Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Lipper

Lipper what?! Ha! 'Tell them, boss!' All right.

Refinitiv: Lipper European ETF Market Report - December 2019

That's what it is! And ...

For immediate release

So ... 'Oh dear.' What, Voice? 'You received this email last week.' Yeah. 'Why didn't you release it last week?' I work in my own time, man. 'Detlef will be upset.' Ha! I doubt it.

Okay, okay!

The promoters of ETFs experienced net inflows of €18.0 bn for December
The assets under management in the European ETF industry (€870.0 bn) increased during December to a new all-time high.
Equity ETFs (+€13.5 bn) posted the highest net inflows in the European ETF industry for December.
In Every Dream Home A Heartache.
The best-selling Lipper global classification for December was Equity US (+€3.6 bn), followed by Equity Emerging Markets Global (+€3.1 bn) and Equity Global (+€2.2 bn)
iShares was the best-selling ETF promoter in Europe for December (+€6.6 bn), ahead of Vanguard Group (+€2.4 bn) and UBS ETF (+€2.2 bn).
The 10 best-selling funds gathered total net inflows of €6.5 bn for December.
The best-selling ETF for December, UBS ETF MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) Aa, accounted for net inflows of €1.4 bn.

Well, fair enough. I'm not going to argue with any of that. 'Yeah, right.' What? 'Argue with it. Go on!' I don't want to. I don't need to. 'Yeah, yeah.' Shut up!

Oh, Malibu, dear reader(s)? Listen - I mean, look - 'Boss! Let Detlef speak first. Let's finish the email.' Christ!

Detlef Glow, Lipper Head of EMEA Research at Refinitiv, comments: "December was another positive month for the European ETF industry as the promoters of ETFs in Europe enjoyed above average inflows in December. These led, in combination with the positive performance of the underlying markets, to an increase in assets under management in the European ETF industry from €842.1 bn as of November 30, 2019, to a new record high of €870.0 bn at the end of December. The increase of €27.9 bn for December was driven by net inflows (+€18.0 bn), while the performance of the underlying markets contributed €9.9 bn to the increase in assets under management."

Right. Thank you, Detlef!

ENDS - !!!

Now, look ... this is the dream home I was telling you about, kook(s). I'm going to watch this video a few times a day, just to stay focused, like. I mean, I've got to get out of this craphole, man. Do you know what I mean? 'Me?' Them. 'Well, they should know. I know. Loads of people live in crapholes, boss.' Exactly! And how many of them think that socialism is the answer? Very few. 'What?!' Listen! Most people would want to live in a house like that. 'Yeah, yeah.' Well, they would! Human nature, son. You can't beat it.

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Anything else? I'm a bit stressed out at the moment, for various reasons. Never mind, eh? What a life!

Laters!

Monday, 20 January 2020

[No. 772] Just consciousness now

All humans gone.

And, so ...[1], and it's a good way, yes[1], and, so ...[2], and ... finally[1], and it's a g ood w ay, yes[2], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from … outer space?[1], and ... finally[2], and, or, or, or ... inner space?[1], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from … o uter sp ace?[2], and, ah ... peace at last![1], and, or, or, or ... inn er spa ce?[2], and no chaos, no anger, no fear, no violence ...[1], and, ah ... pea ce at last![2], and, ah ... happy days![1], and no cha os, no ang er, no fea r, no vio lence ...[2], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[1], and, ah ... happy days![2], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[1], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[2], and the future belongs to them ... ?[1], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[2], and ... listen! ... ?[1], and the futu re belongs to them ... ?[2], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![1], and ... list en! ... ?[2], and ears are gone[1], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![2], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[1], and ears are gon e[2], and a-ROUND - now - !!![1], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[2], and Nature can't be beaten ...[1], and a-ROUND - now - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![1], and Nat ure can't be beaten ...[2], and clear skies![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![2], and feelings are dead like thoughts with their words ...[1], and clear skies![2], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[1], and f eelings are dead like t houghts with their words ...[2], and maybe not even spiders ...[1], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[2], and it's a beautiful nothing, physically, ha, ha, ha! / and not one creature of any kind![1], and maybe not even spid ers ...[2], and, well ... consciousness![1], and it's a beautiful nothing, physic ally, ha, ha, ha! / and not one cre ature of any kind![2], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously inhuman, yes![1], and, well ... consciousness![2], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure will![1], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously inhu man, yes![2], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[1], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure w ill![2], and feelings belong nowhere, ha![1], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[2], and ... bodies gone![1], and feelings belong nowhe re, ha![2], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a black hole[1], and ... bo dies gone![2], and, yes ... it's safe here[1], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a bla ck hol e[2], and, so ...[3], and, yes ... it's safe here[2], and it's a g  o  o  d w  a  y, yes[3], and ... finally[3], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from … o  u  t  e  r s  p  a  c  e?[3], and, or, or, or ... i  n  n  e  r s  p  a  c  e?[3], and, ah ... p  e  a  c  e at last![3], and no c  h  a  o  s, no a  n  g  e  r, no f  e  a  r, no v  i  o  l  e  n  c  e ...[3], and, ah ... happy days![3], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[3], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[3], and the f  u  t  u  r  e belongs to them ... ?[3], and ... l  i  s  t  e  n! ... ?[3], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![3], and ears are g  o  n  e[3], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[3], and a-ROUND - now - !!![3], and N  a  t  u  r  e can't be beaten ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![3], and clear skies![3], and f  e  e  l  i  n  g  s are dead like t  h  o  u  g  h  t  s with their words ...[3], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[3], and maybe not even s  p  i  d  e  r  s ...[3], and it's a beautiful nothing, p  h  y  s  i  c  a  l  l  y, ha, ha, ha! / and not one c  r  e  a  t  u  r  e of any kind![3], and, well ... consciousness![3], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously i  n  h  u  m  a  n, yes![3], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure w  i  l  l![3], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[3], and feelings belong n  o  w  h  e  r  e, ha![3], and ... b  o  d  i  e  s gone![3], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a b  l  a  c  k h  o  l  e[3], and, yes ... it's safe here[3], and

And, so ...[1], and it's a good way, yes[1], and, so ...[2], and ... finally[1], and it's a g ood w ay, yes[2], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from ... outer space?[1], and ... finally[2], and, or, or, or ... inner space?[1], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from … o uter sp ace?[2], and, ah ... peace at last![1], and, or, or, or ... inn er spa ce?[2], and no chaos, no anger, no fear, no violence ...[1], and, ah ... pea ce at last![2], and, ah ... happy days![1], and no cha os, no ang er, no fea r, no vio lence ...[2], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[1], and, ah ... happy days![2], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[1], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[2], and the future belongs to them ... ?[1], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[2], and ... listen! ... ?[1], and the futu re belongs to them ... ?[2], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![1], and ... list en! ... ?[2], and ears are gone[1], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![2], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[1], and ears are gon e[2], and a-ROUND - now - !!![1], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[2], and Nature can't be beaten ...[1], and a-ROUND - now - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![1], and Nat ure can't be beaten ...[2], and clear skies![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![2], and feelings are dead like thoughts with their words ...[1], and clear skies![2], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[1], and f eelings are dead like t houghts with their words ...[2], and maybe not even spiders ...[1], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[2], and it's a beautiful nothing, physically, ha, ha, ha! / and not one creature of any kind![1], and maybe not even spid ers ...[2], and, well ... consciousness![1], and it's a beautiful nothing, physic ally, ha, ha, ha! / and not one cre ature of any kind![2], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously inhuman, yes![1], and, well ... consciousness![2], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure will![1], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously inhu man, yes![2], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[1], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure w ill![2], and feelings belong nowhere, ha![1], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[2], and ... bodies gone![1], and feelings belong nowhe re, ha![2], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a black hole[1], and ... bo dies gone![2], and, yes ... it's safe here[1], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a bla ck hol e[2], and, so ...[3], and, yes ... it's safe here[2], and it's a g  o  o  d w  a  y, yes[3], and ... finally[3], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from ... o  u  t  e  r s  p  a  c  e?[3], and, or, or, or ... i  n  n  e  r s  p  a  c  e?[3], and, ah ... p  e  a  c  e at last![3], and no c  h  a  o  s, no a  n  g  e  r, no f  e  a  r, no v  i  o  l  e  n  c  e ...[3], and, ah ... happy days![3], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[3], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[3], and the f  u  t  u  r  e belongs to them ... ?[3], and ... l i  s  t  e  n! ... ?[3], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![3], and ears are g  o  n  e[3], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[3], and a-ROUND - now - !!![3], and N  a  t  u  r  e can't be beaten ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![3], and clear skies![3], and f  e  e  l  i  n  g  s are dead like t  h  o  u  g  h  t  s with their words ...[3], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[3], and maybe not even s  p  i  d  e  r  s ...[3], and it's a beautiful nothing, p  h  y  s  i  c  a  l  l  y, ha, ha, ha! / and not one c  r  e  a  t  u  r  e of any kind![3], and, well ... consciousness![3], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously i  n  h  u  m  a  n, yes![3], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure w  i  l  l![3], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[3], and feelings belong n  o  w  h  e  r  e, ha![3], and ... b  o  d  i  e  s gone![3], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a b  l  a  c  k h  o  l  e[3], and, yes ... it's safe here[3], and

And, so ...[1], and it's a good way, yes[1], and, so ...[2], and ... finally[1], and it's a g ood w ay, yes[2], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from ... outer space?[1], and ... finally[2], and, or, or, or ... inner space?[1], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from … o uter sp ace?[2], and, ah ... peace at last![1], and, or, or, or ... inn er spa ce?[2], and no chaos, no anger, no fear, no violence ...[1], and, ah ... pea ce at last![2], and, ah ... happy days![1], and no cha os, no ang er, no fea r, no vio lence ...[2], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[1], and, ah ... happy days![2], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[1], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[2], and the future belongs to them ... ?[1], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[2], and ... listen! ... ?[1], and the futu re belongs to them ... ?[2], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![1], and ... list en! ... ?[2], and ears are gone[1], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![2], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[1], and ears are gon e[2], and a-ROUND - now - !!![1], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[2], and Nature can't be beaten ...[1], and a-ROUND - now - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![1], and Nat ure can't be beaten ...[2], and clear skies![1], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![2], and feelings are dead like thoughts with their words ...[1], and clear skies![2], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[1], and f eelings are dead like t houghts with their words ...[2], and maybe not even spiders ...[1], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[2], and it's a beautiful nothing, physically, ha, ha, ha! / and not one creature of any kind![1], and maybe not even spid ers ...[2], and, well ... consciousness![1], and it's a beautiful nothing, physic ally, ha, ha, ha! / and not one cre ature of any kind![2], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously inhuman, yes![1], and, well ... consciousness![2], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure will![1], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously inhu man, yes![2], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[1], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure w ill![2], and feelings belong nowhere, ha![1], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[2], and ... bodies gone![1], and feelings belong nowhe re, ha![2], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a black hole[1], and ... bo dies gone![2], and, yes ... it's safe here[1], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a bla ck hol e[2], and, so ...[3], and, yes ... it's safe here[2], and it's a g  o  o  d w  a  y, yes[3], and ... finally[3], and a-ROUND here ... gently in silence, yes, well, whisperings only, actually, from ... o  u  t  e  r s  p  a  c  e?[3], and, or, or, or ... i  n  n  e  r s  p  a  c  e?[3], and, ah ... p  e  a  c  e at last![3], and no c  h  a  o  s, no a  n  g  e  r, no f  e  a  r, no v  i  o  l  e  n  c  e ...[3], and, ah ... happy days![3], and, but, but ... but nothing to be happy[3], and ... Let the seas hear! / and ... Let the rocks hear! / and, uh ... not that seas and rocks are bothered much[3], and the f  u  t  u  r  e belongs to them ... ?[3], and ... l  i  s  t  e  n! ... ?[3], and, no, no, no ... there is no listening no more ... no, no, no, ha, ha, ha![3], and ears are g  o  n  e[3], and it had to happen ... the way things were going[3], and a-ROUND - now - !!![3], and N  a  t  u  r  e can't be beaten ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... it's all changed for the better, oh, a long time coming, yes, but ... at last![3], and clear skies![3], and f  e  e  l  i  n  g  s are dead like t  h  o  u  g  h  t  s with their words ...[3], and there's nothing to care, no, no, no[3], and maybe not even s  p  i  d  e  r  s ...[3], and it's a beautiful nothing, p  h  y  s  i  c  a  l  l  y, ha, ha, ha! / and not one c  r  e  a  t  u  r  e of any kind![3], and, well ... consciousness![3], and something thinks, and something feels, oh, something deliciously i  n  h  u  m  a  n, yes![3], and it's a miracle ... ? Pure w  i  l  l![3], and life goes on, and on, and on ... / and words are here ... cleaner than they've ever been[3], and feelings belong n  o  w  h  e  r  e, ha![3], and ... b  o  d  i  e  s gone![3], and it's so lovely when it all comes together ... like drops of rain falling into a b  l  a  c  k h  o  l  e[3], and, yes ... it's safe here[3], and

AIPUT

What's that?! ... you're probably wondering, dear reader(s). Or maybe you already know. 'They already know, boss.' Yes, some of them will, Voice. But not all of them. Some of them won't have a bloody clue! 'Oh dear.' Yes. Never mind.

Anyway, it's, uh ... obviously a PR email. And no endorsement, obviously. And -

The details contained here are for information purposes only and should not be considered as an offer, investment recommendation, or solicitation to deal in any investments or funds and does not constitute investment research, investment recommendation or investment advice in any jurisdiction.

So, there you have it. Let's talk about music now. 'Don't take the piss, boss. Tell everyone about AIPUT and the new warehouse.' Oh, they know all about it. 'What, even the warehouse?' Er ... well, I'm not sure about the warehouse, man. 'They probably haven't heard about the warehouse. You could be the first one to tell them. Make yourself useful for once in your life.' Excuse me! It's not my job to give people bland, everyday news. I'm a spiritual leader. 'Lead them then! Back into the desert!' Ha, ha, ha! Those days are over, idiot!

Christ.

Anyway ...

Aberdeen Standard Investments' AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) has secured a resolution to grant planning permission from Slough Borough Council's Planning Committee for Black Arrow, a high-quality speculative-build warehouse development at its Blackthorne Point industrial estate in Poyle.  

Okay, okay. A new warehouse.

The high-spec, 27,760 sq ft (2,579 sq m) GIA industrial warehouse will occupy a vacant brownfield site, immediately across the M25 from Heathrow's Terminal 5. Black Arrow will be a flexible industrial warehouse unit supporting B1c, B2 and B8 uses, similar in proportion to an existing planning consent granted in 2017. However, the building will incorporate a number of new environmental initiatives - including air source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels - delivering a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions over building regulation requirements and the achievement of a BREEAM 'very good' rating. AIPUT's Carbon Strategy requires the fund to achieve carbon neutrality across its portfolio by 2025. 

It sounds fascinating. 'Don't knock it, boss. It's going to be carbon neutral.' Ah, right. Listen! No one's saving the planet, son. 'Oh.' But the good news is ... the spiders won't care. 'What do you mean?' They'll have the planet to themselves. And I'm sure they won't miss humans. The truth of the matter is ... they'll be happy when we're gone. Less danger, you dig? 'Yeah, I suppose.' Don't worry about it. The earth will be very hot. But there will still be seas and rocks. 'And the spiders will love it.' Of course they will!

Anyway, I suppose we better hear from Fraser Green. 'Who the hell is Fraser Green?!' Ha! He's a portfolio manager for AIPUT. Look - !

Fraser Green, Portfolio Manager for AIPUT, says: "This welcome new addition to our Blackthorne Point estate delivers on AIPUT's long-term vision to facilitate the continuing growth of our high-quality air cargo portfolio at key locations serving Heathrow. Black Arrow will set a new quality benchmark for airport-related industrial warehousing at Poyle, delivering cutting-edge environmental performance." 

Nice one! Thanks, Fraser!

ENDS

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Anything else? Yes. I've got a headache. I've just taken two Anadin Extra on an empty stomach. Not a great idea, but I can't wait until lunchtime.

Music? Listen! I reckon Bob Dylan was a bit jealous of Kurt Cobain. He reckons that Polly was Cobain's best song. Well, it wasn't. Smells Like Teen Spirit was his best song. [He wrote it by himself but shared the credits with the other two guys. They had some important input on the arrangement.] This song is far more powerful and iconic than Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone. / I've spoken of this before, kook(s). Whenever you hear some artist praising another artist's minor work rather than their major work. This is what's going on. Jealousy.

My music? I didn't record my demo this weekend. I didn't want to. It's as simple as that. But I made a rough recording of Nothing. Despite the roughness, the quality of the song was apparent. A bit like that YouTube video of Nirvana playing Smells Like Teen Spirit live for the first time in a small club. Here it is now, for your entertainment. Enjoy!

Laters!

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Flybe has been rescued!

Yes, a PR email from our Jinksy. Well ...

Some creative Government accountancy may have found Flybe calmer skies; but its narrow escape highlights the precarious state of UK aviation, says the international courier expert ParcelHero. It is warning that with Heathrow's expansion plan seemingly in an eternal holding pattern, UK PLC is missing out on up to £14 billion a year in lost trade.

So ... 'It's nice that he's talking about something else for a change, boss.' Yes, Voice. Aviation. It makes a really nice change from parcels. / Oh, where were you yesterday? 'Me?' Yes, you. Where were you? 'I didn't feel well.' Okay. And you didn't think to tell me? 'I'm telling you now.' Christ. All right. / Anyway ...

Overseas deliveries are likely to be impacted by soaring problems in the aviation industry, warns the international courier expert ParcelHero. It says the consequences of potentially losing the key regional UK airline Flybe would have been severe not just for passengers, but also international couriers.

Oh, God. Deliveries. Parcels. 'Ha, ha, ha!' Jinksy had to get parcels into it somewhere, didn't he? He couldn't just stick to aviation. 'What's wrong with him, boss?' I don't know. I really don't know.

David Jinks, a Member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, says: "Looking at the major problems facing the UK's international aviation services, it is obvious that issues are mounting both in the short and the long term. It looks as if it took some creative Government accountancy, a re-write of the passenger tax rules and shareholders belatedly putting their hands into their pockets again, to save Flybe. The loss of its cargo capacity would have had a severe impact on international courier services. Goods and parcels are not only flown in specially designed cargo aircraft; many passenger flights also carry freight. In fact, passenger airlines make up to 10% of their revenue from freight carried in the cargo hold of passenger jets. Back in 2012 Frontier Economics reported continued problems with UK aviation connectivity would cost British business £14 billion a year, and its prediction this could rise to £26 billion by 2030 looks even more likely given the current parlous state of UK aviation."

Okay, okay. Notice his boasting, dear reader(s). A member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport - !!! Well, I'm not jealous. 'I bet you are.' I'm not! 'Why are you going on about it then?' I'm not going on about it.

Right. Let him conclude ...

Concludes David: "Thank goodness Flybe seems to have cleared the turbulent patch. If we had lost Europe's largest regional operator the impact would have been significant on all the businesses who used its cargo services. But we are still concerned about unforeseen reductions in cargo capacity, and fear Heathrow will cease to be a competitive hub and instead becomes a spur from other European countries. If this happens, the UK will continue to lose trade and the cost of international parcels and airfreight to and from the UK will inevitably rise."

Well, some people think the rescue will fail. I'm not bothered, myself, like. As I said the other day, in the future, uh ... there will be no governments and no corporations. Everything will fail, eventually. One day, we'll just have sea and rocks.

ENDS - !!!

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Anything else? It's the end of the week, man, and I'm tired. I'll have to do my music though. There can be no rest from that.

Listen! Maybe I'll try recording this weekend. And maybe I'll live with any results I get. I mean, I can't go on aiming for perfection, like Kirk Douglas in that jazz movie. He nearly went insane.

Laters!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Former Norwegian minister joins IFAD

Yeah, it's a PR email. It's news. Don't say I write about music all the time, dear reader(s). Or motivation. This is a finance blog. But I can change the subject if I want to. After all these years ... why not?! But, anyway ... finance today. Rural finance!

Rome, 13 January 2020 - Aslaug Marie Haga, a Norwegian national, has joined the United Nations rural development agency, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Associate Vice-President of the External Relations and Governance Department.

And IFAD ... ? I haven't done one of their emails in a while, so ...

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$21.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 491 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a United Nations specialized agency based in Rome - the United Nations' food and agriculture hub.

Just to remind everyone, like.

Okay, okay. What is Haga responsible for?

In her role at IFAD, Haga is responsible for communications, global engagement, partnerships, and resource mobilization. In addition, she oversees the relations with the Fund’s 176 Member States.

And what's her experience?

Haga has more than 35 years' experience in conservation and food security, foreign affairs and politics. Most recently, she worked with the Global Crop Diversity Trust, where she was Executive Director from March 2013.

NOW - !!! ... What does she actually have to say for herself? This should be interesting ...

"I come to IFAD at an exciting moment as we enter a new decade in which the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals have to be delivered," Haga says. "I look forward to advancing IFAD's mandate and serve the poorest in the rural world by mobilizing resources to invest in projects that align with partners' objectives, aim for scalability, and lasting long-term results."

Nice one, Aslaug!

...

Right. Anything else? Elon? Our Elon? Well, Tesla is still going from strength to strength. Last week, Elon was worth over $27 billion. This week? Over $30 billion.

Nice work if you can get it, eh?

Right. What ... else? Where's the Voice? ... you're wondering. I don't know, kook(s). I'm not his keeper. Oh, he's my intern, but ... I don't pay him, obviously. [He's just a voice in my head, after all. I'm not a mug. Do you know what I mean?] I should imagine he's poncing about on the astral plane. He loves all that.

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

[No. 771] Twist and ...

Shout, obviously.

And, well ...[1], and, ah ... twist and shout![1], and, well ...[2], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[1], and, ah ... twist and shout![2], and ... shake it![1], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[2], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![1], and ... shake it![2], and ... don't you?[1], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![2], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[1], and ... don't you?[2], and roll on the floor![1], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[2], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[1], and roll on the floor![2], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![1], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[2], and, well ... enjoy yourself![1], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![2], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[1], and, well ... enjoy yourself![2], and ... feel - !!![1], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[2], and, ha, ha ... uh![1], and ... feel - !!![2], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[1], and, ha, ha ... uh![2], and maybe I'll shout ...[1], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[2], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[1], and maybe I'll shout ...[2], and it seems so easy, watching others[1], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[2], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[1], and it seems so easy, watching others[2], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[1], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[2], and some people feel real stuff ...[1], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[2], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[1], and some people feel real stuff ...[2], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[1], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[1], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[2], and before the end comes ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[2], and it's NO FUN - !!![1], and before the end comes ...[2], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[1], and it's NO FUN - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[1], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[2], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[2], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[1], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[2], and, so ... twist[1], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[2], and ... I'm screaming now - !!![1], and, so ... twist[2], and, yes ... you, spin![1], and ... I'm screa ming now - !!![2], and, well ...[3], and, yes ... you, spin![2], and, ah ... twist and shout![3], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[3], and ... shake it![3], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![3], and ... don't you?[3], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[3], and roll on the floor![3], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[3], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![3], and, well ... enjoy yourself![3], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[3], and ... feel - !!![3], and, ha, ha ... uh![3], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[3], and maybe I'll shout ...[3], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[3], and it seems so easy, watching others[3], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[3], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[3], and some people feel real stuff ...[3], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[3], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[3], and before the end comes ...[3], and it's NO FUN - !!![3], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[3], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[3], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[3], and, so ... twist[3], and ... I'm s  c  r  e  a  m  i  n  g now - !!![3], and, yes ... you, spin![3], and

And, well ...[1], and, ah ... twist and shout![1], and, well ...[2], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[1], and, ah ... twist and shout![2], and ... shake it![1], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[2], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![1], and ... shake it![2], and ... don't you?[1], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![2], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[1], and ... don't you?[2], and roll on the floor![1], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[2], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[1], and roll on the floor![2], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![1], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[2], and, well ... enjoy yourself![1], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![2], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[1], and, well ... enjoy yourself![2], and ... feel - !!![1], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[2], and, ha, ha ... uh![1], and ... feel - !!![2], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[1], and, ha, ha ... uh![2], and maybe I'll shout ...[1], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[2], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[1], and maybe I'll shout ...[2], and it seems so easy, watching others[1], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[2], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[1], and it seems so easy, watching others[2], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[1], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[2], and some people feel real stuff ...[1], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[2], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[1], and some people feel real stuff ...[2], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[1], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[1], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[2], and before the end comes ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[2], and it's NO FUN - !!![1], and before the end comes ...[2], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[1], and it's NO FUN - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[1], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[2], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[2], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[1], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[2], and, so ... twist[1], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[2], and ... I'm screaming now - !!![1], and, so ... twist[2], and, yes ... you, spin![1], and ... I'm screa ming now - !!![2], and, well ...[3], and, yes ... you, spin![2], and, ah ... twist and shout![3], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[3], and ... shake it![3], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![3], and ... don't you?[3], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[3], and roll on the floor![3], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[3], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![3], and, well ... enjoy yourself![3], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[3], and ... feel - !!![3], and, ha, ha ... uh![3], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[3], and maybe I'll shout ...[3], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[3], and it seems so easy, watching others[3], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[3], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[3], and some people feel real stuff ...[3], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[3], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[3], and before the end comes ...[3], and it's NO FUN - !!![3], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[3], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[3], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[3], and, so ... twist[3], and ... I'm s  c  r  e  a  m  i  n  g now - !!![3], and, yes ... you, spin![3], and

And, well ...[1], and, ah ... twist and shout![1], and, well ...[2], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[1], and, ah ... twist and shout![2], and ... shake it![1], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[2], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![1], and ... shake it![2], and ... don't you?[1], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![2], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[1], and ... don't you?[2], and roll on the floor![1], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[2], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[1], and roll on the floor![2], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![1], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[2], and, well ... enjoy yourself![1], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![2], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[1], and, well ... enjoy yourself![2], and ... feel - !!![1], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[2], and, ha, ha ... uh![1], and ... feel - !!![2], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[1], and, ha, ha ... uh![2], and maybe I'll shout ...[1], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[2], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[1], and maybe I'll shout ...[2], and it seems so easy, watching others[1], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[2], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[1], and it seems so easy, watching others[2], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[1], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[2], and some people feel real stuff ...[1], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[2], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[1], and some people feel real stuff ...[2], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[1], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[1], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[2], and before the end comes ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[2], and it's NO FUN - !!![1], and before the end comes ...[2], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[1], and it's NO FUN - !!![2], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[1], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[2], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[2], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[1], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[2], and, so ... twist[1], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[2], and ... I'm screaming now - !!![1], and, so ... twist[2], and, yes ... you, spin![1], and ... I'm screa ming now - !!![2], and, well ...[3], and, yes ... you, spin![2], and, ah ... twist and shout![3], and come on, come on, come on, come on, baby, now! / and, uh ... well, spin a-ROUND, actually, yes[3], and ... shake it![3], and YOU(!) ... spin so fine![3], and ... don't you?[3], and while you're twisting, spinning, shaking, whatever ... I can enter your soul[3], and roll on the floor![3], and a-ROUND here ... we have fun, yes[3], and rock yourself to pieces! / and let those pieces fly off, out ... into the cosmos![3], and, well ... enjoy yourself![3], and it's shamanic when you think about it / and, but ... it's better if you don't think about it[3], and ... feel - !!![3], and, ha, ha ... uh![3], and I'll tell you the truth: I don't feel like twisting or spinning[3], and maybe I'll shout ...[3], and maybe I'll scream my fucking head off and roll in darkness with real pain just because ...[3], and it seems so easy, watching others[3], and my head is aching like concrete or something ...[3], and you can smile, yes, knowing nothing, no / and good luck to you, with your happiness[3], and some people feel real stuff ...[3], and some people can't choose rainbows with their pots of gold ...[3], and some people have blood in their mouth ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... fun is an illusion[3], and before the end comes ...[3], and it's NO FUN - !!![3], and it's electric buzz my eyes with lightning ...[3], and a-ROUND here ... my head is worse now[3], and everyone with no brain is dancing ...[3], and this is more Nirvana than Beatles ...[3], and, so ... twist[3], and ... I'm s  c  r  e  a  m  i  n  g now - !!![3], and, yes ... you, spin![3], and

I'm feeling a bit chaotic at the moment

So, no finance, I'm afraid. Yeah, I'm just a bit chaotic. 'Like Tommy Lee Jones in Under Siege, boss.' What?! 'His CIA boss said he was chaotic, remember?' Yeah, yeah. I remember, Voice. However, I think Tommy was only pretending to be chaotic because he wanted to steal those Tomahawk missiles. I'm not doing anything like that. 'Oh.' I'm just, uh ... trying to get through the day, son. You dig? 'Yeah.' Okay.

Okay, okay. No PR emails, anyway. Everyone is still on holiday. / Oh, those Aviva Investors characters ended their Christmas party last night. 'Four days early?!' Yeah. They were supposed to be going through to Friday night or Saturday morning, but ... well, they just ran out of steam, I suppose. 'Ha!' Euan actually phoned me on his mobile last night. 'What did he say?' Er, nothing I could understand, Voice. Do you know what I mean? 'Tipsy, was he?' Just a bit.

So, er ... that's some finance news there, for all you finance freaks, like. Maybe we can discuss music now. Yes?

Listen! I tell you, dear kook(s) ... I've got to record my new demo and get it online within the next four weeks. Everything looks grim, man, and ... I just want to get it done, you dig?

I'm not even sure there's much point in rehearsing. I know the songs inside out. It's my mental states! When I feel good, I play good. When I feel bad, I play bad.

And I've had enough of listening to motivational audiobooks. I would like one on The Beatles though. Preferably, Shout! by Philip Norman. BUT(!) ... it doesn't exist. Oh, I've got the paperback. I'll just read it. 'Old school, boss.' Exactly!

My demo?

This World Don't Mean a Thing
Nothing
Malibu
Stella


[Yeah, no changes, despite the new songs. I was thinking about replacing Malibu with Sell Yourself. But no! Sell Yourself isn't commercial enough, strangely, considering the title, like.]

It's the perfect balance!

This World Don't Mean a Thing ... is my most commercial song. A "banger", in the parlance of our times.

Nothing ... is the greatest song ever written. Like Beethoven and Shakespeare got together and decided to kick some ass in the world of pop.

Malibu ... might turn out to be my most popular song with other artists. I mean, cover versions, you dig? / And I reckon it's the best song about California. It will appeal to Americans, hopefully.

Stella ... shows my soft, romantic side. And it's another banger. Very commercial!

I just, uh ... I don't know, man. Do you understand? I hope you understand.

Life goes on. That's the main thing. Let's not despair!

Okay, okay. Laters!

Monday, 13 January 2020

[No. 770] All the realities

What little piece of reality are you holding on to and calling home?

And here we are![1], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![1], and here we are![2], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[1], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![2], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[1], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[2], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[1], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[2], and, well, well ...[1], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[2], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[1], and, well, well ...[2], and I don't scare easy[1], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[2], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[1], and I don't scare easy[2], and ... I give up! / and I really do![1], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[2], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[1], and ... I give up! / and I really do![2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[2], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and a word beginning with N ...[1], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[2], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![1], and a word beginning with N ...[2], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[1], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![2], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[1], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[2], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![1], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[2], and ... 'Listen to him!'[1], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![2], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[1], and ... 'Listen to him!'[2], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[1], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[2], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[1], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[2], and ... I'm an expert![1], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[2], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![1], and ... I'm an expert![2], and not too much, obviously[1], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![2], and feel, feel, feel ... the vibrations![1], and not too much, obviously[2], and here we are![3], and feel, feel, feel ... the vib rations![2], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![3], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[3], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[3], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[3], and, well, well ...[3], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[3], and I don't scare easy[3], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[3], and ... I give up! / and I really do![3], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[3], and a word beginning with N ...[3], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![3], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[3], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[3], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![3], and ... 'Listen to him!'[3], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[3], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[3], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[3], and ... I'm an expert![3], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![3], and not too much, obviously[3], and feel, feel, feel ... the v  i  b  r  a  t  i  o  n  s![3], and

And here we are![1], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![1], and here we are![2], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[1], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![2], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[1], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[2], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[1], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[2], and, well, well ...[1], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[2], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[1], and, well, well ...[2], and I don't scare easy[1], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[2], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[1], and I don't scare easy[2], and ... I give up! / and I really do![1], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[2], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[1], and ... I give up! / and I really do![2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[2], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and a word beginning with N ...[1], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[2], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![1], and a word beginning with N ...[2], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[1], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![2], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[1], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[2], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![1], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[2], and ... 'Listen to him!'[1], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![2], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[1], and ... 'Listen to him!'[2], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[1], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[2], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[1], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[2], and ... I'm an expert![1], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[2], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![1], and ... I'm an expert![2], and not too much, obviously[1], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![2], and feel, feel, feel ... the vibrations![1], and not too much, obviously[2], and here we are![3], and feel, feel, feel ... the vib rations![2], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![3], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[3], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[3], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[3], and, well, well ...[3], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[3], and I don't scare easy[3], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[3], and ... I give up! / and I really do![3], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[3], and a word beginning with N ...[3], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![3], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[3], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[3], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![3], and ... 'Listen to him!'[3], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[3], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[3], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[3], and ... I'm an expert![3], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![3], and not too much, obviously[3], and feel, feel, feel ... the v  i  b  r  a  t  i  o  n  s![3], and

And here we are![1], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![1], and here we are![2], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[1], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![2], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[1], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[2], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[1], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[2], and, well, well ...[1], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[2], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[1], and, well, well ...[2], and I don't scare easy[1], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[2], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[1], and I don't scare easy[2], and ... I give up! / and I really do![1], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[2], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[1], and ... I give up! / and I really do![2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[2], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and a word beginning with N ...[1], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[2], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![1], and a word beginning with N ...[2], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[1], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![2], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[1], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[2], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![1], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[2], and ... 'Listen to him!'[1], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![2], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[1], and ... 'Listen to him!'[2], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[1], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[2], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[1], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[2], and ... I'm an expert![1], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[2], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![1], and ... I'm an expert![2], and not too much, obviously[1], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![2], and feel, feel, feel ... the vibrations![1], and not too much, obviously[2], and here we are![3], and feel, feel, feel ... the vib rations![2], and a-ROUND again ... so beautifully![3], and, listen! ... we can get rid of everything / and, or ... we can actually keep everything ... in our minds, yes?[3], and, or, no, no, no ... ?[3], and, uh ... our souls, too, obviously / and that should go without saying a-ROUND here[3], and, well, well ...[3], and it's ALL or NOTHING, I'm afraid[3], and I don't scare easy[3], and are YOU(!), uh ... at work now?[3], and ... I give up! / and I really do![3], and if you have a career, Christ! ... maybe you haven't thought enough about what it's really worth[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and, come on! ... do you need a clue?[3], and a word beginning with N ...[3], and, FFS! ... do I need to spell it out for you?![3], and ... O ... T ... H ... I ... N ... G[3], and I'm only trying to save you, on my own time, like ... oh, like a true humanitarian[3], and maybe it's time for you to embrace ... ALL - !!![3], and ... 'Listen to him!'[3], and if all of it were ... in you, the cosmos, I mean ... you would know and see like you've never known and seen[3], and that's my personal guarantee, yes[3], and you've got to trust me, yes, yes ... / and ... 'Thirteen years, sha man and boy!'[3], and ... I'm an expert![3], and guess what, man ... I'm not doing this for the sake of my health / and, so ... think on![3], and not too much, obviously[3], and feel, feel, feel ... the v  i  b  r  a  t  i  o  n  s![3], and

Life goes on!

But it can change.

I bought the first series of The Office for my phone the other day. [The British series. I haven't seen the American one.] It was only £3.99, so I thought ... Why not?! / I hadn't seen it for ages. Its depiction of office life and life in general is really accurate. Watching it made me realize how much I've changed over the years. I mean, what seemed normal then, seems alien now.

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I got up at half five for another day of blogging. I did a bit of guitar practice before starting this post at seven.

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Motivation isn't much use if you can't control your emotional and mental states. [Maybe they're the same thing, I don't know.] I feel really strong this morning, uh ... for no particular reason, like. I hope it lasts, man! But even if it doesn't, I think I'll keep working until I can return to this mood, you dig?

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Here's something I like to do ... Listen! I think it's quite likely that there's other life somewhere in the universe. There must be! / Well, imagine a planet three or four billion light years away. Do it now! Imagine it! Imagine some "being" having its breakfast. [Or lunch, or dinner.] Or going for a walk. Or getting dressed. Or having a wash. Or talking to a friend. That mundane stuff is definitely happening somewhere. And this character might have blue skin, or green skin. It might have three arms, or two heads. This person - yes, let's call it a person - has a life. A life! A life that is normal and routine.

Is this "person" thinking of us ... in this moment? Or is "it" too trapped in its own bullshit?

[It's possible I have a greater consciousness than your average alien. Join me!]

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Back on earth. Imagine the future. Imagine one billion years from now!

There are no governments or corporations. There are no football teams. There are no brands. Coca-Cola does not exist. If anyone is alive ... they can't understand these words. They can't translate them.

But on other planets ... some fish might be crawling out of the sea. And they might have plans for symphonies. Maybe they'll be able to surpass Beethoven's Ninth.

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God or The Cosmic Power Force Thing ... knows and sees all this, all the realities, all the time. By stepping outside yourself, dear reader(s), and leaving your absurd ego behind, you can know and see, too.

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It's Monday morning. 13/01/2020. I've nearly finished this post.

I'll have my lunch. I'll play my guitar for a bit. I'll start work on a conceptual post that will take up a large part of the rest of the day. Tonight, I'll play my guitar.

Laters!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Are you returning any parcels?

Are you, dear reader(s)? Come on! Are you? 'Boss, I presume this is Jinksy again.' Yeah. 'Don't you have any PR emails about hedge funds opening or ... something?' No, Voice, I don't. And even if I did have any, I would still write about our Jinksy and his great love of parcels. 'Why, for God's sake?!' Because I like people who are obsessed, man. Goggins with his running. Musk with his rockets. Me, Fowke with my music. And our Jinksy, uh ... Jinks with his parcels. You dig? / So, let's do this - !!!

Don't return large and heavy items in original packing urges ParcelHero, as returns continue to flood back.

Oh dear! It sounds like an emergency. 'Really? With all the troubles in this world?' Let's give him a chance to explain, Voice ...

This year's Christmas returns peak period has, unusually, continued into the second week in January, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. As returns continue to flood back, the courier comparison site is warning everyone returning large and heavy items such as unwanted TVs or furniture that the original packaging in which they were delivered may not be safe to be returned in.

Well, well. Listen! People are too materialistic these days. I mean, they should just dump these unwanted - or even wanted - items. Just throw them away! And then live free. 'In the mountains?' They can go to the mountains, if they wish, yes.

Says ParcelHero's Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT: "The courier industry was all set for last Thursday to become 'Takeback Thursday' as millions of unwanted gifts were sent back to stores on the first day back at work. However, returns have actually continued to flood back into the second week of January, probably because many people took extra holiday, and are only now returning to the realities of work and dealing with unwanted or faulty gifts."

Christ! This is turning into a tragedy. 'Of biblical proportions, boss!' Yes, Voice. / Listen, kook(s)! I know that our Jinksy is a strong man, BUT(!) ... he's got to be really concerned now. 'I just hope he's sleeping and eating right. Not neglecting his health, you know?' Yeah. I hope so, too.

But David is concerned that this year there is increasing evidence large and heavy items are being returned without strong enough packaging to stand up to being shipped via couriers' networks. Says David: "If you received a large or heavy item as a gift this year, anything from a baby stroller to a big microwave, it probably arrived using the retailer's or manufacturer's specialist service with vehicles designed around transporting such items. It will have been delivered in packaging that works perfectly for specially designed vehicles; but is probably inadequate for being placed with a normal courier network for return. We strongly recommend anyone returning a heavy item using a courier reads our comprehensive guide to packaging and shipping heavy items."

Okay, reader(s), you heard the man. 'You need his guide, reader(s)!' Yes. It could ... 'Save lives?' Ha! I wouldn't go that far.

Okay, uh ... he's going on and on about pallets now. 'Pallets?' Yeah. 'Does he love pallets as much as he loves parcels?' Ha! Well, that would be utterly perverse. Er ... I'm going to skip all this and just copy and paste his conclusion -

Concludes David: "In working with major couriers across the globe, we have learned that shipping furniture without a pallet is not advisable. Similarly, large fragile items containing glass, ceramics or porcelain, including bath ware such as sinks and toilets, should not be shipped via courier unless they are professionally packaged and palletized."

Right. Okay. 'He couldn't resist mentioning pallets again, boss, could he?' No. It's, uh ... another obsession. Never mind.

ENDS - !!!

Thank God, eh?

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Anything else? Oh, you want more? This is the last post of the week, man, and I'm tired.

So, see you next week, alligator(s)!