAX is the creation of OPSKins.com, the largest marketplace in the world for trading these video game assets with millions of users and over 200,000 new user registrations each month. The company says it has recorded over 150 million transactions over the past 18 months.

So, Blockchain. Right. / Okay, let's hear from Malcolm CasSelle, the president of WAX - 'Hang on, boss!' What? 'What's wrong with his surname? Why has he got a big capital "S" in the middle of it, just like PlayStation?' I don't know, man. Christ! Leave him alone. It's his choice. / Okay. Come on, Malcolm -

"Having a legendary investor like Mike Novogratz along with all of our all-star team of investors, advisors, and video game industry legends see the potential in our vision for the WAX platform is an incredible testament to what we have planned," says Malcolm CasSelle, President of WAX and CIO of OPSkins.

"With OPSkins, we are the largest marketplace in the world in a $50 billion dollar a year industry. The WAX platform will allow millions of our users and the 400 plus million people each year in this industry to trade in-game virtual items across any country with only a few clicks and very low fees. We see the Blockchain as the future of our industry and we are essentially disrupting ourselves with the WAX platform. In fact, OPSkins will be the first user on the WAX platform."


Virtual items. People are trading stuff that doesn't exist. Well, I suppose it exists in their minds. A bit like my conceptual posts. A bit like Mikeycoin, actually. 'It's the way the world is going, boss. Soon, nothing will exist. Nothing solid, anyway. We will all be floating around in a goddamn fantasy.' Yeah, and when I suggested it fucking years ago with the astral desert, no one wanted to know, did they?! 'You were ahead of your time, Mikey.' Fuckin' A, I was!

Okay. Let's finish with this -

The WAX platform also has the potential to encourage widespread adoption of cryptocurrency. Today there are just 4 to 5 million active crypto currency consumers across the entire globe. Compared with the 400+ million people who buy and sell skins - a technology savvy group of global consumers who are already well versed in trading, storing and safeguarding virtual items - WAX has a legitimate potential to bring a consumer force to cryptocurrency trading that is 100 times greater than the active cryptocurrency user base.

Interesting. But no mention of Mikeycoin. 'Shame.' Never mind. I can wait ...

Monday, 16 October 2017

[No. 554] Total immersion!

Are YOU(!) in?

And, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![1], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![1], and, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![2], and here we are, yes[1], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[1], and here we are, yes[2], and nothing changes ... so?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[2], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[1], and nothing changes ... so?[2], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[1], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[2], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[1], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[2], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[1], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[2], and there's a prize![1], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[2], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[1], and there's a prize![2], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![1], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[2], and questions, questions[1], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![2], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[1], and questions, questions[2], and I'm so tired[1], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[2], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![1], and I'm so tired[2], and I just want PEACE - !!![1], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![2], and the question is: What do we need to know?[1], and I just want PEACE - !!![2], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[1], and the question is: What do we need to know?[2], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[1], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[2], and those ghosts were weird, man[1], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[2], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[1], and those ghosts were weird, man[2], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[1], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[2], and, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![3], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[2], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![3], and here we are, yes[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[3], and nothing changes ... so?[3], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[3], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[3], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[3], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[3], and there's a prize![3], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[3], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![3], and questions, questions[3], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[3], and I'm so tired[3], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![3], and I just want PEACE - !!![3], and the question is: What do we need to know?[3], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[3], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[3], and those ghosts were weird, man[3], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[3], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[3], and

And, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![1], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![1], and, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![2], and here we are, yes[1], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[1], and here we are, yes[2], and nothing changes ... so?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[2], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[1], and nothing changes ... so?[2], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[1], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[2], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[1], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[2], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[1], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[2], and there's a prize![1], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[2], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[1], and there's a prize![2], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![1], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[2], and questions, questions[1], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![2], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[1], and questions, questions[2], and I'm so tired[1], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[2], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![1], and I'm so tired[2], and I just want PEACE - !!![1], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![2], and the question is: What do we need to know?[1], and I just want PEACE - !!![2], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[1], and the question is: What do we need to know?[2], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[1], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[2], and those ghosts were weird, man[1], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[2], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[1], and those ghosts were weird, man[2], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[1], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[2], and, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![3], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[2], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![3], and here we are, yes[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[3], and nothing changes ... so?[3], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[3], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[3], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[3], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[3], and there's a prize![3], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[3], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![3], and questions, questions[3], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[3], and I'm so tired[3], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![3], and I just want PEACE - !!![3], and the question is: What do we need to know?[3], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[3], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[3], and those ghosts were weird, man[3], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[3], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[3], and

And, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![1], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![1], and, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![2], and here we are, yes[1], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[1], and here we are, yes[2], and nothing changes ... so?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[2], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[1], and nothing changes ... so?[2], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[1], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[2], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[1], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[2], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[1], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[2], and there's a prize![1], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[2], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[1], and there's a prize![2], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![1], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[2], and questions, questions[1], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![2], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[1], and questions, questions[2], and I'm so tired[1], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[2], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![1], and I'm so tired[2], and I just want PEACE - !!![1], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![2], and the question is: What do we need to know?[1], and I just want PEACE - !!![2], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[1], and the question is: What do we need to know?[2], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[1], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[2], and those ghosts were weird, man[1], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[2], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[1], and those ghosts were weird, man[2], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[1], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[2], and, uh, hello, kook(s) ... again![3], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[2], and it's just like old times / and how have you been keeping? / and do I care? / and - ha![3], and here we are, yes[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and you know the routine by now[3], and nothing changes ... so?[3], and only an amateur wouldn't want to be here 24/7, you dig?[3], and ever so DIZZY(!) since 2012 ...[3], and we're all professionals, aren't we? / and, uh, except for those squares, over there[3], and they're dead to our world, fortunately[3], and there's a prize![3], and YOU(!) need to be in it to win it / and 'Win what, Mikey?' / and, ha! That would be telling, Voice[3], and I don't know what it is / and 'Is it ... somewhere beyond the THREE?' / and, Christ![3], and questions, questions[3], and don't ask me what exists beyond ... because I don't know / and I don't know a lot[3], and I'm so tired[3], and ... where is it? / and ... what is it? / and 'Tell us!' / and, no, no, no![3], and I just want PEACE - !!![3], and the question is: What do we need to know?[3], and I'll be honest with you, freak(s), uh, kook(s), I'm very happy knowing nothing about what lies beyond[3], and I can't believe I left the mystery of the desert for the mystery of the conceptual[3], and those ghosts were weird, man[3], and a shaman's work is never done ... / and a shaman's pain never goes away ...[3], and we could stay here, couldn't we?[3], and

Peter Reichel has got a new job!

Well done, son! ... / ... 'Who's Peter Reichel, boss?' Peter Reichel, Voice? Our Pete? You've never heard of him? 'Remind me.' Well, he was the chief investment officer at Berenberg Bank. But now he's a strategist on the multi-asset team at BlackRock. He's based in Frankfurt, too. A place where a lot of people will be based soon ... because of Brexit. 'I thought we weren't going to discuss Brexit no more.' We're not going to, man. 'Thank God!' Yes. But I'll just say that Theresa May is dashing over to see the EU guys today in a blind panic. 'Has she woken up at last then?' I hope so. I mean, it's about time, ain't it? We've got inflation going up, wages are stagnating, firms are moving, and conservative imbeciles want us to jump off a fucking cliff and make it all even worse. Let's have some sanity! Please!

[Calm down, Mikey.]

Okay, okay. Right. Our Pete, a guy we hardly know. 'Ha! I'm sure Bloomberg can tell us something about him, boss.' Are you being sarcastic, Voice? 'Just a bit.' Okay. Well, this is what Bloomberg says about our Pete -

This person is connected to 0 Board Member in 0 organization across 0 different industries.

Well, well ... what were you expecting, dear reader(s)? 'Ha! Boss, they've got it wrong.' Have they? 'Yes. This is what they should have said -'

This person is connected to 0 Board Members in 0 different organizations across 0 different industries.

Oh. 'They've missed the "s" on members and organizations.' Bloody hell! What on earth is going on at Bloomberg?! And they've missed a "different". 'They're getting sloppy, boss. I don't think they care any more.' Yes. It's a tragedy really, when you think about it.

[Try not to think about it, Mikey.]

By the way, Mr Reichel - 'Who?!' Our Pete. 'Yes, of course.' Yes, our Pete is reporting to Stephen Crocombe. I hope he's a nice guy and not one of these psychos we hear so much about. 'That would be a real shame.' It happens though. You can choose your job, man, but you can't choose who you report to. Some of them are real monsters, by all accounts.

[He'll be all right, Mikey.]

'Who's that in the square brackets, boss?' Me. 'Oh, talking to yourself again?' So? 'Nothing.' Shut up!

...

Right. Anything else? No. Laters.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

No signal

No signal. There's no future. No signal. There's no future with no signal. Help! 'What are you doing, boss?' I can't get online. 'How have you posted this then?' I haven't posted it yet, silly. I'm writing it now, and I'll post it later, when my dongle is sorted out. 'Are you going to the doctor?' No. What are you talking about, Voice?

Anyway, dear reader(s), what can we discuss, with no news? 'No news is good news, boss.' It certainly is! We are free now. Free to do as we wish! Ha! 'Ha!' Ha! 'Is the internet on your smartphone working?' Yes. 'Can't you use that?' No. Not to post with. It's too difficult. 'But you could look for news.' Oh, I could. 'Are you going to?' No.

No, I'm happy as I am. No signal suits me just fine. 'No signal on your dongle.' Exactly! It's perfect.

Okay, okay. I don't know what to say. I'm lost, man. 'Music? Your music?' No. 'You could do your last ever update.' All right. You've talked me into it, Voice. / Okay. That Love Me recording was sounding a bit tinny, but I've fixed it by adding some bass, using the Audacity software on my laptop. 'Why don't you go to a proper studio, Mikey?' Why? Well, because I like doing it at home with my Zoom Handy thing and Audacity, where I can be in control and I don't have to watch the clock. 'Oh.' Of course, in the old days I used professional musicians, but that was a mistake. Professional musicians show off their skills, not yours. And I think it's best to let a song live or die by a simple acoustic guitar and vocal recording. There's no hiding place in such a situation.

So ... / Anything else? Brexit? 'Ha!' I ain't discussing Brexit, man. We all know it's a total joke now, and that's enough. Jesus H. - !!!

Right. Let's see if I can get a signal ...



Update: I'm going back to the "tinny" version. The "bassy" version has robbed the song of its vitality. What a nightmare! Laters. See you next week.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

[No. 553] Confusion

Everywhere!

And what else is new?[1], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![1], and what else is new?[2], and seriously, FFS![1], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![2], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[1], and seriously, FFS![2], and, so ...[1], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[2], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[1], and, so ...[2], and I know you dig[1], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[2], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[1], and I know you dig[2], and come on![1], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[2], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[1], and come on![2], and ... fuck![1], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[2], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[1], and ... fuck![2], and what else is old?[1], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[2], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[1], and what else is old?[2], and just a theory, obviously[1], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[2], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[1], and just a theory, obviously[2], and just follow yourself, my advice[1], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[2], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[1], and just follow yourself, my advice[2], and me, I feel, so ...[1], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[2], and I don't even need these awful words[1], and me, I feel, so ...[2], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[1], and I don't even need these awful words[2], and ... YES![1], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[2], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[1], and ... YES![2], and ... bye![1], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[2], and what else is new?[3], and ... bye![2], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![3], and seriously, FFS![3], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[3], and, so ...[3], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[3], and I know you dig[3], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[3], and come on![3], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[3], and ... fuck![3], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[3], and what else is old?[3], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[3], and just a theory, obviously[3], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[3], and just follow yourself, my advice[3], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[3], and me, I feel, so ...[3], and I don't even need these awful words[3], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[3], and ... YES![3], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[3], and ... bye![3], and

And what else is new?[1], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![1], and what else is new?[2], and seriously, FFS![1], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![2], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[1], and seriously, FFS![2], and, so ...[1], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[2], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[1], and, so ...[2], and I know you dig[1], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[2], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[1], and I know you dig[2], and come on![1], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[2], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[1], and come on![2], and ... fuck![1], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[2], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[1], and ... fuck![2], and what else is old?[1], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[2], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[1], and what else is old?[2], and just a theory, obviously[1], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[2], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[1], and just a theory, obviously[2], and just follow yourself, my advice[1], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[2], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[1], and just follow yourself, my advice[2], and me, I feel, so ...[1], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[2], and I don't even need these awful words[1], and me, I feel, so ...[2], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[1], and I don't even need these awful words[2], and ... YES![1], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[2], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[1], and ... YES![2], and ... bye![1], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[2], and what else is new?[3], and ... bye![2], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![3], and seriously, FFS![3], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[3], and, so ...[3], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[3], and I know you dig[3], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[3], and come on![3], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[3], and ... fuck![3], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[3], and what else is old?[3], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[3], and just a theory, obviously[3], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[3], and just follow yourself, my advice[3], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[3], and me, I feel, so ...[3], and I don't even need these awful words[3], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[3], and ... YES![3], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[3], and ... bye![3], and

And what else is new?[1], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![1], and what else is new?[2], and seriously, FFS![1], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![2], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[1], and seriously, FFS![2], and, so ...[1], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[2], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[1], and, so ...[2], and I know you dig[1], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[2], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[1], and I know you dig[2], and come on![1], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[2], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[1], and come on![2], and ... fuck![1], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[2], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[1], and ... fuck![2], and what else is old?[1], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[2], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[1], and what else is old?[2], and just a theory, obviously[1], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[2], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[1], and just a theory, obviously[2], and just follow yourself, my advice[1], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[2], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[1], and just follow yourself, my advice[2], and me, I feel, so ...[1], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[2], and I don't even need these awful words[1], and me, I feel, so ...[2], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[1], and I don't even need these awful words[2], and ... YES![1], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[2], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[1], and ... YES![2], and ... bye![1], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[2], and what else is new?[3], and ... bye![2], and the world, and the news, and ... JESUS(!!!), and it's all shit, and ... I'm not GONE(!) yet![3], and seriously, FFS![3], and when will we be GONE(!) ... all of us? / and keep spinning, and keep believing[3], and, so ...[3], and, YOU(!) ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... for the rest of your moments, you dig?[3], and I know you dig[3], and if you're in doubt ... you gotta get a-ROUND, my friend(s) / and how many more times?[3], and come on![3], and what else ... are you gonna do, when the sky is dark ... and your soul is dark?[3], and ... fuck![3], and I'm confused, thoughts and voices, faces and bodies, dreams and nightmares, uh[3], and what else is old?[3], and it's all the same, moment after moment, but I got a feeling that all moments stop beyond the THREE[3], and just a theory, obviously[3], and what are YOU(!) ... going to believe now, when I'm saying the shit I can believe in?[3], and just follow yourself, my advice[3], and I'll spin a-ROUND on my own ... / ... and I don't need anyone to be a witness[3], and me, I feel, so ...[3], and I don't even need these awful words[3], and me, me, I really feel, so ... uh, so, and, you know, and I know you know, yes?[3], and ... YES![3], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) with one spin too many ... / and who knows?[3], and ... bye![3], and

Do I want to interview the editor of The Economist?

Well, not really. I'm actually very busy at the moment, you know, dear reader(s). I may have written those ten songs, but I still need to record two or three of them for my demo. And I'm rehearsing a lot, when I'm not blogging, so - 'What is this bollocks, Mikey?! What on earth are you talking about?!' Er ... I'm talking about interviewing the editor of The Economist, Voice. 'Yeah, and what has Zanny got to do with you? Seriously!' It's a PR email, man. 'What is?!' I got an email yesterday about some new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit. Let me have a look here ... ah, yes ... Changes on the Institutional Investment Horizon which explores whether short-term thinking is on the rise amongst institutional investors ... you see? 'Yeah. Okay.' Actually, it's Renee. 'Oh. What is?' Reene is the editor of the report. 'So it's not Zanny then?' No, I got that wrong. 'Christ!' Listen, son, it doesn't matter because I'm too busy anyway. 'So what are you going to do?' I'm just going to write this post. 'Well, go on then!' I am! Jesus H. - !!! Here's a big chunk of it -

Market volatility is the greatest impediment to long-term focus among EMEA institutional investors, EIU study shows -

42% of EMEA institutional investors say the greatest impediment to focusing on the long term is market volatility.

40% say political uncertainty is the most significant challenge to meeting their long-term investment objectives.

Investing in alternative assets is the best way to manage portfolio risks, respondents say 45% of institutional investors look to increase their ESG investments in the next one to three years.

Market volatility is the most common factor preventing institutional investors in EMEA from focusing on long-term priorities, a new report released today by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reveals. This market volatility has prompted many investors to become more active in their portfolio management, while alternative investments have emerged as the preferred approach to mitigating portfolio risk.

Changes on the institutional investment horizon: EMEA investors balancing long-term liabilities with market opportunities, sponsored by Franklin Templeton Investments, is based on a survey of EMEA institutional investors and part of a global study. It shows that 42% of EMEA institutional investors say that market volatility is the biggest impediment to lengthening their investment horizon, with regulatory change, the global economic outlook and reputational risk also ranking highly. As a result, 40% of these respondents see themselves as being more active in the management of their portfolios, compared with 28% who say they will be less active. In general, respondents are seeking to manage their strategic portfolios more actively and say that they are becoming more tactical in their asset-allocation strategy.

When it comes to meeting their long-term investment objectives, concerns around Brexit, financial stability risks and concerns about the investment cycle weigh heavily on the region's institutional investors. The report shows 40% of EMEA investors say political risk is the top challenge to achieving their long-term objectives, with 33% citing financial stability risks.

Alternative investments, such as private equity, private debt, and real estate, are the the top choice among institutional investors for mitigating risks. When asked about the best way to manage portfolio risks, 45% of say increasing use of alternatives, 42% say risk budgeting while 39% say asset-class diversification.

Over the next one to three years, 45% of institutional investors in EMEA plan to increase their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portfolio allocations, while 17% plan to do so within the next 12 months, and 15% within the next three to five years.


So there! Are you happy now, Voice? 'Me? It's got nothing to do with me, boss. Ask your readers.' Okay. Are you happy now, reader(s)? / No response. Why do I bother? Right, here's Renee -

Renee Friedman, editor of the report, says: "Despite the risks stemming from uncertain regional politics, further ECB and Bank of England monetary policies as well as continuing regulatory reforms, EMEA institutional investors remain focused on their long-term objectives. However, in a low yield environment, they will have to continue to look for new and potentially higher yielding opportunities in alternatives and in the ESG space if they are to meet their longer term liabilities amid changing demographic and environmental trends."

Okay, okay. Nice one. Thanks, Renee!

...

Anything else? Music? My music? I don't discuss that. However ... I've been listening to my rough recording of Love Me and ... I may actually use it as the final recording, you dig? There are a few clicks and hisses on it, but I'm coming round to the Neil Young way of working. A recording doesn't need to be perfect. It just needs to be a great performance. 'Fuckin' A, Mikey!' Thank you, Voice. So much music is soulless these days, you dig? Oh, I'm sure you do.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Equiteq sells property consulting firm McBains Cooper to RSBG

Right, okay. It's another PR email from Equiteq. If you remember, dear reader(s), I was complaining about too many technology emails, so ... 'Ah, they've sent you one about rainbows and human feelings, boss.' Well, no, not quite, Voice. It's about property and construction. 'Oh.' Well, it's an improvement. 'Is it?!' I don't know.

Global consulting and IT services sector M&A specialist, Equiteq, is pleased to announce the sale of MBC Group Ltd ("McBains Cooper") to RSBG. Equiteq acted as exclusive financial advisor to McBains Cooper. The transaction completed on September 27, 2017.

UK based McBains Cooper is an interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy focusing on design, architecture, planning, engineering, construction, project management and sustainability. The company is headquartered in London and has branches in Manchester and Thames Valley, as well as international offices and operations in Europe.

The acquisition by German firm RSBG, will enable the company's continued growth plans. RSBG is an investment vehicle founded in 2014 to support financing long term environmental legacy projects in the Ruhr through socially responsible acquisitions.


Of course, the question is: What right did Equiteq have to sell McBains Cooper? I mean, it's like some guy coming off the street into my house and saying, "Mikey, I'm going to sell your guitars. I've found a good buyer. Don't worry, you'll get something out of it." So you see, it's a bit dodgy really. 'Ha! Read the email, boss. Equiteq was the advisor to McBains Cooper. It was hired to do that job.' Oh, okay. / Right. Let's hear from Jurgen Wild. 'Fantastic! Is he a German rock and roll star?' No.

Jurgen Wild, Managing Director of RSBG, said: "McBains Cooper provides a great fit with our investment criteria, a highly-respected property and construction consultancy that has an enviable reputation across all major market sectors. They have combined technical excellence with exemplary customer service. Adding dedicated project management capability and a multi-discipline approach is a major step in our strategy to build a fully-fledged consultancy group. In the last three years RSBG has significantly invested in built environment consulting businesses. The fourth transaction in this segment underlines our commitment to the U.K. market."


He's, uh ... managing director of RSBG. 'Oh. Shame.' Yeah. / Okay. Mickey Thirkettle. 'Mikey Thirkettle, Mikey?' No. Mickey.

Mickey Thirkettle, CEO of McBains Cooper added, "Today marks an exciting new chapter in the long and proud history of McBains Cooper, as we strengthen our imprint and extend our global reach. RSBG only invests in companies that have a future of both expansion and sustainability, that mirror their own values, and we are delighted to join with them in this new enterprise. Our existing clients will see no difference in terms of the people they deal with on a day-to-day basis, but we will now have additional resources to expand services and operations further afield in the future."

Okay. Thanks, Mickey! 'Mikey.' What?! 'No, Mickey, boss.' Yes. Who are you talking to? 'You. / What about Jonathan Mintz?' What about him? 'Come on!' All right ...

Regarding Equiteq's role in the transaction, Jonathan Mintz, FD and Shareholder of McBains Cooper, commented, "Equiteq have been a trusted and invaluable advisor for us throughout this process. They have guided us through the big decisions and the smallest of detail to make sure that we achieved what was best for McBains Cooper and our clients. Having a partner in Gabriella Silvestris, with experience and integrity, was vital in ensuring that communication and trust flowed between all parties. We are delighted with the outcome and are excited about the future with RSBG."

Yes, yes, Equiteq was hired to do the job. 'All above board, like.' It's certainly a relief, Voice. I'll sleep a bit better tonight. / Ah, Gabriella. 'Who's she?' I don't know.

Equiteq Director, Gabriela Silvestris, who supported the shareholders of McBains Cooper throughout this process said: "We are delighted with the outcome for the shareholders of McBains Cooper who had built an impressive business based on a holistic and turn-key approach to property and construction. This is a great opportunity for McBains Cooper to accelerate and strengthen its growth."

Great! Everyone's delighted, including me, because it's done now.

ENDS

...

Anything else? Brexit, dear reader(s)? I've got a feeling it's going to be cancelled. Only a small percentage of people want to crash out of the European Union without a deal. And it looks like it's going that way at the moment. Besides, most young people [under forty-seven, ha!] want to stay. That means even if we do leave, we'll be back in one day ... ten years or so. Unfortunately, we won't have the great deal we have now, and we'll have to take the euro. However, that's obviously what the Brexiters want long-term. It's up to them, man.

Music? I bought Liam Gallagher's new album yesterday. It's all right. 'What the hell does that mean, Mikey?!' I mean, it's better than Beady Eye, but not as good as Oasis in their glory years, 1994-1996. So, it's all right. / I also heard Noel Gallagher's new single ... 'And?' I'm not saying anything, son.

Laters.

Monday, 9 October 2017

[No. 552] It's my cake

And I'll eat it if I want to.

And this is my cake / and I'm eating it![1], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[1], and this is my cake / and I'm eating it![2], and I won't leave it out in the rain[1], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[2], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![1], and I won't leave it out in the rain[2], and I willed it, actually[1], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![2], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[1], and I willed it, actually[2], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![1], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[2], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[1], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![2], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[1], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[2], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[1], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![1], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[2], and ... HELP!!![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![2], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[1], and ... HELP!!![2], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[1], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[2], and ... Christ, save me![1], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[2], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[1], and ... Christ, save me![2], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[1], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[2], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[1], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[2], and I dreamed of this - !!![1], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[2], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![1], and I dreamed of this - !!![2], and champagne, too![1], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![2], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[1], and champagne, too![2], and this is my cake / and I'm eating it![3], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[2], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[3], and I won't leave it out in the rain[3], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![3], and I willed it, actually[3], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[3], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![3], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[3], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[3], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![3], and ... HELP!!![3], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[3], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[3], and ... Christ, save me![3], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[3], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[3], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[3], and I dreamed of this - !!![3], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![3], and champagne, too![3], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[3], and

And this is my cake / and I'm eating it![1], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[1], and this is my cake / and I'm eating it![2], and I won't leave it out in the rain[1], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[2], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![1], and I won't leave it out in the rain[2], and I willed it, actually[1], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![2], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[1], and I willed it, actually[2], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![1], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[2], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[1], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![2], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[1], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[2], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[1], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![1], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[2], and ... HELP!!![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![2], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[1], and ... HELP!!![2], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[1], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[2], and ... Christ, save me![1], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[2], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[1], and ... Christ, save me![2], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[1], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[2], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[1], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[2], and I dreamed of this - !!![1], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[2], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![1], and I dreamed of this - !!![2], and champagne, too![1], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![2], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[1], and champagne, too![2], and this is my cake / and I'm eating it![3], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[2], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[3], and I won't leave it out in the rain[3], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![3], and I willed it, actually[3], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[3], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![3], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[3], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[3], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![3], and ... HELP!!![3], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[3], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[3], and ... Christ, save me![3], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[3], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[3], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[3], and I dreamed of this - !!![3], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![3], and champagne, too![3], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[3], and

And this is my cake / and I'm eating it![1], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[1], and this is my cake / and I'm eating it![2], and I won't leave it out in the rain[1], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[2], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![1], and I won't leave it out in the rain[2], and I willed it, actually[1], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![2], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[1], and I willed it, actually[2], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![1], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[2], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[1], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![2], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[1], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[2], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[1], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![1], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[2], and ... HELP!!![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![2], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[1], and ... HELP!!![2], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[1], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[2], and ... Christ, save me![1], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[2], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[1], and ... Christ, save me![2], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[1], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[2], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[1], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[2], and I dreamed of this - !!![1], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[2], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![1], and I dreamed of this - !!![2], and champagne, too![1], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![2], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[1], and champagne, too![2], and this is my cake / and I'm eating it![3], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[2], and you won't believe how much cake there is in my fantasy world, my  darling kook(s)[3], and I won't leave it out in the rain[3], and all I have to do is ... imagine cake and it exists![3], and I willed it, actually[3], and my conceptual, my rules / and don't let the squares tell you that I'm destroying reality[3], and look at the big picture / and it's a big cake![3], and there's more bullshit where this came from ... / ... and so what, and so what if there is?[3], and I want YOU(!) ... to follow me[3], and I might let you control the cherry on top ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, uh ... come on! / and, yes, please, come on, idiot(s), faster![3], and ... HELP!!![3], and there's a big fuck-off unicorn a-ROUND here ... ? / and, man, I'm sure I saw it a moment ago ...[3], and are you hungry for a land of opportunity?[3], and ... Christ, save me![3], and you can have a slice of my cake if you're clever enough ... / 'Or, er, stupid enough, Mikey, ha!'[3], and, ha! / and, yes, Voice, but be quiet[3], and I believe there's a bus somewhere with my name on it ... / and I hope it doesn't hit me[3], and I dreamed of this - !!![3], and look at all the deluded fools with their wretched bread and water / and I've got fucking cake, man![3], and champagne, too![3], and it makes you feel proud to be insane, doesn't it?[3], and

Women in wealth and personal branding

Yes, yes. Yes, it's very important to invest in your personal brand. I do it all the time, me. 'What's this, boss?' It's a PR email, Voice. Look -

PIMFA, the leading trade association for the personal investment management and financial advice sector in the UK, welcomed over 100 delegates at their Women in Wealth half day conference. The event which was sponsored by RBS, featured speakers such as Jules Chappell OBE, Partner at Hawthorn Advisers who said: "With an average of only 12% of quotes printed in the business pages of the main UK national papers being attributed to female experts, it remains really important for senior women and journalists to work together, particularly in sectors such as finance and technology."

You see, man? Women in wealth. 'Yeah, okay, but what about this, uh ... personal branding?' Yes, it's very important. I do it all the time. 'But you're not a woman, are you, boss?' Er ... no. What's your point, Voice? 'Well ...' Look -

Following this session Jan Carrington, Personal Brand Consultant at JC Corporate and Personal Image Consultancy led a practical session on personal branding, highlighting the importance of taking time to "invest in yourself and your Personal Brand".

You see, Voice? Jan Carrington says it important. 'Yes, for women.' Er, for everyone, I should think, son. 'But that's not what the email is about! Why does everything have to be about you?' Shut it, you slag! 'Just let them have this moment.' Oh, shut up!

Later in the day Jane Sydenham, Investment Director at Rathbone Brothers shared her experiences over the course of a 30 year career in investment management: "There have been huge changes to systems, working processes and practices, regulation and attitudes, and almost all of the office buildings that were standing in the City 30 years ago have been replaced, but the fundamental need to communicate with and really understand our clients remains the same," said Jane.

You see, er, whatever ... kook? 'Yes, I see. It's about women in finance.' Well, yes, but ...

Sarah Pennells, Financial Broadcaster, Journalist and Founder of SavvyWoman.co.uk was the closing speaker at the conference who shared insights such as "Sections of the financial services industry seem to believe that women aren't interested in investing. I don't think that's the case. I think the challenge is for the industry to become more diverse and to talk about finance in a way that resonates with women. Some companies are making headway, but there's more to be done."

Right. 'You see, Mikey?' Yeah, yeah, I see what you're saying, man, but ... well, they're changing the subject now, aren't they? 'Yeah.' They were talking about personal branding. I mean, that Jan was. It's not my fault, is it? 'No.' Anyway ...

Liz Field, CEO at PIMFA commented on the forum saying: "Diversity has proven benefits and we intend to lead the way in emphasizing this. We continue to provide practical assistance to firms in developing the equality conversation with events such as today's Forum. The Women in Wealth Forum provides a valuable opportunity for all those across our industry to provide inspiration, hear from experts and share knowledge and experiences".

Well, it's all over now, anyway.

...

Anything else? Music? My music? I don't discuss that any more, dear reader(s). No more updates! However, I can just quickly say that I've sped up one of my ballads and changed the rhythm, so ... it might not be a ballad any more. 'Oh.' Who knows? Who cares?! Forget about it! They are so many more important things happening in the world ...

Like Brexit. What a fucking joke! Seriously.

Laters.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

[No. 551] Firing on all four cylinders!

Are you ready?

And, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[1], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[1], and, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[2], and show me what you got!!![1], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[2], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[1], and show me what you got!!![2], and, baby, you better up your game![1], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[2], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[1], and, baby, you better up your game![2], and keep believing, yes![1], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![1], and keep believing, yes![2], and, uh ... Christ[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![2], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[1], and, uh ... Christ[2], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[1], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[2], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[1], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[2], and not I, obviously[1], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[2], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[1], and not I, obviously[2], and those fucking ghosts![1], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[2], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[1], and those fucking ghosts![2], and try your best[1], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[2], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[1], and try your best[2], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[1], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[2], and please don't think, no![1], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[2], and one trillion more for the road![1], and please don't think, no![2], and goodbye![1], and one trillion more for the road![2], and, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[3], and goodbye![2], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[3], and show me what you got!!![3], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[3], and, baby, you better up your game![3], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[3], and keep believing, yes![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![3], and, uh ... Christ[3], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[3], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[3], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[3], and not I, obviously[3], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[3], and those fucking ghosts![3], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[3], and try your best[3], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[3], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[3], and please don't think, no![3], and one trillion more for the road![3], and goodbye![3], and

And, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[1], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[1], and, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[2], and show me what you got!!![1], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[2], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[1], and show me what you got!!![2], and, baby, you better up your game![1], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[2], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[1], and, baby, you better up your game![2], and keep believing, yes![1], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![1], and keep believing, yes![2], and, uh ... Christ[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![2], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[1], and, uh ... Christ[2], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[1], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[2], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[1], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[2], and not I, obviously[1], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[2], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[1], and not I, obviously[2], and those fucking ghosts![1], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[2], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[1], and those fucking ghosts![2], and try your best[1], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[2], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[1], and try your best[2], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[1], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[2], and please don't think, no![1], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[2], and one trillion more for the road![1], and please don't think, no![2], and goodbye![1], and one trillion more for the road![2], and, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[3], and goodbye![2], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[3], and show me what you got!!![3], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[3], and, baby, you better up your game![3], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[3], and keep believing, yes![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![3], and, uh ... Christ[3], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[3], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[3], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[3], and not I, obviously[3], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[3], and those fucking ghosts![3], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[3], and try your best[3], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[3], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[3], and please don't think, no![3], and one trillion more for the road![3], and goodbye![3], and

And, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[1], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[1], and, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[2], and show me what you got!!![1], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[2], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[1], and show me what you got!!![2], and, baby, you better up your game![1], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[2], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[1], and, baby, you better up your game![2], and keep believing, yes![1], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![1], and keep believing, yes![2], and, uh ... Christ[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![2], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[1], and, uh ... Christ[2], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[1], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[2], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[1], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[2], and not I, obviously[1], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[2], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[1], and not I, obviously[2], and those fucking ghosts![1], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[2], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[1], and those fucking ghosts![2], and try your best[1], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[2], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[1], and try your best[2], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[1], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[2], and please don't think, no![1], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[2], and one trillion more for the road![1], and please don't think, no![2], and goodbye![1], and one trillion more for the road![2], and, hello! ... No. 551 now, and it's about time[3], and goodbye![2], and ... are you ready for this ... ?! / and, oh, I hope so, man[3], and show me what you got!!![3], and it's nice and easy a-ROUND here, sure ... but I'm looking for peak performance, you dig?[3], and, baby, you better up your game![3], and, yes, we're spinning, uh, we always spin / and, but ... the question is: Have we achieved anything yet?[3], and keep believing, yes![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... yippee, yippee, yippee, ha, ha, ha![3], and, uh ... Christ[3], and, kook(s), you, you, YOU(!) ... know about life beyond the THREE / and, well, it's gonna take some magic to get there[3], and yes, yes, yes, definitely[3], and in the old days ... rainbows were all the rage / and who can forget the desert?[3], and not I, obviously[3], and the heat, and the sun, and the cold, and the moon ... no thanks! / and do you know what I mean?[3], and those fucking ghosts![3], and here we are, having fun as usual / and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ...[3], and try your best[3], and one cylinder, two cylinder, three cylinder ... and four would take us beyond[3], and I don't think today, no, this moment, no, maybe in another life, yes, and, well, what do YOU(!) ... think?[3], and please don't think, no![3], and one trillion more for the road![3], and goodbye![3], and