Thursday, 15 April 2021

Thursday night stuff

Just Thursday night stuff. That's all. There's no harm in it. I'm tired, anyway. I'm listening to The Strokes. Their first album. I think they signed to Rough Trade. I'm not sure there's much point in signing to small labels these days. The way the music business is. You're not going to be noticed. And there are only three major labels. I'm not bothered about it. If I can't be a big star, there's no way I'm getting in massive debt as a small star. Not at my age. I would rather be a songwriter for others. But I don't think it will come to that. My songs are too big, and too good. I had chips for dinner. No surprise, obviously. I had quiche as well. And water. Yes, I'm tired. I walked to Hammersmith and back earlier. I have no idea why. Everything looked grim. Reminded me a lot of the early Eighties with the riots. We haven't had the riots yet. Give it time. Sooner or later, people - the kids, I suppose - will stop being scared of the virus and then wonder why they haven't got any fucking jobs, money or ... any future, any future at all. Where will I be then? Malibu? I don't know. I'm just thinking about my music at the moment, all the time. I need those lyrics. Yes, I'll write them soon. Listen. It's no problem having seven "world-beaters" on one album. Different structures, styles, moods. It's gonna be okay. The most on one album so far? Two. Wonderwall and Don't Look Back In Anger on (What's The Story) Morning Glory? That album sold over twenty million copies. It's a shame it's not the Nineties, eh? I'd sell forty million. Never mind. I'm looking forward to the Roaring Twenties. [Are they here yet?] With stadiums. Bring it on, all of it.

I'm not worried about anything any more. Bad stuff. Good stuff. Any stuff. It's all the same to me. Just let me live in my own reality, my own world. That's all I ask. I'll take the rough with the smooth.

There's a book I used to get out of the library a lot, oh years ago. Viva Picasso by David Douglas Duncan. It's out of print now, but you can still buy the book on Amazon. I might order it soon.

It's just pictures. It's pictures of Picasso in his own world. No one else can get a look in. That's great, I think.

Don't you think?

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

[No. 895] I will record the greatest album of all times

With a little help from my strangers.

And, yeah, yeah ...[1], and people I don't even know yet ...[1], and, yeah, yeah ...[2], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[1], and people I don't even know yet ...[2], and ... yeah![1], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[2], and ... 'That's all?'[1], and ... yeah![2], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[1], and ... 'That's all?'[2], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[1], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[2], and my hair has been cut, so ...[1], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[2], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[1], and my hair has been cut, so ...[2], and polo shirt[1], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[2], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[1], and polo shirt[2], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[1], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[2], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[1], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[2], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![1], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[2], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[1], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![2], and I know, I know[1], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[2], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[1], and I know, I know[2], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[1], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[2], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[1], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[2], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[1], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[2], and, well ... I don't know[1], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[2], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[1], and, well ... I don't know[2], and maybe ... one last fandango?[1], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[2], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[1], and maybe ... one last fand ango?[2], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[1], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[2], and ... 'And your soul?'[1], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[2], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[1], and ... 'And your soul?'[2], and ... ... ...[1], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[2], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[1], and ... ... ...[2], and ... 'Yippee!'[1], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[2], and, yeah, yeah ...[3], and ... 'Yippee!'[2], and people I don't even know yet ...[3], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[3], and ... yeah![3], and ... 'That's all?'[3], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[3], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[3], and my hair has been cut, so ...[3], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[3], and polo shirt[3], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[3], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[3], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[3], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![3], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[3], and I know, I know[3], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[3], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[3], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[3], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[3], and, well ... I don't know[3], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[3], and maybe ... one last f  a  n  d  a  n  g  o?[3], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[3], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[3], and ... 'And your soul?'[3], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[3], and ... ... ...[3], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[3], and ... 'Yippee!'[3], and

And, yeah, yeah ...[1], and people I don't even know yet ...[1], and, yeah, yeah ...[2], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[1], and people I don't even know yet ...[2], and ... yeah![1], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[2], and ... 'That's all?'[1], and ... yeah![2], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[1], and ... 'That's all?'[2], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[1], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[2], and my hair has been cut, so ...[1], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[2], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[1], and my hair has been cut, so ...[2], and polo shirt[1], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[2], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[1], and polo shirt[2], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[1], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[2], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[1], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[2], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![1], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[2], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[1], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![2], and I know, I know[1], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[2], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[1], and I know, I know[2], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[1], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[2], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[1], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[2], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[1], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[2], and, well ... I don't know[1], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[2], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[1], and, well ... I don't know[2], and maybe ... one last fandango?[1], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[2], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[1], and maybe ... one last fand ango?[2], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[1], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[2], and ... 'And your soul?'[1], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[2], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[1], and ... 'And your soul?'[2], and ... ... ...[1], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[2], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[1], and ... ... ...[2], and ... 'Yippee!'[1], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[2], and, yeah, yeah ...[3], and ... 'Yippee!'[2], and people I don't even know yet ...[3], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[3], and ... yeah![3], and ... 'That's all?'[3], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[3], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[3], and my hair has been cut, so ...[3], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[3], and polo shirt[3], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[3], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[3], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[3], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![3], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[3], and I know, I know[3], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[3], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[3], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[3], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[3], and, well ... I don't know[3], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[3], and maybe ... one last f  a  n  d  a  n  g  o?[3], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[3], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[3], and ... 'And your soul?'[3], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[3], and ... ... ...[3], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[3], and ... 'Yippee!'[3], and

And, yeah, yeah ...[1], and people I don't even know yet ...[1], and, yeah, yeah ...[2], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[1], and people I don't even know yet ...[2], and ... yeah![1], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[2], and ... 'That's all?'[1], and ... yeah![2], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[1], and ... 'That's all?'[2], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[1], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[2], and my hair has been cut, so ...[1], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[2], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[1], and my hair has been cut, so ...[2], and polo shirt[1], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[2], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[1], and polo shirt[2], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[1], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[2], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[1], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[2], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![1], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[2], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[1], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![2], and I know, I know[1], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[2], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[1], and I know, I know[2], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[1], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[2], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[1], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[2], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[1], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[2], and, well ... I don't know[1], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[2], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[1], and, well ... I don't know[2], and maybe ... one last fandango?[1], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[2], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[1], and maybe ... one last fand ango?[2], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[1], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[2], and ... 'And your soul?'[1], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[2], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[1], and ... 'And your soul?'[2], and ... ... ...[1], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[2], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[1], and ... ... ...[2], and ... 'Yippee!'[1], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[2], and, yeah, yeah ...[3], and ... 'Yippee!'[2], and people I don't even know yet ...[3], and musicians, and a producer, and a record company that lets me do what I want ... that's all I really need[3], and ... yeah![3], and ... 'That's all?'[3], and in THE FREE WORLD, obviously[3], and, Christ ... will it ever be free?[3], and my hair has been cut, so ...[3], and, and, and ... 'You've got the T-shirt'[3], and polo shirt[3], and it's all coming together ... yes, yes, yes, eleven songs that go together perfectly[3], and ... 'You'll be bigger than Elon after this lot'[3], and, ha, ha, ha! / and thank you, Adam, uh, I mean, Voice[3], and, listen! ... I'm not asking for the moon, you dig? / and ... I'm actually asking for the entire freakin' cosmos![3], and ... 'The cosmos loves you, Mikey!'[3], and I know, I know[3], and I am the greatest a-ROUND here or anywhere - just like a butterfly and a bee[3], and ... Are the Twenties roaring yet?[3], and ... What's the BIG QUESTION ... ?[3], and, uh, uh, uh ... Am I mentally prepared?[3], and, well ... I don't know[3], and by Kew Bridge, just like Ringo ... I often enjoy my last days of "freedom"[3], and maybe ... one last f  a  n  d  a  n  g  o?[3], and, yes ... I would like to go to St Ives again soon ... it's opening up now[3], and I can say ... my mind, man ... is better than it was[3], and ... 'And your soul?'[3], and I'll be honest, Voice, kooks ... mind, soul, heart ... it's all the same when you're as confused as I am[3], and ... ... ...[3], and the cosmos is in me - that's the main thing[3], and ... 'Yippee!'[3], and

Deviance - !!!

Well, this sounds great, don't it?! 'PR email, boss?' Of course.

Anyway ... 'Oh, before we start ... you're looking really cool today.' Oh, thank you, Voice. 'Is that a new polo shirt you're wearing?' This? No. 'Okay. Well, it must be those new jeans you're wearing.' I've had these jeans for ages. I'm not wearing my best stuff for blogging, man. 'Ha! I know!' What? 'You've had your hair cut!' Yes, yes. Yesterday. 'Wow! You really do look like the King of Cool now.' Yeah, of course. / You can't see me, reader(s), but I do!

Anyway ... Deviance - !!! Let's see what this is all about ... 'I'm excited!' Calm down. 'Okay.' Right -

The collapse of corporate giant Carillion in January 2018, highlights a culture of financial deviance embedded at the heart of the UK construction sector, according to research by London South Bank University (LSBU).

Uh. Financial deviance. 'Never mind.' Christ. 'Are you going to continue with this email?' Well, I've started it now ...

The research shows that, following the collapse of a major financial institution like Carillion, individuals and teams in the wider construction sector, often accommodate, explain away or normalize discrepancies and problems. These become part of a culture which unintentionally reduces awareness of the potential consequences of that deviant behaviour. Taken together, these factors can result in a company not following codes of practice while failing to anticipate and manage a wide range of potential reputational issues and structural internal crises.

But it could be worse! 'Perverts, boss.' Exactly!

By performing a qualitative analysis on the collapse of construction giant, Carillion, the researchers have exposed the most common deviant practices and sources of 'normalization of deviance' embedded in the sector. The findings suggest that 'normalization of deviance' lies not only internally, but also externally, in the wider industry environment in which construction organizations operate. The results sound an alarm bell and call for structural reform of the construction industry to prevent the negative effects of corporate deviance.

But ... 'It could be worse!' Yeah.

Okay, okay. There's a lot of this. 'Do this bit.' Okay -

The research detected three distinct types of 'normalization of deviance' that existed within Carillion before the corporation's collapse that could also be prevalent in the wider construction sector:

Late payment to suppliers;

Aggressive accounting;

Auditors failing to identify problems.

Well, er ... do you know what I mean? 'Yeah.'

The research project is led by Dr Sara Hajikazemi, Senior Lecturer in Project Management at LSBU's Business School, in collaboration with co-authors from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Nord University in Norway, and the University of Oulu and Tampere University in Finland.

Okay. What does Sara say then?

Dr Sara Hajikazemi, says, "Our research shows that 'normalized deviance' has always been present in the construction sector. What is concerning is that, as happened with Carillion, construction companies currently lack an early warning system that could alert them to emerging signs of deviant corporate behaviour and malpractice. This means that the construction industry is still likely to be at risk of falling prey to 'normalized deviance' and its damaging consequences in future."

Well, okay. Thank you, Sara. I mean, fair enough and everything. This is a serious problem you've highlighted. I'll just say ... it could be worse, you know?

ENDS

...

Anything else?

Yeah, so ... I walked to Shepherd's Bush and back yesterday. Some nice cardio - as they call it.

I did actually buy some new clothes in the Westfield shopping centre. Not King of Cool clothes though. Just standard stuff. 'For blogging with.' Whatever.

I looked through the window at the Lacoste shop. Unfortunately, all the yellow polo shirts are bright yellow now for some reason. I had a pale yellow one before. I prefer pale, you dig? Never mind.

I went into the Adidas shop. I nearly bought some Gazelles. I might get some next time. I've had a few pairs.

I walked past the Tesla shop.

Last year, I bought my suede Timbs in the Timberland shop.

They've got loads of good shops there, kook(s)!

Laters.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Refinitiv Lipper: European ETF market report - March 2021

Okay, okay. Detlef and the gang again. 'ETFs again, boss!' Yes, Voice. ETFs again. There's no harm in it, I suppose.

Anyway ...

ETF promoters in Europe experienced estimated net inflows of €16.6 bn for March.
Assets under management in the European ETF industry hit a new all-time high (€1,095.8 bn) at the end of March 2021.
Equity ETFs (+€18.7 bn) posted the highest estimated net inflows in the European ETF industry for March.
The best-selling Lipper global classification for March was Equity US (+€4.7 bn), followed by Equity Global (+€3.8 bn) and Equity Sector Financials (+€1.9 bn).
Xtrackers was the best-selling ETF promoter in Europe for March (+€4.8 bn), ahead of iShares (+€4.2 bn) and Vanguard Group (+€2.0 bn).
Tomorrow.
The 10 best-selling funds gathered total net inflows of €9.3 bn for March.
The best-selling ETF for March, iShares Edge MSCI USA Val Factor UCITS ETF USD Acc, accounted for net inflows of €1.4 bn.

Everything seems to be all right then. 'Was does our Detlef say?' He says this -

Detlef Glow, Head of EMEA Research at Refinitiv Lipper, comments: "March 2021 marked the twelfth consecutive month with inflows into ETFs after the outflows caused by the outbreak of The Thing in March 2020. These inflows occurred in a positive market environment in which investor sentiment was still impacted by the increasing dynamics of The Thing in Europe and other parts of the world. The positive performance of the underlying markets led in combination with the estimated net inflows to increasing assets under management (from €1,034.4 bn as of February 28, 2021, to €1,095.8 bn at the end of March). The increase of €61.5 bn for March was driven by the estimated net sales (+€16.6 bn), while the performance of the underlying markets contributed €44.8 bn to the increase of the assets under management. It was not surprising equity funds (€775.2 bn) held the majority of assets, followed by bond funds (€273.4 bn), commodities products (€37.1 bn), alternative UCITS products (€5.6 bn), money market funds (€2.2 bn), mixed-assets funds (€2.2 bn), and 'other' funds (€0.1 bn)."

You see? 'Yeah.'

But is this the ends?

ENDS

Yes, it is. 'Until next time.' Ha! There's always a next time, Voice. We can rely on Detlef. He won't let us down.

So many of these PR emails come from people who are here today and gone tomorrow.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.

Oh, all things must pass ...

'Don't get depressed.'

I'm not getting depressed, silly!

Christ! The sun is shining, and I'm going out later. Today! Shopping! 'Yippee!'

...

Anything else? Music? I keep playing my rough recording of my new tune with gibberish lyrics. I really love it, man. I was trying to write something as great and commercial as Stella, BUT(!) ... I went beyond it! / I need a lyric now. 'You need a lyric for Life and Death, too.' I know, I know.

I'm getting anxiety again. Anxiety! I want people to hear my songs.

This will still be the demo though ...

This World Don't Mean a Thing
Nothing
Malibu
Stella

And if - for some strange reason - those songs don't have the impact I want ... I could always add the new song at a later date. But I'm hoping to avoid that. It's a good idea to hold stuff back, you dig?

Okay, okay ...

'Bye!'

Yeah. Bye, alligator(s)!

Monday, 12 April 2021

[No. 894] Living with chaos

There's no getting away from it.

And, well ...[1], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![1], and, well ...[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![2], and here we are ... or over there, later[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![1], and here we are ... or over there, later[2], and words, words, words ...[1], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![2], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[1], and words, words, words ...[2], and time keeps passing ...[1], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[2], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[1], and time keeps passing ...[2], and with my pains ...[1], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[2], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[1], and with my pains ...[2], and there's so much dirt ...[1], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[2], and the world's reality stains you ...[1], and there's so much dirt ...[2], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[1], and the world's reality stains you ...[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[2], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and I don't know[1], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[1], and I don't know[2], and I don't care[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[2], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![1], and I don't care[2], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[1], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![2], and, yes, yes, yes ...[1], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[2], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![1], and, yes, yes, yes ...[2], and let's not talk of God ...[1], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![2], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[1], and let's not talk of God ...[2], and give me strength![1], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[2], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[1], and give me strength![2], and we must talk of the cosmos and its power ... that's all, that's all, that's all[1], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[2], and ... believe me![1], and we must talk of th e c osmos a nd i ts pow er ... that's all, that's all, that's all[2], and, well ...[3], and ... believe me![2], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and here we are ... or over there, later[3], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![3], and words, words, words ...[3], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[3], and time keeps passing ...[3], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[3], and with my pains ...[3], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[3], and there's so much dirt ...[3], and the world's reality stains you ...[3], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[3], and I don't know[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[3], and I don't care[3], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![3], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[3], and, yes, yes, yes ...[3], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![3], and let's not talk of God ...[3], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[3], and give me strength![3], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[3], and we must talk of t  h  e c  o  s  m  o  s a  n  d   i  t  s p  o  w  e  r ... that's all, that's all, that's all[3], and ... believe me![3], and

And, well ...[1], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![1], and, well ...[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![2], and here we are ... or over there, later[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![1], and here we are ... or over there, later[2], and words, words, words ...[1], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![2], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[1], and words, words, words ...[2], and time keeps passing ...[1], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[2], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[1], and time keeps passing ...[2], and with my pains ...[1], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[2], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[1], and with my pains ...[2], and there's so much dirt ...[1], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[2], and the world's reality stains you ...[1], and there's so much dirt ...[2], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[1], and the world's reality stains you ...[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[2], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and I don't know[1], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[1], and I don't know[2], and I don't care[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[2], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![1], and I don't care[2], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[1], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![2], and, yes, yes, yes ...[1], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[2], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![1], and, yes, yes, yes ...[2], and let's not talk of God ...[1], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![2], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[1], and let's not talk of God ...[2], and give me strength![1], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[2], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[1], and give me strength![2], and we must talk of the cosmos and its power ... that's all, that's all, that's all[1], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[2], and ... believe me![1], and we must talk of th e c osmos a nd i ts pow er ... that's all, that's all, that's all[2], and, well ...[3], and ... believe me![2], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and here we are ... or over there, later[3], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![3], and words, words, words ...[3], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[3], and time keeps passing ...[3], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[3], and with my pains ...[3], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[3], and there's so much dirt ...[3], and the world's reality stains you ...[3], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[3], and I don't know[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[3], and I don't care[3], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![3], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[3], and, yes, yes, yes ...[3], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![3], and let's not talk of God ...[3], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[3], and give me strength![3], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[3], and we must talk of t  h  e c  o  s  m  o  s a  n  d   i  t  s p  o  w  e  r ... that's all, that's all, that's all[3], and ... believe me![3], and

And, well ...[1], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![1], and, well ...[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![2], and here we are ... or over there, later[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![1], and here we are ... or over there, later[2], and words, words, words ...[1], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![2], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[1], and words, words, words ...[2], and time keeps passing ...[1], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[2], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[1], and time keeps passing ...[2], and with my pains ...[1], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[2], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[1], and with my pains ...[2], and there's so much dirt ...[1], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[2], and the world's reality stains you ...[1], and there's so much dirt ...[2], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[1], and the world's reality stains you ...[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[2], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and I don't know[1], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[1], and I don't know[2], and I don't care[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[2], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![1], and I don't care[2], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[1], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![2], and, yes, yes, yes ...[1], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[2], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![1], and, yes, yes, yes ...[2], and let's not talk of God ...[1], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![2], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[1], and let's not talk of God ...[2], and give me strength![1], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[2], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[1], and give me strength![2], and we must talk of the cosmos and its power ... that's all, that's all, that's all[1], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[2], and ... believe me![1], and we must talk of th e c osmos a nd i ts pow er ... that's all, that's all, that's all[2], and, well ...[3], and ... believe me![2], and when there's high winds too? Forget about it![3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and here we are ... or over there, later[3], and bits of noise, and bits of colour ... all a-ROUND ... in your eyes, and my eyes ... everyone has it![3], and words, words, words ...[3], and thoughts that can't be controlled, yeah, yeah ... / and emotions that can't be controlled ...[3], and time keeps passing ...[3], and we can still make some progress with our lives ... with a massive effort, obviously, yes[3], and with my pains ...[3], and a perfect phrase can help ... and a perfect tune is even better / and they are a great comfort, yes[3], and there's so much dirt ...[3], and the world's reality stains you ...[3], and, listen! ... maybe maybe maybe ... we shouldn't mind ... and I don't mind ... if there's "salvation" at the end[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, uh, Christ ... where is the end?[3], and I don't know[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and do we all know ... that there can't be an end?[3], and I don't care[3], and I am so terribly dizzy - that's the truth![3], and I'll tell you ... who are YOU(!)?[3], and, yes, yes, yes ...[3], and I can say ... to get my best tune so easily ... in that sick world out there, not here ... it's a fucking miracle![3], and let's not talk of God ...[3], and you know what we must, must, must ... talk of[3], and give me strength![3], and ... 'Tell us, sha, sha, sha ... man!'[3], and we must talk of t  h  e c  o  s  m  o  s a  n  d   i  t  s p  o  w  e  r ... that's all, that's all, that's all[3], and ... believe me![3], and

What on earth has Aladdin got to do with it?!

I swear some of these people live in a fantasy world. They're worse than W. B. Yeats with his fairies! 'What's this, boss?' PR email, Voice. 'Oh.'

Look - !

LONDON, 9 April, 2021 - State Street Corporation today announced that it has been appointed by M&G Corporate Services Limited, part of M&G plc, (M&G) to provide outsourced middle office services. The agreement builds on a 10-year strategic partnership with M&G that will see State Street extend its current fund accounting and custody services for the wholesale fund ranges to provide middle office services, including portfolio services, reference data, cash reporting, transaction management, asset servicing and recordkeeping. State Street will perform these services largely relying upon BlackRock's Aladdin® platform licensed by M&G.

You see? Totally crazy! 'Yeah.'

State Street was one of the founding partners of Aladdin Provider and is a leader in the adoption of Aladdin data exchange (PDX) and the Aladdin middle office model. By leveraging the Aladdin experience and knowledge from M&G, State Street will administer middle office services on Aladdin, exemplifying how State Street offers clients the benefit of choice regarding their front and middle-office systems. The service model incorporates the use of Aladdin Accounting and Aladdin PDX messaging.

Unbelievable!

'Maybe we'll be able to get some sense out of Joerg Ambrosius, boss.' Oh, you reckon, do you?

Well, let's see ...

"We are delighted to expand our strong relationship with M&G," says Joerg Ambrosius, chief executive officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa at State Street. "We are committed to providing solutions for a wide range of our clients' needs including our State Street AlphaSM clients who can utilize both Aladdin and State Street product and services. This marks another important step in helping asset managers to stay focused on their investment process, lower their costs, improve efficiency and deliver desired investment outcomes."

Christ. Does anyone know how old this guy is? 'How old was Yeats when he stopped writing about fairies?' Ha! About fifty years old, I think. 'Bloody hell!' Yeah.

Oh, I don't know.

Maybe Roddy Thomson has a sensible head on his shoulders ...

"This agreement is part of our five-year transformation programme to position M&G for sustainable long-term growth," says Roddy Thomson, M&G's chief operating officer. "It will enable us to focus on what we do best as investment managers, while developing a truly global and scalable investment operation in partnership with State Street."

Well, that's better! He didn't mention Aladdin, did he? 'Or that magic carpet. Or that lamp with the stupid Genie in it.' Ha!

And people say I'm nuts. Well, they used to. I'm very sensible these days.

ENDS

...

Anything else? Music? I've finished my new tune, man, with the structure and everything. Twists and turns. Changing rhythms. Stops and starts. Slowing down, and getting quieter. It's turned out better than I was hoping for. It's my best piece of music.

Anyway, I'm thinking of eleven tracks for the album now at roughly fifty minutes, like this -

This World Don't Mean a Thing
Lucky You
Round The Bend
What's This Life We Live?
Latest Tune With No Title Yet
Good Times
Stella
Malibu
I'm Right Inside
Nothing
Life and Death

Later(s), rocker(s), roller(s)!

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Loan?! Who's getting a loan?!

Not I - !!!

Blackstone receives a convertible loan.

Oh, I see. Yeah, it's a PR email. Let's do it quickly, kook(s), so we can discuss music. I mean, last post of the week and all that. Do you know what I mean? 'I know, boss!' Good!

BAAR, Switzerland - (March 30, 2021) - Blackstone Resources AG has entered a convertible loan facility agreement in January 2021 for up to CHF 20 million valid for three years. The convertible loan has a zero percent coupon and can be divided with various noteholders. Any conversion into equities will be restricted for the first 120 days after payment of the notes and in addition can be extended if requested by the Blackstone Resources AG. The second tranche of CHF 1.5 million convertible loan has now been purchased as notes and has already been paid by two investors. Additional draw down can be done at any time when requested by Blackstone Resources AG and agreed by the investors. At the time of conversion of the convertible loan, the additional required shares will increase the conditional shares capital of the company.

Oh, okay. Fair enough.

ENDS

...

Music?

My new tune? Well ... I wrote most of the chorus last night. I just need a few seconds of tune at the end now. A bar or two. Then I need to work on the structure. Will it be a world-beater? Yes. Definitely. It's my second best piece of music, and it's commercial, too.

So, uh ... I've got to write three lyrics now to have eight world-beaters. 'Cool!' I only need two more tunes after that, man! 'For what, Mikey?' You know, Voice. Come on! 'Oh ... for immortality.' Yes. Ha! Yes. My BIG TEN.

I'm a visionary, remember?

Anyway, this new song might be able to replace And Rain Came Down on my debut album.

Or I might save it for the second album. I don't know. The thing is, my musical ability is developing all the time. This song has loads of twists and turns and changing rhythms - while still being easy to play.

I don't know what the first album will be like, really. All these new songs ... !

Okay, okay.

Later(s), crocodile(s)!

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

[No. 893] The most exciting part of writing a great song ...

... is just before you've finished the music. When it's about 70 percent done, you dig? I wish it could last forever.

And, listen![1], and words are just words[1], and, listen![2], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[1], and words are just words[2], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[1], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[2], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[1], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[2], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[1], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[2], and I'm just saying ... Christ![1], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[2], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[1], and I'm just saying ... Christ![2], and, well ...[1], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[2], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[1], and, well ...[2], and ... ha, ha, ha![1], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[2], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[1], and ... ha, ha, ha![2], and listen now: ... ... ...[1], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[2], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[1], and listen now: ... ... ...[2], and ... I am right, obviously[1], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[2], and ... 'Yes!'[1], and ... I am right, obviously[2], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - perfect![1], and ... 'Yes!'[2], and, yes, yes[1], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - per fect![2], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[1], and, yes, yes[2], and a great tune[1], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[2], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[1], and a great tune[2], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[1], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[2], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[1], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[2], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[1], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[2], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[1], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[2], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[2], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[1], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[2], and ... 'I believe you!'[1], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[2], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[1], and ... 'I believe you!'[2], and okay, okay[1], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[1], and okay, okay[2], and words are needed, too![1], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[2], and, listen![3], and words are needed, too![2], and words are just words[3], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[3], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[3], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[3], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[3], and I'm just saying ... Christ![3], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[3], and, well ...[3], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[3], and ... ha, ha, ha![3], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[3], and listen now: ... ... ...[3], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[3], and ... I am right, obviously[3], and ... 'Yes!'[3], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - p  e  r  f  e  c  t![3], and, yes, yes[3], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[3], and a great tune[3], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[3], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[3], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[3], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[3], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[3], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[3], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[3], and ... 'I believe you!'[3], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[3], and okay, okay[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[3], and words are needed, too![3], and

And, listen![1], and words are just words[1], and, listen![2], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[1], and words are just words[2], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[1], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[2], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[1], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[2], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[1], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[2], and I'm just saying ... Christ![1], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[2], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[1], and I'm just saying ... Christ![2], and, well ...[1], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[2], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[1], and, well ...[2], and ... ha, ha, ha![1], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[2], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[1], and ... ha, ha, ha![2], and listen now: ... ... ...[1], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[2], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[1], and listen now: ... ... ...[2], and ... I am right, obviously[1], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[2], and ... 'Yes!'[1], and ... I am right, obviously[2], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - perfect![1], and ... 'Yes!'[2], and, yes, yes[1], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - per fect![2], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[1], and, yes, yes[2], and a great tune[1], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[2], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[1], and a great tune[2], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[1], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[2], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[1], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[2], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[1], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[2], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[1], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[2], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[2], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[1], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[2], and ... 'I believe you!'[1], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[2], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[1], and ... 'I believe you!'[2], and okay, okay[1], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[1], and okay, okay[2], and words are needed, too![1], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[2], and, listen![3], and words are needed, too![2], and words are just words[3], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[3], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[3], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[3], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[3], and I'm just saying ... Christ![3], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[3], and, well ...[3], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[3], and ... ha, ha, ha![3], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[3], and listen now: ... ... ...[3], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[3], and ... I am right, obviously[3], and ... 'Yes!'[3], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - p  e  r  f  e  c  t![3], and, yes, yes[3], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[3], and a great tune[3], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[3], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[3], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[3], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[3], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[3], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[3], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[3], and ... 'I believe you!'[3], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[3], and okay, okay[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[3], and words are needed, too![3], and

And, listen![1], and words are just words[1], and, listen![2], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[1], and words are just words[2], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[1], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[2], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[1], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[2], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[1], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[2], and I'm just saying ... Christ![1], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[2], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[1], and I'm just saying ... Christ![2], and, well ...[1], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[2], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[1], and, well ...[2], and ... ha, ha, ha![1], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[2], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[1], and ... ha, ha, ha![2], and listen now: ... ... ...[1], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[2], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[1], and listen now: ... ... ...[2], and ... I am right, obviously[1], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[2], and ... 'Yes!'[1], and ... I am right, obviously[2], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - perfect![1], and ... 'Yes!'[2], and, yes, yes[1], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - per fect![2], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[1], and, yes, yes[2], and a great tune[1], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[2], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[1], and a great tune[2], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[1], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[2], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[1], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[2], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[1], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[2], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[1], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[2], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[1], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[2], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[1], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[2], and ... 'I believe you!'[1], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[2], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[1], and ... 'I believe you!'[2], and okay, okay[1], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[1], and okay, okay[2], and words are needed, too![1], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[2], and, listen![3], and words are needed, too![2], and words are just words[3], and don't hate them ... they have their uses[3], and ... are YOU(!) listening?[3], and, uh ... you can't hear the tune, of course[3], and ... 'What tune, Mikey?' / and any tune, Voice[3], and I'm just saying ... Christ![3], and it's the music that really makes a song / and that's where Dylan has been going wrong all these years[3], and, well ...[3], and ... 'Don't have a pop at Bobby!'[3], and ... ha, ha, ha![3], and Lennon was right / and so is McCartney[3], and listen now: ... ... ...[3], and the cosmos loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah / and it loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah[3], and ... I am right, obviously[3], and ... 'Yes!'[3], and, so ... where was I? ... and ... where am I? ... / ... and, oh, 70 percent of the tune, with no words yet - p  e  r  f  e  c  t![3], and, yes, yes[3], and ... only if you get the feeling ... that it will be "historic"[3], and a great tune[3], and imagine, no, not imagine, well, yes, imagine, if you like, but even better ... Smells Like Teen Spirit[3], and, yes, yes ... just the tune, 70 percent of it[3], and imagine not knowing exactly what is coming next ... BUT(!) feeling that it's going to be awesome[3], and ... whatever it is, however it sounds[3], and ... you, you, YOU(!) dig?[3], and ... 'It's got to be awesome - !!!'[3], and that is the best part of the whole process, believe me[3], and ... 'I believe you!'[3], and ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... a sort of break or pause[3], and okay, okay[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? ... ah, we're spinning a-ROUND with words ... there's no harm in it, really[3], and words are needed, too![3], and

Carol Thompson? Who?!

Let's find out, kook(s)!

PR email ... 'Over a week old.' Yeah, yeah. Shut up!

London, 30 March 2021: Foresight Group ("Foresight"), a leading infrastructure and private equity investment manager is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Thompson as Director on the Board of Foresight Solar & Technology VCT plc ("the Company").

Oh, she's got a job. Well done, Carol! 'Was she on the dole, boss?' I don't know, Voice.

In her new role, Carol will serve as a non-executive director, as well as chairing Foresight Solar & Technology VCT's audit committee.

Carol brings over 25 years' experience in governance and strategic financial management to her new role, and has spent large parts of her career as a board member in technology and regulated businesses. She has held senior positions at Hellman & Friedman, a leading private equity investment firm, and JP Morgan. She has also held non-executive and advisory roles at a number of firms including Livingbridge, DWF and JP Morgan.

Yeah, yeah. This is all great, but ... what does Andy say? 'Andy?' Andrew Bloxam. 'Oh, him.' Uh, Jesus.

Andy?

Andrew Bloxam, Director at Foresight, says: "I am looking forward to working with Carol, her track record speaks for itself and her industry experience, guidance and expertise will prove invaluable in helping us as we grow the new Foresight Williams Technology share class."

Oh, okay. He's looking forward to working with her. I thought he was going to be in one of his moods. 'Ha! He's all right, boss.' Of course he is!

And Carol? Come on!

Carol Thompson adds: "I am delighted to be joining the Board of Foresight Solar & Technology VCT plc at such an exciting time as they develop the new Foresight Williams Technology share class. The Company plays a vital role in supporting early-stage and innovative companies in the UK and I am very much looking forward to working with the team to support and further expand the existing portfolio of companies."

Okay. Fair enough. 'She's happy.' Yeah. I suppose.

ENDS

...

Anything else?

Music? My new tune? What, kook(s)?! You want a running commentary? Christ. Okay. I rewrote the pre-chorus last night. It builds up better now for ... a MASSIVE chorus - if I can get one. And if I can't get one? It's still going to be a great song like And Rain Came Down or Babe. 'You want world-beaters though.' I know I do! Thank you, Voice.

Exercise? I'm improving the way I do the dumbbells. Apparently, you're supposed to rest for a few seconds between sets, and then rest for a minute or so between different exercises.

Hypnosis? I haven't done it for weeks. I'm not sure I need it now. It doesn't work, man, if you can't do without it ... eventually. Do you know what I mean? / Having said that, I miss it a bit. It's enjoyable, and I've even had visions while doing it. 'It's like pathworking on the astral plane, boss.' Yes, Voice. Definitely. It's basically magic. Let's be honest.

Laters!

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Sure, I've got PR emails ...

They're in the folder. Yeah, yeah. Just waiting for me to look at them and pick one. But not today! No, not today.

Because I'm not in the mood.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow ... I'll do one. I'll do loads. There is no end to them, not until ...

I am able to get away. Will I ever get away?

...

*** ********** *** ****. I just thought I would mention that. No harm done. We shouldn't keep these feelings to ourselves, let them build up inside, like a volcano. We don't want that, do we? Let's speak the truth!

Ha, ha, ha! Who will know ... what I just said ... about the people in power?

Such self-control!

I feel better already. Ha!

'I know what you said, boss.' Of course you do, Voice!

...

Okay, okay. Okay!

My new tune? Well, I've found a chord to put at the end of the pre-chorus. It was giving me a bit of trouble.

F#m ... for your information.

Now I need to change the rhythm. That will be three rhythms altogether. Verse, pre-chorus, chorus. You dig? It's just the way the song is going.

It actually started off as another dream tune. But I changed the tune, as I often do. [All I need is a little spark. That's all. A fragment. I don't ask for much.] Some sort of heavy metal band was playing in my head, early the other morning, uh, late at night, I don't know. [Ha! It's not going to be a heavy metal tune. But I was grateful. Always be grateful, kook(s)!] I managed to sing the tune into my Zoom Handy thing and then fell straight back to sleep. It was a nice surprise for me when I woke up later.

I know the cosmos loves me.

...

Will I ever get away?

Of course I will! It's written in the stars.

These times are a total disgrace. For many reasons. But I live in future times!

'With the best of them, Mikey! The visionaries!'

Yes, Voice!

I will not be held back!