Thursday, 26 March 2020

Refinitiv: Lipper European fund flows report - February 2020

What's this - ?! - ?! - ?! Er ... well, it should be obvious, man. It's another PR email report thing from Detlef and the gang. Christ.

Long-term mutual funds posted net inflows for February 2020.
The overall fund flows for mutual funds in Europe in February amounted to net inflows of €22.6 bn.
Bond funds (+€30.4 bn) were the best-selling individual asset type in the segment of long-term funds for February.
Equity Global (+€6.7 bn) was once again the best-selling sector among long-term funds for February.
Luxembourg (+€8.3 bn) was the fund domicile with the highest net inflows, followed by Ireland (+€4.2 bn) and Spain (+€2.4 bn).
This Is Not America.
PIMCO was the best-selling fund promoter for February overall, with net sales of €2.9 bn, ahead of Goldman Sachs (+€2.6 bn) and Fidelity (+€2.5 bn).
The 10 best-selling long-term funds gathered at the share-class level amounted to net inflows of €12.0 bn for February.
Amundi CA 12/03/2020 (C) (+€4.2 bn) was the best-selling individual long-term fund for February.

Okay, okay. / And now Detlef speaks ... - !!!

Detlef Glow, Lipper Head of EMEA Research at Refinitiv, comments: "European investors switched to a risk-off mode in February due to uncertainties over a possible shortage in supply chains caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus in China and the respective increased volatility on the global equity markets. Nevertheless, long-term mutual funds posted net inflows for the month.

"Bond funds (+€30.4 bn) were the best-selling asset type in the long-term mutual funds segment, followed by mixed-assets funds (+€6.2 bn), commodity funds (+€1.0 bn), and 'other' funds (+€0.1 bn). Conversely, equity funds (-€1.4 bn), real estate funds (-€2.3 bn), and alternative UCITS funds (-€4.3 bn) faced outflows. These fund flows added up to overall net inflows of €29.8 bn into long-term investment funds for February. ETFs contributed inflows of €3.2 bn to these flows."

Thanks, Detlef!

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Anything else? Music? And Rain Came Down ... ? It's nearly finished. I wrote the first verse and pre-chorus lyric yesterday. I already had the chorus. This afternoon I'll write the second verse. / Now,  not only is the subject matter of the song pretty mystical, but the song seems to be writing itself in a mystical way. The words and the music. It's weird. However, I'm not complaining.

Oh, I'm happy that it's turning out to be another top song. Actually, I have more than I need. 'Didn't you once say that David Bowie had about thirty top songs, boss?' Hello, Voice! Well, yes. But I'm just talking about the first album. I mean, there isn't any room for And Rain Came Down on the album. Maybe it could be a single.

Yeah, kook(s), as I said, Bowie had about thirty top songs. I'm not talking world-beaters. I just mean classic hits like, uh ... Let's Dance, Starman, Fame, The Jean Genie, Golden Years, Modern Love, Absolute Beginners, Life on Mars?, Heroes, Ashes to Ashes, Young Americans, etc, etc. Bread-and-butter classics, as it were.

And, as I also said, your average run-of-the-mill artist/band/whatever only has three. Or two. I mean, from my media player ... The Best of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel ... Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) and Judy Teen. Just two! And ... The Best of Gallagher & Lyle ... Breakaway, Heart On My Sleeve, I Wanna Stay With You. Three! You see? You need more than that.

Laters!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Working from home?

It's not as easy as it sounds.

London, 24th Tuesday March 2020 - New data reveals that 33 per cent of UK businesses say they lack the technology infrastructure to manage long-term remote working during the Covid-19 crisis.

Yeah, PR email. / It's just endless problems at the moment, man. Doctors and nurses are threatening to leave the NHS because they haven't been given the protective gear they need. The homeless are being kicked out of hotels. And ... is there going to be another Great Depression? And ... what if people get fed up staying indoors all the time? And ... what if large numbers of people lose their fear of death? And - 'Eh?! Will that become a problem, boss? Seriously?' I don't know, Voice. I'm just worried people will consider death more attractive than staying alive. 'Oh.' That doesn't necessarily mean there will be mass suicides, no. It could just mean that people will decide to do ... whatever they like. Like H.G. Wells' Mr Polly. You dig? 'Yeah. Most people aren't existential outsiders like you and Mr Polly though. And Bodhi!' Good point, Voice! Oh, I'm sure everything will be okay.

[By the way, Mr Polly isn't exactly Raskolnikov. Do you know what I mean?]

Right ...

The poll, commissioned by Leonne International, the global private equity provider, was conducted by independent survey company Censuswide, which questioned 200 senior business decision-makers from large and medium sized companies on the business impact of the Covid-19 crisis. The polling was conducted between Wednesday 18th March and Thursday 19th March after the Chancellor's announcement of a £330bn package to support businesses cope with the outbreak. 

Due to the global outbreak, the measures that have been introduced to tackle the Covid-19 coronavirus mean that many organizations are having to consider how their employees can work remotely for the first time. With offices closing, millions off workers are now working from home for the foreseeable future.

Additionally, 41 per cent said they plan to increase their IT and tech investment in the coming weeks to cope with the new remote working structure during isolation. This could be because 26 per cent say they lack the digital skills in-house in order to manage widespread and long-term remote working for staff.

Almost half, (47 per cent) agree that there should be more collaboration between the global business community to fortunate a plan of action in order to tackle the disruption caused by the coronavirus.

There is a concern around entering offices and public workspaces with 35 per cent of business leaders who agree they feel afraid to enter their place of work due to fear of infection. Because of this, 37 per cent say they will be working from home for the foreseeable future, which reaffirms this concern.

Worryingly, nearly one third (28 per cent) said they now were actively planning to make redundancies to survive the crisis, with 72 per cent against. Also, over half of large and medium sized businesses (55 per cent) expect a substantial revenue drop this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

And now the voices ...

Tech expert Sridhar Iyengar, MD of Zoho Europe, comments:

"The Covid-19 crisis poses an existential threat to many businesses, with a significant number of companies completely unprepared for the sudden shift towards 100% remote working. With this in mind, it is vital that technology providers work together to offer free IT support and advice to those who need it, in an effort to protect jobs, livelihoods and the wider economy.

"With many businesses scrambling to introduce virtual meetings, manage projects online and provide essential daily briefings for employees, the tech industry has a moral obligation to step in and offer resources to help companies to adapt to this new way of working. The next few months are going to be tough, with millions of people worried about their jobs, health and their family's future. It's up to the IT industry to rise to this challenge, take and action and do everything possible to provide comfort and support during this difficult period."

Jonathan Young, CIO, FDM Group, a FTSE 250 company, comments:

"This threat has already forced many companies to fully integrate flexible working technology into business continuity plans. Whilst the sudden shift to complete remote working will be a shock for many, it's vital to recognize that many organizations can operate without a formal office space. Despite millions of workers remaining isolated at home for the foreseeable future and juggling family commitments, workers still want to get online and do their jobs as efficiently as possible. It's critical that businesses leaders take action to address these demands, bringing together digital talent from across the business to ensure every member of staff has access to online support and systems to continue operating as normal. Key to this effort is that senior management set the right example, using these online tools and platforms and ensuring that every member of staff follows suit and stays safe during this challenging time."

Michael Haston, CEO, Leonne International adds:

"These are tough times for businesses, with the coronavirus wreaking havoc and forcing thousands of companies to enforce mandatory remote working policies. It's critical that companies are given the necessary financial support to respond to this threat, enabling businesses to invest in technology to ensure every worker can perform to the best of their ability, remotely."

Thanks, voices, uh, guys!

Well, well ... I'm not sure I can see it working long-term. Remember: a lot of employers like to watch their employees like a hawk. That won't be possible any more. And depression will become a big problem for a lot of people. They won't like the isolation at home. 'It's not going to be forever, boss.' Let's hope not, Voice. Maybe Trump is right, and it will soon pass ... ?!

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Anything else? Well, I've got cheese, crackers, and pickled onions for lunch. 'Great!' Yes, it makes a nice change.

After lunch, I'm going to work on the lyric for And Rain Came Down. I'll do it on my laptop. Just throw words in and see what sticks, like with my conceptuals. Then I'll play and sing the song later tonight to make sure it's not ... a total mess or anything. You dig?

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

[No. 791] Rage

At everything!

And if ... uh[1], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[1], and if ... uh[2], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[1], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[2], and don't get dragged down, no[1], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[2], and, Christ ...[1], and don't get dragged down, no[2], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[1], and, Christ ...[2], and ... lift yourself high![1], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[2], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![1], and ... lift yourself high![2], and anger just might save you ...[1], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![2], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[1], and anger just might save you ...[2], and no one is coming to save you[1], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[2], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[1], and no one is coming to save you[2], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[1], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[2], and any country you happen to be in ...[1], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[2], and never, never ... mind[1], and any country you happen to be in ...[2], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[1], and never, never ... mind[2], and ... are you happy?[1], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[2], and JESUS H. - !!![1], and ... are you happy?[2], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[1], and JESUS H. - !!![2], and wake up![1], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[2], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[1], and wake up![2], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[1], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[2], and ... come on![1], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[2], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[1], and ... come on![2], and no one knows anything[1], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[2], and ... 'Is that true?'[1], and no one knows anything[2], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of nothing might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[1], and ... 'Is that true?'[2], and do you know about you?[1], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of not hing might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[2], and if ... uh[3], and do you know about you?[2], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[3], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[3], and don't get dragged down, no[3], and, Christ ...[3], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[3], and ... lift yourself high![3], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![3], and anger just might save you ...[3], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[3], and no one is coming to save you[3], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[3], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[3], and any country you happen to be in ...[3], and never, never ... mind[3], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[3], and ... are you happy?[3], and JESUS H. - !!![3], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[3], and wake up![3], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[3], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[3], and ... come on![3], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[3], and no one knows anything[3], and ... 'Is that true?'[3], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of n  o  t  h  i  n  g might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[3], and do you know about you?[3], and

And if ... uh[1], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[1], and if ... uh[2], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[1], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[2], and don't get dragged down, no[1], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[2], and, Christ ...[1], and don't get dragged down, no[2], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[1], and, Christ ...[2], and ... lift yourself high![1], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[2], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![1], and ... lift yourself high![2], and anger just might save you ...[1], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![2], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[1], and anger just might save you ...[2], and no one is coming to save you[1], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[2], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[1], and no one is coming to save you[2], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[1], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[2], and any country you happen to be in ...[1], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[2], and never, never ... mind[1], and any country you happen to be in ...[2], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[1], and never, never ... mind[2], and ... are you happy?[1], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[2], and JESUS H. - !!![1], and ... are you happy?[2], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[1], and JESUS H. - !!![2], and wake up![1], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[2], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[1], and wake up![2], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[1], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[2], and ... come on![1], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[2], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[1], and ... come on![2], and no one knows anything[1], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[2], and ... 'Is that true?'[1], and no one knows anything[2], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of nothing might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[1], and ... 'Is that true?'[2], and do you know about you?[1], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of not hing might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[2], and if ... uh[3], and do you know about you?[2], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[3], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[3], and don't get dragged down, no[3], and, Christ ...[3], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[3], and ... lift yourself high![3], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![3], and anger just might save you ...[3], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[3], and no one is coming to save you[3], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[3], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[3], and any country you happen to be in ...[3], and never, never ... mind[3], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[3], and ... are you happy?[3], and JESUS H. - !!![3], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[3], and wake up![3], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[3], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[3], and ... come on![3], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[3], and no one knows anything[3], and ... 'Is that true?'[3], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of n  o  t  h  i  n  g might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[3], and do you know about you?[3], and

And if ... uh[1], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[1], and if ... uh[2], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[1], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[2], and don't get dragged down, no[1], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[2], and, Christ ...[1], and don't get dragged down, no[2], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[1], and, Christ ...[2], and ... lift yourself high![1], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[2], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![1], and ... lift yourself high![2], and anger just might save you ...[1], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![2], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[1], and anger just might save you ...[2], and no one is coming to save you[1], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[2], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[1], and no one is coming to save you[2], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[1], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[2], and any country you happen to be in ...[1], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[2], and never, never ... mind[1], and any country you happen to be in ...[2], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[1], and never, never ... mind[2], and ... are you happy?[1], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[2], and JESUS H. - !!![1], and ... are you happy?[2], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[1], and JESUS H. - !!![2], and wake up![1], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[2], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[1], and wake up![2], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[1], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[2], and ... come on![1], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[2], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[1], and ... come on![2], and no one knows anything[1], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[2], and ... 'Is that true?'[1], and no one knows anything[2], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of nothing might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[1], and ... 'Is that true?'[2], and do you know about you?[1], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of not hing might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[2], and if ... uh[3], and do you know about you?[2], and ... yeah, yeah, obviously[3], and if you can possibly manage it, you dig? / and we're living in desperate times, man[3], and don't get dragged down, no[3], and, Christ ...[3], and I know all about Mahon and his mushrooms, yes, yes, but, but ... BUT(!) ... they're going down, way down[3], and ... lift yourself high![3], and try to believe in yourself, baby, because no one believes in you / and, uh ... some like to pretend they do, ha![3], and anger just might save you ...[3], and you think ... what? Really?! Oh, okay[3], and no one is coming to save you[3], and I am here ... for my sins ... well, well, well, so ...[3], and the government?! Ha, ha, ha! Are you serious?! / and, please ... tell me you're not serious[3], and any country you happen to be in ...[3], and never, never ... mind[3], and I'm happy to let anyone believe what they want to believe ... if it makes them happy, like[3], and ... are you happy?[3], and JESUS H. - !!![3], and if we're relying on the kindness of strangers ... well, I just don't know[3], and wake up![3], and shouldn't we be rolling on the floor and screaming? ... or is spinning a-ROUND here enough?[3], and I'll have to get back to you on that one[3], and ... come on![3], and it's early days yet / and the situation might get worse ... or it might get better[3], and no one knows anything[3], and ... 'Is that true?'[3], and I know, I know, I know ... oh, the beauty of n  o  t  h  i  n  g might save me / and I don't know about you, actually[3], and do you know about you?[3], and

Panic buying

Of what? Baked beans? Well, maybe those, too. But this is a PR email, and we're talking about gold, man.

The Pure Gold Company has seen a 980% increase in British people panic purchasing gold bars and coins over the last week, compared to the weekly average over the last year, as the Coronavirus pandemic worsens. Demand is being driven by acute fear and uncertainty about the trajectory of the virus and the economic damage most people expect will continue (for years to come) after the virus disappears.

Okay, okay. No endorsement, obviously. I mean ... I suggest you buy baked beans and toilet rolls, anyway. You can't eat gold. Well ... you can, I think. I read something about it, oh, years ago. The point is - 'People want to get their money safe, boss.' Oh, hello, Voice. Yes, they do. But not everyone has got money, you dig?

[You can't eat toilet rolls, by the way.]

Josh Saul, CEO of the gold investment company said: "This level of demand is unprecedented. We have been order taking from 7am until 11pm most nights. Our brokers have been working throughout the weekend and we have encountered gold shortages most days. There is a waiting list for people that haven’t been able to purchase quickly enough and in some cases, we have had to fulfil orders the next day when we have secured more gold supply. Usually clients have lots of questions about the market and how the investment works, but over the last 10 days it's been a question of how much can they buy and how quickly can they do it."

Right.

"Our clients range from financial professionals such as bankers, economists and accountants to company directors, retirees, single mothers, builders and celebrity personalities. From all different walks of life, they are united in their motivation to buy gold. Most are worried about the fate of the banks and being able to access money in a possible lock down scenario. Others are removing their wealth from a downward spiralling stock market and putting it into gold to either recover some of these losses or more importantly to stem their losses. Many clients believe there will be a deep recession that will last for some time. They want to be prepared and secure in an asset class that is physical and capable of increasing while everything else falls in value. Importantly, they want to be able to convert it to cash (quickly) if the need arises."

Single mothers?! Whatever. / Thanks, Josh!

Yeah, yeah. Okay. Dan Pena says he's in cash in the biggest five banks, and if they go down ... he reckons he's taking to the streets to ride around like the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. Or something. I don't know.

Me? I'm just going to play my guitar. 'Like those guys on the Titanic, boss.' Yes, Voice. Exactly like those guys. And we both know what Derek and Clive said about the Titanic, don't we? 'Yes.' Don't go to Mallorca.

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Anything else? This lockdown is a bit strange. It will only work if people get it in their heads that this coronavirus is dangerous. There aren't enough police. And who can tell how many times you've left your house and for what reason?

Personally, I'm staying in to play my guitar - and write my blog, of course. What else is new?! It's the story of my life, man.

Donald Trump? Christ. He's all over the place at the moment, but he did have a point yesterday about the cure [possibly] being worse than the disease, or problem. I know that if the coronavirus doesn't kill me the economic situation will, sooner or later. That's why I'm in "beast mode" now, and still pushing ahead with my music ... even though everything is senseless, hopeless, pointless. Uh.

Keep fighting!

Monday, 23 March 2020

[No. 790] Act as if

You're in your own massive world.

And ... what can I say?[1], and, words, words, words ... yet again![1], and ... what can I say?[2], and ... what should I say?[1], and, words, words, words ... yet again![2], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[1], and ... what should I say?[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[1], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[2], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[1], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[2], and times are bad now[1], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[2], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[1], and times are bad now[2], and keep going - !!![1], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[2], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[1], and keep going - !!![2], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[1], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[2], and ... character is destiny[1], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[2], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[1], and ... cha racter is des tiny[2], and ... all things must pass, apparently[1], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[2], and, well, well ... eh?[1], and ... all things must pass, apparently[2], and ... all is vanity and vexation of spirit ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[1], and, well, well ... eh?[2], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[1], and ... all is va nity and vex ation of spi rit ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[2], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[1], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[2], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[1], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[2], and, so ... we spin![1], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[2], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[1], and, so ... we spin![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[1], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[2], and that's the way I look at it[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[2], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[1], and that's the way I look at it[2], and that's what I keep telling myself[1], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[2], and ... COME ON - !!![1], and that's what I keep telling myself[2], and ... what can I say?[3], and ... COME ON - !!![2], and, words, words, words ... yet again![3], and ... what should I say?[3], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[3], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[3], and times are bad now[3], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[3], and keep going - !!![3], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[3], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[3], and ... c  h  a  r  a  c  t  e  r is d  e  s  t  i  n  y[3], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[3], and ... all things must pass, apparently[3], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and ... all is v  a  n  i  t  y and v  e  x  a  t  i  o  n of s  p  i  r  i  t ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[3], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[3], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[3], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[3], and, so ... we spin![3], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[3], and that's the way I look at it[3], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[3], and that's what I keep telling myself[3], and ... COME ON - !!![3], and

And ... what can I say?[1], and, words, words, words ... yet again![1], and ... what can I say?[2], and ... what should I say?[1], and, words, words, words ... yet again![2], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[1], and ... what should I say?[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[1], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[2], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[1], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[2], and times are bad now[1], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[2], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[1], and times are bad now[2], and keep going - !!![1], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[2], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[1], and keep going - !!![2], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[1], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[2], and ... character is destiny[1], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[2], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[1], and ... cha racter is des tiny[2], and ... all things must pass, apparently[1], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[2], and, well, well ... eh?[1], and ... all things must pass, apparently[2], and ... all is vanity and vexation of spirit ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[1], and, well, well ... eh?[2], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[1], and ... all is va nity and vex ation of spi rit ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[2], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[1], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[2], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[1], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[2], and, so ... we spin![1], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[2], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[1], and, so ... we spin![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[1], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[2], and that's the way I look at it[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[2], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[1], and that's the way I look at it[2], and that's what I keep telling myself[1], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[2], and ... COME ON - !!![1], and that's what I keep telling myself[2], and ... what can I say?[3], and ... COME ON - !!![2], and, words, words, words ... yet again![3], and ... what should I say?[3], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[3], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[3], and times are bad now[3], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[3], and keep going - !!![3], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[3], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[3], and ... c  h  a  r  a  c  t  e  r is d  e  s  t  i  n  y[3], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[3], and ... all things must pass, apparently[3], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and ... all is v  a  n  i  t  y and v  e  x  a  t  i  o  n of s  p  i  r  i  t ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[3], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[3], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[3], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[3], and, so ... we spin![3], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[3], and that's the way I look at it[3], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[3], and that's what I keep telling myself[3], and ... COME ON - !!![3], and

And ... what can I say?[1], and, words, words, words ... yet again![1], and ... what can I say?[2], and ... what should I say?[1], and, words, words, words ... yet again![2], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[1], and ... what should I say?[2], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[1], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[2], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[1], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[2], and times are bad now[1], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[2], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[1], and times are bad now[2], and keep going - !!![1], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[2], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[1], and keep going - !!![2], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[1], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[2], and ... character is destiny[1], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[2], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[1], and ... cha racter is des tiny[2], and ... all things must pass, apparently[1], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[2], and, well, well ... eh?[1], and ... all things must pass, apparently[2], and ... all is vanity and vexation of spirit ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[1], and, well, well ... eh?[2], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[1], and ... all is va nity and vex ation of spi rit ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[2], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[1], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[2], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[1], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[2], and, so ... we spin![1], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[2], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[1], and, so ... we spin![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[1], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[2], and that's the way I look at it[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[2], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[1], and that's the way I look at it[2], and that's what I keep telling myself[1], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[2], and ... COME ON - !!![1], and that's what I keep telling myself[2], and ... what can I say?[3], and ... COME ON - !!![2], and, words, words, words ... yet again![3], and ... what should I say?[3], and, listen ... you can make your own heaven, yes[3], and a-ROUND here ... ? / and, believe me ... absolutely anything is possible when you're ever so dizzy[3], and, Christ ... you can make your own hell, too, uh[3], and times are bad now[3], and I think you'll find that all the professional victims have evaporated like the morning dew[3], and keep going - !!![3], and I will struggle on, on, on ... until the fateful day comes ... staring at a cold sea and shivering alone in the vast cosmos[3], and can anything be stopped? / and what's the plan?[3], and ... c  h  a  r  a  c  t  e  r is d  e  s  t  i  n  y[3], and you've got to find your own comfortable spot for a while, yes / and you've got to be very patient[3], and ... all things must pass, apparently[3], and, well, well ... eh?[3], and ... all is v  a  n  i  t  y and v  e  x  a  t  i  o  n of s  p  i  r  i  t ... ? / and tell me something I don't know, Solomon, me old mate[3], and thousands of years ago ... has anything changed?[3], and no, no, no / and no, no, no / and no, no, no[3], and every second counts / and are YOU(!) ... counting them? / and, oh, I hope so / and please tell me you are[3], and, so ... we spin![3], and how dizzy are you, exactly?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and it's no more ridiculous than any other activity[3], and that's the way I look at it[3], and one day ... all of this will make perfect sense[3], and that's what I keep telling myself[3], and ... COME ON - !!![3], and

Drive-through Covid-19 testing facility

Yeah. Set up by Unilabs. It's a PR email.

Geneva, 19 March 2020: Unilabs, the leading European diagnostic services provider, has set up a "drive-through" facility to collect samples from suspected Covid-19 patients. The facility, among the first of its kind in Europe, is based in Porto, Portugal. 

Okay. I wish we knew how many people had this thing. It would be nice if the mortality rate was really, really low. Of course, that would be no comfort to the people who are badly ill with it. I'm just saying, that's all.

"The opening of this temporary drive-through facility allows us to serve the urgent needs of our community, and takes the pressure off hospitals struggling with the flood of patients requiring sample collection and analysis," said Luis Menezes, CEO of Unilabs Portugal. "The key benefit is safety."

After making an appointment, patients drive to the collection point, where they roll down their windows to be tested by trained medical staff in protective clothing. By remaining in their own vehicles throughout, patients minimize contact with other people, reducing the risk of infection for everyone - patients, medical professionals, and the general public. The system allows about 400 daily tests to be performed in the first phase, rising to nearly 700 tests over the coming days. The facility is being kept safe by local law enforcement.

The big problem is medical staff getting the virus.

"Thank you to Porto City Council and the Northern Health Administration for their combined efforts to help make this innovative collection site possible," said Luis Menezes.

Unilabs currently performs Covid-19 testing in Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, and Czechia. As well as drive-through facilities, Unilabs is also working on home testing kits. Both solutions will be rolled out across the group as soon as Unilabs is authorised to start testing by local authorities.

Right. Okay.

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Anything else? I don't know. I reckon the PR emails might start drying up a bit now. Everyone is stopping everything.

I don't want to write about coronavirus all the time, man. Maybe I'll retreat into a fantasy world. What else is new?!

Obviously, I'll be doing a conceptual after lunch.

Listen! I couldn't believe the number of people going out at the weekend. On Saturday, I thought I might walk to Richmond and back, but decided against it. I didn't want police officers giving me dirty looks for being out and about and not being a responsible citizen. You know? But then I saw news stories of people just crowding into Richmond Park and having picnics and shit. Are they crazy?! Just because the pubs are shut it doesn't mean ... ah, never mind. I hope these cretins don't learn the hard way.

If everyone stayed indoors for a month ...

Imagine.

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I'm trying to be positive. There is one good thing: I've stopped eating takeaways, and started cooking. Simple meals, sure. I'm not Marco Pierre White. But it's healthier, ain't it?

Oh, I'm officially in "beast mode" now. So, you've been warned, kook(s)! Not as bad as our Dan though.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Refinitiv: Lipper European ETF market report - February 2020

Yeah, yeah. PR email from Detlef and the gang. God knows what the report for March is going to look like.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves ...

The promoters of ETFs in Europe experienced net inflows of €3.2 bn for February.
The assets under management in the European ETF industry (€839.9 bn) decreased during February due to rough market conditions.
Bond ETFs (+€2.5 bn) posted the highest net inflows in the European ETF industry for February.
The best-selling Lipper global classification for February was Equity Global (+€1.5 bn), followed by Bond EMU Government (+€1.1 bn) and Equity US (+€1.1 bn).
The Other Side Of Life. Uh ... Japan. Not ...
Xtrackers was the best-selling ETF promoter in Europe for February (+€1.8 bn), ahead of Vanguard Group (+€0.9 bn) and UBS ETF (+€0.5 bn).
The 10 best-selling funds gathered total net inflows of €4.6 bn for February.
The best-selling ETF for February, UBS ETF MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) Aa, accounted for net inflows of €0.9 bn.

Obviously, March will be different. / Anyway ...

Detlef Glow, Lipper Head of EMEA Research at Refinitiv, comments: "Despite rough market conditions, February was another positive month for the European ETF industry as the promoter of ETFs enjoyed inflows. The combination of below average inflows and a negative performance of the underlying markets led to a decrease in assets under management from €883.0 bn as of January 31, 2020, to €839.9 bn at the end of February. The decrease of €43.1 bn for February was driven by the performance of the underlying markets (-€46.3 bn), while the net inflows contributed €3.2 bn to the decrease in assets."

Thanks, Detlef!

ENDS

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Anything else? Well, I've been looking at the Sloop Inn St Ives webcam. The pub seemed to be packed the other day. People outside with pints and that. There's not many people on the streets at the moment though. / The holiday season is starting now, Easter all the way to the end of September. I should imagine the businesses in St Ives rely on the tourist money to get them through the whole year. It's going to be rough this year.

Uh.

Listen! It's difficult to keep your distance from people in the main Morrisons supermarket, near where I live, like. The place was packed at seven in the morning yesterday. From now on, I'm going to get my supplies from the little Tesco shop attached to the petrol station. (If there's anything on the shelves ...)

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Anything ... more else? Guitar practice. What else is new? / Er ... And Rain Came Down ... ? I wrote the chorus lyric weeks ago. It's about being positive in a negative situation. I hope to finish the rest of the lyric on Sunday.

It's the end of another week, yes.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

[No. 789] I don't want words

But ...

And these aren't mine[1], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[1], and these aren't mine[2], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[1], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[2], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[1], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[2], and I feel ... unusual[1], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[2], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![1], and I feel ... unusual[2], and I am powerless ...[1], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![2], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[1], and I am powerless ...[2], and, never, never ... mind[1], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and, never, never ... mind[2], and ... Who can be honest?[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[1], and ... Who can be honest?[2], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[1], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[2], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[1], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[2], and I want senseless sounds![1], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[2], and, ah, ah, ah ...[1], and I want senseless sounds![2], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[1], and, ah, ah, ah ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... meant[1], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[2], and ... help![1], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... me ant[2], and I want to hide ... in the sea[1], and ... help![2], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[1], and I want to hide ... in the sea[2], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[1], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[2], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![1], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[2], and voices enter all the time[1], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![2], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![1], and voices enter all the time[2], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[1], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![2], and I need peace[1], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[2], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[1], and I need peace[2], and it's a painful way[1], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[2], and these aren't mine[3], and it's a painful way[2], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[3], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[3], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[3], and I feel ... unusual[3], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![3], and I am powerless ...[3], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[3], and, never, never ... mind[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... Who can be honest?[3], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[3], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[3], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[3], and I want senseless sounds![3], and, ah, ah, ah ...[3], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[3], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... m  e  a  n  t[3], and ... help![3], and I want to hide ... in the sea[3], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[3], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[3], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![3], and voices enter all the time[3], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![3], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[3], and I need peace[3], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[3], and it's a painful way[3], and

And these aren't mine[1], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[1], and these aren't mine[2], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[1], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[2], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[1], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[2], and I feel ... unusual[1], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[2], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![1], and I feel ... unusual[2], and I am powerless ...[1], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![2], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[1], and I am powerless ...[2], and, never, never ... mind[1], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and, never, never ... mind[2], and ... Who can be honest?[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[1], and ... Who can be honest?[2], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[1], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[2], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[1], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[2], and I want senseless sounds![1], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[2], and, ah, ah, ah ...[1], and I want senseless sounds![2], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[1], and, ah, ah, ah ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... meant[1], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[2], and ... help![1], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... me ant[2], and I want to hide ... in the sea[1], and ... help![2], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[1], and I want to hide ... in the sea[2], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[1], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[2], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![1], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[2], and voices enter all the time[1], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![2], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![1], and voices enter all the time[2], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[1], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![2], and I need peace[1], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[2], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[1], and I need peace[2], and it's a painful way[1], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[2], and these aren't mine[3], and it's a painful way[2], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[3], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[3], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[3], and I feel ... unusual[3], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![3], and I am powerless ...[3], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[3], and, never, never ... mind[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... Who can be honest?[3], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[3], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[3], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[3], and I want senseless sounds![3], and, ah, ah, ah ...[3], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[3], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... m  e  a  n  t[3], and ... help![3], and I want to hide ... in the sea[3], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[3], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[3], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![3], and voices enter all the time[3], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![3], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[3], and I need peace[3], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[3], and it's a painful way[3], and

And these aren't mine[1], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[1], and these aren't mine[2], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[1], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[2], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[1], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[2], and I feel ... unusual[1], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[2], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![1], and I feel ... unusual[2], and I am powerless ...[1], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![2], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[1], and I am powerless ...[2], and, never, never ... mind[1], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and, never, never ... mind[2], and ... Who can be honest?[1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[1], and ... Who can be honest?[2], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[1], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[2], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[1], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[2], and I want senseless sounds![1], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[2], and, ah, ah, ah ...[1], and I want senseless sounds![2], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[1], and, ah, ah, ah ...[2], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... meant[1], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[2], and ... help![1], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... me ant[2], and I want to hide ... in the sea[1], and ... help![2], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[1], and I want to hide ... in the sea[2], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[1], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[2], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![1], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[2], and voices enter all the time[1], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![2], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![1], and voices enter all the time[2], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[1], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![2], and I need peace[1], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[2], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[1], and I need peace[2], and it's a painful way[1], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[2], and these aren't mine[3], and it's a painful way[2], and a-ROUND here ... what difference does it make?[3], and I'm struggling to make sense, actually / and, uh ... what else is new?[3], and I'm not sure I can survive eighteen months with my consciousness - such as it is - falling apart[3], and I feel ... unusual[3], and the cosmos is just pumping me full of words now - an emergency measure![3], and I am powerless ...[3], and let's be honest ... the words were never mine / and no one has got any words - if they're being honest[3], and, never, never ... mind[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... Who can be honest?[3], and ... spiritual aristocrats, obviously, is the answer[3], and the smooth writers will pretend to have control / and, but, but, but ... those idiots are delusional[3], and a-ROUND here ... they wouldn't be seen dead[3], and I want senseless sounds![3], and, ah, ah, ah ...[3], and I'm looking for a cave, actually[3], and a-ROUND here ... is a psychological cave ... ? / and I don't understand what was, what was ... m  e  a  n  t[3], and ... help![3], and I want to hide ... in the sea[3], and I'll tell you something: recent events are enough to make my favourite rock cry, or laugh[3], and I need to go where no worthless soul can find me ...[3], and this isn't me speaking, uh ... writing / and I've never wanted words / and I take no responsibility, no, no ... no![3], and voices enter all the time[3], and, Christ! ... they won't leave me alone![3], and I could fight the voices, yeah, yeah, sure / and, but ... you get tired of the effort, after a million or so spins, you dig?[3], and I need peace[3], and why was I chosen? / and I envy the squares, man[3], and it's a painful way[3], and

Andrew Weir ... Who is he?!

Well, he's, uh ... Andrew Weir, obviously. I mean, that's just common sense, man. 'Tell us more than that, boss!' All right. He's a heavy-weight player. 'Maybe he should go on a diet then.' Don't judge him, Voice!

Yeah, yeah. PR email.

Top prime central London real estate investment advisory, London Central Portfolio, appoints former Foxtons chief, Andrew Weir as its new Chief Executive.

You see? 'Yeah. Nice one.'

London Central Portfolio has announced the appointment of heavy-weight player, Andrew Weir, as its new Chief Executive.

You see? 'Yes, I see.'

Andrew has an industry-wide reputation as a consummate professional in the property sector with over 30 years' experience.  He was involved from the early stages of setting up Foxtons to managing its growth and creating one of the best known brands in the industry, taking it from private ownership to private equity and initial public offering. He held the position of Managing Director Sales from 2014, managing 300 people and a £76m+ revenue portfolio, subsequently becoming Chief Sales Officer at Foxtons. The appointment by LCP was coordinated by real estate recruitment agent, Deverell Smith. Andrew will be supported by Liam Monaghan, recently promoted to Managing Director at LCP, having joined in 2013.

Naomi Heaton, founder and current Chief Executive, will become Chairman of the LCP Group of Companies. She will concentrate on the new joint venture established with APG, the Dutch-based pension fund, launching a new concept in prime central London accommodation. The JV has already acquired its first asset, the Harrington Hall Hotel in South Kensington.

Okay, okay. There's just one thing to clear up. 'What's that, boss?' Well, the small matter of individuals being delighted and excited. 'Is anyone delighted or excited?' Yes, that's the question. I, er - 'They normally are.' Oh, not always, Voice. You know we get the "thrilled" type occasionally. 'Oh, those guys. I hate those guys!' Why? 'Ha! Only joking, man.' There's nothing wrong with being thrilled. 'Of course there isn't.' As long as they're not disgusted. 'Does that happen?' I haven't known it to happen, no. The problem is, we may be getting dishonest characters who are pretending to be delighted or excited or thrilled when they're really ... disgusted. 'Jesus, yeah.' And there's nothing we can do about that. 'But they'll be found out eventually, won't they?' Maybe. I don't know.

Anyway, let's hear from Naomi ...

Naomi Heaton, LCP Group Chairman: "I am delighted that Andrew has taken on the role of Chief Executive at London Central Portfolio. He has unparalleled experience within the prime central London residential market, having been involved in the development of the Foxtons brand from its early days, through to private equity ownership and IPO. His experience spanning new business growth, team building and brand development will be an invaluable asset to LCP. I am looking forward to Andrew making a huge contribution to the growth, development and client service delivery of LCP, particularly at a time when the market faces unique challenges and opportunities. This will be a step change for the company, allowing me to focus on other areas of business development."

Well, she's delighted. 'Yeah. So she says.' Don't be like that. I trust her. Naomi sends me a lot of these PR emails. Even sent me a Christmas card once. 'It's Andrew Weir I'm worried about.' Ha! Well, that's another story.

Andrew Weir, Chief Executive LCP: "I am enormously excited to be joining such a well-regarded firm as LCP,  which has established an enviable reputation in the prime central London market, due to its exceptional buying expertise and industry knowledge. LCP has impressed me so much with its professionalism and dedication to service. I am really looking forward to using my experience gained during a 30 year tenure at Foxtons to help build the brand further and increase its market share. It is an honour to be taking the role on from Naomi Heaton, whose entrepreneurial and seasoned leadership has taken the company so far. I look forward to taking it on to the next stage of its development and guiding it through the uncharted territories that 2020 will undoubtedly bring."

Okay, okay. He's enormously excited. 'And you believe him?' Well ... 'I mean, it's a bit over the top, ain't it? Why can't he just say that he's excited like everyone else? Not all this "enormously excited" stuff. It's dodgy, boss.' It's not dodgy! Listen! I’m going to give our Andy the benefit of the doubt. 'Okay.'

You've got to trust people sometimes.

...

Anything else? Music? Well, hopefully, I'll be able to finish the lyric for And Rain Came Down this week. The music is cool, man. Catchy and commercial and that. I can't use Good Times now because ... people will think I'm off my rocker. Do you know what I mean?

Monday, 16 March 2020

[No. 788] I have no words

But ...

And, well ...[1], and here are words, for my sins[1], and, well ...[2], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[1], and here are words, for my sins[2], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![1], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[2], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[1], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![2], and, uh, uh ...[1], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[2], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![1], and, uh, uh ...[2], and, so ...[1], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![2], and I'm high on my reality, actually[1], and, so ...[2], and, ah![1], and I'm high on my reality, actually[2], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[1], and, ah![2], and, oh ... useless words![1], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[2], and I'll break them just because I can[1], and, oh ... useless words![2], and ... I'm supernatural![1], and I'll bre ak them just because I can[2], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of broken words, yes![1], and ... I'm supernatural![2], and, you, you, you ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of brok en words, yes![2], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[1], and, you, you, you ...[2], and ... with you ... ?[1], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[2], and, words, words, words[1], and ... with you ... ?[2], and they keep coming from the cosmos[1], and, words, words, words[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and they keep coming from the cosmos[2], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[1], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![2], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![1], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[2], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[1], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[1], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[2], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[2], and do I care?[1], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![2], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[1], and do I care?[2], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![1], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[2], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[1], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![2], and ... stay hard, rock![1], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[2], and, well ...[3], and ... stay hard, rock![2], and here are words, for my sins[3], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[3], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![3], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[3], and, uh, uh ...[3], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![3], and, so ...[3], and I'm high on my reality, actually[3], and, ah![3], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[3], and, oh ... useless words![3], and I'll b  r  e  a  k them just because I can[3], and ... I'm supernatural![3], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of b  r  o  k  e  n words, yes![3], and, you, you, you ...[3], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[3], and ... with you ... ?[3], and, words, words, words[3], and they keep coming from the cosmos[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![3], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[3], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![3], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[3], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![3], and do I care?[3], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[3], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![3], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[3], and ... stay hard, rock![3], and

And, well ...[1], and here are words, for my sins[1], and, well ...[2], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[1], and here are words, for my sins[2], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![1], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[2], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[1], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![2], and, uh, uh ...[1], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[2], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![1], and, uh, uh ...[2], and, so ...[1], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![2], and I'm high on my reality, actually[1], and, so ...[2], and, ah![1], and I'm high on my reality, actually[2], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[1], and, ah![2], and, oh ... useless words![1], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[2], and I'll break them just because I can[1], and, oh ... useless words![2], and ... I'm supernatural![1], and I'll bre ak them just because I can[2], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of broken words, yes![1], and ... I'm supernatural![2], and, you, you, you ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of brok en words, yes![2], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[1], and, you, you, you ...[2], and ... with you ... ?[1], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[2], and, words, words, words[1], and ... with you ... ?[2], and they keep coming from the cosmos[1], and, words, words, words[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and they keep coming from the cosmos[2], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[1], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![2], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![1], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[2], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[1], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[1], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[2], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[2], and do I care?[1], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![2], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[1], and do I care?[2], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![1], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[2], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[1], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![2], and ... stay hard, rock![1], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[2], and, well ...[3], and ... stay hard, rock![2], and here are words, for my sins[3], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[3], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![3], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[3], and, uh, uh ...[3], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![3], and, so ...[3], and I'm high on my reality, actually[3], and, ah![3], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[3], and, oh ... useless words![3], and I'll b  r  e  a  k them just because I can[3], and ... I'm supernatural![3], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of b  r  o  k  e  n words, yes![3], and, you, you, you ...[3], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[3], and ... with you ... ?[3], and, words, words, words[3], and they keep coming from the cosmos[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![3], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[3], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![3], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[3], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![3], and do I care?[3], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[3], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![3], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[3], and ... stay hard, rock![3], and

And, well ...[1], and here are words, for my sins[1], and, well ...[2], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[1], and here are words, for my sins[2], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![1], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[2], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[1], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![2], and, uh, uh ...[1], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[2], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![1], and, uh, uh ...[2], and, so ...[1], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![2], and I'm high on my reality, actually[1], and, so ...[2], and, ah![1], and I'm high on my reality, actually[2], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[1], and, ah![2], and, oh ... useless words![1], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[2], and I'll break them just because I can[1], and, oh ... useless words![2], and ... I'm supernatural![1], and I'll bre ak them just because I can[2], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of broken words, yes![1], and ... I'm supernatural![2], and, you, you, you ...[1], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of brok en words, yes![2], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[1], and, you, you, you ...[2], and ... with you ... ?[1], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[2], and, words, words, words[1], and ... with you ... ?[2], and they keep coming from the cosmos[1], and, words, words, words[2], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[1], and they keep coming from the cosmos[2], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![1], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[2], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[1], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![2], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![1], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[2], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[1], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[1], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[2], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[2], and do I care?[1], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![2], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[1], and do I care?[2], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![1], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[2], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[1], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![2], and ... stay hard, rock![1], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[2], and, well ...[3], and ... stay hard, rock![2], and here are words, for my sins[3], and I don't like them, particularly, but what am I supposed to do?[3], and they stink of evil thoughts - !!![3], and so many people are so careless with the things they say ...[3], and, uh, uh ...[3], and I'd rather say ... NOTHING - !!![3], and, so ...[3], and I'm high on my reality, actually[3], and, ah![3], and anyone can follow my lows, BUT(!) ... no one can follow my highs[3], and, oh ... useless words![3], and I'll b  r  e  a  k them just because I can[3], and ... I'm supernatural![3], and a-ROUND here ... means even more now, yes ... with the magic of b  r  o  k  e  n words, yes![3], and, you, you, you ...[3], and I wish I could stay here ... with no body, no stress / and I guess ... one day I will[3], and ... with you ... ?[3], and, words, words, words[3], and they keep coming from the cosmos[3], and ... 'Ha, ha, ha!'[3], and it's not a laughing matter, idiot![3], and words are given to me all the time / and words I would never dream of asking for[3], and give me sound only! / and give me peace![3], and in the beginning ... ... ... I can't say[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and never, never, never, never, never, never ... mind[3], and at the end ... ... ... I can't imagine![3], and do I care?[3], and I'm seeing the rock now, and the sea[3], and, oh ... cosmos have mercy![3], and that rock is so lucky to have known dinosaurs, and us[3], and ... stay hard, rock![3], and