Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Bateson Asset Management - ?!

Yes, yes. Bateson Asset Management. What's that?! - you're probably wondering, dear reader(s). Well, it's one of these computer robot firms that is trying to take over the world, like the Terminator. 'Eh?!' Oh, hello, Voice. How are you this morning? 'Fine, boss. Er ... ain't Bateson Asset Management just a new firm that is going to use computers for trading and investing like loads of others?' Well, yeah. It's been founded by Richard Bateson, who, uh ... used to work on that infernal AHL thing at Man Group. 'Oh dear.'

You see, dear reader(s), I've always preferred the GLG guys ... you know? 'They know!' Most of them are financial shamans in touch with the cosmos, all spiritual and mystical. HUMAN!!! 'Well, a lot of them are old friends of yours, boss, from the crazy desert days, astral and physical.' Of course they are! We were dancing beneath the moon, so delirious, ecstatic, with the blood and fire, ah ... 'Christ! Don't upset yourself, man. Those days are gone. At least you've got your conceptual stuff now. You can get DIZZY(!) all the time, any time you like.' Is it the same though, Voice? As the blood, and the fire! 'Well, it's obviously not the same. However, you're working towards getting beyond ... the THREE now, aren't you?' Yeah. Yeah. 'Ha! Well, don't sound so happy about it!' I just - oh, I don't know.

Obviously, reader(s), I wish this, uh ... Dr Bateson all the best with his ... new firm, like. I mean - 'Oh, come on! It would be churlish to wish him ill just because he loves computers and you don't, Mikey.' Yes, Voice, I suppose you're right. / It's just the way the world is now, or the way the world is going. Maybe I've lived too long.

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Well, well ... / Anything else? No. No. No. I'm all confused today. Actually, I might have a lie down in a minute. 'What?!' High winds, Voice. 'But we have to learn to sail in high winds.' Yes, I know. Aristotle Onassis. Jesus H. - ! It ain't easy. It's hard.

Monday, 30 January 2017

[No. 484] A vote to lose!

You are free, after all.

And your last chance has gone ... ?[1], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[1], and your last chance has gone ... ?[2], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![1], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[2], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[1], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![2], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[1], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[2], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[1], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[2], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[1], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[2], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![1], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[2], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[1], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![2], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[1], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[2], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[1], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[2], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![1], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[2], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[1], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![2], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[1], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[2], and, so, spin, little idiot![1], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[1], and, so, spin, little idiot![2], and you will do what I tell you[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[2], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![1], and you will do what I tell you[2], and a-ROUND, my slave![1], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![2], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[1], and a-ROUND, my slave![2], and hold my hand![1], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[2], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![1], and hold my hand![2], and your last chance has gone ... ?[3], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![2], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[3], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![3], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[3], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[3], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[3], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[3], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![3], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[3], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[3], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[3], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![3], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[3], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[3], and, so, spin, little idiot![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[3], and you will do what I tell you[3], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![3], and a-ROUND, my slave![3], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[3], and hold my hand![3], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![3], and

And your last chance has gone ... ?[1], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[1], and your last chance has gone ... ?[2], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![1], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[2], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[1], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![2], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[1], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[2], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[1], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[2], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[1], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[2], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![1], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[2], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[1], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![2], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[1], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[2], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[1], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[2], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![1], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[2], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[1], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![2], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[1], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[2], and, so, spin, little idiot![1], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[1], and, so, spin, little idiot![2], and you will do what I tell you[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[2], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![1], and you will do what I tell you[2], and a-ROUND, my slave![1], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![2], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[1], and a-ROUND, my slave![2], and hold my hand![1], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[2], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![1], and hold my hand![2], and your last chance has gone ... ?[3], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![2], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[3], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![3], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[3], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[3], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[3], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[3], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![3], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[3], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[3], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[3], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![3], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[3], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[3], and, so, spin, little idiot![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[3], and you will do what I tell you[3], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![3], and a-ROUND, my slave![3], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[3], and hold my hand![3], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![3], and

And your last chance has gone ... ?[1], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[1], and your last chance has gone ... ?[2], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![1], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[2], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[1], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![2], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[1], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[2], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[1], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[2], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[1], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[2], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![1], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[2], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[1], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![2], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[1], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[2], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[1], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[2], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![1], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[2], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[1], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![2], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[1], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[2], and, so, spin, little idiot![1], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[1], and, so, spin, little idiot![2], and you will do what I tell you[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[2], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![1], and you will do what I tell you[2], and a-ROUND, my slave![1], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![2], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[1], and a-ROUND, my slave![2], and hold my hand![1], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[2], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![1], and hold my hand![2], and your last chance has gone ... ?[3], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![2], and you can vote to be a nothing, a worm ... uh, begging for crumbs, my wretched friend(s)[3], and a madman will steal your rights, even your whole life, ha![3], and if you're losing anyway ... hey, why not give everything away? / I'm sure your children and grandchildren will really appreciate it[3], and thinking ... is for the elite! / No, not for you[3], and TRUTH(!) ... is for shitheads[3], and you just gotta feel how nasty and chaotic the world is / and you just gotta pray for a strong man to save you[3], and even feeling is hard for some, Jesus H. Christ![3], and, uh ... never mind, eh?[3], and taste the boot! (Stocks will last forever!)[3], and sometimes you don't even need to vote for a new master / oh, we all lead such busy lives ...[3], and YOU(!) ... can go back to sleep - NOW![3], and, oh, I've heard they like to choose themselves / and it saves so much time ... uh, doing us all a favour, like[3], and what do you care? / and you need a soul to care ...[3], and, so, spin, little idiot![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / and maybe I will take charge ...[3], and you will do what I tell you[3], and you will not complain / Oh, oh, oh ... I'm only thinking of what's best for you, ha![3], and a-ROUND, my slave![3], and freedom is such a terrible and disgusting burden / and you are much better off without it[3], and hold my hand![3], and, yes, you are weak for me, thank you![3], and

Gold, gold, gold! / New Energy Metals Royalty Company ...

I mean, with the way the world is, dear reader(s) ... you dig? Gold, gold, gold! 'What do you mean, gold, gold, gold?!' Just what I said, Voice. 'Uh, is this the Monday morning PR email, boss, back by popular demand, like?' Ha! You're so perceptive!

TNR Gold Corp. announces strategic changes

We are living in exciting times! We are witnessing the generational change, which will define our future for the next 50 years! We are entering the era of The New Energy, which will be based on Solar, Wind and our ability to store Energy with Lithium Technology! Magic metal Lithium is at the very heart of this technology! Red metal Copper becomes Green by providing us with the best material to build all necessary infrastructure for The Switch! All world is going Electric!!! We will need a lot of Copper to make it happen: electric motors will power almost everything and charging infrastructure is mushrooming all over the world now! And the old as the history of our world Gold will still provide the Solid Core Values on which I would like our Company to be built. Gold is money and will always be it! Yippee!


Lithium? Whatever. Hang on! - "And the old as the history of our world Gold ..." - What the hell does that mean?! 'I think they got carried away, boss. All the excitement, you dig? Think of your conceptual posts.' Okay. I'm thinking. And? 'Well, sometimes you get really excited and start writing, well ... nonsense, don't you?' Maybe, Voice. Maybe. 'That's all they've done.' Yeah, maybe. / Anyway, let's continue with it -

TNR Gold will be moving forward as New Energy Metals Royalty Company.

Among our assets:

Royalty on the whole giant Los Azules Copper project in Argentina under the management of McEwen Ming with Rob McEwen advancing it now!

Stake in International Lithium with its strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium and Royalty on the whole Mariana project in Argentina!

Shotgun Gold project in Alaska, where we are working on the best strategic partner to advance it!


Okay. Okay. Okay. Three okays. But just one question: Who on earth is Kirill Klip?! 'Who?!' Exactly! Kirill Klip. Who is he? 'Is that a person?' Yeah. Big time.

TNR Gold Corp. announces that Kirill Klip, the non-executive Chair of TNR, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. Gary Schellenberg has resigned as CEO, President and a director of the Company. Paul Chung has also resigned as a director of the Company and Jerry Bella has resigned as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary. To fill the vacancies of the departing officers, John Wisbey has been appointed as Corporate Secretary and Maurice Brooks has been appointed (subject to TSXV approval) as interim CFO. The Board will now consist of Kirill Klip, Greg Johnson, John Wisbey and Ross Thompson.

Obviously, all the readers will want to know what our Kirill has got to say for himself. 'Lay it on them, Mikey!'

Kirill Klip, Chairman, President and CEO of TNR Gold stated: "I would like to thank management and directors of TNR Gold for the development of our Company and its portfolio of projects to this stage. Now it is time to bring our Company to the next level based on a strategic partnerships with worldwide leaders in our industry like Ganfeng Lithium at International Lithium and McEwen Mining at Los Azules Copper project in Argentina. My strategy will be defined by maximizing shareholders' value in our Company. My priorities will be to build TNR Gold Team and advance our projects with strategic partners, who can provide the world-class technology and capital. My focus will be to minimize dilution while optimizing capital management at TNR Gold in order to maximize the value of the assets of our Company."

Fair enough, I suppose. / Gold, gold, gold! Gold must be the future BECAUSE(!) ... democracy and civilization are in the past.

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Anything else? No - is the short answer. 'But -' But I'll be writing a conceptual post later, for my peccadilloes. So, laters.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Nara Capital Partners - ?!

Well, well ... / Ah, don't worry about it, dear reader(s). It's just a new firm, that's all. It's been founded by Charles Smart, Alex de Calice, Joe DeGregorio, Munish Gupta, Frank O'Neill, Qian Yang, and Kyle Johnson. 'Er ... are they all founders, boss?' Well, maybe not, Voice. Charles Smart is definitely a founder, and maybe Alex de Calice. I don't know about the others. But they're all going along for the ride, that's the main thing.

So, uh, so ... / Nara Capital is based in New York, and it will launch its Nara Capital Master fund in March with $150 million to $200 million in capital. It will invest in commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities, which is nice. 'Who's put up the seed money, boss?' Some mystery investor in Europe. 'You?!' Ha! I wish, man! I wish I had the sort of money lying around that meant I could just casually invest in any hedge fund that took my fancy. 'Oh, it is you.' Don't be ridiculous! 'I bet you still have some of Jack's billions.' Jack? 'Jack Pickles.' Oh, him. Wow! That's a name from the past. No, Voice, I don't have any of his billions.

Anyway, I wish them all the best at Nara Capital Partners. I mean, it ain't easy launching a new hedge fund these days. 'Tell me about it!' No, not now.

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Let's move on! Come on! What else can I write about, in my last post of the week? 'Politics?' The whole world is going to hell in a hard cart, my little invisible friend. So that's politics taken care of. 'Music?' I ain't got no music on at the moment. Ain't you got ears? 'No. Well, I've got astral ears, as you know.' Yes, yes. Christ! Let's not get into astral ears, eyes, mouths, and noses. We all know you have an astral body, Voice. You've done very well for yourself. 'Thanks.' / Okay, that's it. The end of another week. Have a nice weekend, dear reader(s). Don't do anything that I would do. 'You mean "wouldn't", Mikey.' I mean, "would", man. Ha! Laters!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Credit Suisse (Lux) Multi-Trend fund

Or Fund. They had a capital F. 'Who did?!' The PR people, Credit Suisse people. It's the launch of a new fund. 'Oh. Is this the Wednesday morning PR email, back by popular demand?' Ha! You bet your ass it is, boy! / Dear reader(s), I love reading PR emails in the morning. 'They smell of victory!' Shut up, Voice. Please.

London, January 24, 2017 - With the Credit Suisse (Lux) Multi-Trend Fund, Credit Suisse Asset Management offers investors a cost-efficient way to benefit from rising interest rates and high equity valuations. The trend-following fund strives to generate positive returns in market environments of both falling and rising equity, bond, currency and commodity prices.

Fair enough. 'Following the first monetary tightening by the US Federal Reserve in December, boss, it has become increasingly likely that -' What?! What are you going on about, Voice? 'I'm just doing the rest of the email.' Oh, and that's your job, is it? 'Well ...' Christ! The way you were talking, I thought maybe you knew something about it. 'No.' Leave it to the professionals, man. Okay -

Following the first monetary tightening by the US Federal Reserve in December, it has become increasingly likely that we will see further increases in borrowing costs and accordingly falling bond prices in 2017. This presents investors with the challenge of achieving sufficient risk diversification for their portfolios, with many key equity benchmarks already at record highs. With the launch of the Credit Suisse (Lux) Multi-Trend Fund, which exploits trends worldwide on a multitude of individual markets in all important investment classes, Credit Suisse wants to provide an alternative for this particular market environment. The UCITS-compliant mutual fund has the ability to generate positive returns in both rising and falling markets. In order to achieve its investment goal, the fund invests exclusively in highly liquid and widely available instruments, such as index or currency futures. It receives its buy or sale signals by observing market trends over short-, medium- and long-term time horizons. This observation process allows the fund to participate in long-term - as well as to react to short-term - market developments.

Interesting. / And there's some more "stuff", dear reader(s). I ain't doing all of it. But I'll finish with the facts and risks, okay?

Facts on Credit Suisse (Lux) Multi-Trend Fund: USD UB: ISIN LU1517928393 and Fund approved for distribution in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and broadly diversified portfolio strives to generate positive returns for both upward and downward trends on capital markets and asset development only slightly correlates to traditional investment classes - therefore, a preferable option for risk diversification in a portfolio Investment universe(!!!): equity, pension, commodity and currency markets fund domicile: Luxembourg Legal structure: UCITS, SICAV Fund currency: main currency USD; EUR, CHF and GBP share classes available and minimum investment: 1 share (private investors); EUR 500,000 (institutional investors) and Management fee: 1.10% (USD UB tranche); 0.90% (USD EB tranche); no performance-based fees maximum sales commission: 5.00% (USD UB tranche) or 3.00% (USD EB tranche) Liquidity: daily and launch date: 14 December 2016.

Oh, it's already been launched. Over a month ago. Never mind. 'Why the small text, boss?' It's taking up too much room. / And here are the risks -

Risks

There is a risk that assets don't perform as expected, irrespectively of trends in traditional equity and pension markets.

The fund offers no capital protection.

The fund invests in futures, which leads to transaction costs.

The investment strategy can lead to frequent reallocations, which can incur trading costs.


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Okay, okay. Well ... that's done. Thank God! I'm not really in the mood this morning. Have you see the weather? 'It's all foggy.' A great start to summer, I don't think. 'Eh?!' Yeah. Exactly!

Anything else? 'Yes!' No, no, no. There's nothing else. 'Oh.' Well, there might be something else. However, I'm not writing about it, if there is ... something else, you dig? Life is too short, and I've got a guitar to play.

Laters.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

[No. 483] You may find yourself in a conceptual post ...

More than once!

And how did I get here - ?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![1], and how did I get here - ?![2], and it's always the same, but different[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![2], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[1], and it's always the same, but different[2], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![1], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[2], and you might be a robot ...[1], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![2], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[1], and you might be a robot ...[2], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![1], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[2], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[1], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![2], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[1], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[2], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[1], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[2], and I'm a shaman[1], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[1], and I'm a shaman[2], and I will let you live here[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[2], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[1], and I will let you live here[2], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[1], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[2], and a house is not a home, so ...[1], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[2], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![1], and a house is not a home, so ...[2], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[1], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![2], and here ... you are[1], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[2], and how did I get here - ?![3], and here ... you are[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![3], and it's always the same, but different[3], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[3], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![3], and you might be a robot ...[3], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[3], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![3], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[3], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[3], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[3], and I'm a shaman[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[3], and I will let you live here[3], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[3], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[3], and a house is not a home, so ...[3], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![3], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[3], and here ... you are[3], and

And how did I get here - ?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![1], and how did I get here - ?![2], and it's always the same, but different[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![2], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[1], and it's always the same, but different[2], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![1], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[2], and you might be a robot ...[1], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![2], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[1], and you might be a robot ...[2], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![1], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[2], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[1], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![2], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[1], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[2], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[1], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[2], and I'm a shaman[1], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[1], and I'm a shaman[2], and I will let you live here[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[2], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[1], and I will let you live here[2], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[1], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[2], and a house is not a home, so ...[1], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[2], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![1], and a house is not a home, so ...[2], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[1], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![2], and here ... you are[1], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[2], and how did I get here - ?![3], and here ... you are[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![3], and it's always the same, but different[3], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[3], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![3], and you might be a robot ...[3], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[3], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![3], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[3], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[3], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[3], and I'm a shaman[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[3], and I will let you live here[3], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[3], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[3], and a house is not a home, so ...[3], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![3], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[3], and here ... you are[3], and

And how did I get here - ?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![1], and how did I get here - ?![2], and it's always the same, but different[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![2], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[1], and it's always the same, but different[2], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![1], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[2], and you might be a robot ...[1], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![2], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[1], and you might be a robot ...[2], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![1], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[2], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[1], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![2], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[1], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[2], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[1], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[2], and I'm a shaman[1], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[1], and I'm a shaman[2], and I will let you live here[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[2], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[1], and I will let you live here[2], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[1], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[2], and a house is not a home, so ...[1], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[2], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![1], and a house is not a home, so ...[2], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[1], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![2], and here ... you are[1], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[2], and how did I get here - ?![3], and here ... you are[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... do it until you can't live without it![3], and it's always the same, but different[3], and what is your beautiful consciousness, really?[3], and you may ask yourself, and you may tell yourself ... all kinds of things in that head of yours, ha![3], and you might be a robot ...[3], and you, you, you ... do the same things, think the same things, ah, all the time / Fancy a change?[3], and me? I'm a spiritual tramp![3], and if you're stuck in the RAT RACE ... maybe it's time you got stuck a-ROUND here[3], and I will give you a new consciousness ...[3], and let me in, and let me destroy, and let me rebuild / and YOU(!) could become a new man or woman[3], and I'm a shaman[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / Man, spinners will always spin[3], and I will let you live here[3], and I know I gotta cut down, son, daughter ... GOD!!! / ... it just feels so good, you dig?[3], and Malibu or Beverly Hills? / Or stay with the DIZZY(!) life?[3], and a house is not a home, so ...[3], and I really feel at home in my mind, yeah, my crazy consciousness ness, which could be anywhere - !!![3], and into the blue may be, be ... beyond the THREE / But, but ... what do I know - ?[3], and here ... you are[3], and

George Osborne is joining BlackRock

Oh, that's nice, ain't it? 'Is it, boss?!' Yes, Voice. It's about time our George got a break in life. I mean, he's had such a hard time of it. 'Are we talking about George Osborne?' Yes. 'The ex-chancellor?' Yes, of course. Who do you think we're talking about? 'Well, I don't know.' George Osborne, man. He's going to be an adviser, providing perspectives on European politics and policy, Chinese economic reform, and trends, and other shit. At BlackRock, too! It's a nice job.

BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm. Our business is investing on behalf of our clients - from large institutions to parents and grandparents, teachers, nurses, doctors and people from all walks of life who entrust their savings to us.

You see? Parents and grandparents, teachers, nurses, doctors ... all the good people in life. What's not to like? 'Uh ... I don't know, boss.' No, you don't know, Voice. So you should keep your horrible little thoughts to yourself. Our George deserves this. It's his reward for the all great work he's done in government over the years. 'Is it?!' Yeah, all the great austerity that enriched so many lives. What's wrong with you, man?! Why are you so envious and twisted? 'I'm not!' Ha! Whatever. Let George enjoy his success.

...

Anything else? Jesus H. - ! Uh, not a lot, dear reader(s). I'll be doing another conceptual later, No. 483. 'Ha!' I will cut down to one a week soon, but ... 'You're addicted, Mikey.' Oh, I admit it, Voice. I know I'm addicted. 'Why don’t you go to Conceptual Spinners Anonymous?' Er ... is there such a group? 'No. I just made it up.' Well, that's not very helpful, is it? Idiot!

Music? My music? Christ! I'm still rehearsing the last two songs I need for my new demo. It may seem like it's taking forever, but it only seems that way. These are two big songs (roughly 4.35 and 4.50) that are beyond the wildest dreams I had only a couple of years ago. I've got to get the recordings right, man.

Other people's music? I'm listening to the best of Talking Heads. I'm not a massive fan or anything, but I like the song Once in a Lifetime. It makes me think of the film Down and Out in Beverly Hills. 'Yeah, because it was used in the film, Mikey.' Yes, I know that. Thank you, idiot!

Laters.

Monday, 23 January 2017

[No. 482] Ashes

Look! There! All that rising corn! And there! Look! The sails of the herring fleet! All that loveliness!

And ... all I can see is ashes, man[1], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![1], and ... all I can see is ashes, man[2], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[1], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![2], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[1], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[2], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[1], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[2], and, do you ... ?[1], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[2], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[1], and, do you ... ?[2], and I suppose I could do better ...[1], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[2], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![1], and I suppose I could do better ...[2], and ... well, any of this[1], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![2], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[1], and ... well, any of this[2], and END / GAME - !!![1], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[2], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[1], and END / GAME - !!![2], and get away from the window!!![1], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[2], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![1], and get away from the window!!![2], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[1], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![2], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[1], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[2], and just an animal[1], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[2], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![1], and just an animal[2], and it's a mad world - look at it![1], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![2], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[1], and it's a mad world - look at it![2], and ... I don't know[1], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[2], and I'm appalled, frankly[1], and ... I don't know[2], and ... all I can see is ashes, man[3], and I'm appalled, frankly[2], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![3], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[3], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[3], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[3], and, do you ... ?[3], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[3], and I suppose I could do better ...[3], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![3], and ... well, any of this[3], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[3], and END / GAME - !!![3], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[3], and get away from the window!!![3], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![3], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[3], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[3], and just an animal[3], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![3], and it's a mad world - look at it![3], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[3], and ... I don't know[3], and I'm appalled, frankly[3], and

And ... all I can see is ashes, man[1], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![1], and ... all I can see is ashes, man[2], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[1], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![2], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[1], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[2], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[1], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[2], and, do you ... ?[1], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[2], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[1], and, do you ... ?[2], and I suppose I could do better ...[1], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[2], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![1], and I suppose I could do better ...[2], and ... well, any of this[1], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![2], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[1], and ... well, any of this[2], and END / GAME - !!![1], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[2], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[1], and END / GAME - !!![2], and get away from the window!!![1], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[2], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![1], and get away from the window!!![2], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[1], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![2], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[1], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[2], and just an animal[1], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[2], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![1], and just an animal[2], and it's a mad world - look at it![1], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![2], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[1], and it's a mad world - look at it![2], and ... I don't know[1], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[2], and I'm appalled, frankly[1], and ... I don't know[2], and ... all I can see is ashes, man[3], and I'm appalled, frankly[2], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![3], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[3], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[3], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[3], and, do you ... ?[3], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[3], and I suppose I could do better ...[3], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![3], and ... well, any of this[3], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[3], and END / GAME - !!![3], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[3], and get away from the window!!![3], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![3], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[3], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[3], and just an animal[3], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![3], and it's a mad world - look at it![3], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[3], and ... I don't know[3], and I'm appalled, frankly[3], and

And ... all I can see is ashes, man[1], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![1], and ... all I can see is ashes, man[2], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[1], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![2], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[1], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[2], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[1], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[2], and, do you ... ?[1], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[2], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[1], and, do you ... ?[2], and I suppose I could do better ...[1], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[2], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![1], and I suppose I could do better ...[2], and ... well, any of this[1], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![2], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[1], and ... well, any of this[2], and END / GAME - !!![1], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[2], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[1], and END / GAME - !!![2], and get away from the window!!![1], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[2], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![1], and get away from the window!!![2], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[1], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![2], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[1], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[2], and just an animal[1], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[2], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![1], and just an animal[2], and it's a mad world - look at it![1], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![2], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[1], and it's a mad world - look at it![2], and ... I don't know[1], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[2], and I'm appalled, frankly[1], and ... I don't know[2], and ... all I can see is ashes, man[3], and I'm appalled, frankly[2], and YOU(!) ... might think I'm a madman, BUT(!) ... what do I think you are, eh? Christ![3], and I guess I'm Lucky to see anything at all ...[3], and some of you, some bits of you, won't know any ...[3], and let me think: All the muck of my conscious ness consciousness nesses conscious ness uh nesses[3], and, do you ... ?[3], and Sam is long gone, unfortunately[3], and I suppose I could do better ...[3], and I'd love to see you think sometime, ha! / and it ain't as easy as it seems / and I'm an expert![3], and ... well, any of this[3], and don't take me by the hand and drag me to no fucking window / ah, I've seen it all before[3], and END / GAME - !!![3], and idiots choose idiots, what can I say?[3], and get away from the window!!![3], and, Jesus! ... what do you see? A beautiful world? Interesting! / But, not, not, not ... for long![3], and I'm not as young as I used to be ... 'Who is?!'[3], and I was a burning entertainer in the old desert days, but now I'm rather chilled ...[3], and just an animal[3], and I've still got most of my teeth / so ... watch out I don't bite you like a tyger![3], and it's a mad world - look at it![3], and we may have to survive in the ashes / if we have any appetite for it[3], and ... I don't know[3], and I'm appalled, frankly[3], and

President Trump's term will be a bad time for US equities

That's what they're saying, I think. 'What?! Who are saying?' The people in the PR email. 'Eh? What PR email, boss?' Jesus H. ! This one, man -

London, 22 January - US equities are unlikely to perform better during President Trump's tenure than under many of his predecessors, analysis by Source, one of Europe's leading ETF providers, shows.

'Oh.' Yes, dear reader(s), it's the, uh, Monday morning PR email, back by popular demand - your popular demand, believe it or not. Even though it's a cold, dark Monday morning in January. 'Ha! You would think they would have better things to do. Demanding PR emails on cold, dark Monday mornings in January. They must be fucking mental!' Shut up, Voice! Please. Don't abuse my readers. / Anyway ...

The analysis shows that the S&P 500 delivered an annualised return of 13.9% under Barack Obama and 15.2% under Bill Clinton, ranking their terms fifth and third respectively in terms of stock market gains (since 1853).

'Great!'

But with the S&P 500 currently on a Shiller Price-Earnings ratio of more than 282 it is unlikely that it will do better under President Trump, Source says.

Oh dear.

Paul Jackson, Head of Research at Source, commented: "Such a high Shiller ratio is more commonly associated with negative future returns. Valuations are an important determinant of future returns: Reagan and Obama were helped on that front, as were Harding and Coolidge in 1921. President Trump does not have that luxury. He should not measure himself by what the US stock market says as I fear the judgement will be harsh no matter what he does."

Uh, well ... not good. 'Not good at all.' However, I doubt Trump will be measuring himself by anything. He just doesn't care. 'Man, what he says ... is reality.' Yes, Trump decides what is reality and what ain't. 'Or that Comical Sean guy that he's got working for him decides.' Yeah, with the tanks rolling by in the background ... 'Er, that was Ali.' Yes, of course, Ali. I get them mixed up.

The analysis shows that since 1853, the best annualised returns by the US stock market were made under presidents Harding/Coolidge (17.7%, 1921-29); Hayes (15.6%, 1877-1881); Clinton (15.2%, 1993-2001); Lincoln (14.4%, 1861-1865); and Obama (13.9%, 2009-17).

Okay. 'Is there more?' A bit.

Simplifying personal and corporate taxation is one of the policy initiatives intimated by President-elect Trump. Source analysis shows that the sectors that currently pay the most tax and would therefore be likely to benefit the most are retail, industrials, financial services and media. The sectors that would have least to gain from tax cuts include real estate, autos, travel & leisure and healthcare.

Okay. Well, now we know.

...

Anything else? 'What else, boss?' Trump again, I suppose. 'Ha! The whole world is talking about him!' Yeah. But not in the way he wants. / Did you see Trump with the CIA on Saturday night, dear reader(s)? It was like a stand-up comedy routine. 'By Rupert Pupkin.' Christ! There must be some serious people in America - in positions of power - who can do something about this. 'Maybe he'll be impeached.' Before he starts a war with China? Well, that would be nice, Voice. Personally, I would appreciate that a lot because I'll be doing my music this year seriously and ... 'You don't want to be entertaining a pile of ashes.' Precisely! / But life goes on, you dig? Let's not get depressed. I'll be back later with a conceptual, No. 482.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

HSBC, UBS, and Goldman Sachs are moving 1,000 jobs each out of the UK

Yeah, roughly a thousand jobs each, I think. For now. [Maybe 3,000 at Goldman!] My guess is, this will just be the start. They will wait to see what the damage of Brexit is first. 'They probably have plans already to move everything to Paris, Frankfurt, and Dublin, boss. They just don't want everyone screaming at them on Twitter, for the moment.' Maybe, Voice. I can see the sense of that. I mean, just give people a warning that they're leaving, and then make the big move later.

Obviously, dear reader(s), I'm absolutely sickened that I'm having to write about Brexit again. If I had my way, I would just write about music. What songs I'm listening to. What songs I'm writing or recording. But you know how it is. This is my job, for my sins. 'It would be bizarre, boss, if you didn't write about Brexit. It could destroy the British finance industry.' Yes. Christ!

Oh, let's talk about something else, seriously, yeah? Cheer me up, Voice. 'Ha! Well, do you know that Obama has sacked Major General Schwartz?' Who is he? 'Well, he hasn't actually been sacked yet. However, he's been told to stand down during the inauguration.' Yeah, great. Who the hell is he?! 'He's the guy in charge of security tomorrow. Or he was.' Oh, I see. Well, that's not cheering me up, man. Isn't there anything else? 'What music are you listening to?' Jesus H. - ! I haven't put anything on yet.

Yes, the inauguration. I doubt there will be any problems tomorrow. Apparently, Trump is bringing in his own security. Bikers for Trump, or something. 'It's basically going to be a rerun of Altamont, boss.' Shut up, you idiot!

The Stones aren't going to be there. 'Gimme Shelter - !!!' Yeah, I'm listening to Gimme Shelter. Let's rock!

...

Later(s), crocodile(s)! Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

[No. 481] Come together!

One and one and one is ...

And, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[1], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![1], and, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[2], and I know you, and you know me[1], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![2], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[1], and I know you, and you know me[2], and I'm just trying to help people ...[1], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[2], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[1], and I'm just trying to help people ...[2], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[1], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[2], and in a perfect world ...[1], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[2], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[1], and in a perfect world ...[2], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[1], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[1], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[2], and ... acid eyes![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[2], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[1], and ... acid eyes![2], and ... who can resist?[1], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[2], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[1], and ... who can resist?[2], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[1], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[2], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![1], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[2], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[1], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![2], and look at the kooks![1], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[2], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[1], and look at the kooks![2], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[1], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[2], and, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[3], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[2], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![3], and I know you, and you know me[3], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[3], and I'm just trying to help people ...[3], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[3], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[3], and in a perfect world ...[3], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[3], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[3], and ... acid eyes![3], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[3], and ... who can resist?[3], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[3], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[3], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![3], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[3], and look at the kooks![3], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[3], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[3], and

And, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[1], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![1], and, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[2], and I know you, and you know me[1], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![2], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[1], and I know you, and you know me[2], and I'm just trying to help people ...[1], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[2], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[1], and I'm just trying to help people ...[2], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[1], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[2], and in a perfect world ...[1], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[2], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[1], and in a perfect world ...[2], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[1], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[1], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[2], and ... acid eyes![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[2], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[1], and ... acid eyes![2], and ... who can resist?[1], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[2], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[1], and ... who can resist?[2], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[1], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[2], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![1], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[2], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[1], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![2], and look at the kooks![1], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[2], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[1], and look at the kooks![2], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[1], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[2], and, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[3], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[2], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![3], and I know you, and you know me[3], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[3], and I'm just trying to help people ...[3], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[3], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[3], and in a perfect world ...[3], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[3], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[3], and ... acid eyes![3], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[3], and ... who can resist?[3], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[3], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[3], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![3], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[3], and look at the kooks![3], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[3], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[3], and

And, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[1], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![1], and, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[2], and I know you, and you know me[1], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![2], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[1], and I know you, and you know me[2], and I'm just trying to help people ...[1], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[2], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[1], and I'm just trying to help people ...[2], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[1], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[2], and in a perfect world ...[1], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[2], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[1], and in a perfect world ...[2], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[1], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[1], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[2], and ... acid eyes![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[2], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[1], and ... acid eyes![2], and ... who can resist?[1], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[2], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[1], and ... who can resist?[2], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[1], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[2], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![1], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[2], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[1], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![2], and look at the kooks![1], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[2], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[1], and look at the kooks![2], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[1], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[2], and, uh ... THREE - ?! / Er ... maybe[3], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[2], and I can unite all of YOU(!) behind my path of pure insanity / Oh, baby, let's go!!![3], and I know you, and you know me[3], and a-ROUND here is so confusing / Who knows what it is leading to?[3], and I'm just trying to help people ...[3], and I'm your master / yes, yes, yes[3], and there's sadness in your eyes ... because no one has ever showed you the way - ?[3], and in a perfect world ...[3], and don't wish things were different, little fool / Man, you gotta wish you were better, you dig?[3], and if you want to get beyond, you will have to trust me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND is ... only the beginning of the trip[3], and ... acid eyes![3], and I promise you: if I hold you in my armchair, you will feel my disease[3], and ... who can resist?[3], and I'm talking my personal guarantee here, folks, or ... you get your soul back[3], and my disease? / this is my disease, just spinning, man[3], and come together, come together, come together ... all the slaves looking for freedom, ha![3], and you can change, you don't have to be square / oh, you can be a-ROUND, my friend(s)[3], and look at the kooks![3], and I guess, I guess, I guess ... what do I guess? / uh, you can't guess?[3], and YOU(!) ... have such a long way to go[3], and

The Bunker says there's a Fintech skills shortage

Oh, God! Not this Bunker guy again! Why won't the pervert leave me alone? 'It's not a guy, boss. It's a firm, as you well know.' Whatever, Voice. Whatever!

Yes, dear reader(s), it's the Wednesday morning PR email, back by popular demand. An email from Beau "Shandy" Bass, too. 'Great!'

Skills shortage threatens to slow pace of Fintech innovation, warns The Bunker.

Ha!

The Bunker is hosting a series of Fintech events to bring together start-ups and experts to help shape the future of financial services.

The guy never gives up! All right, what is this?

With research highlighting the digital skills deficit that the UK is currently facing, Fintech companies must be selective about the skills they employ in-house. This is according to Phil Bindley, CTO at The Bunker, who argues that Fintechs should focus their attention on developing a great product, rather that the platform on which it is delivered.

Fair enough.

As Innovate Finance, the body representing the Fintech sector in the UK, puts its plans together for the next "Big Bang", research from Harvey Nash shows that 65 per cent of CIOs and technology leaders are suffering from a technology skills shortage. This deficit presents a real challenge for Fintechs, who may struggle to drive innovation without access to the relevant skills and talent.

Oh dear. What are they going to do?

For Phil Bindley, Fintechs have two choices when it comes to addressing this obstacle. They can either compete for the skilled staff needed to manage infrastructure internally. Or they can find a trusted partner who can help plug the skills gap by taking on this responsibility.

Okay.

He commented: "There is undoubtedly a digital skills shortage in the UK and this is something that threatens to derail the pace of Fintech innovation. Companies within this space need a lot more than just software development skills to build the infrastructure that delivers digital financial technology services. This requires a number of skilled individuals that are currently in short supply, such as infrastructure experts, operating systems experts and digital security experts. As organizations continue to compete for a resource that is in short supply, they will need to make tough decisions about the skills they adopt in-house and what they decide to outsource."

Well, the problem is, we don't have any goddamn education in this country. 'Probably never will, the way things are going, boss.' Voice, the only solution is to bring more immigrants in. 'The government won't like that, man!' / Well ...

"The companies that are really disrupting the financial industry are those that are ploughing their time and energy into innovative product development, as opposed to the management of infrastructure. Ultimately, Fintechs need to focus on making their products and software as great as they need to be to attract customers. Therefore, these companies will be wise to lean on a trusted service provider for the management of servers and infrastructure, in order to help bridge the skills gap. However, the financial services market is one that is highly regulated and this makes it essential for Fintech companies to conduct due diligence with regards to their outsourcing arrangements. Those using a Cloud Services Provider (CSP) must prove to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that they are not introducing any degree of risk to the financial services environment, so opting for a provider who has a pedigree in compliance and security is vital. Working with a CSP who has accreditations such as PCI DSS and ISO 27001 will alleviate the regulatory pressures that come with operating in this sector and can also provide a competitive advantage. But ultimately, working with a trusted provider will free up more time for innovation, which is what Fintech is all about," concludes Bindley.

Well, outsourcing or something. I don't know. / Oh, I've been invited to one of these things -

The Bunker is hosting a series of Fintech events, which bring together start-ups and experts to help shape the future of financial services. These events will foster long-term mutually beneficial relationships, designed to scale new business models into live products and services.

'Nice. Will you be going, boss?' What?! And meet The Bunker, face to face, like? 'Yeah.' No. Do me a favour! Christ!

...

Anything else? Brexit? I ain't talking/writing about Brexit no more because I value my mental health too highly. However, I will just say I find it amusing ... Mayhem's claim yesterday that this country of sixty-five million people is coming together behind her deranged vision of a hard Brexit. 'Ha!' Yeah. Doesn't she ever go on Twitter?

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

I'm writing about Brexit again ... Christ!

"I woke up screamin' ..."

Ha! Yeah, I'm writing about Brexit again. [And I will try to make sense, though I ain't promising anything because I'm psychotically angry, just not in my right mind at all.] Probably for the last time. I'm absolutely sick of it, but ... just look at the mess we're in, man! I mean, seriously. Was this the fucking plan?!

Theresa May is putting the control of immigration before anything else. However, we need immigrants. Conservative and Labour governments haven't been letting them in for a laugh over the last fifty years or so. There's a reason why they were allowed to come. We need immigrants for the economy, for the NHS, for agriculture, for pensions, for all kinds of things.

We also need the EU. Is it any coincidence that Britain stopped being the so-called sick man of Europe after joining the EU? I don't think so. We don't have to love the EU, but it makes sense to stay as a member.

[Of course, Donald Trump is against the EU and NATO now. If they both collapse, I reckon Germany will be forced to rearm - including nuclear weapons. And the CIA won't like that one little bit. But I doubt Donald has thought this far ahead. Never mind, eh?]

And where is David Cameron?! This was all his bright idea. Where the hell is he?! / Actually, where the hell is Jeremy Corbyn? Doesn't he have anything to say? Oh, I forgot. There's some important business to attend to on his allotment. I think there's something wrong with the cucumbers. For crying out loud!

Brexit is a nightmare!

And it concerns me ... it concerns me, dear reader(s), that most of the people who voted for Brexit will die within the next ten years, while the children of Great Britain will be stuck with this nonsense and have to pay for it for the rest of their miserable lives. Is that fair? Does it sound remotely fair to you?

And, and, and ... what is Brexit doing to Great Britain's reputation around the world, man?! It looks like we hate foreigners. It looks like we're a bunch of fucking skinheads! It's embarrassing. And we want to do trade deals now? Really?

[Oh, I'm ranting! 'Calm down, Mikey!' Okay, Voice. It's a good job this is "satire", all this. 'Yeah. Whatever.']

...

Well, I tell you what I'm going to do, dear reader(s). I'm going to stop worrying about it. [Oh yes, yes, yes.] I'm only going to think about myself from now on. I'm going to play my guitar, and write my songs, and that's it. That's all I'm going to do, man. You dig?

2Pac had the right idea: "Fuck the world!"

Laters.

Monday, 16 January 2017

[No. 480] Let's evolve!

I'm thinking there's gotta be a better life beyond the THREE. You dig?

And, hello, again![1], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[1], and, hello, again![2], and, so ... come with me![1], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[2], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[1], and, so ... come with me![2], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[1], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[2], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![1], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[2], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![1], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![2], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[1], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![2], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[1], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[2], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[1], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[2], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[1], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[2], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![1], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[2], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[1], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![2], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[1], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[2], and it takes balls[1], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[2], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[1], and it takes balls[2], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![1], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[2], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[1], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![2], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[1], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![1], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[2], and I'm not complaining ...[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![2], and, hello, again![3], and I'm not complaining ...[2], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[3], and, so ... come with me![3], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[3], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[3], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![3], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![3], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[3], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[3], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[3], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[3], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![3], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[3], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[3], and it takes balls[3], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[3], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![3], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[3], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![3], and I'm not complaining ...[3], and

And, hello, again![1], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[1], and, hello, again![2], and, so ... come with me![1], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[2], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[1], and, so ... come with me![2], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[1], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[2], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![1], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[2], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![1], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![2], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[1], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![2], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[1], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[2], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[1], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[2], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[1], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[2], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![1], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[2], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[1], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![2], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[1], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[2], and it takes balls[1], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[2], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[1], and it takes balls[2], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![1], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[2], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[1], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![2], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[1], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![1], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[2], and I'm not complaining ...[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![2], and, hello, again![3], and I'm not complaining ...[2], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[3], and, so ... come with me![3], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[3], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[3], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![3], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![3], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[3], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[3], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[3], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[3], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![3], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[3], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[3], and it takes balls[3], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[3], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![3], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[3], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![3], and I'm not complaining ...[3], and

And, hello, again![1], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[1], and, hello, again![2], and, so ... come with me![1], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[2], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[1], and, so ... come with me![2], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[1], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[2], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![1], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[2], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![1], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![2], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[1], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![2], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[1], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[2], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[1], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[2], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[1], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[2], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![1], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[2], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[1], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![2], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[1], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[2], and it takes balls[1], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[2], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[1], and it takes balls[2], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![1], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[2], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[1], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![2], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[1], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![1], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[2], and I'm not complaining ...[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![2], and, hello, again![3], and I'm not complaining ...[2], and how are you doing? / Really? Well, that's interesting! / Some people never change[3], and, so ... come with me![3], and I'm your motivator, man / and you can motivate me[3], and, uh ... so glad you could join us, the kooks[3], and a-ROUND here is all we got for the moment ... / but what a moment, man![3], and one in a trillion ... ? / oh, more than a trillion![3], and, man, man, man, yeah! / Seriously ...[3], and ... let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, let it evolve, let it be, yes, yes, yes[3], and the WORLD - ?! / JESUS - !!! ... son, daughter / YOU(!) ... gotta forget about the world[3], and evil comes through the dirt to our paradise ...[3], and the pound keeps falling, but the koo ... koo ... kooks keep spinning - on, and on, and on, ha![3], and evil comes from the mouths of idiots ...[3], and I'm dreaming of a NEW TOMORROW / Believe it or not ... uh, try to believe, please[3], and it takes balls[3], and I suppose YOU(!) ... have got some better ideas, eh? / Maybe I should speak to the Voice ...[3], and where is he, when you actually need him? IDIOT!!![3], and I can do it on my own, if I have to ... / and how many became visionaries straight after Rimbaud?[3], and ... oh, we had to wait ages for Dylan, Morrison, and Smith[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND now ... / Man, it never ever stops![3], and I'm not complaining ...[3], and