Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Perivan and EthosData announce ... !

Oh! Oh! What?! What?! 'What, boss?!' Oh, what, Voice?! What, reader(s)?!

Perivan, the UK's leading financial printer, managed services and enterprise technology solutions provider and EthosData, a world-class, award winning, global Virtual Data Room specialist, have today [uh, yesterday] announced a strategic partnership following the recent transfer of the Millnet Financial Printing business (EthosData's previous UK partner) to Perivan.

Oh, a strategic partnership. Well, that's all right, ain't it? I suppose. I mean, I don't know.

Perivan and EthosData will jointly market their complementary technology and publishing services and expertise to create a comprehensive suite offering for financial transactions, from initial due diligence through to deal completion and ongoing shareholder, investor and board communications.

Oh, okay. Er ... 'Does Robin Bishop have anything to say about it?' Who?! 'Robin Bishop, man.' Yeah, who's that, Voice?! 'Christ! Robin is the managing director at, uh ... Perivan Financial Print.' Oh. Well, I don't know if he's got anything to say. 'Ask him!' Oh, Christ. Robin. Robin. Uh. Robin. He's not there, man. 'Make an effort, boss. Please. Establish the mind connection. Or ... a soul connection!' Ha, ha, ha! A soul connection, this early in the morning? Do me a favour, son! No, I'll try for the mind connection again. Robin! ... Robin!! ... Robin!!! Oh, here we go -

Robin Bishop, Managing Director, Perivan Financial Print, says, "We are very excited about this partnership which we view as an extension to the previous nine years of successful collaboration between EthosData and Millnet Financial prior to them joining the Perivan family".

Great! 'Brilliant!' And? Robin? Come on, Robin. And? 'He's gone, boss.' FFS! This is beyond a - 'Hang on! We've got Francisco Lorca now!' -

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy the continuity of working with John Redford and look forward to working with the wider Perivan team. This partnership will allow us to help our clients even better, from the document preparation before the due diligence commences to the very end after the deal is closed, we will be able to manage the entire process for our clients to save them valuable time," says Francisco Lorca, CEO, EthosData.

Okay, okay. Thanks, Francisco! / This is a lot of hard work sometimes, but Francisco saved the day.

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Right. Anything else? Motivation! There's one thing in that audiobook I've been thinking to myself for ages, and I've only heard Grant Cardone say it. 'What, Mikey?' That competition is useless, baby. You don't want to compete with anyone. You need utter domination. Let everyone else compete. 'Nice one!' And that's why I'm going crazy rehearsing my songs at the moment ... because my performing isn't on the same level as my songwriting yet. Actually, it is, on the smaller, easier songs, but not on the big songs that I still need to make decent recordings of. / So, wish me luck, pop fan(s)!

Ah, but I won't be doing much practicing today, man. 'Oh. Why not?' I've got a conceptual to write, Voice, No. 606. / So, uh ... wish me luck, blog fan(s)!

Monday, 23 April 2018

[No. 605] Every second is precious ...

So don't bother me unless you're like me.

And listen to me ...[1], and feel these fucking words, man![1], and listen to me ...[2], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and feel these fucking words, man![2], and all in![1], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[1], and all in![2], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[1], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[2], and ... Christ![1], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[2], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![1], and ... Christ![2], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[1], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![2], and where is it, exactly?[1], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[1], and where is it, exactly?[2], and ten times it? Ha![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[2], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[1], and ten times it? Ha![2], and burn the place down![1], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[2], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[1], and burn the place down![2], and keep going![1], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[2], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![1], and keep going![2], and let the squares judge us, ha![1], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[1], and let the squares judge us, ha![2], and ... the giants of magic!!![1], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[2], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[1], and ... the giants of magic!!![2], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![1], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[2], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![1], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![2], and, well ...[1], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![2], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[1], and, well ...[2], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![1], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[2], and listen to me ...[3], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![2], and feel these fucking words, man![3], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and all in![3], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[3], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[3], and ... Christ![3], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![3], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[3], and where is it, exactly?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[3], and ten times it? Ha![3], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[3], and burn the place down![3], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[3], and keep going![3], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![3], and let the squares judge us, ha![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[3], and ... the giants of magic!!![3], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[3], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![3], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![3], and, well ...[3], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[3], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![3], and

And listen to me ...[1], and feel these fucking words, man![1], and listen to me ...[2], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and feel these fucking words, man![2], and all in![1], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[1], and all in![2], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[1], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[2], and ... Christ![1], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[2], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![1], and ... Christ![2], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[1], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![2], and where is it, exactly?[1], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[1], and where is it, exactly?[2], and ten times it? Ha![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[2], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[1], and ten times it? Ha![2], and burn the place down![1], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[2], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[1], and burn the place down![2], and keep going![1], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[2], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![1], and keep going![2], and let the squares judge us, ha![1], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[1], and let the squares judge us, ha![2], and ... the giants of magic!!![1], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[2], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[1], and ... the giants of magic!!![2], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![1], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[2], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![1], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![2], and, well ...[1], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![2], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[1], and, well ...[2], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![1], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[2], and listen to me ...[3], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![2], and feel these fucking words, man![3], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and all in![3], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[3], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[3], and ... Christ![3], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![3], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[3], and where is it, exactly?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[3], and ten times it? Ha![3], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[3], and burn the place down![3], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[3], and keep going![3], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![3], and let the squares judge us, ha![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[3], and ... the giants of magic!!![3], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[3], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![3], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![3], and, well ...[3], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[3], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![3], and

And listen to me ...[1], and feel these fucking words, man![1], and listen to me ...[2], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and feel these fucking words, man![2], and all in![1], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[1], and all in![2], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[1], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[2], and ... Christ![1], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[2], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![1], and ... Christ![2], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[1], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![2], and where is it, exactly?[1], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[1], and where is it, exactly?[2], and ten times it? Ha![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[2], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[1], and ten times it? Ha![2], and burn the place down![1], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[2], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[1], and burn the place down![2], and keep going![1], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[2], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![1], and keep going![2], and let the squares judge us, ha![1], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![2], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[1], and let the squares judge us, ha![2], and ... the giants of magic!!![1], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[2], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[1], and ... the giants of magic!!![2], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![1], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[2], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![1], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![2], and, well ...[1], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![2], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[1], and, well ...[2], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![1], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[2], and listen to me ...[3], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![2], and feel these fucking words, man![3], and, listen ... don't come here unless you're prepared to spin a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and all in![3], and HEAVY DUTY, obviously[3], and I'm going all the way ... / and I might be gone a while ... / and 'I thought you were GONE(!) already, boss'[3], and ... Christ![3], and, uh ... wake up, kook(s)! / and, ah, come on![3], and are YOU(!) YOU(!) YOU(!) ... obsessed with getting beyond the THREE - ?[3], and where is it, exactly?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and it's not rocket science, son/daughter[3], and ten times it? Ha![3], and try and make sure that you're one of the few ... in the whole world[3], and burn the place down![3], and are you digging me?! / 'YES - !!!' / and, oh, I hope so, Voice / and he's a good kid, kook(s)[3], and keep going![3], and a-ROUND here ... we never give up, we can't give up, uh, we don't want to![3], and let the squares judge us, ha![3], and a-ROUND here ... we are the masters of reality, the kings and queens of obsession, and -[3], and ... the giants of magic!!![3], and we all know that the cosmos will judge the squares, oh yes, one day, man[3], and on, and on, and on! / and we just love it![3], and, man ... it's all action, action, action / and, ha, ha, ha! Seriously! Obviously![3], and, well ...[3], and every second, every spin, every second, every spin, every second, every spin ...[3], and, Lord! ... give us more strength![3], and

Aviva Investors has hired a couple of people ...

Yeah, er ... to its real estate unit, whatever that is. 'It's the real estate unit, boss.' What? 'It's the real estate unit, man. Property, buildings, you know?' Yes, yes, okay. Thank you, Voice.

Okay. The people in question. Daniel McHugh. And Melanie Collett. 'Where are they from, which firms?' Christ knows! But our Danny is the head of UK real estate now, and our Mel is the head of real estate asset management. And what the difference is ... is anyone's guess, you dig? Obviously, I, er ... I wish them both the best of luck, like, in their new roles. I'm just wondering ... 'What are you wondering, boss?' Well, we're getting awfully close to the summer season, aren't we? You could argue that it's already started. 'The weather people aren't sure yet.' Oh. About what, Voice? 'About the weather.' Oh. 'Sure, it's sunny now, but some people are saying we'll be back to winter temperatures in a week.' Christ! I hope not. I mean, I like a joke as much as the next person, but ... you know what I mean? 'Yeah.' Well, I suppose the Aviva Investors mob will just have to stay in the pub a bit longer. I don't know if Danny and Mel signed up for that ...

Ha! Obviously, it's not my problem. However, I am concerned about all the boys and girls at Aviva Investors. 'You want to see them hold on to their culture, don't you, boss?' Of course I do! I've said it before, son, and I'll say it again: Aviva Investors is a refuge from the modern world. 'And Schroders can like it or lump it.' Ha! Yes.

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Right. Anything else? Music? My music? I wrote a song on Friday. That's right. In just one day, instead of the normal messing around for weeks and months. It's not the greatest song ever, but it's good enough to use and not scrap. So that gives me thirteen songs. / I actually forced myself to write it in one day - as a sort of test, you dig? Professionals sometimes need to be able to come up with songs on demand like that. Oh, I'm rockin' in the free world!!!

Right. Anything (more) else? Self-help? Man, I got all the help I need now. Don't worry about me, dear reader(s). I'm second time a-ROUND on The 10X Rule audiobook, and I can say it's the best motivational material I've found to date. And I've really been looking, as you know. / YOU(!) - !!! If you listen to it and then don't 10X your life, you've got a serious problem. Get your shit together!

Later(s), crocodile(s)!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

No news is good news - yet again!

Important update (21/04/2018): Forget about those two books on a loop! I'm done with them. (I know the Elon Musk book inside out, anyway.) I've bought the audiobook of Grant Cardone's The 10X Rule, and that's what I'm doing on a loop from now on. It's pretty awesome. Cardone has great tonality in his voice, too. There's quite a bit of repetition - ha! - but I think that's good. It's everything you need to know about taking massive action. / Laters!


Well, well ... / No decent PR emails neither! I don't care, man! It's the end of the week, anyway. / Oh, I've finished that new book, for the first time. Now I've got to go back to the beginning ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND. And same thing with the Elon Musk book, at the same time, too ... a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND. Until I'm absolutely fucking DIZZY(!) with greatness!!! Ha! Yes, it's my life, dear reader(s). Don't tell me how to live it.

Right. Er ... Brexit? Christ! I don't discuss Brexit no more because I'm only focused on myself these days. 'Oh.' Oh, hello, Voice! 'Hello, boss!' However, Brexit seems to be getting weaker by the day. Which is a good thing. And, actually ... maybe that's the reason I don't write about it now. I mean, it's not worth talking about, is it? 'Stop talking about it!' Okay, okay. Christ!

Anyway, what are you doing this weekend, reader(s), anything, uh ... nice? The sun will be out. Personally, I can't be bothered with it, the sun, not in the city, like. (I learnt my lesson yesterday.) Maybe I'll get a week in Cornwall soon ... until then I'm just going to work, you dig? Really hard, too. When I'm not blogging these days, I'm doing my rock and roll. That's it. No days off! And I'm happy, man.

Right. Anything else? Er ... not really, no. 'Can't you think of anything, boss?!' You think of something! If it were so easy, Voice, you'd be thinking of stuff to write about, and then I'd pay you more. 'Ha! You don't pay me anything. FFS!' Well, you're an intern. What do you expect? 'This is not acceptable!' Oh, oh! Who are you going to complain to? No one can see you. I'm the only one who can hear you. 'The readers can hear me.' Oh, Christ! Get a grip! Only because I'm typing your words up, son. Be grateful for that. At least you're getting some exposure.

Ha! It's a hard life in the world of spirit, ain't it? / Well, see you later(s), crocodile(s)! 'In a while, alligator(s)!' Yeah. Bye!

My day, uh, yesterday, and my new discovery!

Okay, okay. Dear reader(s), I didn't feel like blogging on Wednesday morning, so I went into central London to try and buy some new jeans, right? I also thought it might be a nice idea to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. Ha! Big mistake!

Firstly, I couldn't find the jeans I wanted. Secondly, not finding those jeans threw me into a very bad mood, and I didn't even care about the sunshine then.

However, I did pop into Foyles to have a look at the self-help books. (I mean, you know what I'm like, yeah?) I saw one on the shelf called The Times Ten Rule ... or something like that, by someone I've never heard of, too. I guessed straight away what it was about: massive action. And I was right! I flicked through it for a few minutes. "Oh, another Tony Robbins wannabe." And then I left the store.

But on the Tube going home, still pissed about those jeans, I started thinking about the book, that maybe I should have bought it. £20! A lot of money, really, for something I'm already familiar with. Anyway, I got back, switched on my smartphone, and started looking this guy up, you know, the author. Well, I found some of his rather crazy videos on YouTube, and I thought to myself: oh, interesting! So then I decided to buy one of his books from Google Play, and I downloaded it to my phone. I just went with the one with the title that most appealed to me. But, Christ, man! The cover is bloody awful! It's a picture of the author sitting on the engine of a plane in a state of excitement - I suppose, I don't know. Pretty dodgy! I nearly didn't buy the book. But I'm glad I did.

Now, as you already know, dear reader(s), I'm reading Ashlee Vance's Elon Musk on a loop. Well, that book describes the actions of Musk more than his thoughts and feelings. Which is fine. It's a biography, after all. The thing is, though, this book I bought yesterday - I'm about a third of the way through it - could have been written by Musk himself! With his thoughts, and feelings, you dig? / This is making me think that perhaps I should read both books on a loop at the same time. The impact could be devastating! ... in a good way, obviously.

So, uh ... 'Boss!' What, Voice? 'What is the fucking title of the book you're going on about?! Please!' Ha! Oh, sorry, Voice, reader(s). It's called Be Obsessed Or Be Average. And it's written by Grant Cardone. I definitely recommend it. But be warned: this book is hardcore, and not for everyone. It's certainly not touchy-feely.

Good night!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

[No. 604] A shorter version of Elon Musk's life

(Shorter, in theory.) Enjoy! I mean, enjoy it as it is, at present. However, I'm sure there'll be a lot more one day.

And, so ... our Elon?[1], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[1], and, so ... our Elon?[2], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[1], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[2], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[1], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[2], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![1], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[2], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[1], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![2], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[1], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[2], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[1], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[2], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![1], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[2], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[1], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![2], and PayPal was born, eventually[1], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[2], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[1], and PayPal was born, eventually[2], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[1], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![1], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[2], and I ain't sold anything - yet[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![2], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![1], and I ain't sold anything - yet[2], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![2], and don't forget SolarCity![1], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![1], and don't forget SolarCity![2], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![1], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![2], and forget those plays I wrote ...[1], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![2], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![1], and forget those plays I wrote ...[2], and wish him luck, kook(s)![1], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![2], and, so ... our Elon?[3], and wish him luck, kook(s)![2], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[3], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[3], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[3], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![3], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[3], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[3], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[3], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![3], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[3], and PayPal was born, eventually[3], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[3], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![3], and I ain't sold anything - yet[3], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![3], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and don't forget SolarCity![3], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![3], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![3], and forget those plays I wrote ...[3], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![3], and wish him luck, kook(s)![3], and

And, so ... our Elon?[1], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[1], and, so ... our Elon?[2], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[1], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[2], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[1], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[2], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![1], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[2], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[1], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![2], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[1], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[2], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[1], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[2], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![1], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[2], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[1], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![2], and PayPal was born, eventually[1], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[2], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[1], and PayPal was born, eventually[2], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[1], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![1], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[2], and I ain't sold anything - yet[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![2], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![1], and I ain't sold anything - yet[2], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![2], and don't forget SolarCity![1], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![1], and don't forget SolarCity![2], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![1], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![2], and forget those plays I wrote ...[1], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![2], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![1], and forget those plays I wrote ...[2], and wish him luck, kook(s)![1], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![2], and, so ... our Elon?[3], and wish him luck, kook(s)![2], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[3], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[3], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[3], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![3], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[3], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[3], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[3], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![3], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[3], and PayPal was born, eventually[3], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[3], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![3], and I ain't sold anything - yet[3], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![3], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and don't forget SolarCity![3], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![3], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![3], and forget those plays I wrote ...[3], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![3], and wish him luck, kook(s)![3], and

And, so ... our Elon?[1], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[1], and, so ... our Elon?[2], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[1], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[2], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[1], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[2], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![1], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[2], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[1], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![2], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[1], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[2], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[1], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[2], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![1], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[2], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[1], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![2], and PayPal was born, eventually[1], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[2], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[1], and PayPal was born, eventually[2], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[1], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[2], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![1], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[2], and I ain't sold anything - yet[1], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![2], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![1], and I ain't sold anything - yet[2], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[1], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![2], and don't forget SolarCity![1], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[2], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![1], and don't forget SolarCity![2], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![1], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![2], and forget those plays I wrote ...[1], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![2], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![1], and forget those plays I wrote ...[2], and wish him luck, kook(s)![1], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![2], and, so ... our Elon?[3], and wish him luck, kook(s)![2], and he was born in South Africa in 1971[3], and he taught himself computer programming when he was only twelve! / and 'Ha, just like you, Mikey!'[3], and ... oh, on the Commodore VIC-20[3], and, yes, yes, Voice, it was the Sinclair ZX81 for me - happy days ... ?![3], and he went to Canada, uh, university, and then he went to America ... backpacking or something[3], and he founded Zip2, and made a bit of cash ...[3], and what was I doing? Uh, I can't remember[3], and then our Elon had a GRAND VISION!!!: he would invent internet banking![3], and I invented conceptual literature, so ...[3], and PayPal was born, eventually[3], and he had a bit of grief at work ... / actually, our Elon always has a bit of grief at work ...[3], and my music has given me grief, still does ...[3], and, but, but, BUT(!) ... he made $180 million (after taxes) when PayPal was sold to eBay![3], and I ain't sold anything - yet[3], and then he took over Tesla, and founded SpaceX - ah, electric cars and spaceships, man![3], and my (inner) space is all a-ROUND, you dig?[3], and don't forget SolarCity![3], and, oh, oh, oh ... don't forget the Hyperloop![3], and, uh ... 'Don't forget the flamethrowers, boss!' / and, no, no, no, Voice, forget those, Christ![3], and forget those plays I wrote ...[3], and now, well ... soon ... our Elon will be going to Mars! / and what more do you want?![3], and wish him luck, kook(s)![3], and

Digital start-ups in Europe?

Uh, this is a PR email from last week. Look -

The European Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness is meeting the founder of Europe's 10th highest valued start-up who believes that Europe is just 5-10 years away from producing Google or Amazon-sized tech giant.

Well, I'm sceptical myself. While I think we should stay in the EU for reasons of general business and basic civilized living, I'm not sure I can see a European Google or Amazon emerging. 'Maybe they'll surprise us, boss.' Who will?! 'Whoever's, uh ... doing the start-ups, man.' What, and working forty-eight hours a week? Ha! We don't have the culture, Voice. / Obviously, it's a good thing that your average worker is protected and not forced to work more than those hours, but what if you're a madman like Zuckerberg, Bezos, or Musk? Those guys work crazy hours, dear reader(s) because they need to, you dig? 'I think you can opt out.' Can you? Oh, I hope so.

Anyway ...

London, 12th April 2018 - Gianpiero Lotito, founder and CEO of Europe's tenth highest valued start-up FacilityLive, has met with Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. The discussion mainly focused around the creation of the next 'unicorn' generation in Europe.

Unicorn generation? A generation of unicorns?! Whatever. 'Ha!' Why can't they just speak normally? Please!

The meeting took place just after Mr Katainen announced a new investment vehicle seeded with €410M of public money to help start-ups reach €1B 'unicorn' status in Europe. FacilityLive is also a founding member of the European Tech Alliance. Mr Lotito has previously said that Europe is just 5 to 10 years away from producing a giant on the scale of Google or Amazon.

Yeah, yeah, okay, okay. Five to ten years, so you reckon. We know that, son. Tell us something we don't know. 'Here he is, boss -'

Gianpiero Lotito, Founder & CEO of FacilityLive, said: "We talked about many topics which are on the European digital agenda today. Chief amongst them the European digital ecosystems of the future, how start-ups can benefit from public procurement, and how artificial intelligence will be applied in Europe. We also spoke about our idea of Small Valleys, digital ecosystems that are ideal for Europe, that we are trying to grow in Pavia, in Italy, as a model. We tried to express the unique point of view that European start-ups have towards technology innovation and we found an interlocutor who was not only attentive and prepared, but also curious to know what Europe is trying to express in this field. He was also interested to hear about the mindset of young companies, start-ups and those who aspire to become European and global players tomorrow, a sign that Europe is paying more attention to the entrepreneurial mindset."

Right. I'll see it when I believe it. 'Eh?!' When I believe in it, Voice, what they're doing, like, then ... I'll take a look at it, and actually see it, yeah? 'Oh, okay.' It's perfectly clear.

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Anything else? Self-help? Those self-help gurus don't tell you to read a biography of someone you want to model ... on a loop, do they? 'You've discovered something there, Mikey.' Fuckin' A, I have! / Of course, it's got to be someone motivational. Don't read the biography of some bloody nutjob who's going out every night to Stringfellows and getting wasted. That's just common sense.

Well, laters.

Monday, 16 April 2018

[No. 603] You are not normal

And you're on an adventure!

And, yes, YES(!)[1], and I've told you before, ain't I?[1], and, yes, YES(!)[2], and believe it, my friend(s), please![1], and I've told you before, ain't I?[2], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[1], and believe it, my friend(s), please![2], and act ... AS IF - !!![1], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[2], and, ha, uh, ha![1], and act ... AS IF - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[1], and, ha, uh, ha![2], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[2], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![1], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[2], and be magical![1], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![2], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![1], and be magical![2], and remember: AS IF - !!![1], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![2], and come on, son/daughter![1], and remember: AS IF - !!![2], and be an outlier![1], and come on, son/daughter![2], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[1], and be an outlier![2], and for kook(s), it's natural?[1], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[2], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[1], and for kook(s), it's natural?[2], and ... seriously![1], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[2], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[1], and ... seriously![2], and, go on ... invent something![1], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[2], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[1], and, go on ... invent something![2], and ... stretch yourself![1], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[2], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[1], and ... stretch yourself![2], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[1], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[2], and I can't get the staff ...[1], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[2], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[1], and I can't get the staff ...[2], and, ah, never mind![1], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[2], and, yes, YES(!)[3], and, ah, never mind![2], and I've told you before, ain't I?[3], and believe it, my friend(s), please![3], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[3], and act ... AS IF - !!![3], and, ha, uh, ha![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[3], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[3], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![3], and be magical![3], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![3], and remember: AS IF - !!![3], and come on, son/daughter![3], and be an outlier![3], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[3], and for kook(s), it's natural?[3], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[3], and ... seriously![3], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[3], and, go on ... invent something![3], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[3], and ... stretch yourself![3], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[3], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[3], and I can't get the staff ...[3], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[3], and, ah, never mind![3], and

And, yes, YES(!)[1], and I've told you before, ain't I?[1], and, yes, YES(!)[2], and believe it, my friend(s), please![1], and I've told you before, ain't I?[2], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[1], and believe it, my friend(s), please![2], and act ... AS IF - !!![1], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[2], and, ha, uh, ha![1], and act ... AS IF - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[1], and, ha, uh, ha![2], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[2], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![1], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[2], and be magical![1], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![2], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![1], and be magical![2], and remember: AS IF - !!![1], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![2], and come on, son/daughter![1], and remember: AS IF - !!![2], and be an outlier![1], and come on, son/daughter![2], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[1], and be an outlier![2], and for kook(s), it's natural?[1], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[2], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[1], and for kook(s), it's natural?[2], and ... seriously![1], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[2], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[1], and ... seriously![2], and, go on ... invent something![1], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[2], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[1], and, go on ... invent something![2], and ... stretch yourself![1], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[2], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[1], and ... stretch yourself![2], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[1], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[2], and I can't get the staff ...[1], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[2], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[1], and I can't get the staff ...[2], and, ah, never mind![1], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[2], and, yes, YES(!)[3], and, ah, never mind![2], and I've told you before, ain't I?[3], and believe it, my friend(s), please![3], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[3], and act ... AS IF - !!![3], and, ha, uh, ha![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[3], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[3], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![3], and be magical![3], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![3], and remember: AS IF - !!![3], and come on, son/daughter![3], and be an outlier![3], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[3], and for kook(s), it's natural?[3], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[3], and ... seriously![3], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[3], and, go on ... invent something![3], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[3], and ... stretch yourself![3], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[3], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[3], and I can't get the staff ...[3], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[3], and, ah, never mind![3], and

And, yes, YES(!)[1], and I've told you before, ain't I?[1], and, yes, YES(!)[2], and believe it, my friend(s), please![1], and I've told you before, ain't I?[2], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[1], and believe it, my friend(s), please![2], and act ... AS IF - !!![1], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[2], and, ha, uh, ha![1], and act ... AS IF - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[1], and, ha, uh, ha![2], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[2], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![1], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[2], and be magical![1], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![2], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![1], and be magical![2], and remember: AS IF - !!![1], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![2], and come on, son/daughter![1], and remember: AS IF - !!![2], and be an outlier![1], and come on, son/daughter![2], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[1], and be an outlier![2], and for kook(s), it's natural?[1], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[2], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[1], and for kook(s), it's natural?[2], and ... seriously![1], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[2], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[1], and ... seriously![2], and, go on ... invent something![1], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[2], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[1], and, go on ... invent something![2], and ... stretch yourself![1], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[2], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[1], and ... stretch yourself![2], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[1], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[2], and I can't get the staff ...[1], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[2], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[1], and I can't get the staff ...[2], and, ah, never mind![1], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[2], and, yes, YES(!)[3], and, ah, never mind![2], and I've told you before, ain't I?[3], and believe it, my friend(s), please![3], and if you were normal, would you even be reading this ... over and over again?[3], and act ... AS IF - !!![3], and, ha, uh, ha![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and, well ... this certainly helps us to believe strange shit[3], and you shouldn't need telling, again, really[3], and, Lord, give them strength - and me![3], and be magical![3], and, listen ... a-ROUND here ... you can connect your consciousness ness with the cosmos and get a clue![3], and remember: AS IF - !!![3], and come on, son/daughter![3], and be an outlier![3], and, yes ... act as if you're a massive freak with crazy dreams, visions ... that you must make real in the cold world[3], and for kook(s), it's natural?[3], and don't do the usual things that squares do, no, no, no / and, I mean ... what's the point?[3], and ... seriously![3], and, please, tell me what you are, oh, something absurd, and I will believe you ... because I'm like that, me[3], and, go on ... invent something![3], and I can believe anything, man! / and I force myself to believe stuff that "they" just wouldn't believe[3], and ... stretch yourself![3], and there's not enough mystery, is there? / and ... how do you feel about it, eh?[3], and 'Mikey, I'm a disembodied voice!' / and, ha! ... nice one, Voice, but we know that[3], and I can't get the staff ...[3], and when the days of dust come, kook(s), we'll be standing tall and proud ... for a while, uh, longer than the squares, anyway[3], and, ah, never mind![3], and

Elon Musk is sleeping on the factory floor

At Tesla. Because they've got production problems. They need to build more cars, and fast! / And it makes perfect sense, to me. It's the best thing to do. It would be the best thing to do even if Tesla didn't have production problems. Who wants to be a normal CEO? Who wants to be a normal anything? Imagine going home to a normal bed, and being able to take a normal shower! It would be DEATH.

Obviously, when you're young - in your teenage years, or twenties, even your thirties - it's nice to goof off without a care in the world. Oh, go for a walk in the countryside, and stare at the sunset! You've got all the time in the world, you loser! Ha! And you're so young, and so full of life. Ha, ha, ha! Uh. / However, it's different when you get to our age. We've squeezed all the juice out, the juice of life. Oh, there's no more juice from simple pleasures for us! At least, there's nothing new, you dig? We've seen it all a million times before. We've done it all a million times before. So ... is despair the answer?! No. No. No! NOW WE MUST WORK. In the twenty or thirty years - hopefully - that remain to us we must leave a mark on humanity that will take hundreds or even thousands of years to fade away ... into dust. Yes, sadly. Into dust. / Dante, come on, son!

"Now is the time for you to rouse yourself,"
The Master said, "For sitting on a cushion

Is not the way to fame, nor staying in bed.

And without fame, a man must spend his life
Only to leave such traces upon earth
As smoke leaves in the air, or foam in water."


Thanks, Dante! You're a diamond! / You see, dear reader(s)? Get busy! RIGHT NOW!!! Christ! You don't need to have a mathematical and engineering brain like Elon's. (I don't myself. I'm a words and music man, man.) But there is something you've got that you can use. There must be!

SO USE IT! NOW!

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Clone firms

What are clone firms? Christ! Well, it's pretty obvious I would have thought, dear reader(s). Wake up! Clone firms are fraudulent copies of real firms. The FCA has recently warned of a company copying Jupiter Asset Management. And there have been warnings in recent months of other firms being cloned by scammers.

The thing is, the real Jupiter is packed full of financial shamans. 'Still, boss?' Yes, still, Voice. Still packed full of them. My influence, you see. It's one of my success stories. 'Nice one.' Yeah. And I'm just thinking, man, that it's very difficult to clone that. So ... 'So what?' Er, well, the fraudulent firm should stick out like a sore thumb, shouldn't it? As it were. I mean, it shouldn't fool anyone. 'That's if your average punter knows what a financial shaman is, which they probably don't.' Uh. Yeah, yeah. Oh, okay, okay. Christ! It was just something to write about, Voice, that's all. / Right. So, be on your guard, dear reader(s), eh?! Please!

Okay. There's no other financial news, I'm afraid. 'PR emails, boss?' I received a few this morning. Nothing that excited me though. 'Oh.' Jinksy was going on about parcels again. 'Ha!' That guy just won't stop. It's like a disease with him.

...

Anyway ... now what? Music, I suppose. My music. I want to write more songs like my two best. 'I thought you had three best.' I've downgraded one. 'Oh.' I've got quite a few what I call bread-and-butter classics. Those are songs that most talented songwriters can write a few times, at least, in their career. Then I have the world-beaters, songs that only I can write. And I have two of those.

And I hope to record them by Sunday, at the latest! So wish me luck, crocodile(s). 'Yeah, later(s), alligator(s)!' Bye!