Monday, 23 September 2019

Th' whole worl's ... in a terr ... ible state o' ... chassis!

And yet Jinksy wants to talk about parcels again. 'Ha!' Well, I just don't know. I just don't know. 'Go on, boss!' All right.

The UPU crisis is Trump's own Brexit moment, warns ParcelHero.

Oh, I'm sure it's not that bad. We're talking about the ruination of a nation with Brexit, man! Never mind. 'Let's hear him out, boss.'

With a showdown planned for tomorrow, President Trump's push to unilaterally quit the Universal Postal Union could lead to the collapse of a vital 145-year-old international organization, fears ParcelHero.

Christ! Is our hero really full of fear? Really?

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is unlikely to survive the withdrawal of the USA if a crunch vote does not go President Trump's way tomorrow (24 September, 2019), warns the international delivery specialist ParcelHero.

We can be heroes! 'Like Dolphins!' Yes, Voice.

ParcelHero's Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, cautions: "The UPU has a vital role to play in ensuring every nation pays a fair amount for its mailing costs when overseas letters and packets enter the postal network of another country. If America quits the UPU and sets its own packet rates unilaterally, many other nations are likely to follow suit, leading to an international mailing free-for-all. Trump is right to be angry at the scandalously low dues China pays the United States Postal Service (USPS) for access to its postal system, but a High Noon-style showdown at tomorrow's UPU's Extraordinary Congress is not the right way to solve the problem."

Okay, okay. I just, uh ... 'What?' Well, it's the first I've even heard of this matter. 'That's because you're not obsessed with parcels.' Listen! The only time I care about parcels is when I'm waiting for some new guitar strings to be delivered. 'Right.' I can't see the attraction. 'It's Jinksy's job though.' Maybe, but ... does he have to tell everyone about it? Seriously! You can imagine him in the kitchen at parties, can't you? 'Oh, leave him alone, boss!' I'm not picking on him. 'Yes you are!' Whatever.

Okay, okay. Let's finish this! I'm not copying and pasting all of the email. 'Just do Jinksy's conclusion.' Yeah, I will.

Concludes David: "The US is calling for every nation to be able to declare its own packet rates; China is holding out for a simple tweaking of the existing plan. Things do not look rosy. However, there is some hope; a number of key members are suggesting a solution that would mean cross-border rates could be charged at a percentage of domestic rates, likely to be up to 70%. If the US were to agree to this formula, all might yet be well. But right now, that is looking a distant prospect; we're very concerned that the US may indeed exit the UPS with no deal."

Okay, okay. Thank you for that, uh, David.


Right. Anything else, dear reader(s)? Music? This is a finance blog, man. 'Don't disappoint them, Mikey. If you can talk about parcels, you can talk about music.' I suppose so.

Well, I'm FEELING GOOD, you dig? Obviously, I've had my songs ready for ages, but my vocals and guitar playing have really come together now. / Oh, I'm still doing the go-gos, and I'll continue to do them. Thank God for YouTube!

And besides that vocal strengthening thing I found on YouTube last week, I also discovered someone by the name of Tom Moulton who invented remixing, the 12-inch single, and the "breakdown" section in songs. All in the Seventies, with disco.

Listen, kook(s)! I've said it before, many times, that you can't do anything new with music. I still believe that. You can only really tweak stuff, HOWEVER(!) ... it would be the icing on the cake for me if I could invent something new. / I'm not getting my hopes up or anything. I'm just going to see what happens. [I mean, I wasn't expecting to invent conceptual literature on this blog. It only happened when I felt I had exhausted all possibilities and was getting a bit bored.]


Oh, actually ... I did invent sampling in 1976. 'Bullshit!' No, it's not, Voice. When I was a kid I tried recording a few seconds of each single I had to make a new song. 'And what did it sound like?' Awful.