Thursday, 23 May 2019

I'm playing music ...

I mean, come on ... it's the last post of the week, ain't it? And you can't expect me to write about finance all the time, dear reader(s). I'm not a mug.

Angel Eyes. Frank Sinatra. / From the most depressing album ever recorded. I'm not depressed though. I'm just saying.

Let's Stay Together. Al Green. / This profession is filled to the brim with unrealistic bloggers. Bloggers who thought their ass would age like wine. Well, mine has, actually. Ha!

Life Goes On. 2Pac. / Melancholic thug life. I'm not melancholic though. I'm just saying. I'm rather happy tonight. For no particular reason, obviously.

Nightrain. Guns N' Roses. / I'll get to Cornwall soon, hopefully.

True To Life. Roxy Music. / Luxury music!

Summertime. Sam Cooke. / This song has been recorded, uh ... billions of times! But this is the best version.

Unfinished Sympathy. Massive Attack. / It's not the same without the video, man.

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues. Bob Dylan. / From his golden period, 1965-66.

Love To Love You Baby. Donna Summer. / Hot - !!!

La Bamba. Ritchie Valens. / Have you seen the film about him? It's pretty good.

I Found A Reason. The Velvet Underground. / Lovely atmosphere!

Consider Yourself. Written by Lionel Bart. / He used to write his songs without an instrument because he couldn’t play. I’ve done two tunes that way in the last two days. [They still need working on.] Just in my head, like. Which is a new thing for me. / Should I write a musical? I wrote four plays years ago. I suppose they weren't all that, but I could do better now. Just throw in a few songs and you've got a musical! The good thing is, musicals, like concerts, are internet proof. You can make a lot of money if you have a hit. Oh, I don't know. It's a silly idea, really.


Okay, okay. It's time for ... [drum roll] ... Brian Eno's Apollo. Nice!

...

Well, well, kook(s) ... the end of another week. This is always tough for me because now I've got to find the energy to put into my music. I play all week, of course, but when the blogging is over I've got to step it up or ... goof off.

I'm still not like Elon yet. Work ethic and that. It doesn't matter. He's not like me. I'm the one with the Caesarean personality, remember.

Never mind. It takes all sorts to make a world.

Laters!

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The New York Triangle

Okay, okay. / Well, this is disturbing, dear reader(s). Apparently, there's this triangle thing in New York where ships and planes are disappearing, and aliens in the triangle are abducting people and doing scientific experiments on them, no doubt. 'Where are you getting this from, boss?' It's a PR email, Voice. 'Really? Who from? David Icke?!' Ha! No, no. From my friends at TNS. Look -

Hi Michael

Please find below a press release regarding an exciting upgrade we are making to our network capacity to include dark fiber connectivity in the New York Triangle. If you would like further information or to speak to someone at TNS please do not hesitate to contact me using the details at the bottom of this email.


You see, Voice? 'Er ... they're talking about an upgrade to their network capacity.' Yes, that's right. In the New York Triangle. 'Why do they need a network in the triangle?' Christ! To communicate with the aliens, silly! To find out their demands.

May 21, 2019 - Transaction Network Services (TNS) has significantly upgraded and expanded its network capacity to include dark fiber connectivity in the strategically important New York Triangle, giving traders ultra-high-speed access to market data and TNS' financial community of interest.

So, uh ... it's traders that want to do deals with the aliens. Fair enough. 'They haven't mentioned any aliens, boss.' Oh, God! Just read between the lines, man. They're not going to come out and say: "Aliens!" ... are they? I mean, listen to Stefano -

Stefano Durdic, Managing Director of TNS' Financial Services business, said: "We are excited to bring the benefits of terabit capacity to the trading community. Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in the demand for and availability of market data, which will continue to grow for years to come. Our enhanced network capacity is something a proprietary trading firm or hedge fund might have built themselves. However, TNS brings the benefit of the capacity being delivered by a managed services provider. TNS guarantees that bandwidth will be available and ensures optimal market data delivery with support for the numerous, varied and growing amounts of raw data feeds that are emerging."

Unbelievable! Why can't he tell the truth for once in his life?! Aliens are taking over! They're sucking the bloody blood out of us!

I give up! I really do.

ENDS

...

Anything else? Yeah. I'm a bit pissed off. Why didn't I go to St Ives this week? The weather has been lovely. I'll tell you why, kook(s). 'Ha!' It's because BBC Weather can't predict the fucking weather to save their lives, that's why! I swear they just look out of the window every now and then, and think: "Oh, it looks like it might rain. I better put some rain symbols on the website." Absolutely pathetic!

Oh, the best weather I ever had in St Ives? Let me tell you. A week in the summer of 2002. And another week in the summer of 2010. It was really hot the whole time during both holidays with full sunshine and not one cloud in the sky. Beautiful! When it's like that, man, well ... it's got to be better than Malibu. Seriously. Of course, it's rarely like that.

Oh, in 2010 ... I made the tragic mistake of walking on the coastal path from St Ives to Zennor, and without water. 'Ha!' Yeah. I told myself it's only four or five miles. 'Ha! Up and down cliffs.' Exactly! By the time I reached Zennor, I was like a Legionnaire in one of those old movies. Water! Water! I almost had to crawl into the pub on my hands and knees. 'Ha!' I had a Coke, by the way.

Laters.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

[No. 710] When we're in Malibu ...

I won't let you leave.

And it's paradise![1], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[1], and it's paradise![2], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[1], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[2], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[1], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[2], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[1], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[2], and one day, or ...[1], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[2], and, or, or, OR - !!![1], and one day, or ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![1], and, or, or, OR - !!![2], and nothing is impossible[1], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![2], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[1], and nothing is impossible[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[1], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[2], and ... I know that you love to spin[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[2], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[1], and ... I know that you love to spin[2], and I see us! We are ... rolling, rolling, rolling ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[1], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[2], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![1], and I see us! We are ... r olling, r olling, r olling ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[2], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[1], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![2], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[1], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[2], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[1], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[2], and it's a very good point[1], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[2], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![1], and it's a very good point[2], and The Thrills, yes[1], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![2], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![1], and The Thrills, yes[2], and London is a city, son[1], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![2], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[1], and London is a city, son[2], and it's paradise![3], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[2], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[3], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[3], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[3], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[3], and one day, or ...[3], and, or, or, OR - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![3], and nothing is impossible[3], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[3], and ... I know that you love to spin[3], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[3], and I see us! We are ... r  o  l  l  i  n  g, r  o  l  l  i  n  g, r  o  l  l  i  n  g ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[3], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![3], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[3], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[3], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[3], and it's a very good point[3], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![3], and The Thrills, yes[3], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![3], and London is a city, son[3], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[3], and

And it's paradise![1], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[1], and it's paradise![2], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[1], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[2], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[1], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[2], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[1], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[2], and one day, or ...[1], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[2], and, or, or, OR - !!![1], and one day, or ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![1], and, or, or, OR - !!![2], and nothing is impossible[1], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![2], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[1], and nothing is impossible[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[1], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[2], and ... I know that you love to spin[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[2], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[1], and ... I know that you love to spin[2], and I see us! We are ... rolling, rolling, rolling ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[1], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[2], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![1], and I see us! We are ... r olling, r olling, r olling ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[2], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[1], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![2], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[1], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[2], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[1], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[2], and it's a very good point[1], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[2], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![1], and it's a very good point[2], and The Thrills, yes[1], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![2], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![1], and The Thrills, yes[2], and London is a city, son[1], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![2], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[1], and London is a city, son[2], and it's paradise![3], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[2], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[3], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[3], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[3], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[3], and one day, or ...[3], and, or, or, OR - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![3], and nothing is impossible[3], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[3], and ... I know that you love to spin[3], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[3], and I see us! We are ... r  o  l  l  i  n  g, r  o  l  l  i  n  g, r  o  l  l  i  n  g ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[3], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![3], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[3], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[3], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[3], and it's a very good point[3], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![3], and The Thrills, yes[3], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![3], and London is a city, son[3], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[3], and

And it's paradise![1], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[1], and it's paradise![2], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[1], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[2], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[1], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[2], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[1], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[2], and one day, or ...[1], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[2], and, or, or, OR - !!![1], and one day, or ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![1], and, or, or, OR - !!![2], and nothing is impossible[1], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![2], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[1], and nothing is impossible[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[1], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[2], and ... I know that you love to spin[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[2], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[1], and ... I know that you love to spin[2], and I see us! We are ... rolling, rolling, rolling ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[1], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[2], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![1], and I see us! We are ... r olling, r olling, r olling ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[2], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[1], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![2], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[1], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[2], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[1], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[2], and it's a very good point[1], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[2], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![1], and it's a very good point[2], and The Thrills, yes[1], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![2], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![1], and The Thrills, yes[2], and London is a city, son[1], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![2], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[1], and London is a city, son[2], and it's paradise![3], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[2], and, you, you, YOU(!) ... can come with me[3], and life can be so miserable, ah, shivering alone / and let's put a stop to all that shit, you dig?[3], and on the beach, staring at the sea ...[3], and under the sun, and under the moon / and not even knowing which is which ...[3], and one day, or ...[3], and, or, or, OR - !!![3], and a-ROUND here ... now - ?! / and we can make it happen with our magical wills - !!![3], and nothing is impossible[3], and, oh, oh ... I know that you've got a great imagination[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and picture it in your, uh ... mind[3], and ... I know that you love to spin[3], and this is heaven, yes, definitely not hell[3], and I see us! We are ... r  o  l  l  i  n  g, r  o  l  l  i  n  g, r  o  l  l  i  n  g ... in hot sand, hot astral sand, and ... ?[3], and ... AND - ?! - ?! - ?![3], and that will be the last thing I remember and ... I will die a happy man, man[3], and ... 'Ha! You're a fantasist, Mikey'[3], and, FFS! ... at least I'm not a cold earth wanderer / and ... 'Good point!'[3], and it's a very good point[3], and so much for the city! / and we don't need it, and we don't want it, kook(s)![3], and The Thrills, yes[3], and ... 'According to Wikipedia, Malibu is a city' / and ... shut the fuck up, Voice, please![3], and London is a city, son[3], and I'm getting away, am away, so ooo GONE(!)[3], and

Robot cats

Or something. I don't know what’s going on. I haven't even read it properly. 'Read what, boss?' The PR email, Voice. Uh. I've got things on my mind, man. I'm thinking about Cornwall. I'm thinking about music. I'm not thinking about artificial cats, or intelligent cats, or digital cats, or whatever.

Dear Michael,

Exciting news! Felcana has just announced that it will collaborate with cult café Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, to help monitor the health and behaviour of rescue cats.


Well, whatever!

Based in Central London, Felcana combines state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, machine learning and veterinary expertise into an integrated digital pet care platform. Felcana's products and apps connect owners with their pets through premium wearables and AI-based technology, giving users on-demand veterinary advice and critical insights into their pet's well-being. Using Felcana, owners can better look after their pets' health.

Christ! Is this necessary? Come on! How have cats survived for millions of years?

Oh, here's the finance bit -

Felcana has just launched a new fundraising campaign on leading equity crowdfunding platform, Seedrs, to raise £80,000. Fresh investment will support Felcana in commercializing their digital pet care platform and in driving revenue through new product sales and commission.

Seedrs? Apparently, my old mate Neil is involved -

Seedrs is backed by star fund manager Neil Woodford, Faber Ventures, Augmentum Fintech PLC (listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market and Europe's largest listed fintech fund) and over 2,000 of its own customers. Seedrs is authorized and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

Okay, okay. Well, I guess I wish them all the best with it. 'Do you, boss?' Of course, Voice! It would be churlish not to. However, I will just ask that question again ...

How have cats survived for millions of years?

ENDS

...

Anything else? Oh, yeah. Listen! I've been thinking that I've been to Cornwall twenty-three times in the last thirty-two years. Damn! I wish it could have been more, you dig? I'm obsessed with the place, man. / The shortest holiday was only three days. I turned up in St Ives in summer without a place booked. Big mistake! Also, I sprained my ankle within an hour of arrival. I didn't let it hold me back though. I just stormed into the nearest pub - The Sloop Inn, actually - with the sort of confidence I rarely have. I was determined to enjoy those three days! / The longest, as you know, kook(s), was the eight weeks from January to March 1991 in Looe/Polperro. (Trelawne, to tell you the truth.) I'd sell my soul to the devil to go to St Ives now for eight weeks. 'Seriously, boss?!' Well, I don't know, Voice. Maybe not. / You need rock star money to go for eight weeks these days. But rock stars have no privacy. Maybe I need songwriter money ... ? Or ... Malibu. Yes, Malibu might be the best option. I'll get a big house like Jackie Treehorn's. (As I've said before. As I'll keep saying.) I'll have parties on the beach. I'm not sure I'll wear a white suit. It's not really my style. / Oh, oh, listen!!! I reckon I'll be really popular in Malibu once people have heard my song Malibu. I mean, it's the best song about California. 'What about the hotel one?' Er, yes, a great song, sure, but ... I prefer mine. 'Well, you would!' Exactly!

Laters!

Monday, 20 May 2019

[No. 709] Lost, but looking

Sad, but dreaming.

And, well, well[1], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[1], and, well, well[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![1], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[2], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[1], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![2], and nothing, nothing[1], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[2], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[1], and nothing, nothing[2], and I try to force myself[1], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[2], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[1], and I try to force myself[2], and I try to believe ... in love[1], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[2], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[1], and I try to believe ... in love[2], and I can't stop, man - !!![1], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[2], and it's a mystery why ...[1], and I can't stop, man - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[1], and it's a mystery why ...[2], and it's a mystery how ...[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[2], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[1], and it's a mystery how ...[2], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[1], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[2], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![1], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[2], and I'm praying, real hard[1], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![2], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[1], and I'm praying, real hard[2], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[1], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[2], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![1], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[2], and I'll tell you one thing ...[1], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![2], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[1], and I'll tell you one thing ...[2], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[1], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[2], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[1], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[2], and ... YES - !!![1], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[2], and, well, well[3], and ... YES - !!![2], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![3], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[3], and nothing, nothing[3], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[3], and I try to force myself[3], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[3], and I try to believe ... in love[3], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[3], and I can't stop, man - !!![3], and it's a mystery why ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[3], and it's a mystery how ...[3], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[3], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[3], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![3], and I'm praying, real hard[3], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[3], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[3], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![3], and I'll tell you one thing ...[3], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[3], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[3], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[3], and ... YES - !!![3], and

And, well, well[1], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[1], and, well, well[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![1], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[2], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[1], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![2], and nothing, nothing[1], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[2], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[1], and nothing, nothing[2], and I try to force myself[1], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[2], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[1], and I try to force myself[2], and I try to believe ... in love[1], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[2], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[1], and I try to believe ... in love[2], and I can't stop, man - !!![1], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[2], and it's a mystery why ...[1], and I can't stop, man - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[1], and it's a mystery why ...[2], and it's a mystery how ...[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[2], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[1], and it's a mystery how ...[2], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[1], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[2], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![1], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[2], and I'm praying, real hard[1], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![2], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[1], and I'm praying, real hard[2], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[1], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[2], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![1], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[2], and I'll tell you one thing ...[1], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![2], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[1], and I'll tell you one thing ...[2], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[1], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[2], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[1], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[2], and ... YES - !!![1], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[2], and, well, well[3], and ... YES - !!![2], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![3], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[3], and nothing, nothing[3], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[3], and I try to force myself[3], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[3], and I try to believe ... in love[3], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[3], and I can't stop, man - !!![3], and it's a mystery why ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[3], and it's a mystery how ...[3], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[3], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[3], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![3], and I'm praying, real hard[3], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[3], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[3], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![3], and I'll tell you one thing ...[3], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[3], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[3], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[3], and ... YES - !!![3], and

And, well, well[1], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[1], and, well, well[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![1], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[2], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[1], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![2], and nothing, nothing[1], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[2], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[1], and nothing, nothing[2], and I try to force myself[1], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[2], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[1], and I try to force myself[2], and I try to believe ... in love[1], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[2], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[1], and I try to believe ... in love[2], and I can't stop, man - !!![1], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[2], and it's a mystery why ...[1], and I can't stop, man - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[1], and it's a mystery why ...[2], and it's a mystery how ...[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[2], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[1], and it's a mystery how ...[2], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[1], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[2], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![1], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[2], and I'm praying, real hard[1], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![2], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[1], and I'm praying, real hard[2], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[1], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[2], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![1], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[2], and I'll tell you one thing ...[1], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![2], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[1], and I'll tell you one thing ...[2], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[1], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[2], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[1], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[2], and ... YES - !!![1], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[2], and, well, well[3], and ... YES - !!![2], and it's one of those ... days, actually, or ... eternities[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? Hello![3], and, yes, yes, yes, I'm melancholic, like a mofo ... / and, ah, what can I do about it?[3], and nothing, nothing[3], and you, you ... YOU(!) are ... ? / and, obviously, I know, yes, I know[3], and I try to force myself[3], and smiling, uh ... finding a new meaning in the word / and ... I'm ... totally ... sad, however[3], and I try to believe ... in love[3], and, listen ... I'll keep going, a-ROUND here ... for reasons best known to no one in particular[3], and I can't stop, man - !!![3], and it's a mystery why ...[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and faster than the speed of light, all mystical, like[3], and it's a mystery how ...[3], and we can't give up / and who knows what the future might bring?[3], and, oh ... I wonder, seriously[3], and, baby, there's got to be a lot of joy somewhere, for us, on the COLD EARTH ... ... ... ?![3], and I'm praying, real hard[3], and I don't know / and ... I don't know[3], and maybe I'll get away on that night train / and maybe I'll find myself in the fucking sea forever[3], and who knows, eh?! / and ... who knows, eh?![3], and I'll tell you one thing ...[3], and, listen ... I'll tell you a lot of things ... but none of it will matter, no, no, no[3], and ... not as time rolls over us, no[3], and, uh ... let's put on ... our brave faces, you dig? / and let's get so committed that people will gasp[3], and ... YES - !!![3], and

ThomasLloyd launches first open-ended public infrastructure fund and ...

... signs global fund distribution agreement with Allfunds. / Okay, okay. Yeah, it's a PR email, dear reader(s). I've never heard of the firm before ... have I? Have we? 'No, boss. I don't think so.' Yeah, so, I Googled the name and ... this is interesting. They sell sofas! 'Ha!' What, Voice? 'That's a different firm.' A different firm? 'A different firm with the same name.' Eh?! A different firm with the same name?!

THE WHOLE WORLD HAS GONE INSANE - !!!

Anyway ...

London, Zurich, 16 May 2019. The global investment and advisory firm ThomasLloyd announced that it is cooperating with Allfunds, one of the world's leading distributors of investment funds. Following the signing of a global framework agreement relating to ThomasLloyd's fund suite earlier this year, as of today, the ThomasLloyd SICAV-Sustainable Infrastructure Income Fund (SIIF) is accessible via the Allfunds open architecture fund platform.

And, uh ... look at this -

ThomasLloyd Group is a leading global investment and advisory firm, solely dedicated to the infrastructure sector in Asia. The Company is based in London and Zurich, as well as 15 other locations in 12 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. The services it provides encompass capital raising, M&A and corporate finance for private and stock-market-listed companies, project financing and management for project developments, and investment consulting, wealth management and funds for private and institutional investors. The ThomasLloyd Group has more than 250 employees and currently manages assets worth around 3.5 billion US dollars.

THEY DO NOT SELL SOFAS - !!!

A bit about the fund ...

The Fund invests directly in unlisted infrastructure assets in the areas of renewable energy, utilities, transport, social infrastructure and communications with a geographic focus on Asia-Pacific; applying socially responsible investment principles (SRI) whilst reducing investment risks through diversification across countries, sectors, technologies and investment styles. Authorized for sale throughout Europe and a selection of other countries worldwide, SIIF offers investors convenient, direct and instant access to a particularly attractive asset class. 

Okay, okay. Fair enough. No endorsement, obviously. I don't know anything about funds. I just work here, like.

Well, well ... / What does ... Mikey say? 'You?' No, not me, Voice. Mikey! 'Mikey who?!' Mikey Sieg, that's who! Ha!

ThomasLloyd Chairman and Group CEO, Michael Sieg, comments: "Offering our open-ended AIF on the global Allfunds fund platform creates a win-win situation. By investing with ThomasLloyd, an accredited partner of the IFC, institutional and private investors can benefit both from our investment expertise in the evolving asset class of infrastructure and add substantially to their ESG quotas in their investment portfolios. At the same time, ThomasLloyd significantly increases its distribution reach by joining this powerful global network."

Okay, okay. Thanks, Mr Sieg!

...

Anything else? Well, I nearly didn't write this post. I nearly booked a ticket to Cornwall on the night train for tonight. However, I suppose ... I've got to be sensible. 'Why, boss? Why?!' Oh, I don't know. The weather isn't perfect yet. It's so expensive nowadays. I can't pay for imperfect weather, you dig? Also, I still haven't recorded my songs. 'Uh.' I've been rehearsing a lot lately. I don't want to lose my momentum. Also ... I've just got bad vibes about life in general at the moment. I'm not in the right mood for St Ives.

I'm listening to Redemption Song by Bob Marley, on repeat. I think it's the best acoustic recording ever. But please notice, kook(s), that the guitar playing isn't amazing. Those Steely Dan pricks certainly wouldn't approve. [Oh, I like their music. Really!] Marley's voice dominates. The passion of it. I can learn from this. My guitar playing is good enough, man.

My songs? I've changed my mind again. I will need another five world-beaters soon. Not for the album. But just for kicking ass. If you know what I mean. / [I may have to do acoustic gigs without a band to start off with. I hope not.] / I played my BIG FIVE yesterday. Including What's This Life We Live?, which won't be on the demo. They sound awesome together. But ten of them would be off the fucking hook, frankly.

So, uh ... another week of blogging then. Christ!

Laters!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

New equity - !!!

Okay, okay. Just a little one. A little PR email to finish off the week ...

Amsterdam / London, 14 May 2019 - La Perla Fashion Holding NV ("Company" or "La Perla") confirms a capital increase of EUR 23 million of new equity to the Company. The Board of Directors has approved the issuance of new shares to external investors, based on an equity valuation of EUR 450 million, equating to 5,111,111 new shares.

La Perla was acquired by Sapinda Holding B.V. ("Sapinda") in February 2018.

-ENDS-


And that's it!

Right. Let's play some tunes!

Slave To Love. Bryan Ferry.

Tell Her About It. Billy Joel.

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic. The Police.

L-O-V-E (Love). Al Green.

Love Is Here To Stay. Frank Sinatra.

Angels. Robbie Williams.

Okay, okay. What now? Apollo - !!! That's what.

...

Anything else? Well, I'm tired. / I might look at the Sloop Inn webcam for a bit. I like looking at St Ives at night. I actually think this webcam is an invasion of privacy because it shows so much, but ... I still like to see what's going on, you dig? It's addictive. Sometimes they have crazy boat races in the harbour. There was a shark last summer.

My music? I don't think I'll be able to write five new world-beater songs this year, not if I'm going to massively improve my guitar playing. [Maybe I'll get a couple.] There are only so many hours in the day. Do you know what I mean? I'm praying for another tune to come to me during a blackout or dream or whatever. It's nice work if you can get it. At least I've got all the material I need for a classic album. / Oh, two famous examples of dream tunes are Yesterday and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

Well, good night, kook(s). Good morning. Have a nice weekend. Or a nice Thursday and Friday at work. I don't know.

Laters!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Seed funding

And waterboarding, too, I think. 'Onboarding, boss.' What, Voice? 'Onboarding.' What's that?! 'I don't know. It's probably something similar.' [Didn't I write about onboarding years ago? I can't remember.] / Okay. Okay. Maybe the mystery will be cleared up after I've copied and pasted this PR email ...

14th May 2019 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Global fintech, The ID Co., has today announced that it has received $2m seed funding from global technology investor Amadeus Capital Partners, SixThirty and other investors.

Fine. That's the seed funding dealt with, dear reader(s). It seems kosher. But what about this hellish onboarding?

The ID Co. helps businesses such as lenders to onboard their customers more efficiently. Its technology removes the friction caused during application processes by the current challenges of risk, fraud, compliance, and regulation.

Unbelievable! They're onboarding their customers! Or helping others to onboard their customers. 'The whole world has gone insane, boss.' Tell me about it!

The ID Co. has recently launched two innovative products, DirectID Insights and Income Verification, based on Open Banking. The ID Co. is a market leader in Open Banking - a global movement that grew out of the UK, which allows companies or individuals to securely share their data with a third party. The ID Co.'s mission is to make bank data readily available to any business so that it can revolutionize its offering and transform its customers' experience.

Transform its customers' experience? Christ! The evil that men do. 'Listen, why don't you ask James Varga about it? Phone him!' No. I don't want to talk to a nasty piece of work like him, man. Not if he's involved in onboarding. I'd rather talk to Donald Trump about his wall. Actually, I'd rather talk to the wall.

I'll quote James though ...

James Varga, CEO of The ID Co., said: "The financial world is being fundamentally changed through Open Banking. It improves our understanding of each individual, allowing us to move away from traditional credit reference agencies."

Ah, clever! Pretending to be all civilized and shit. / Maybe Nick Kingsbury at Amadeus will let something slip ...

Nick Kingsbury, Partner at Amadeus Capital Partners, added: "The ID Co. is delivering real value to its clients. The application of Open Banking-based data allows financial providers to personalize their services and streamline and shorten lending processes. We are delighted to be supporting the company in solidifying its lead in the UK and expanding its international presence."

Very disappointing. Where's all the violence, the sheer thuggery?

"SixThirty is excited to continue its support for The ID Co., a growing leader in the digital reality of Open Banking," added Atul Kamra, Managing Partner of SixThirty. "The speed at which decisions must be made in our hyper-connected world comes with a growing customer expectation for instant value and service. This places a premium on The ID Co.'s capabilities around rapidly confirming customer identity and delivering customer insights. James and The ID Co. team have gotten a real nice head start here and are well positioned to take advantage from the regulatory tail winds afforded by Open Banking."

Whatever.

ENDS

...

Anything else? Music? My music? You know, kook(s), I'm not sure I need to practice more. I seem to play my guitar much better when I'm in a good mood. So maybe I need to work on my emotional states more than anything else. What do you think, Voice? 'Play the piano again, boss. It's easier.' No. It's a bad image. And I prefer guitar-based songs. / Hopefully, when I do gigs I'll have a decent band behind me and I won't have to play anything at all. 'What will you do, then, dance like Mick Jagger?' Ha! No. I'll just prowl around the stage, menacingly, like my mentor Jim Morrison.

I'll be doing another post in a while ...

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

[No. 708] Gimme shelter, or gimme danger

Stones or Stooges.

And, what a choice![1], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[1], and, what a choice![2], and gimme, gimme![1], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND here ... is the best shelter I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[1], and gimme, gimme![2], and, oh![1], and a-ROUND here ... is the best s helter I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[2], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[1], and, oh![2], and, ah![1], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you stranger, than me?[1], and, ah![2], and, ha![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you st ranger, than me?[2], and danger is in the COLD WORLD, believe it![1], and, ha![2], and, uh ...[1], and danger is in the CO LD W ORLD, believe it![2], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a kiss away, baby![1], and, uh ...[2], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![1], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a k iss away, baby![2], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[1], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![2], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[1], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[2], and here I am, large as life![1], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[2], and, uh ... through blood and fire, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[1], and here I am, large as life![2], and watch me ...[1], and, uh ... through bl ood and fir e, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[2], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[1], and watch me ...[2], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[1], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[2], and you can roll, too[1], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[2], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![1], and you can roll, too[2], and, but ... will we find?[1], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![2], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![1], and, but ... will we find?[2], and ... are we building, or destroying?[1], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[1], and ... are we building, or destroying?[2], and a cat like me ... feels so much[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[2], and ... you?[1], and a cat like me ... feels so much[2], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[1], and ... you?[2], and ... GIMME - !!![1], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[2], and, what a choice![3], and ... GIM ME - !!![2], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[3], and gimme, gimme![3], and a-ROUND here ... is the best s  h  e  l  t  e  r I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[3], and, oh![3], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[3], and, ah![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you s  t  r  a  n  g  e  r, than me?[3], and, ha![3], and danger is in the C  O  L  D W  O  R  L  D, believe it![3], and, uh ...[3], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a k  i  s  s away, baby![3], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![3], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[3], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[3], and here I am, large as life![3], and, uh ... through b  l  o  o  d and f  i  r  e, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[3], and watch me ...[3], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[3], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[3], and you can roll, too[3], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![3], and, but ... will we find?[3], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![3], and ... are we building, or destroying?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[3], and a cat like me ... feels so much[3], and ... you?[3], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[3], and ... G  I  M  M  E - !!![3], and

And, what a choice![1], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[1], and, what a choice![2], and gimme, gimme![1], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND here ... is the best shelter I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[1], and gimme, gimme![2], and, oh![1], and a-ROUND here ... is the best s helter I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[2], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[1], and, oh![2], and, ah![1], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you stranger, than me?[1], and, ah![2], and, ha![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you st ranger, than me?[2], and danger is in the COLD WORLD, believe it![1], and, ha![2], and, uh ...[1], and danger is in the CO LD W ORLD, believe it![2], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a kiss away, baby![1], and, uh ...[2], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![1], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a k iss away, baby![2], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[1], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![2], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[1], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[2], and here I am, large as life![1], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[2], and, uh ... through blood and fire, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[1], and here I am, large as life![2], and watch me ...[1], and, uh ... through bl ood and fir e, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[2], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[1], and watch me ...[2], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[1], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[2], and you can roll, too[1], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[2], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![1], and you can roll, too[2], and, but ... will we find?[1], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![2], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![1], and, but ... will we find?[2], and ... are we building, or destroying?[1], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[1], and ... are we building, or destroying?[2], and a cat like me ... feels so much[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[2], and ... you?[1], and a cat like me ... feels so much[2], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[1], and ... you?[2], and ... GIMME - !!![1], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[2], and, what a choice![3], and ... GIM ME - !!![2], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[3], and gimme, gimme![3], and a-ROUND here ... is the best s  h  e  l  t  e  r I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[3], and, oh![3], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[3], and, ah![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you s  t  r  a  n  g  e  r, than me?[3], and, ha![3], and danger is in the C  O  L  D W  O  R  L  D, believe it![3], and, uh ...[3], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a k  i  s  s away, baby![3], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![3], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[3], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[3], and here I am, large as life![3], and, uh ... through b  l  o  o  d and f  i  r  e, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[3], and watch me ...[3], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[3], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[3], and you can roll, too[3], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![3], and, but ... will we find?[3], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![3], and ... are we building, or destroying?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[3], and a cat like me ... feels so much[3], and ... you?[3], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[3], and ... G  I  M  M  E - !!![3], and

And, what a choice![1], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[1], and, what a choice![2], and gimme, gimme![1], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[2], and a-ROUND here ... is the best shelter I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[1], and gimme, gimme![2], and, oh![1], and a-ROUND here ... is the best s helter I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[2], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[1], and, oh![2], and, ah![1], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you stranger, than me?[1], and, ah![2], and, ha![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you st ranger, than me?[2], and danger is in the COLD WORLD, believe it![1], and, ha![2], and, uh ...[1], and danger is in the CO LD W ORLD, believe it![2], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a kiss away, baby![1], and, uh ...[2], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![1], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a k iss away, baby![2], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[1], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![2], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[1], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[2], and here I am, large as life![1], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[2], and, uh ... through blood and fire, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[1], and here I am, large as life![2], and watch me ...[1], and, uh ... through bl ood and fir e, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[2], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[1], and watch me ...[2], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[1], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[2], and you can roll, too[1], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[2], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![1], and you can roll, too[2], and, but ... will we find?[1], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![2], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![1], and, but ... will we find?[2], and ... are we building, or destroying?[1], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[1], and ... are we building, or destroying?[2], and a cat like me ... feels so much[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[2], and ... you?[1], and a cat like me ... feels so much[2], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[1], and ... you?[2], and ... GIMME - !!![1], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[2], and, what a choice![3], and ... GIM ME - !!![2], and, listen, man ... it all depends on the mood I'm in, you dig?[3], and gimme, gimme![3], and a-ROUND here ... is the best s  h  e  l  t  e  r I ever had / and nothing ... can touch me[3], and, oh![3], and maybe I'll search, and maybe I'll destroy ...[3], and, ah![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and are you s  t  r  a  n  g  e  r, than me?[3], and, ha![3], and danger is in the C  O  L  D W  O  R  L  D, believe it![3], and, uh ...[3], and I know that you, you, YOU(!) ... are just a k  i  s  s away, baby![3], and glassy eyes?! Whatever![3], and it will come as no surprise to any kook who knows me ... that I want everything[3], and a-ROUND ... really loving it[3], and here I am, large as life![3], and, uh ... through b  l  o  o  d and f  i  r  e, just like the old days ... I travel, yes, I spin, so wildly[3], and watch me ...[3], and ... Do you like to be entertained?[3], and like Iggy I will roll on the floor for you ...[3], and you can roll, too[3], and it doesn't take a genius to tell us ... that we are searching - all of us![3], and, but ... will we find?[3], and real life, real love ... they are just a spin, a spin, a spin ... away, away, away![3], and ... are we building, or destroying?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and sing for me, kook(s), songs of love and hate[3], and a cat like me ... feels so much[3], and ... you?[3], and I'll have to write a gimme, gimme something or other, one of these days[3], and ... G  I  M  M  E - !!![3], and

Trade war!

People are buying gold ... again.

The Pure Gold Company saw a 234% increase in the volume of physical gold bars and coins purchased on Monday (compared to the daily average in 2019), spurred by fears that the deepening trade war between the USA and China could see equities and currencies continue to fall considerably.

Okay, okay. It's a PR email, dear reader(s). So, no endorsement, and no investment advice. Obviously! However, maybe you should do what I do ... 'Which is what, boss?' Well, you know, Voice. I've spoken about it many times. 'Ha!' Yes. I'm preparing for the apocalypse by filling a spare room full of baked beans. 'And when the end comes?' When the end comes, there will be no electricity, so I'll eat cold baked beans for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner. Day after day after day ... until I top myself, no doubt.

Anyway ...

Josh Saul, CEO of the gold investment firm, said: "73% of clients investing in gold on Monday were financial professionals (from banking and financial services sectors). Their key concern is the effect of China's retaliation to president Trump's imposition of tariff hikes. This could include China dumping US treasuries, a decline in the dollar, and a rise in the value of gold. The S&P 500 fell by 2.4% on Monday whilst the gold price increased by almost 2% in sterling terms. This points to the inverse relationship that gold has with other declining assets (like equities and the dollar) and reinforces gold's appeal as a safe-haven asset in times of uncertainty. We've seen a notable number of traders state that this could be the beginning of the end of the decade-long equities rally dating back to the aftermath of the 2008 crash. Many are removing exposure over the short-term to be on the 'safe side'."

Right. Thanks, Josh! / As I say, dear reader(s), buy baked beans. Eat them cold. Every meal. Every day. See how that makes you feel. You won't thank me.

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Anything else? Yeah. Big time something else. St Ives. I've been looking at one of the webcams, dear reader(s), the Sloop Inn one. The weather is beautiful at the moment, and I'm feeling so sick now. 'You've got to record your new demo, boss!' Ha! Tell me about it, Voice! That's another nightmare. Listen! I can play as well as Kurt Cobain in that famous MTV Unplugged show, BUT(!) ... that isn't good enough to get a recording contract, unfortunately. I mean, God rest the great man's soul and everything. However, he got a deal as part of a grungy punk band thrashing around on an electric guitar. The acoustic guitar is another story for him. Watch Cobain play Pennyroyal Tea without the rest of Nirvana. It's not good. In fact, I can play better than that, and ... it's still not good enough, you dig? 'So what the hell are you going to do?!' Well, uh, well ... try recording again at the end of this week, I suppose, and if it doesn't work out ... maybe piss off to Cornwall, anyway. Maybe get drunk down there, and then jump into the fucking sea like Bodhi! 'That's pretty desperate, man.' Yeah, yeah. No, no. Listen! Then I'll come back and do a John Coltrane. 'Okay. Now you're thinking.' It will be bloody painful practicing that much, but what choice do I have? Tell me, son! 'No choice, Mikey.' Fuckin' A! What a life, eh? The sacrifices I make for art!

Laters!