Thursday, 28 June 2018

Samantha Rosenstock has joined Man FRM

Okay, okay. Well, well ... / Man FRM. That's Man Group's hedge fund unit, if you don't know, dear reader(s). Anyway, our Samantha - or Sam, as I like to call her - used to work for New Jersey's pension fund. 'But now she don't, boss.' Now she doesn't, Voice. That's right. She's moved on. She's at this Man thing now as the boss of its relative value and private markets strategies. 'Is that a unit, within the unit, like?' Yeah, probably. I don't know. What do I know? Uh. I know she reports to Jens Foehrenbach. 'Who's that?!' Christ! Just some guy, man. He's the chief investment officer of Man FRM. 'Oh, nice. / And, er ... is he delighted that Sam has joined the firm or group or whatever?' No, Voice. 'Oh dear!' He's thrilled! 'What? Ha!' Yeah, ha, ha, his exact word. Thrilled. 'Brilliant! You had me worried for a moment, boss.' Well, they're always delighted or thrilled or excited, these people, aren't they? It's always going to be one of those three words.

Okay, okay. Well, anyway, I'd like to wish Sam all the best in her new job. 'Good luck, Sam!' Of course. Good luck, Sam!

...

Anything else? Not much, no. This is the last post of the week. There is one thing: our Elon's got trouble with a unicorn coffee mug. 'What?!' Oh, man, there's this, uh, coffee mug, see? With a picture of a unicorn on it. 'Oh, right.' Yeah, well, Tesla copied it, or borrowed it, or something, and now the copyright owner and creator is causing a fuss. It's no big deal. It's just more hassle that Elon doesn't need in his life right now. And I know how he feels. I've got to record my songs, but I keep getting distracted by mundane stuff in the world that needs to be dealt with. I mean, just doing my laundry is a goddamn pain in the arse/ass, you dig? 'You need an assistant, boss.' What, like you? 'Ha! No, not me. I don't have a physical body. How am I supposed to do the fucking laundry?!' Never mind. Just forget about it.

Have a nice weekend, reader(s). 'Later(s)!' Bye!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

[No. 622] What goes a-ROUND comes a-ROUND

Ain't that the truth!

And I'm looking for a solution ...[1], and, yes, yes[1], and I'm looking for a solution ...[2], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[1], and, yes, yes[2], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[1], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[2], and I know you dig, baby[1], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[2], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and I know you dig, baby[2], and don't be an amateur[1], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[1], and don't be an amateur[2], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![1], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[2], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[1], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![2], and ... ha![1], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[2], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[1], and ... ha![2], and listen NOW[1], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[2], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[1], and listen NOW[2], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[1], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[2], and they don't know me[1], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[2], and I'm almost free, man![1], and they don't know me[2], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[1], and I'm almost free, man![2], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![1], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[2], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[1], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![2], and it never stops, time[1], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[2], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[1], and it never stops, time[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![1], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[2], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![2], and I'm looking for a solution ...[3], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![2], and, yes, yes[3], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[3], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[3], and I know you dig, baby[3], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[3], and don't be an amateur[3], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[3], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![3], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[3], and ... ha![3], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[3], and listen NOW[3], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[3], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[3], and they don't know me[3], and I'm almost free, man![3], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[3], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![3], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[3], and it never stops, time[3], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![3], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![3], and

And I'm looking for a solution ...[1], and, yes, yes[1], and I'm looking for a solution ...[2], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[1], and, yes, yes[2], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[1], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[2], and I know you dig, baby[1], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[2], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and I know you dig, baby[2], and don't be an amateur[1], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[1], and don't be an amateur[2], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![1], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[2], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[1], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![2], and ... ha![1], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[2], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[1], and ... ha![2], and listen NOW[1], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[2], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[1], and listen NOW[2], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[1], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[2], and they don't know me[1], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[2], and I'm almost free, man![1], and they don't know me[2], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[1], and I'm almost free, man![2], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![1], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[2], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[1], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![2], and it never stops, time[1], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[2], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[1], and it never stops, time[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![1], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[2], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![2], and I'm looking for a solution ...[3], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![2], and, yes, yes[3], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[3], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[3], and I know you dig, baby[3], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[3], and don't be an amateur[3], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[3], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![3], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[3], and ... ha![3], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[3], and listen NOW[3], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[3], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[3], and they don't know me[3], and I'm almost free, man![3], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[3], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![3], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[3], and it never stops, time[3], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![3], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![3], and

And I'm looking for a solution ...[1], and, yes, yes[1], and I'm looking for a solution ...[2], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[1], and, yes, yes[2], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[1], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[2], and I know you dig, baby[1], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[2], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[1], and I know you dig, baby[2], and don't be an amateur[1], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[2], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[1], and don't be an amateur[2], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![1], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[2], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[1], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![2], and ... ha![1], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[2], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[1], and ... ha![2], and listen NOW[1], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[2], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[1], and listen NOW[2], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[1], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[2], and they don't know me[1], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[2], and I'm almost free, man![1], and they don't know me[2], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[1], and I'm almost free, man![2], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![1], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[2], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[1], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![2], and it never stops, time[1], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[2], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[1], and it never stops, time[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![1], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[2], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![2], and I'm looking for a solution ...[3], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![2], and, yes, yes[3], and, yeah ... to my problem and yours, kook(s)[3], and, man, I won't stop spinning until I get the answer, the magic, the something, or, uh, BIG NOTHING(!), you dig?[3], and I know you dig, baby[3], and, just look at me! ... I'm a-ROUND here all the time ... / ... and how about YOU(!)?[3], and don't be an amateur[3], and, yes, YES(!), uh, I know[3], and insanity is what you make it, so stay positive![3], and 'Mikey, I'll go a-ROUND with you, and come a-ROUND - if that's what it takes'[3], and ... ha![3], and ... thank you, Voice / and thank you, everyone / and thank you, yes, for your support[3], and listen NOW[3], and the squares say: "Mikey will never get beyond no freakin' THREE" ... but they don't know shit, seriously[3], and they'll get bad karma for sure ...[3], and they don't know me[3], and I'm almost free, man![3], and all the good karma belongs to us because we're good kooks, kook(s) / and are you digging me on this - ?[3], and, yes ... good kooks, kook(s)!!![3], and we deserve miracles, yes / and we've served our time / and, but ... there's still eternity to come[3], and it never stops, time[3], and who would want it to stop? Only a sicko[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it never gets old, does it? Ha![3], and there you go, and there we all go, come on![3], and

Euan Munro on the CO2 shortage

I was talking to our Euan late last night, in my head, like. 'A conversation in your mind with him, boss?' Yes, Voice. 'Nice one!' And more of my mind in a bit. But this first -

Hello, Michael. Can you talk, Euan? Well, I was hoping to get some sleep, man. Sleep is for wimps. Come on! I want to talk to you about the CO2 shortage. All right. So ... what are you doing about it? Well, I've had talks with the breweries. Yeah. And? There's not much that can be done, Mikey. We'll just have to sit it out. Oh, and how do the Aviva Investors boys and girls feel about that, your attitude? Well, we haven't actually run out of beer yet, have we? And it's the ice cream that is my main concern, anyway. Okay. And do we know what's happening with the ice cream? Er ... there haven't been any reports in the news. All the talk is of beer. Uh. So you haven't actually checked?! What, with the ice cream suppliers? No. Christ, Euan! I hope you're not going to let everyone down. I won't! Well, don't you think you should pull your finger out, mate? Listen, Mike, I want to enjoy the hazy, lazy ... uh, hazy days of summer, too, you know. I don't want to be on the phone all day, dealing with this thing that might not even really happen. If the ice cream runs out, I'll do something. And the beer? Well, that's down to the pubs, ain't it? Yeah, but you could get some cans in. Store them in the office, yeah? Be proactive! Well, okay, I'll do that. Good! That's more like it, Euan. Enjoy your day tomorrow. Bye. Yeah, good night, Euan. FFS!

So he'll be in the park again today, with the gang. It's all right for some. I'm stuck behind a laptop, writing this shit. 'There's no rest for the wicked, boss.' Shut up, Voice.

...

Anything else? Oh, as I was saying, my mind. I had a chaotic day in my mind yesterday, and I didn't get much done. I hate days like that, dear reader(s), where you lose control of yourself, you dig? 'I blame Euan, boss.' Well, don't. That came at the end of the day. I was actually feeling better by then.

Uh, never mind. I don't want to talk about it. 'Is there anything else?' I'll be doing a conceptual later, Voice. No. 622. 'What about?' Does it matter? 'Ha!' Ha!

Oh, one thing. There's been some talk lately of aliens not existing, that we might be alone in the universe. I think that's nonsense. There must be loads of aliens. The reason we haven't seen them yet is because they aren't murderous lunatics who just want to conquer other planets, but are highly-evolved beings who have us under observation - a bit like a science experiment. / What's more, I have a theory that they sometimes interfere with human consciousness by raising it a bit. That would explain the existence of guys like me and Elon Musk: we are the evolutionary spearhead of the human race. Unless it's God doing it. 'But He could be the alien, Mikey.' I know.

Laters.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Close to a million jobs!

Okay, okay. 'Well, that's good news, ain't it, boss?' What?! 'I presume you're talking about the Brexit dividend. A million new jobs will be created. That's something to celebrate, surely?' Don't be such a bloody idiot, Voice! A million jobs will be destroyed! 'Oh. Oh dear. / What about the Brexit dividend?' There isn't one. 'Eh?! What about the sunlit uplands? What about the fucking unicorns we were promised?!' Give it a rest, man. FFS!

Christ! Another day, more bad news. However, I'm staying positive. Just looking at my life, dear reader(s), you dig? Maybe I will get to Malibu. Oh, maybe ... 'What about their nutty president, boss?' Trump won't be there forever, Voice. 'Well, maybe you should try living somewhere that isn't controlled by the Kremlin.' Ha! Where?! The goddamn moon?!

What a life, eh?! Never mind.

...

Anything else? Not a lot, no. / I might need a new laptop soon. I wish I knew more about computers. 'I thought you were a computer expert, Mikey.' Yeah, when I was twelve. 'Oh.' Then I lost interest. I had a ZX81. I taught myself BASIC. I was just about to learn machine code ... 'Then what?' Then I discovered music, man. 'Ah, never mind.' I ain't complaining, son. I'm just saying, that's all.

My favourite game on the ZX81 was Catacombs. You can play it online now. / I wrote a few games. I wrote one about hunting for submarines. I adapted a stock market one, from a magazine. And I wrote one that taught 'O' Level chemistry. [I taught myself the subject early. I liked chemistry.] / Elon had his Blastar thing, of course ... with those status beam machines. Whatever the fuck they are.

By the way, I only had the first Playstation later on. My favourite game on that was Civilization 2. And I can't play that no more because the console doesn't plug into modern TVs. Unless I'm doing it wrong, which is entirely possible ...

Laters.

Monday, 25 June 2018

[No. 621] Whole lotta nothing

It's what I need.

And, well ...[1], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[1], and, well ...[2], and ... you dig, man?[1], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[2], and more of the same is always a winner[1], and ... you dig, man?[2], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[1], and more of the same is always a winner[2], and the cosmos knows ...[1], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[2], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[1], and the cosmos knows ...[2], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[1], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[2], and you're tired[1], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[2], and this ... that![1], and you're tired[2], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[1], and this ... that![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[1], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[2], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[2], and ... cosmos have mercy![1], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[1], and ... cosmos have mercy![2], and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[2], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[1], and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![2], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[1], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[2], and be adventurous, please![1], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[2], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[1], and be adventurous, please![2], and ... breathe![1], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[2], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[1], and ... breathe![2], and you, you, you[1], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[2], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[1], and you, you, you[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[1], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[2], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![1], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[2], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![1], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![2], and so very open![1], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![2], and, well ...[3], and so very open![2], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[3], and ... you dig, man?[3], and more of the same is always a winner[3], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[3], and the cosmos knows ...[3], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[3], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[3], and you're tired[3], and this ... that![3], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[3], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![3], and ... cosmos have mercy![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[3],and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![3], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[3], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[3], and be adventurous, please![3], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[3], and ... breathe![3], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[3], and you, you, you[3], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[3], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[3], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![3], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![3], and so very open![3], and

And, well ...[1], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[1], and, well ...[2], and ... you dig, man?[1], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[2], and more of the same is always a winner[1], and ... you dig, man?[2], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[1], and more of the same is always a winner[2], and the cosmos knows ...[1], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[2], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[1], and the cosmos knows ...[2], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[1], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[2], and you're tired[1], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[2], and this ... that![1], and you're tired[2], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[1], and this ... that![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[1], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[2], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[2], and ... cosmos have mercy![1], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[1], and ... cosmos have mercy![2], and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[2], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[1], and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![2], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[1], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[2], and be adventurous, please![1], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[2], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[1], and be adventurous, please![2], and ... breathe![1], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[2], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[1], and ... breathe![2], and you, you, you[1], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[2], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[1], and you, you, you[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[1], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[2], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![1], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[2], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![1], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![2], and so very open![1], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![2], and, well ...[3], and so very open![2], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[3], and ... you dig, man?[3], and more of the same is always a winner[3], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[3], and the cosmos knows ...[3], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[3], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[3], and you're tired[3], and this ... that![3], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[3], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![3], and ... cosmos have mercy![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[3],and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![3], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[3], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[3], and be adventurous, please![3], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[3], and ... breathe![3], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[3], and you, you, you[3], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[3], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[3], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![3], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![3], and so very open![3], and

And, well ...[1], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[1], and, well ...[2], and ... you dig, man?[1], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[2], and more of the same is always a winner[1], and ... you dig, man?[2], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[1], and more of the same is always a winner[2], and the cosmos knows ...[1], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[2], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[1], and the cosmos knows ...[2], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[1], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[2], and you're tired[1], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[2], and this ... that![1], and you're tired[2], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[1], and this ... that![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[1], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[2], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[2], and ... cosmos have mercy![1], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[1], and ... cosmos have mercy![2], and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[2], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[1], and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![2], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[1], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[2], and be adventurous, please![1], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[2], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[1], and be adventurous, please![2], and ... breathe![1], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[2], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[1], and ... breathe![2], and you, you, you[1], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[2], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[1], and you, you, you[2], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[1], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[2], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![1], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[2], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![1], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![2], and so very open![1], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![2], and, well ...[3], and so very open![2], and, so ... it's not a crime, no, no, no[3], and ... you dig, man?[3], and more of the same is always a winner[3], and a little of NOTHING ain't enough, man / and I'm greedy, yes, yes, yes, so what?[3], and the cosmos knows ...[3], and, oh ... but I will share with YOU(!), ah, yes[3], and ... come on, get some! / and I know you're not happy / and I know the squares judge you[3], and you're tired[3], and this ... that![3], and, believe me, there's plenty to go, uh ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and catch it now, like a fisherman[3], and, ha! ... fill your heart, your soul, my kook(s)![3], and ... cosmos have mercy![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and make it a real part of yourself[3],and, ha! ... fill your brain, your mind, my kook(s)![3], and ... cosmos see us, just full of it[3], and if it's a miracle YOU(!) want, I'll see what I can do, BUT(!) ... you gotta help yourself to a lotta[3], and be adventurous, please![3], and I can touch the stars with my thoughts / and I can make contact with every being out there[3], and ... breathe![3], and I'm trying to find something, Christ! / and I see you looking confused and scared[3], and you, you, you[3], and, me, now, I'm going deeper, to get empty, to get free, and maybe, one day, I'll be more than THREE[3], and 'Ha, ha, ha, uh'[3], and, Voice, I'm a dreamer, yes![3], and I want BIG NOTHING - over and over![3], and so very open![3], and

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Colin Purdie and The New Credit Unit

Yes. They're actually one of the best rock bands around at the moment. Colin Purdie is a great frontman and lyricist. I think he models himself on Mick Jagger a bit too much, but I'm sure he'll find his own style eventually. 'Wow! This sounds really exciting, boss. Is it true?' No, Voice. I'm afraid it's bullshit. 'Oh.' Colin Purdie works at Aviva Investors. And the new credit unit is just that - a new credit unit that our Colin is the boss of. 'Oh. That's a shame.' Yeah. I was trying to jazz the story up a bit, dear reader(s). Or rock it up. But I failed. Sorry. 'On the bright side though ...' Ha! Well, on the bright side, man, we all know that no one really works at Aviva Investors, and the weather is beautiful at the moment. Absolutely beautiful! Everyone will be in the park now. 'What about the pub, in the evenings, like?' Uh, maybe, Voice. There could be trouble on the horizon though. 'Why?!' There's a CO2 shortage at the moment, which you need for making beer, or keeping it fresh, anyway. 'Christ!' The pubs may run dry in the next couple of weeks. 'Christ!' Yeah. Apparently, Euan Munro has been having emergency talks with the breweries. I'm hoping he can sort something out. 'They're lucky it's not winter. The Aviva Investors mob spend all day in the pub then.' Ha! Well, let's hope the ice cream doesn't run out, too! Because that will be the park knackered.

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Okay, okay. Anything else? It's the last post of the week 'Yippee!' / I might go to the pub tomorrow, myself, down by the river, before it's too late. Today? I might go out somewhere after lunch.

Oh, about my music. I've decided the thing to do is ... try to write three or four world-beaters for every album. The other songs can be a mix of bread-and-butter classics and good songs. The second and third classes of song can all be written in a day. 'All in a day, Mikey?!' I mean, one song a day, idiot! 'Oh, right.' I'll just force myself to do it. However, the world-beaters - which my reputation will ultimately depend on - can be written in months, if months are needed, you dig? I think that's a good way of working. I need strategy and discipline. Remember, dear reader(s), I'm modelling myself on Elon Musk, not someone from the silly world of pop music. 'Silly?! Why get involved then?' I'll be making it SERIOUS, man, believe me.

Okay. 'Okay.' Have a nice weekend, crocodile(s)! 'Laters!' Bye!

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

[No. 620] Do it! Do it now!

Get motivated! Yes, YOU(!)!!!

And what are you doing, man?![1], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![1], and what are you doing, man?![2], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[1], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![2], and what's your problem?[1], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[2], and ... seriously[1], and what's your problem?[2], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[1], and ... seriously[2], and it's yours for the taking[1], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[2], and you can lead a horse to water ...[1], and it's yours for the taking[2], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[1], and you can lead a horse to water ...[2], and kook or square?[1], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[2], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[1], and kook or square?[2], and I rarely ever feel this good[1], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[2], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[1], and I rarely ever feel this good[2], and I'm a soul man![1], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[2], and do it, do, it, do it![1], and I'm a soul man![2], and ... ha![1], and do it, do, it, do it![2], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![1], and ... ha![2], and be truly here, with me[1], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![2], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[1], and be truly here, with me[2], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[1], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[2], and I love the drama of it![1], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[2], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![1], and I love the drama of it![2], and, uh, so ... sublime![1], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![2], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![1], and, uh, so ... sublime![2], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![1], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![2], and what are you doing, man?![3], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![2], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![3], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[3], and what's your problem?[3], and ... seriously[3], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[3], and it's yours for the taking[3], and you can lead a horse to water ...[3], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[3], and kook or square?[3], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[3], and I rarely ever feel this good[3], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[3], and I'm a soul man![3], and do it, do, it, do it![3], and ... ha![3], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![3], and be truly here, with me[3], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[3], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[3], and I love the drama of it![3], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![3], and, uh, so ... sublime![3], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![3], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![3], and

And what are you doing, man?![1], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![1], and what are you doing, man?![2], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[1], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![2], and what's your problem?[1], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[2], and ... seriously[1], and what's your problem?[2], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[1], and ... seriously[2], and it's yours for the taking[1], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[2], and you can lead a horse to water ...[1], and it's yours for the taking[2], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[1], and you can lead a horse to water ...[2], and kook or square?[1], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[2], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[1], and kook or square?[2], and I rarely ever feel this good[1], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[2], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[1], and I rarely ever feel this good[2], and I'm a soul man![1], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[2], and do it, do, it, do it![1], and I'm a soul man![2], and ... ha![1], and do it, do, it, do it![2], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![1], and ... ha![2], and be truly here, with me[1], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![2], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[1], and be truly here, with me[2], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[1], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[2], and I love the drama of it![1], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[2], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![1], and I love the drama of it![2], and, uh, so ... sublime![1], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![2], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![1], and, uh, so ... sublime![2], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![1], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![2], and what are you doing, man?![3], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![2], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![3], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[3], and what's your problem?[3], and ... seriously[3], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[3], and it's yours for the taking[3], and you can lead a horse to water ...[3], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[3], and kook or square?[3], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[3], and I rarely ever feel this good[3], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[3], and I'm a soul man![3], and do it, do, it, do it![3], and ... ha![3], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![3], and be truly here, with me[3], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[3], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[3], and I love the drama of it![3], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![3], and, uh, so ... sublime![3], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![3], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![3], and

And what are you doing, man?![1], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![1], and what are you doing, man?![2], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[1], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![2], and what's your problem?[1], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[2], and ... seriously[1], and what's your problem?[2], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[1], and ... seriously[2], and it's yours for the taking[1], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[2], and you can lead a horse to water ...[1], and it's yours for the taking[2], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[1], and you can lead a horse to water ...[2], and kook or square?[1], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[2], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[1], and kook or square?[2], and I rarely ever feel this good[1], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[2], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[1], and I rarely ever feel this good[2], and I'm a soul man![1], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[2], and do it, do, it, do it![1], and I'm a soul man![2], and ... ha![1], and do it, do, it, do it![2], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![1], and ... ha![2], and be truly here, with me[1], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![2], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[1], and be truly here, with me[2], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[1], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[2], and I love the drama of it![1], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[2], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![1], and I love the drama of it![2], and, uh, so ... sublime![1], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![2], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![1], and, uh, so ... sublime![2], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![1], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![2], and what are you doing, man?![3], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![2], and don't sit on your arse (ass), just staring at me with that blank expression, Christ![3], and I want to see you ... so DIZZY(!), you dig?[3], and what's your problem?[3], and ... seriously[3], and, oh ... has your life been hard? / and I'm here to tell you: there's a paradise beyond the THREE[3], and it's yours for the taking[3], and you can lead a horse to water ...[3], and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes, and a-ROUND, yes! ... / ... and it's not exactly rocket science, is it?[3], and kook or square?[3], and the cosmos is watching you, yes, waiting ...[3], and I rarely ever feel this good[3], and I don't care if some square can't understand the power that I have in my soul, man[3], and I'm a soul man![3], and do it, do, it, do it![3], and ... ha![3], and I've been doing this since 2012!!! / and 'That means you're an expert, boss' / and damn straight, Voice![3], and be truly here, with me[3], and don't let the words scare YOU(!) ... because they're meaningless on the shamanic level[3], and that's the level I operate on, obviously[3], and I love the drama of it![3], and look at me now, spinning a-ROUND ... / and I'm doing it, kook(s), I'm doing it ... now![3], and, uh, so ... sublime![3], and no one can say to me: You ain't motivated, son![3], and ... COME ON - !!! - !!! - !!![3], and

I looked!

Man, I looked, yes, but I couldn't find any decent financial news. There's nothing I want to write about.

I looked for a while, yes. Maybe I didn't look hard enough. 'Ha!' And I ain't got no PR emails, which is pretty disappointing. 'Ha!' Stop saying ha!, Voice. Please.

I'm not too upset about it. Times change. People change. I might turn this into a motivational blog.

Uh. 'Maybe you'll get a few PR emails soon, boss.' It's what I need, man. It's what I like. Nice and easy. No fuss. I'm too old for fuss. I ain't got the energy to go around the whole internet looking for news. Let the goddamn news come to me!

Anyway ...

Okay, okay. Elon Musk is building cars in a tent now. That's news. Elon doesn't just think outside the box, he thinks outside the factory, too. Nice one! / And in other news? Well, Donald Trump is turning America into a Nazi hellhole. 'What?! I thought he was making America great again.' Ha! It hasn't worked out that way, man. 'Do you still want to live in Malibu then?' I don't know. Let's wait and see. Maybe they'll get a better president soon.

So, uh ... there's your news, dear reader(s). Are you happy now? 'It wasn't financial, boss.' The Tesla bit was business, idiot! 'Oh.' Yeah, oh. Christ!

Anyway ...

Let's see if I can motivate you. 'Me?!' No, them. / Okay. Do it! Do it now!

Okay. 'Is that it?!' I'm new to all this. 'That was pathetic though, Mikey. Come on.' Never mind.

Ah, okay, reaching new levels. When you reach a new level in anything, it's painful going back to the old level. Or it should be. 'Eh?' Listen. My best song is Nothing. And I don't really want to write like the old songs no more, man. 'Oh.' But I will have to, I suppose. Not every song can be a Nothing. I mean, it's like Beethoven wrote a pop tune to one of Shakespeare's soliloquies - with Yeats giving the words a final polish. That's the only way I can describe it. 'Ha!' I'm serious. It's the pinnacle of rock music.

But look at Bob Dylan. His high point(s) was the three albums from 1965 to 1966. 'Yeah.' Now, I'm not having a pop at the guy, but how can he bear another fifty-two years of not working on that level? 'It sounds like you're having a pop at him, boss.' I'm not, honestly. Art is tough. It ain't for wimps.

Never mind.

Later(s), alligator(s)!

Monday, 18 June 2018

[No. 619] One day

Like any other day.

And I shall be free![1], and maybe more than THREE ...[1], and I shall be free![2], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[1], and maybe more than THREE ...[2], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[1], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[2], and ... uh![1], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[2], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[1], and ... uh![2], and ... Christ![1], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[2], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[1], and ... Christ![2], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[1], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[2], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[1], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[2], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[1], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[2], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[1], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[2], and learn from me, kook(s)[1], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[2], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[1], and learn from me, kook(s)[2], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![1], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[2], and ... help![1], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![2], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[1], and ... help![2], and it's a comedy![1], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[2], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[1], and it's a comedy![2], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[1], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[1], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[2], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[2], and I shall be free![3], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[2], and maybe more than THREE ...[3], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[3], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[3], and ... uh![3], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[3], and ... Christ![3], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[3], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[3], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[3], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[3], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[3], and learn from me, kook(s)[3], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[3], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![3], and ... help![3], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[3], and it's a comedy![3], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[3], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[3], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[3], and

And I shall be free![1], and maybe more than THREE ...[1], and I shall be free![2], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[1], and maybe more than THREE ...[2], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[1], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[2], and ... uh![1], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[2], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[1], and ... uh![2], and ... Christ![1], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[2], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[1], and ... Christ![2], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[1], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[2], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[1], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[2], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[1], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[2], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[1], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[2], and learn from me, kook(s)[1], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[2], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[1], and learn from me, kook(s)[2], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![1], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[2], and ... help![1], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![2], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[1], and ... help![2], and it's a comedy![1], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[2], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[1], and it's a comedy![2], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[1], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[1], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[2], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[2], and I shall be free![3], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[2], and maybe more than THREE ...[3], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[3], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[3], and ... uh![3], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[3], and ... Christ![3], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[3], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[3], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[3], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[3], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[3], and learn from me, kook(s)[3], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[3], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![3], and ... help![3], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[3], and it's a comedy![3], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[3], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[3], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[3], and

And I shall be free![1], and maybe more than THREE ...[1], and I shall be free![2], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[1], and maybe more than THREE ...[2], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[1], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[2], and ... uh![1], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[2], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[1], and ... uh![2], and ... Christ![1], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[2], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[1], and ... Christ![2], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[1], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[2], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[1], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[2], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[1], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[2], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[1], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[2], and learn from me, kook(s)[1], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[2], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[1], and learn from me, kook(s)[2], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![1], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[2], and ... help![1], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![2], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[1], and ... help![2], and it's a comedy![1], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[2], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[1], and it's a comedy![2], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[1], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[1], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[2], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[2], and I shall be free![3], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[2], and maybe more than THREE ...[3], and a-ROUND here is a sort of prison, really[3], and 'Don't complain, Mikey!'[3], and ... uh![3], and, oh ... I know it's the life of Riley, really, Voice, but I want the true life of Mikey[3], and ... Christ![3], and I believe in the green light, just like Gatsby[3], and a very long journey starts with a small spin, probably / and what do I know?[3], and I believe, yes! / and I'm here now[3], and over there? Man, you would have to be a square[3], and I believe in ANYTHING(!) to get me through, yes, most days, ah, I'm not too fussy[3], and learn from me, kook(s)[3], and spinning is what happens while you're busy making other plans - or something like that[3], and I don't know / and just one day ... please![3], and ... help![3], and one spin leads to another / and there's always another spin to be had[3], and it's a comedy![3], and the problem is: even when I'm GONE(!) ... I'm still here, kook(s), you dig?[3], and ... it's a tragedy ... ?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and some things never change[3], and it's a miracle I'm still sane[3], and

I don't know how Elon gets any work done

I really don't. He seems to spend most of his time arguing with nutjobs on Twitter. 'Surely not, boss. He's got cars and rockets to build.' Ha! Elon tweeted fifty or sixty times yesterday. 'Sunday is a day of rest, man.' Not for the likes of him it ain't, Voice.

Of course, if Julius Caesar were alive, I'm sure he'd be tweeting all day long, too. 'When are you going to start tweeting?' Me? I do tweet. Once or twice a week. 'That's not enough!' I know. But I don't have much to tweet about yet. 'You've got to put your songs online, man!' Yeah, yeah. One day.

...

Anything else? 'Where's the fucking news?!' The news is where it normally is, son, but I don't care.

There's more to life than news. 'Football?' No, not football. I suppose I'll watch the game tonight though.

I'll be doing a conceptual later, for my sins. What number are we up to now, Voice? 'Eh? You, not we, uh ...No. 619.' Christ! When will it ever end? 'When?! Ha! Never, boss. You know that. It's your fate.' My fate? No, no, no. One day, I'll get away from this blog. One day, I'll be free. I see my light come shining ...

Laters.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Not in the world

As you see it people in the world

I'm glad to say

You can keep it because you love it I know but I don't care for it even though I'm still here I am not here with you

I am gone for the last time psychologically

My body is staying for kicks

And the last time is easy as there is no hope of all the things that are considered normal

Who wants any hope of living like that?

I don't like sleep much

If I've got to sleep I don't want it to take me away for too long from everything that must be done

I'd be very surprised if you knew

Who owns you?

Don't open your eyes what's the point?

Be happy with a deep sleep if you must I know you have no desire to be fully awake

I believe things you will never imagine

It would be better if you didn't trouble yourself

You don't even need to know

Were you born that way?

The world is dumb

And competitors can stay away go away for I have no intention of taking prisoners now

My energy is for me

There's not much time left but I will put one hundred years into ten and maybe do it twice

My will is everything

The poor souls I'll soon be "dealing" with have no knowledge of the riches that exist beyond sick desperation

Don't think too much will you?

The shit you're most proud of is animal life only

Living in your world for a while is really nice I'm sure but I wouldn't get attached

Breathing is a habit that all of us will be forced to give up

I have my own eternal reality inside don't we all? No

I'm existing bigger than you could cope with

My body is here with you

My mind isn't

Thursday, 14 June 2018

I'll have to start writing about hedge funds again soon ...

Yeah, hedge funds. Because they're doing all right at the moment, apparently. 'Who says, boss?' The news says, Voice. Various financial websites say. 'Oh.' I've taken my eye off the ball lately. What have I been writing about? 'Elon Musk, cryptocurrencies, Grant Cardone, your music, and the usual spinning a-ROUND, boss.' Oh, of course. 'And Brexit, occasionally.' Ha! Let's not go there, man. It's just a plot by the Kremlin to weaken the West.

So, uh ... today? Last post of the week, and that. Uh. What should I write about? 'Haven't you got any PR emails?' Er ... only one, uh, from Jinksy. 'Oh, him. What does he want?' Nothing much. He just reckons Amazon is taking over the world, again. 'Well, that ain't news, man. What would be news is ... Jeff Bezos going to Mars.' Ha! Well, that ain't happening. I mean, I can just imagine Jeff shouting at his team of rocket scientists: "Elon Musk was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!" No, no, no. Forget about it.

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Anyway ... I can't think of anything. I can't think of NOTHING. Just nothing at all. 'You need some inspiration!' Tell me about it! 'You need something to inspire you.' Yes, I know. Thank you, Voice.

It's just nothing. I can write about NOTHING. It's just words, after all. Just noise.

Maybe I/we should be truly empty. Dear reader(s), let's sit here in silence. I won't say anything. You won't think anything. Yes, we can find peace, together ...

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Ha! No news is good news. Uh. 'Come on, Mikey! Say something. Anything!' Christ!

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The World Cup starts today. 'Will you be watching it?' Some of it, I suppose. I'll have to have the volume turned down when I'm playing my guitar though - because that comes first, you dig? Except for the England matches.

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Okay. Have a nice weekend, reader(s)! 'Bye!' Yeah, laters!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Tesla and the short sellers

Well, well ... / According to Reuters, short sellers of Tesla stock have lost $2 billion this month. It's a real shame. So ... what did I say about Tesla a little while ago? 'Tesla ain't gonna fail, boss.' Yes, Voice. 'You must know a lot about business, man.' Ha! I know nothing about business. 'What?!' Even after writing this blog for eleven years, like Manuel in Fawlty Towers, I know nothing. 'Oh, come on, boss, you must know something.' Yes. I know Elon Musk.

Twenty years ago, I read a great biography of Julius Caesar by Christian Meier. The book really brought Caesar to life for me. I also read Caesar's Conquest of Gaul. / Everyone was expecting Caesar to fail in Gaul because they were looking at the military situation. They weren't looking at Caesar himself, his personality, and his will. / Ah, twenty years, dear reader(s). What happened? And I always thought I had time, you dig? / I identified with Caesar and knew that nobody else would be like him or me in the modern age. But I was wrong. Six months ago I discovered Musk, my cosmic twin, my spiritual brother. And I'm not alone any more.

So, yes, all the debt that Tesla has may be a problem. I can't say for sure. I don't understand business. All I can tell you is, Elon Musk will only fail when he wants to fail. 'When will that be?' Maybe after he has conquered Mars, Voice. I don't know. / When Caesar heard that there was a plot to assassinate him, he dismissed his bodyguards. A bit of that was arrogance. He wanted to show that he was superior to the plotters. But really he was just tired of life.

Our Elon isn't tired yet. And I'm not tired. In fact, after years of doing NOTHING in particular [except inventing conceptual literature, which is unrecognized, yes, but absolutely revolutionary], I can say I've recovered the will (and, uh, lust for life) I had when I was younger. / I believe I've written the three greatest songs ever. [Maybe I'm wrong. Who knows? Art is subjective. I used to know someone who didn't rate Bob Dylan or The Beatles, but thought that Level 42 were the bee's knees. Ha!] Now, I do have musical and lyrical talent, yes. However, those three songs came from my will, not my talent. 'Oh.' My talent - at its best - only writes what I call bread-and-butter classics. Those are great songs that most talented songwriters can write at least a few times in their career.

So, uh, anyway, I don't offer investment advice, dear reader(s). 'Ha!' I mean, just imagine it! 'Ha! I'm trying to, boss. Ha, ha!, ha!' Okay, okay. Thank you, Voice. That's enough laughter at my expense. / All I will say is ... Elon is the man!

Laters.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

[No. 618] This is our desert now

Live in it!

And, uh ... here, yes, yes[1], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![1], and, uh ... here, yes, yes[2], and ... love it, please![1], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[1], and ... love it, please![2], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[2], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![1], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[2], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[1], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![2], and it's our home, son[1], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[2], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[1], and it's our home, son[2], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[1], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[2], and, well, well ...[1], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[2], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[1], and, well, well ...[2], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![1], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[2], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[1], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![2], and it's mystery time, forever[1], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[2], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[1], and it's mystery time, forever[2], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[1], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[2], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[1], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[2], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[1], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[2], and ... 'Sick?!'[1], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[2], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[1], and ... 'Sick?!'[2], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[1], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[2], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[1], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[2], and maybe one day ...[1], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![1], and maybe one day ...[2], and, uh ... here, yes, yes[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![2], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![3], and ... love it, please![3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[3], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[3], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![3], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[3], and it's our home, son[3], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[3], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[3], and, well, well ...[3], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[3], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![3], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[3], and it's mystery time, forever[3], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[3], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[3], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[3], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[3], and ... 'Sick?!'[3], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[3], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[3], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[3], and maybe one day ...[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![3], and

And, uh ... here, yes, yes[1], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![1], and, uh ... here, yes, yes[2], and ... love it, please![1], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[1], and ... love it, please![2], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[2], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![1], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[2], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[1], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![2], and it's our home, son[1], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[2], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[1], and it's our home, son[2], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[1], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[2], and, well, well ...[1], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[2], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[1], and, well, well ...[2], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![1], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[2], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[1], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![2], and it's mystery time, forever[1], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[2], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[1], and it's mystery time, forever[2], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[1], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[2], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[1], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[2], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[1], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[2], and ... 'Sick?!'[1], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[2], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[1], and ... 'Sick?!'[2], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[1], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[2], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[1], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[2], and maybe one day ...[1], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![1], and maybe one day ...[2], and, uh ... here, yes, yes[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![2], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![3], and ... love it, please![3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[3], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[3], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![3], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[3], and it's our home, son[3], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[3], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[3], and, well, well ...[3], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[3], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![3], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[3], and it's mystery time, forever[3], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[3], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[3], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[3], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[3], and ... 'Sick?!'[3], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[3], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[3], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[3], and maybe one day ...[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![3], and

And, uh ... here, yes, yes[1], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![1], and, uh ... here, yes, yes[2], and ... love it, please![1], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![2], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[1], and ... love it, please![2], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[1], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[2], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![1], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[2], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[1], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![2], and it's our home, son[1], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[2], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[1], and it's our home, son[2], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[1], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[2], and, well, well ...[1], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[2], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[1], and, well, well ...[2], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![1], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[2], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[1], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![2], and it's mystery time, forever[1], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[2], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[1], and it's mystery time, forever[2], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[1], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[2], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[1], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[2], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[1], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[2], and ... 'Sick?!'[1], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[2], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[1], and ... 'Sick?!'[2], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[1], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[2], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[1], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[2], and maybe one day ...[1], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![1], and maybe one day ...[2], and, uh ... here, yes, yes[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![2], and ... it's a waste land, yippee![3], and ... love it, please![3], and, so ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and put your soul into it, Voice[3], and ... 'My soul?! Ha! Whatever, boss'[3], and, listen ... right here ... we are empty![3], and, oh ... except for the words that flow through us, and flow on, yes, flow on ... / ... and will they ever stop?[3], and it's our home, son[3], and maybe beyond the THREE ... we could be truly empty, you dig?[3], and, well ... not actually a desert, no, just ... not a lot of anything really, yes, a BIG NOTHING(!)[3], and, well, well ...[3], and ... 'Words are evil, boss' / and ... we must cope the best we can, man[3], and ... stay strong, Voice, kook(s)![3], and look at the squares with their ... little something ... ha!/ ... and don't you pity them?[3], and it's mystery time, forever[3], and no one knows where this is, to tell YOU(!) the truth, so ... beyond the THREE, even more of a mystery?[3], and 'God knows ... ?' / and, no, no, I doubt it[3], and, Jesus, make it stop ... ?[3], and, yes, come on! ... and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes, until you're sick[3], and ... 'Sick?!'[3], and confusion, yes, but confusion is where we hide / and it's an ill wind, you dig?[3], and the best of you(s) are already sick, soul sick ...[3], and as a shaman, as a spiritual aristocrat, oh ... I could tell you a lot more[3], and maybe one day ...[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) let's just spin for now!!![3], and

Real estate funds, again

Okay, okay ... / Yeah, again. We had one last month, from Scope. 'One what, boss?' PR email, Voice. They want to talk about real estate funds, again. 'Oh.' I don't mind, man. Apparently, these funds are driving significant change in investment activity. 'That's nice.' You don't sound interested ... all that much. 'I prefer the old days, boss.' Eh? 'You know, when you mixed it up. Those days when you went into the desert, uh, astral and physical, and, well ... reported back to your readers on all the amazing stuff you saw.' Ha! Yeah, yeah. Those days are over, man. And now that we have the conceptual shit, spinning a-ROUND ... we don't need no desert. 'Okay.' Stop living in the past! Let's make progress, son! 'All right.' Christ! / Anyway ...

Open-ended retail real estate funds increased their investments by 50% between 2016 and 2017. Germany replaced the US as the most popular investment destination, while the average price paid for properties went up by a quarter.

High cash inflows and ensuing efforts to prevent excess liquidity build-up drove the 19 German open-ended retail real estate funds evaluated by Scope to increase their investment volumes by 50% between 2016 and 2017 to a total value of EUR 9.2bn across 66 commercial properties and 324 residential properties.


I can't concentrate this morning. 'Or any morning.' Yes. No. Who cares?!

Even though many funds imposed limitations on new capital, net inflows were still in the region of EUR 6.7bn. Fund managers had to invest to prevent returns being diluted. To avoid low returns, many fund managers also shifted towards acquisitions outside of the traditional core office segment, such as project development, locations outside city centres and hotel properties.

I just ...

Higher EUR/USD hedging costs made US investments less attractive for euro-based investors, hence Germany and the UK overtook the US as the most popular destinations. Germany accounted for a quarter of all investments in 2017 (EUR 2.3bn); Great Britain followed in second place with EUR 1.7bn or 18%. Some funds exploited recent Brexit-inspired price corrections in the London real estate market to acquire property.

That's enough, actually. / I'm not sure I want to write about finance any more. 'You miss the desert, don't you?' I don't miss the fucking desert! I'll be working on a conceptual later, No. 618. Deal with it! 'Don't get me wrong, boss. I like all the spinning a-ROUND. But I loved the desert, man.' Shut up!

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Okay, okay. Anything else? Uh. Those audiobooks? Right. I've decided, man. There are elements of the Be Obsessed book I don't agree with, mainly the team stuff, uh, oh ... and I'm only going to listen to the 10X one occasionally from now on. I haven't gone off Cardone, baby, no, but I don't want his books mixed up in my head with the Musk/Vance thing. You dig? 'Me dig? Is that final, boss?' Yes, it is, Voice, reader(s). So ... once every couple of months I'll listen to the 10X audiobook - in one go, like. I mean, it's only seven and a half hours long. Otherwise, I'm just going to get confused. 'Big time.' Because Elon is the multi-billionaire, right? And he's the guy with outlandish ambitions, wanting to go to Mars and shit with one hundred people in a cockamamie rocket. [Why didn't NASA think of that?] 'Crazy!' Yeah, maybe, Voice. But cool, man. Very cool. Elon is doing stuff ... that should be impossible. That's what I've got to do. I'm talking about becoming the greatest ever songwriter ... within the next ten years, man, and recording seven or eight classic albums in that time - the greatest albums, too, and becoming a BIG STAR, and, and, and ... all as a middle-aged guy when most rock stars of my age are slowing down or even stopping altogether. So ... fuck it! 'Mikey, it's impossible!' Ha! Yeah! And I love it! So, conversation over. Debate over. I've decided! 'Yippee!' Let's do this! 'I'm with you, Mikey!' Thanks, man. Thanks for your support. You, too, reader(s).

Laters.