Tuesday, 17 May 2022

[No. 1,000] What is life?

Crap and chaos.

And, well ...[1], and, kooks ... tell me![1], and, well ...[2], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![1], and, kooks ... tell me![2], and I did[1], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![2], and give me a rose garden![1], and I did[2], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![1], and give me a rose garden![2], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![1], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![2], and, please![1], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![2], and the whole worl's ...[1], and, please![2], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[1], and the whole worl's ...[2], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![1], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[2], and ... 'Nice one!'[1], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[1], and ... 'Nice one!'[2], and, you, you, you ... !!![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[2], and a BIG IF[1], and, you, you, you ... !!![2], and, uh ...[1], and a BIG IF[2], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[1], and, uh ...[2], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[1], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[2], and, la, la, la ...[1], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[2], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[1], and, la, la, la ...[2], and ... 'It is!'[1], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[2], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[1], and ... 'It is!'[2], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[1], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[2], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[1], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[2], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[1], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[2], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[1], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[2], and never, never, never, never, never, never![1], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[2], and I was born for glory[1], and never, never, never, never, never, never![2], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![1], and I was born for glo ry[2], and ... it's mine![1], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![2], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[1], and ... it's mine![2], and, Voice ... that's true, man[1], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[2], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[1], and, Voice ... that's true, man[2], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[1], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[2], and believe me[1], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[2], and, well ...[3], and believe me[2], and, kooks ... tell me![3], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![3], and I did[3], and give me a rose garden![3], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![3], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![3], and, please![3], and the whole worl's ...[3], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[3], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![3], and ... 'Nice one!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[3], and, you, you, you ... !!![3], and a BIG IF[3], and, uh ...[3], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[3], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[3], and, la, la, la ...[3], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[3], and ... 'It is!'[3], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[3], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[3], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[3], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[3], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[3], and never, never, never, never, never, never![3], and I was born for g  l  o  r  y[3], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![3], and ... it's mine![3], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[3], and, Voice ... that's true, man[3], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[3], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[3], and believe me[3], and

And, well ...[1], and, kooks ... tell me![1], and, well ...[2], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![1], and, kooks ... tell me![2], and I did[1], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![2], and give me a rose garden![1], and I did[2], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![1], and give me a rose garden![2], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![1], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![2], and, please![1], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![2], and the whole worl's ...[1], and, please![2], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[1], and the whole worl's ...[2], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![1], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[2], and ... 'Nice one!'[1], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[1], and ... 'Nice one!'[2], and, you, you, you ... !!![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[2], and a BIG IF[1], and, you, you, you ... !!![2], and, uh ...[1], and a BIG IF[2], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[1], and, uh ...[2], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[1], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[2], and, la, la, la ...[1], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[2], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[1], and, la, la, la ...[2], and ... 'It is!'[1], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[2], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[1], and ... 'It is!'[2], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[1], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[2], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[1], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[2], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[1], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[2], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[1], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[2], and never, never, never, never, never, never![1], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[2], and I was born for glory[1], and never, never, never, never, never, never![2], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![1], and I was born for glo ry[2], and ... it's mine![1], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![2], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[1], and ... it's mine![2], and, Voice ... that's true, man[1], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[2], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[1], and, Voice ... that's true, man[2], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[1], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[2], and believe me[1], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[2], and, well ...[3], and believe me[2], and, kooks ... tell me![3], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![3], and I did[3], and give me a rose garden![3], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![3], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![3], and, please![3], and the whole worl's ...[3], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[3], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![3], and ... 'Nice one!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[3], and, you, you, you ... !!![3], and a BIG IF[3], and, uh ...[3], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[3], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[3], and, la, la, la ...[3], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[3], and ... 'It is!'[3], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[3], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[3], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[3], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[3], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[3], and never, never, never, never, never, never![3], and I was born for g  l  o  r  y[3], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![3], and ... it's mine![3], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[3], and, Voice ... that's true, man[3], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[3], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[3], and believe me[3], and

And, well ...[1], and, kooks ... tell me![1], and, well ...[2], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![1], and, kooks ... tell me![2], and I did[1], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![2], and give me a rose garden![1], and I did[2], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![1], and give me a rose garden![2], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![1], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![2], and, please![1], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![2], and the whole worl's ...[1], and, please![2], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[1], and the whole worl's ...[2], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![1], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[2], and ... 'Nice one!'[1], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[1], and ... 'Nice one!'[2], and, you, you, you ... !!![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[2], and a BIG IF[1], and, you, you, you ... !!![2], and, uh ...[1], and a BIG IF[2], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[1], and, uh ...[2], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[1], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[2], and, la, la, la ...[1], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[2], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[1], and, la, la, la ...[2], and ... 'It is!'[1], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[2], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[1], and ... 'It is!'[2], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[1], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[2], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[1], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[2], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[1], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[2], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[1], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[2], and never, never, never, never, never, never![1], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[2], and I was born for glory[1], and never, never, never, never, never, never![2], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![1], and I was born for glo ry[2], and ... it's mine![1], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![2], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[1], and ... it's mine![2], and, Voice ... that's true, man[1], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[2], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[1], and, Voice ... that's true, man[2], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[1], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[2], and believe me[1], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[2], and, well ...[3], and believe me[2], and, kooks ... tell me![3], and where are the GOOD TIMES ... we were promised??? / and ... 'Who promised you?' - I did![3], and I did[3], and give me a rose garden![3], and getting dizzy ... is that the only salvation? ... for a moment(?) or two ... a-ROUND here ... but forever![3], and give me a rainbow - one with my name on it![3], and, please![3], and the whole worl's ...[3], and when I'm feeling down, down, down ... I like to get dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, you dig?[3], and watch me spin now! ... ooo ... ooo ... ooo![3], and ... 'Nice one!'[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and join in ... any time you like - if you've got the soul for it[3], and, you, you, you ... !!![3], and a BIG IF[3], and, uh ...[3], and, music, music, music ... ... ... ???[3], and ... 'Play us a tune, Mikey! Come on!'[3], and, la, la, la ...[3], and, ha! ... at least I've got my guitar, yes ... and my guitar loves me, yes ... and, oh, it's a mystical thing, yes[3], and ... 'It is!'[3], and don't you worry, squares ... only kooks can understand[3], and ... 'Kooks rule!'[3], and what is life, for me, these days??? ... / Well, let me tell you ... it's three chords, and it's THE TRUTH[3], and I will fight the crap, and I will fight the chaos, and -[3], and ... 'You'll never give in!'[3], and never, never, never, never, never, never![3], and I was born for g  l  o  r  y[3], and I see my light, I see my light ... come shining / and, so ... keep your hands off it![3], and ... it's mine![3], and ... 'Every great soul deserves a great light ... just my personal view, like / and you gotta reach for it'[3], and, Voice ... that's true, man[3], and every kook must stretch himself, herself ... you won't get anywhere feeling sorry for yourself[3], and the squares? ... they live in darkness[3], and believe me[3], and

Universal Music Group N.V. announces results of its 2022 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

Well, well ... this makes a nice change, don't it? A music PR email! 'Yippee!'

Yes, it's certainly a "nice one" situation - as we say in the trade. 'Will you be signing with them, boss?' Well ... I don't know, Voice. Either them or Sony Music Entertainment, or Warner Music Group. 'Yeah.' Hopefully, they will all approach me, BUT(!) ... who's going to offer me the best deal???

Anyway ...

Hilversum, The Netherlands, May 12, 2022 - Universal Music Group N.V. ("UMG" or "the Company") today announced the results of its first-ever Annual General Meeting of shareholders ("AGM") held earlier today.

Fine. Let's hear more!

All resolutions on the AGM agenda were adopted with a majority of the votes cast, including, among others:

A positive advisory vote on the 2021 Remuneration Report;

The adoption of the 2021 financial statements;

The appointment of Bill Ackman, Nicole Avant, Cyrille Bolloré and Sherry Lansing as Non-Executive Directors;

The issuance of shares and the exclusion of the pre-emptive rights in relation to such shares under, and the approval of, the 2022 Universal Music Group Global Equity Plan;

The approval to award annual long-term incentive and special grants to Executive Directors; and

The re-appointment of Ernst & Young Accountants LLP and Deloitte Accountants B.V. as joint external auditors for the financial year 2022.

NOW(!) ... "The approval to award annual long-term incentive and special grants to Executive Directors" ... oh, imagine the rewards for these characters if they were able to sign THE BEST singer/songwriter in the world at the moment. I'm just saying, man.

'The best singer?!'

The best songwriter.

'I wish I worked at Universal.'

Why?

'I spotted you first. Imagine my rewards!'

Voice, come over here. 'What?' You're invisible, son. You're my invisible manager. No one even knows you exist. I'm afraid you won't be getting any rewards. 'Oh.' I'm sorry. That's just the way it is. 

Oh dear.

Anyway ...

The proposal to adopt a final dividend of EUR 0.20 per share was also approved. With the interim dividend of EUR 0.20 per share that was paid in October 2021, this brings the total dividend for the financial year 2021 to EUR 0.40 per share. The following timetable shall apply with respect to the payment of the final dividend:

May 16, 2022: Ex-dividend date;

May 17, 2022: Dividend record date; and

June 8, 2022:  Final dividend payment date.

Okay. Fair enough.

And ...

At Universal Music Group, we exist to shape culture through the power of artistry. UMG is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content. Featuring the most comprehensive catalogue of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans.

Well ...

'That's all great, boss, but ... ... ...'

What, Voice?! Spit it out!

'They don't have you, do they?'

No, they don't have me. Or you - ha!

Never mind.

ENDS, beautiful friends.

...

Anything else, kooks?

Listen! All that motivational fresh start The Elon Musk of rock and roll jive I come out with ain't gonna work until I have a deal where and when I'll be able to immerse myself in music and the music business twenty-four seven and cut myself off from all the crap and chaos in my life.

You dig?

Until then ... I'm committed to playing my guitar and rehearsing minimum two hours a day and I'll get those four lyrics I need gradually a word here a word there a line here and a line there until I've finished the BIG TEN with seven supporting songs. And, uh ... the fucking demo.

The crap is too much.

The chaos is too much.

I'm only human.

Monday, 16 May 2022

Refinitiv Lipper: European ESG fund market report - Q1 2022

Oh, what's this?!

'Just what it says, boss.'

Yeah, I suppose.

Never mind.

The assets under management in the European fund industry declined over the course of Q1 2022 from €15.3 tr at the end of December 2021 to €14.5 tr.
37.07% of the overall assets under management were held by ESG-related funds
The majority of ESG-related assets were held by mutual funds and ETFs which are aligned to article 8 (€3.8 tr).
Money market funds (-€113.6 bn) faced outflows, while long-term products enjoyed overall inflows of €25.0 bn over Q1 2022.
Mixed assets (+€32.1 bn) were the best-selling asset type for Q1 2022.
ESG-related mixed assets products (+€20.1 bn) were the best-selling product category.
ESG-related mutual funds and ETFs which are not classified by SFDR enjoyed the highest inflows (+€24.7 bn) for Q1 2022.
Mutual funds and ETFs classified as article 8 products were the best-selling products for mixed assets (+€12.9 bn) and alternative UCITS products (+€1.7 bn).

NOW(!) ... do we really want to hear what our Detlef has got to say about it? That's the question.

'It can't do any harm.'

Can't it, Voice? Really?

'We've got to let Detlef talk. We always let him talk. He's one of our favourite voices. Actually, he's our favourite voice, isn't he?'

Yeah.

'It would be a crime not to let him speak.'

All right.

Detlef? Make it good, son.

Detlef Glow, Head of EMEA Research at Refinitiv Lipper, comments: "It was not surprising that Q1 2022 was in general a negative quarter for the European fund industry given the geopolitical situation in Europe, the still ongoing The Thing, and the sluggish market environment. Within this market environment and given the economic uncertainties, one would expect that European investors sold long-term funds and bought money market products. Therefore, it is somewhat surprising that European investors sold money market products, which are normally considered safe-haven investments, while long-term products enjoyed overall inflows."

Oh, okay. Thank you, Detlef.

'That was all right.'

Yeah.

So, is this the ENDS???

Detlef has spoken. I've got NOTHING to add to it.

'Er ...'

ENDS
ENDS
ENDS

... 

Anything else? Music?

I've changed my mind again. This is the demo -

'Mikey -'

Shut up, Voice.

This is the demo -

Mighty Soul
Shady, Dodgy, Shifty
Nothing
Stella

That's the best combination of songs I can think of.

I'm leaving The Future out of it BECAUSE ... it really needs a band to sound good.

The Future, And Rain Came Down, and Good Times will probably be on the second album - giving that album a chance of success before I've even written any other songs for it.

This is the BIG TEN -

Mighty Soul
Shady, Dodgy, Shifty
Life and Death
Nothing
This World Don't Mean a Thing
The Future
And Rain Came Down
Malibu
Stella
What's This Life We Live?

Or ... THE ELIXIR OF ROCK AND ROLL IMMORTALITY ... as some call it. 'Who?!' Me!

And here is my debut album (if I'm allowed to have it this way ...) -

This World Don't Mean a Thing
Lucky You
Mighty Soul
Shady, Dodgy, Shifty
Round The Bend
What's This Life We Live?
Stella
Malibu
I'm Right Inside
Nothing
Life and Death

You dig?

So ...

Laters, rockers!

Voice?

'Laters, rollers!'

Yeah, bye.

This is the ENDS, beautiful friends.

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Random

Me and my brain.

I saw a book of Bryan Ferry lyrics in a bookshop window. A signed copy! I was thinking of buying it, but I took too long. Someone else bought it.

Maybe I eat too many chips. My weight has been the same for months. I'm still doing the dumbbells.

Anyway, I've ordered a copy of an Oasis book, Supersonic. It's coming today. Is that the doorbell? / I've already read it. I've got the ebook. (£2.99) The hardback has loads of pictures though, and it's a nice book. And it's only costing me £10.50 ... including delivery charge. Not £25.

Sunspel have got a lovely lemon polo shirt now. Maybe I'll wait until it's on sale one day. I live in hope.

I've got the Ratpack Confidential ebook, too. I read that years ago. About Frank, and Dean, and Sammy, you know?

This will be the demo -

Mighty Soul
Shady, Dodgy, Shifty
The Future
Stella

With an acoustic guitar, The Future won't sound the way it sounds in my head, but never mind.

I think I spoke to more people in Cornwall in five days than I have in London in the last five years.

Just "Hello" ... most of the time. Nothing too deep about the meaning of life or anything.

Van der Valk is a pretty decent TV programme. Barry Foster was the star. He's been dead twenty years. He went to drama school with Harold Pinter. They were friends.

I was watching Steptoe and Son Ride Again at Christmas. More dead stars. There's a guy with a small part as a gangster. He's probably been forgotten by most people. I doubt anyone has written any books about him. I suppose most people wouldn't even notice him in the film. But I knew that he was another of Harold Pinter's friends who gave Pinter his first break as a playwright - yes, before Michael Codron. He commissioned and directed his first play, The Room.

My mind, you see?

I'm not complaining.

I'm having chips tonight. With quiche. I might have Kronenbourg. I might have water. I might have Stella.

I'll definitely be having a Magnum ice cream afterwards.

Bye.

It never ENDS

Uh ...

Nantes, May 4th, 2022 - Following the announcement of an exclusivity agreement in January 2022, Astorg, a leading global private equity firm, is pleased to announce that it has completed its investment in ARMOR-IIMAK ("ARMOR-IIMAK" or the "Company"), an ARMOR Group's company, via its newly launched Mid-Cap fund. Hubert de Boisredon and ARMOR-IIMAK's Management team remain the majority shareholders with Astorg owning a 40% stake in the business.

Well, I hope they're happy. 'They say they're pleased, boss.' Well, I hope they're happy, Voice. 'They're pleased.'

Are they delighted?

I just hope they're happy, that's all.

Headquartered in Nantes, France, ARMOR-IIMAK, an ARMOR Group's company, is the global leader in thermal transfer ribbons, which are inked films used as consumables for the thermal transfer printing industry. Thermal transfer is the reference technology used when printing monochromic variable information (e.g., barcodes or QR codes) on labels or packaging at industrial scale, and is benefiting from increased traceability tailwinds. ARMOR-IIMAK serves over 3,000 customers in c. 100 countries and employs c. 1,600 employees across 18 facilities globally including 3 coating sites and 15 slitting sites.

Yeah, yeah.

That's not very exciting, is it?

O O O ...

Give me a voice, a human voice, out of nowhere, travelling through astral realms ... to get to me, to bring me some magic ...

'You're very poetic this morning.'

Ha!

I'm in a funny mood.

Anyway ...

Hubert de Boisredon, Chairman and CEO of ARMOR Group and Executive Chairman of ARMOR-IIMAK, says: "The recent merger with IIMAK, the partnership with Astorg and the committed investment plan are part of one single dynamic: providing a high-quality service anywhere and anytime, even in the current context of public health uncertainty and geopolitical tensions. Our ambitions for ARMOR-IIMAK come with a shareholding reorganization and a transformation of the Group, we aim to strengthen our positioning as a credible and reliable industrial partner for all leaders and key stakeholders engaged in social innovation."

Oh dear.

Can Lionel and Charles do better? 'Jesus! Together?!'

Where is the magic?

Lionel de Posson, Managing Partner of Astorg Mid-Cap, and Charles-Hubert Le Baron, Partner of Astorg Mid-Cap comment: "We are delighted to have completed the acquisition and partner with Hubert de Boisredon and Armor IIMAK's management team. The Company's truly global leadership position, differentiated technology and know-how, and industry-pioneering ESG standards, make it a great addition to our Astorg Mid-Cap portfolio. We are ready to fully support ARMOR-IIMAK in materializing its expansion and consolidation strategy, notably through bringing capital and expertise to the Company's ambitious €150m investment plan across 2022-2026."

Uh, uh ...

Like those evil girls in The Shining.

THAT IS NOT WHAT I WANTED - !!!

'But they're delighted!'

I don't care!

ENDS
ENDS
ENDS

...

Anything else?

There are some interesting pubs in Penzance ... where pirates used to drink, hundreds of years ago.

The Turks Head was established in 1233.

Imagine that! All those years. All those pirates. All those ghosts.

And we would get more sense out of a pirate's ghost - if it could speak to us now.

We would get the magic we crave.

Wouldn't we?

We don't want finance. No!

We want Peter Ustinov!

'Why do we want him?!'

Blackbeard's Ghost, that's why. It's a great film.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

[No. 999] I was well

I'll be well again.

And, uh ...[1], and I am here - !!![1], and, uh ...[2], and, hello, hello, hello![1], and I am here - !!![2], and ... 'Hello'[1], and, hello, hello, hello![2], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some nonsense into myself[1], and ... 'Hello'[2], and I don't need help ...[1], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some non sense into myself[2], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[1], and I don't need help ...[2], and, so?[1], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[2], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![1], and, so?[2], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[1], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![2], and I imagine ...[1], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[2], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![1], and I imagine ...[2], and I'm getting better ...[1], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![2], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[1], and I'm getting better ...[2], and leave me alone![1], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[2], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![1], and leave me alone![2], and here ...[1], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![1], and here ...[2], and ... 'That's impressive!'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![2], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![1], and ... 'That's impressive!'[2], and ... 'You're so open!'[1], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![2], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![1], and ... 'You're so open!'[2], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[1], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![2], and my way changes a lot ...[1], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[2], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[1], and my way changes a lot ...[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[2], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and never, never ... mind[1], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[2], and who needs money, anyway?[1], and never, never ... mind[2], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[1], and who needs money, anyway?[2], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[1], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[2], and he's so strange ...[1], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[2], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[1], and he's so strange ...[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[1], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[2], and it makes the world go around ...[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[2], and, but ...[1], and it makes the world go around ...[2], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[1], and, but ...[2], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[1], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[2], and ... ENDS???[1], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and ... ENDS???[2], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and, uh ...[3], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[2], and I am here - !!![3], and, hello, hello, hello![3], and ... 'Hello'[3], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some n  o  n  s  e  n  s  e into myself[3], and I don't need help ...[3], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[3], and, so?[3], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![3], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[3], and I imagine ...[3], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![3], and I'm getting better ...[3], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[3], and leave me alone![3], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![3], and here ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![3], and ... 'That's impressive!'[3], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![3], and ... 'You're so open!'[3], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![3], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[3], and my way changes a lot ...[3], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[3], and never, never ... mind[3], and who needs money, anyway?[3], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[3], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[3], and he's so strange ...[3], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[3], and it makes the world go around ...[3], and, but ...[3], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[3], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[3], and ... ENDS???[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[3], and

And, uh ...[1], and I am here - !!![1], and, uh ...[2], and, hello, hello, hello![1], and I am here - !!![2], and ... 'Hello'[1], and, hello, hello, hello![2], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some nonsense into myself[1], and ... 'Hello'[2], and I don't need help ...[1], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some non sense into myself[2], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[1], and I don't need help ...[2], and, so?[1], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[2], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![1], and, so?[2], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[1], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![2], and I imagine ...[1], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[2], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![1], and I imagine ...[2], and I'm getting better ...[1], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![2], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[1], and I'm getting better ...[2], and leave me alone![1], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[2], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![1], and leave me alone![2], and here ...[1], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![1], and here ...[2], and ... 'That's impressive!'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![2], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![1], and ... 'That's impressive!'[2], and ... 'You're so open!'[1], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![2], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![1], and ... 'You're so open!'[2], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[1], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![2], and my way changes a lot ...[1], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[2], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[1], and my way changes a lot ...[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[2], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and never, never ... mind[1], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[2], and who needs money, anyway?[1], and never, never ... mind[2], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[1], and who needs money, anyway?[2], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[1], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[2], and he's so strange ...[1], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[2], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[1], and he's so strange ...[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[1], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[2], and it makes the world go around ...[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[2], and, but ...[1], and it makes the world go around ...[2], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[1], and, but ...[2], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[1], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[2], and ... ENDS???[1], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and ... ENDS???[2], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and, uh ...[3], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[2], and I am here - !!![3], and, hello, hello, hello![3], and ... 'Hello'[3], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some n  o  n  s  e  n  s  e into myself[3], and I don't need help ...[3], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[3], and, so?[3], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![3], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[3], and I imagine ...[3], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![3], and I'm getting better ...[3], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[3], and leave me alone![3], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![3], and here ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![3], and ... 'That's impressive!'[3], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![3], and ... 'You're so open!'[3], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![3], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[3], and my way changes a lot ...[3], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[3], and never, never ... mind[3], and who needs money, anyway?[3], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[3], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[3], and he's so strange ...[3], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[3], and it makes the world go around ...[3], and, but ...[3], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[3], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[3], and ... ENDS???[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[3], and

And, uh ...[1], and I am here - !!![1], and, uh ...[2], and, hello, hello, hello![1], and I am here - !!![2], and ... 'Hello'[1], and, hello, hello, hello![2], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some nonsense into myself[1], and ... 'Hello'[2], and I don't need help ...[1], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some non sense into myself[2], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[1], and I don't need help ...[2], and, so?[1], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[2], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![1], and, so?[2], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[1], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![2], and I imagine ...[1], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[2], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![1], and I imagine ...[2], and I'm getting better ...[1], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![2], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[1], and I'm getting better ...[2], and leave me alone![1], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[2], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![1], and leave me alone![2], and here ...[1], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![1], and here ...[2], and ... 'That's impressive!'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![2], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![1], and ... 'That's impressive!'[2], and ... 'You're so open!'[1], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![2], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![1], and ... 'You're so open!'[2], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[1], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![2], and my way changes a lot ...[1], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[2], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[1], and my way changes a lot ...[2], and, ha, ha, ha![1], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[2], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[1], and, ha, ha, ha![2], and never, never ... mind[1], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[2], and who needs money, anyway?[1], and never, never ... mind[2], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[1], and who needs money, anyway?[2], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[1], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[2], and he's so strange ...[1], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[2], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[1], and he's so strange ...[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[1], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[2], and it makes the world go around ...[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[2], and, but ...[1], and it makes the world go around ...[2], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[1], and, but ...[2], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[1], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[2], and ... ENDS???[1], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and ... ENDS???[2], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and, uh ...[3], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[2], and I am here - !!![3], and, hello, hello, hello![3], and ... 'Hello'[3], and here I am, I hope ... and maybe I haven't been dizzy enough BUT(!) I will spin some n  o  n  s  e  n  s  e into myself[3], and I don't need help ...[3], and ... 'You've been too dizzy, Mikey! Too dizzy!'[3], and, so?[3], and let's not think about finance ... uh, let alone talk about it, Christ! ... and we must enjoy ourselves, and we will![3], and they call me Dizzy Mikey, yes, yes, yes[3], and I imagine ...[3], and ... 'Who does?' YOU(!) do![3], and I'm getting better ...[3], and ... "I hope you are well" ... Piss off! ... 'Who is that?!' ... Yeah, yeah, I'm all right[3], and leave me alone![3], and let me spin ... in peace ... ah, please ... come on! ... please![3], and here ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I can spin on my head on the floor, watch me![3], and ... 'That's impressive!'[3], and I'm off my head ... in this mystic space ... at all times of the day and night ... I can't close![3], and ... 'You're so open!'[3], and, for, for, for ... eternity - !!![3], and I don't need no blood no fire ... that would be too much ... the way I am now[3], and my way changes a lot ...[3], and do I make myself sick? ... or do the voices make me sick??? ... 'Not me! I'm your friend'[3], and, ha, ha, ha![3], and it's true ... he's my friend, and employee ... 'He doesn't pay me!'[3], and never, never ... mind[3], and who needs money, anyway?[3], and ... 'I'm not even alive in the world, not really, no, and I don't have a body, but, but, but ...'[3], and The Voice likes the money for reasons ... I'm not too sure about[3], and he's so strange ...[3], and ... 'I find money comforting ... or I would if I had any'[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he doesn't have any ... / ... and how did we get back to money?[3], and it makes the world go around ...[3], and, but ...[3], and, listen to me ... it's the power of our souls that makes us go a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[3], and ... 'Fuckin' A!'[3], and ... ENDS???[3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and, uh ... it's not the ENDS[3], and

Possible fund manager meetings and interviews ...

Are they possible???

'You're not that lucky, boss.'

Shut up, idiot!

Possible fund manager meeting: Thao Ngo Thanh, of Vietnam focused investment trust VEIL.

'Oh.'

Oh, indeed!

I hope you are well.

'Who's that?'

I am writing to let you know that Thao Ngo Thanh, fund manager of the investment trust Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited is in the UK between 23rd and 26th May and I wondered if you would like to meet her, or have a call with her.

'Nice one!'

I hope you are well.

'Who is that?!'

This is just a quick email to let you know that Anthony Ginsberg, fund manager of three leading tech focused ETFs listed on the LSE (and across Europe), is in London on 16th May, and I wondered if you would like to have a call with him/meet him when he is here.  He can discuss his views on the markets, and the wider tech and healthtech sectors.  Anthony's three ETFs  are:

'Christ! Are you going to meet these characters?'

Have I got the time, Voice?

I hope you are well.

'Who the hell is that?!'

Never, never ... mind.

This is a quick note to let you know that Frank Holmes, fund manager of the US Global Jets ETF, which is listed on the LSE and elsewhere in Europe (as well as in the US)  is in London on 17th May and I am writing to see if you would be interested in having a call with him.

His fund provides exposure to the global airline industry including airline operators and manufacturers from all over the world so he can talk about developments in these areas, and opportunities here to investors.

'Er ... is this one email, boss?'

It's three. But I think I have more ...

'You can't meet all these people!'

Ha! I'm not meeting any of them, man. But it gives me something to write about, doesn't it?

'I suppose.'

So do I.

Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited (VEIL) seeks long-term capital appreciation through strategic holdings in listed and pre-IPO companies that offer both attractive growth and value metrics, and strong corporate governance.

'Oh.'

I hope you are well.

The HAN-GINS Cloud Technology Equal Weight UCITS ETF (SKYY), which provides equal-weighted access to companies with significant exposure to cloud computing technology.
The HAN-GINS Indxx Healthcare Megatrend Equal Weight UCITS ETF (WELL) is designed to capture securities at the cross-roads of medicine and technology which are shaping the future of healthcare. e.g. robotics,  nanotechnology and genome sequencing.
The HAN-GINS Tech Megatrend Equal Weight UCITS ETF (ITEK) focuses on leading companies that are driving innovation in sectors including robotics & automation, cloud computing & big data, cyber security, future cars, genomics, social media, blockchain and digital entertainment.

Er, okay.

I hope you are well.

The JETS Airline ETF tracks companies within the commercial airline, aircraft manufacturing, and airport & terminal services industries. The index it tracks uses a combination of fundamental factors to determine the most efficient airline companies and provides diversification through exposure to companies around the world listed on well developed stock exchanges.

I'm confused now.

I hope you are well.

I was feeling all right ... earlier.

I hope you are well.

'Jesus! Who is that?!'

I hope you are well.

Please let me know if you would like to speak with Frank.

I hope you are well.

Uh.

Kind regards.

ENDS???

I hope you are well.

No, not any more. Please stop.

I hope you are well.

Please ENDS it now.

I hope you are well.

PLEASE!!!

I hope you are well.

ENDS
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I hope you are well.

Monday, 9 May 2022

[No. 998] A seagull stole my ice cream - AGAIN!!!

I'm cursed.

And, I mean ...[1], and it is/was ... beyond belief[1], and, I mean ...[2], and, I just ...[1], and it is/was ... beyond belief[2], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![1], and, I just ...[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![2], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![1], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![2], and ... 'Mint!'[1], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![2], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[1], and ... 'Mint!'[2], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[1], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[2], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[1], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[2], and lost in thought, I suppose[1], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[2], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[1], and lost in thought, I suppose[2], and I was ONE with NATURE[1], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[2], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[1], and I was ONE with NATURE[2], and ... 'You liar!'[1], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[2], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[1], and ... 'You liar!'[2], and was it a good omen?[1], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[2], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[1], and was it a good omen?[2], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[1], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[2], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[1], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[2], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![1], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[2], and, dizzy?[1], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[1], and, dizzy?[2], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[2], and, yes, thank you, Voice[1], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[2], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[1], and, yes, thank you, Voice[2], and was it a bad omen?[1], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[2], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[1], and was it a bad omen?[2], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[1], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[2], and I'm an outlaw!!![1], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[2], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[1], and I'm an out law!!![2], and omens ... who cares?![1], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[2], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[1], and omens ... who cares?![2], and it was nice, all of it[1], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[2], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[1], and it was nice, all of it[2], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[1], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[2], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[1], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[2], and, I mean ...[3], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[2], and it is/was ... beyond belief[3], and, I just ...[3], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![3], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![3], and ... 'Mint!'[3], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[3], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[3], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[3], and lost in thought, I suppose[3], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[3], and I was ONE with NATURE[3], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[3], and ... 'You liar!'[3], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[3], and was it a good omen?[3], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[3], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[3], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[3], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![3], and, dizzy?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[3], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[3], and, yes, thank you, Voice[3], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[3], and was it a bad omen?[3], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[3], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[3], and I'm an o  u  t  l  a  w!!![3], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[3], and omens ... who cares?![3], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[3], and it was nice, all of it[3], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[3], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[3], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[3], and

And, I mean ...[1], and it is/was ... beyond belief[1], and, I mean ...[2], and, I just ...[1], and it is/was ... beyond belief[2], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![1], and, I just ...[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![2], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![1], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![2], and ... 'Mint!'[1], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![2], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[1], and ... 'Mint!'[2], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[1], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[2], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[1], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[2], and lost in thought, I suppose[1], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[2], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[1], and lost in thought, I suppose[2], and I was ONE with NATURE[1], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[2], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[1], and I was ONE with NATURE[2], and ... 'You liar!'[1], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[2], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[1], and ... 'You liar!'[2], and was it a good omen?[1], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[2], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[1], and was it a good omen?[2], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[1], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[2], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[1], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[2], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![1], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[2], and, dizzy?[1], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[1], and, dizzy?[2], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[2], and, yes, thank you, Voice[1], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[2], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[1], and, yes, thank you, Voice[2], and was it a bad omen?[1], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[2], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[1], and was it a bad omen?[2], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[1], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[2], and I'm an outlaw!!![1], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[2], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[1], and I'm an out law!!![2], and omens ... who cares?![1], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[2], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[1], and omens ... who cares?![2], and it was nice, all of it[1], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[2], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[1], and it was nice, all of it[2], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[1], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[2], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[1], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[2], and, I mean ...[3], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[2], and it is/was ... beyond belief[3], and, I just ...[3], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![3], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![3], and ... 'Mint!'[3], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[3], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[3], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[3], and lost in thought, I suppose[3], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[3], and I was ONE with NATURE[3], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[3], and ... 'You liar!'[3], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[3], and was it a good omen?[3], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[3], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[3], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[3], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![3], and, dizzy?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[3], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[3], and, yes, thank you, Voice[3], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[3], and was it a bad omen?[3], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[3], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[3], and I'm an o  u  t  l  a  w!!![3], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[3], and omens ... who cares?![3], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[3], and it was nice, all of it[3], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[3], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[3], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[3], and

And, I mean ...[1], and it is/was ... beyond belief[1], and, I mean ...[2], and, I just ...[1], and it is/was ... beyond belief[2], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![1], and, I just ...[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![2], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![1], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![2], and ... 'Mint!'[1], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![2], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[1], and ... 'Mint!'[2], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[1], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[2], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[1], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[2], and lost in thought, I suppose[1], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[2], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[1], and lost in thought, I suppose[2], and I was ONE with NATURE[1], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[2], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[1], and I was ONE with NATURE[2], and ... 'You liar!'[1], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[2], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[1], and ... 'You liar!'[2], and was it a good omen?[1], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[2], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[1], and was it a good omen?[2], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[1], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[2], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[1], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[2], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![1], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[2], and, dizzy?[1], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[1], and, dizzy?[2], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[2], and, yes, thank you, Voice[1], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[2], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[1], and, yes, thank you, Voice[2], and was it a bad omen?[1], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[2], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[1], and was it a bad omen?[2], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[1], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[2], and I'm an outlaw!!![1], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[2], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[1], and I'm an out law!!![2], and omens ... who cares?![1], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[2], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[1], and omens ... who cares?![2], and it was nice, all of it[1], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[2], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[1], and it was nice, all of it[2], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[1], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[2], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[1], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[2], and, I mean ...[3], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[2], and it is/was ... beyond belief[3], and, I just ...[3], and I couldn't believe it, but I had to believe it BECAUSE ... I was staring at an empty cone - AGAIN!!![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and I'll tell you something, kooks ... I'd love to get my hands on that bloody ringleader![3], and what flavour??? Oh, guess![3], and ... 'Mint!'[3], and, yeah, yeah ... my favourite ... / and I have a lot of favourites ... a favourite rock ... a favourite beach[3], and St Ives, St Ives, St Ives ...[3], and Porth Kidney Beach or Sands or - three times actually ... staring, staring ... and staring[3], and lost in thought, I suppose[3], and almost empty, uh, deserted ... me, a woman, a dog ... some figures in the distance[3], and I was ONE with NATURE[3], and, listen ... I was staring at the sea ... and this woman and her dog came along, and the dog's name was Bodhi[3], and ... 'You liar!'[3], and I swear I'm not lying, man ... BODHI - !!! ... and what are the chances of that???[3], and was it a good omen?[3], and I didn't go in the water ... can't swim[3], and ... 'Mikey don't surf!'[3], and Cornwall, Cornwall, Cornwall ...[3], and what kind of half-arsed dolphin am I?! Really![3], and, dizzy?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, so many times gone down there it's hard to keep track[3], and ... '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25'[3], and, yes, thank you, Voice[3], and I didn't get the gums of those big basking sharks ...[3], and was it a bad omen?[3], and I saw some crab legs ... buried in the sand[3], and I'm like him, yes, our Bodhi ... so awake to a dirty world[3], and I'm an o  u  t  l  a  w!!![3], and, but, but, but ... they didn't put me in a cage[3], and omens ... who cares?![3], and anyway I didn't care anyway ... I just went back into town to drink lager and eat pasties ... without ice cream[3], and it was nice, all of it[3], and I'm happy to report: I'm still a great soul[3], and ... 'A spiritual aristocrat!'[3], and I'll never have any fear of freedom[3], and