Thursday, 21 December 2017

Christmas presents?

You better open them early, dear reader(s). 'Who says?!' Jinksy. 'Oh, Christ. I thought you weren't doing any more of his PR stuff.' Yeah, but it's Christmas, Voice. Just this last one. I don't want him getting upset. He's in a confused state. Christmas has done his head in. 'It's all those parcels, man.' I know it is.

Open your presents early urges ParcelHero! Faulty Black Friday purchases must be returned by Christmas Eve.

Black Friday was early this year, which means the legal 30-day return period ends on Christmas Eve. The parcel expert ParcelHero is urging shoppers to check gifts are working before Christmas Day to ensure refunds or replacements.

Britain's shoppers spent around £8m on Black Friday this year, with a lot of the purchases being presents for Christmas. However, with Black Friday being unusually early, November 24th, the parcel price comparison site ParcelHero is warning the legal 30-day automatic refund or replacement for a faulty item expires on Christmas Eve - before many gifts are even opened!


Before many gifts are even opened!!! 'He's delirious, boss.' Ha! He certainly is!

ParcelHero's Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says: "The early returns date looks set to catch a lot of people out. Most of us will only be opening our Wii Switch or trying on that new dress on the big day itself. But if your new console is on the blink, or there's a big rip in your new top; the bad news is the automatic date faulty returns must be refunded will have run out on Christmas Eve."

Dress? Okay. Nothing wrong with that.

Says David: "That's why ParcelHero is urging people to open the packaging on their Black Friday-bought bargains today and just check to see if that new tablet turns on or that china vase isn't in bits. That way if there is a fault you can return the gift to the retailer now without any problems under the Consumer Rights Act."

China vase?! Why is he being so specific?

David adds: "I know it's a bit of a nuisance but if you are about to wrap an item, it will really pay to just open it up and check all is well. You have 30 days to get an automatic refund or replacement for a faulty item under the Consumer Rights Act. After then things can get tricky as the retailer is within their rights to try to show the fault was not there at the time of purchase."

Jesus H. - ! Why does he even care? 'Just leave us alone, Jinksy, FFS!' Yeah, Jinksy, we'll do what we want with our parcels. ENDS.

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Yeah, ENDS. The ENDS of the year, thank God! / Have a nice Christmas, everyone! Say goodbye, Voice. 'Laters!' We'll see you next year.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

[No. 573] Last spin of the year ...

Come on!

And, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[1], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![2], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[1], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[2], and ... FFS![1], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[2], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[1], and ... FFS![2], and just concentrate on what's important[1], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[2], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![1], and just concentrate on what's important[2], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![1], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![2], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[1], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![2], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![1], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[2], and come on, spin - !!![1], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[1], and come on, spin - !!![2], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[2], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[1], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[2], and ... who are you?[1], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[2], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[1], and ... who are you?[2], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[1], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[2], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![1], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[2], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[1], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![2], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![1], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![2], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![3], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[3], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[3], and ... FFS![3], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[3], and just concentrate on what's important[3], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![3], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![3], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[3], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![3], and come on, spin - !!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[3], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[3], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[3], and ... who are you?[3], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[3], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[3], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![3], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[3], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![3], and

And, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[1], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![2], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[1], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[2], and ... FFS![1], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[2], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[1], and ... FFS![2], and just concentrate on what's important[1], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[2], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![1], and just concentrate on what's important[2], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![1], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![2], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[1], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![2], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![1], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[2], and come on, spin - !!![1], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[1], and come on, spin - !!![2], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[2], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[1], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[2], and ... who are you?[1], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[2], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[1], and ... who are you?[2], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[1], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[2], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![1], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[2], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[1], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![2], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![1], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![2], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![3], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[3], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[3], and ... FFS![3], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[3], and just concentrate on what's important[3], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![3], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![3], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[3], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![3], and come on, spin - !!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[3], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[3], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[3], and ... who are you?[3], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[3], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[3], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![3], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[3], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![3], and

And, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[1], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![2], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[1], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[2], and ... FFS![1], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[2], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[1], and ... FFS![2], and just concentrate on what's important[1], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[2], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![1], and just concentrate on what's important[2], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![1], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![2], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[1], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![2], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![1], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[2], and come on, spin - !!![1], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[1], and come on, spin - !!![2], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[2], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[1], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[2], and ... who are you?[1], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[2], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[1], and ... who are you?[2], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[1], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[2], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![1], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[2], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[1], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![2], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![1], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![2], and my poor consciousness ness ... - ![3], and, yes, last spin of the year, so ... YOU(!) ... got something better to do?[3], and I find that hard to believe, to be honest / and how many mince pies are you going to stuff in your mouth, exactly?[3], and ... FFS![3], and After Eight mints at this moment in time ... ?! / and I'll give you chocolate thins, son[3], and just concentrate on what's important[3], and ... the DIZZY(!) life - !!![3], and one more spin ... / and one more spin ... / and, oh ... another one, yes![3], and please, don't be a SQUARE, yeah?[3], and, or, or, or ... another bloody mince pie ... ?! / ... and do me a favour![3], and come on, spin - !!![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... it's so easy, ain't it? / and it's not rocket science[3], and, but, but, but ... it helps if you're a spiritual aristocrat, like me[3], and, of course ... I got worse things to do, ah, yes, I have, but I'd rather be spinning, you dig?[3], and ... who are you?[3], and the DIZZY(!) life is the only life / and just look at the kooks! / and they seem to like it[3], and if you're a kook, well, fair play to you[3], and I don't know how many more of these conceptuals I'll be doing / and 2018 will see big changes, man![3], and maybe I'll be GONE(!) ... for good[3], and ... a-ROUND again ... - ![3], and

Coutts at Christmas

As we all know, dear reader(s), Coutts are for life, not just for Christmas, but ...

Solid performance from Coutts investments

Coutts investment performance this year to the end of November was ahead of peers, boosted by our exposure to key equity markets and low allocation to gilts.

A typical balanced portfolio was up 7.9% year-to-date compared to an investment industry average of 5.5%.

While past performance cannot be taken as a guide to future returns, this solid set of numbers so far this year is encouraging news for Coutts investment clients.

A key contributor has been our preference for the European and Japanese equity markets, as both markets have been doing well this year. Europe is among 2017's best performing markets in sterling terms while the Japanese rally included the Nikkei 225 Index hitting a 25-year high.


Okay, okay. Nice one, Coutts! / But what about inflation?! - ?! - ?!

Bank of England Governor must write to Chancellor

Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney must now write a letter to UK Chancellor Philip Hammond explaining why the bank has missed its 2% inflation target by more than 1%.


Who says he must?

It follows UK inflation rising to 3.1% for November - its highest level in six years. Air fares and computer games contributed to the increase, according to the Office for National Statistics, and prices in the services sector are also rising. Higher inflation is usually good for our portfolios and funds because of our preference for equities and property over bonds.

The BoE said it was relaxed about the rise and maintained its stance that inflation is peaking and will trend downwards over the course of next year.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the BoE voted unanimously this week to keep rates at 0.5% despite the higher inflation figure. Mr Carney reiterated his statements from November that further rises could be in store in 2018. Markets expect two rises before the end of 2020, although they don't see the first happening until late next year.

Interest rate rises are generally not good for gilts and we retain our view that they are poor value. We have held a low allocation to gilts for some time and, where we do hold them, have shortened the duration to protect our portfolios and funds from rate rises.

With inflation currently high, it's worth remembering that the Coutts Luxury Price Index shows that those buying luxury goods and services can face even fiercer price rises. They should therefore work harder to protect the purchasing power of their wealth.


Okay, okay. The thing is ... is inflation really that low? I mean, in the real world, yeah? I doubt it. I see prices shooting up all the time. And it's down to Brexit. 'Don't discuss Brexit, boss!' I can't help it, Voice. Do you remember when we were promised sunlit uplands and unicorns and all kinds of weird shit? 'Yeah.' Well, yesterday Iain Duncan Smith was telling businesses that they would just have to cope with the new situation we find ourselves in. 'Oh. What about the sunlit uplands?' No mention. 'What about the fucking unicorns, Mikey?!' There ain't gonna be no unicorns, son! Christ! Get with the programme! We're talking about survival now. 'What?! Survival?!' That's the very best we can hope for.

Right. See you later(s), alligator(s).

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Here's a question ...

Have I written about Canadian finance before? 'Er ... you know, I don't think you have, boss. I do believe this is the first time.' Okay. Well, dear reader(s), from a PR email ...

Following the success of the Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP: launched in 2013), the Canadian Government has today formally announced the "call for proposal" inviting applicants to apply for investments from the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (VCCI) available through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Yeah, that's yesterday.

VCAP and VCCI are globally unique. There's nothing quite like either of them anywhere else, and at least Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden and Singapore, are following progress in the programs, with an eye toward maybe doing something similar of their own in the future. And now, with the gender balance element in VCCI, this is even more of a global first.

Nice one.

Okay, okay. There's a lot of this, and I'm not going through it all. 'Why not?' It's Christmas, Voice. 'But your readers -' My readers can Google it ... if they're so fascinated by the story. It's Christmas, man. Don't be a Scrooge.

I'll just finish with a quote from the Honourable Navdeep -

"VCCI is one of the essential pillars of our Innovation and Skills Plan. The goal of VCCI is to support the growth and scaling-up of our best start-ups to turn them into global champions. This program will support Canadian firms in creating the jobs of today and tomorrow. I am also very proud of the fact that this new initiative is putting forward concrete steps to promote diversity and gender equality in the innovation ecosystem. An open society that values a diversity of ideas and perspectives is good for business."

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development


ENDS. So - 'What about the Honourable Bardish, boss? Come on!' Christ!

"Having access to venture capital can make all the difference in helping Canadian small businesses take their ideas to market. In recent years, Canada's venture capital market has come a long way. More and more, innovative start-ups and small businesses now are able to find Canadian investors to support their ideas. Yet our government understands that more needs to be done, especially for under-represented groups like women, Indigenous or immigrant entrepreneurs. Through our new Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative, we are taking important steps to enhance support for these groups - both in terms of the fund management and in the actual investments made. By focusing on strengthening diversity, we are building a more robust Canadian venture capital industry that embraces principles of fairness and gender equality and helps entrepreneurs create the good middle-class jobs of tomorrow."

- The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism


And that's really it now. ENDS.

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Okay. Anything else? Well ... music? My music? Okay, pop fan(s), this is ... my last ever music update. 'Yeah, right.' No, it is! Because it's Christmas, and I'm making a fresh start next year. 'Oh.' Yeah. / Anyway, I've been working out the track listing for my album, all twelve songs, roughly forty-eight minutes. I know these things can change, but - 'Twelve songs?! You ain't finished that new one yet, Mikey.' Er, excuse me, Voice, I've got the title for it. I'll soon have the lyric done. 'Oh.' Yeah. The problem I have, though, is choosing four songs for the demo. I'll probably be going with the most substantial ones, but that means leaving off three new three-minute pop songs which could get me a deal just by themselves. 'Wow! So all these songs together then, on one album?!' Well, it's going to be apocalyptic, son. In a nice way, of course. 'Oh, good.' To paraphrase Carlito Brigante, people will have to give up their religious beliefs.

Laters.

Monday, 18 December 2017

[No. 572] Christmas party

You dig?

And you better dig ...[1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[1], and you better dig ...[2], and I ain't got no mince pies[1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[2], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[1], and I ain't got no mince pies[2], and ... oh God![1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[2], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[1], and ... oh God![2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[2], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and no need to thank me[1], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[1], and no need to thank me[2], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[2], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[1], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![2], and, so ...[1], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[2], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[1], and, so ...[2], and No. 572 and counting ...[1], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[2], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[1], and No. 572 and counting ...[2], and ... or a Stella[1], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[2], and ... or a Kronenbourg[1], and ... or a Stella[2], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[1], and ... or a Kronenbourg[2], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![1], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[2], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[1], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![2], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![1], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[2], and I'm so tired[1], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[1], and I'm so tired[2], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[2], and you better dig ...[3], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[2], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[3], and I ain't got no mince pies[3], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[3], and ... oh God![3], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![3], and no need to thank me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[3], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![3], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[3], and, so ...[3], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[3], and No. 572 and counting ...[3], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[3], and ... or a Stella[3], and ... or a Kronenbourg[3], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[3], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![3], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[3], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![3], and I'm so tired[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[3], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[3], and

And you better dig ...[1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[1], and you better dig ...[2], and I ain't got no mince pies[1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[2], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[1], and I ain't got no mince pies[2], and ... oh God![1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[2], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[1], and ... oh God![2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[2], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and no need to thank me[1], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[1], and no need to thank me[2], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[2], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[1], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![2], and, so ...[1], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[2], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[1], and, so ...[2], and No. 572 and counting ...[1], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[2], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[1], and No. 572 and counting ...[2], and ... or a Stella[1], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[2], and ... or a Kronenbourg[1], and ... or a Stella[2], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[1], and ... or a Kronenbourg[2], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![1], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[2], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[1], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![2], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![1], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[2], and I'm so tired[1], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[1], and I'm so tired[2], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[2], and you better dig ...[3], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[2], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[3], and I ain't got no mince pies[3], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[3], and ... oh God![3], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![3], and no need to thank me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[3], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![3], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[3], and, so ...[3], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[3], and No. 572 and counting ...[3], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[3], and ... or a Stella[3], and ... or a Kronenbourg[3], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[3], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![3], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[3], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![3], and I'm so tired[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[3], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[3], and

And you better dig ...[1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[1], and you better dig ...[2], and I ain't got no mince pies[1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[2], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[1], and I ain't got no mince pies[2], and ... oh God![1], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[2], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[1], and ... oh God![2], and, uh, uh, uh ...[1], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[2], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![1], and, uh, uh, uh ...[2], and no need to thank me[1], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[1], and no need to thank me[2], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[2], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[1], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![2], and, so ...[1], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[2], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[1], and, so ...[2], and No. 572 and counting ...[1], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[2], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[1], and No. 572 and counting ...[2], and ... or a Stella[1], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[2], and ... or a Kronenbourg[1], and ... or a Stella[2], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[1], and ... or a Kronenbourg[2], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![1], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[2], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[1], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![2], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![1], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[2], and I'm so tired[1], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[1], and I'm so tired[2], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[2], and you better dig ...[3], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[2], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a mince pie?[3], and I ain't got no mince pies[3], and this is my Christmas party ... / ... and do YOU(!) want a can of Stella?[3], and ... oh God![3], and I ain't got no Stellas, man ... not a-ROUND here, but I'll tell you what I have got ...[3], and, uh, uh, uh ...[3], and ... I got enough spins for everyone! / and 'Yippee!' / and, yes, Merry Christmas - !!![3], and no need to thank me[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and a conceptual ain't just for Christmas, you know[3], and a rainbow? Oh, leave the rainbows alone, son![3], and will anything be any different next year? / and, ha! Uh, what do you think?[3], and, so ...[3], and try not getting depressed ... you should be used to it ... well, it's the DIZZY(!) life, ain't it?[3], and No. 572 and counting ...[3], and if you feel a bit rough ... I suppose I'll be able to find a mince pie somewhere[3], and ... or a Stella[3], and ... or a Kronenbourg[3], and ... or a Double Diamond - ?! No, no, no, not these days ...[3], and ... or a Shandy Bass!!![3], and, uh ... hey, hey, yes, yes, well, well[3], and I could be running out of words from the glorious cosmos / and, oh, my consciousness ness - ![3], and I'm so tired[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... / ... and I'm still making the effort, somehow[3], and are YOU(!) ... enjoying yourself yet?[3], and

ARC Reserve Currency ... ?

It's a stablecoin, apparently. 'Nothing like Mikeycoin, boss, which is a bloody unstablecoin!' Yes, thank you, Voice, for your, uh, input.

London, 14 December 2017 - ARC Reserve Currency has today announced the launch of its Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The first stablecoin which is both asset-backed and regulated, ARC provides a stable alternative for investors in an otherwise volatile and unpredictable cryptocurrency market. With the value of bitcoin at an all-time high and as volatile as ever, ARC Reserve Currency is bitcoin's Alka Seltzer. 

 
Okay, okay. 'And Mikeycoin is Bitcoin's cocktail of heroin and cocaine.' Yes, thank you, Voice. Now piss off, please!

ARC has been co-founded by global cryptocurrency expert and University of Cambridge Research Fellow, Dr Garrick Hileman, and former-Fidelity executive, Stephen Findlay, in collaboration with many other experienced, financial market and investment experts. ARC is less volatile than other utility tokens (such as bitcoin), growing with inflation over the long term. It is an ERC20 token as part of the Ethereum blockchain, with its value supported by traditionally stable assets such as loans and national currencies.

Okay, okay, okay. Aren't they missing the point though? Don't certain investors like the INSANITY of Bitcoin because you can invest £5 and get £5 million back, or invest £5 million and lose EVERYTHING? It's for gamblers, man! People who like to live life on the edge. 'It's better to burn out than to fade away, boss!' Shut up, idiot!

All right. Let's finish with a quote from our Garrick -

Dr. Garrick Hileman commented on the ARC launch: "Many view the advent of a successful stablecoin as a potential tipping point to broader cryptocurrency adoption. Popularity of cryptocurrencies has sky-rocketed recently, yet the impact of bad actors and speculators has created a Wild West-type environment. The ARC stablecoin can compliment existing digital assets and represents an important addition to the cryptocurrency ecosystem, facilitating new uses for cryptocurrency and related technologies, such as smart contracts."

Well, yeah, I suppose some people will like it. 'Vicars, maiden aunts, and that, boss.' Please shut up, Voice. You're not being helpful.

...

Okay. Anything else, dear reader(s)? Er, not much. 'What about Aviva Investors, Mikey? Their Christmas party, like.' What about their Christmas party? 'Haven't you been invited this year?' I'm invited every year, Voice ... but I rarely go. Six weeks of that?! No thanks. 'Oh.' I sometimes pop in for half an hour, and that's enough for me, FFS! Do you know what I mean? 'Yeah. They're animals, man!' Ha!

Music? My music? I've got a new tune, since last Thursday. 'Nice one!' Yeah. I thought I had a whole song, but I've scrapped the lyric. 'Never mind.' That's right. Never mind.

Well ... conceptuals? No. 572? Later. 'Bye!' Laters.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

[No. 571] Knackered!

But I gotta keep spinning, man!

And it's true ... I'm knackered![1], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[1], and it's true ... I'm knackered![2], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[1], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[2], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![1], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[2], and some hope[1], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![2], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[1], and some hope[2], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[1], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[2], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[1], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[2], and kooks, help![1], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[2], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[1], and kooks, help![2], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[1], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[2], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[1], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[2], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[2], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[1], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and I just don't know[1], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![1], and I just don't know[2], and I don't care, honestly[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![2], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![1], and I don't care, honestly[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![2], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![1], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[2], and pray for me, please![1], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![2], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[1], and pray for me, please![2], and pray HARD - !!![1], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[2], and it's true ... I'm knackered![3], and pray HARD - !!![2], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[3], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[3], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![3], and some hope[3], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[3], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[3], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[3], and kooks, help![3], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[3], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[3], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[3], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[3], and I just don't know[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![3], and I don't care, honestly[3], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[3], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![3], and pray for me, please![3], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[3], and pray HARD - !!![3], and

And it's true ... I'm knackered![1], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[1], and it's true ... I'm knackered![2], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[1], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[2], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![1], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[2], and some hope[1], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![2], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[1], and some hope[2], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[1], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[2], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[1], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[2], and kooks, help![1], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[2], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[1], and kooks, help![2], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[1], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[2], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[1], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[2], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[2], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[1], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and I just don't know[1], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![1], and I just don't know[2], and I don't care, honestly[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![2], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![1], and I don't care, honestly[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![2], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![1], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[2], and pray for me, please![1], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![2], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[1], and pray for me, please![2], and pray HARD - !!![1], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[2], and it's true ... I'm knackered![3], and pray HARD - !!![2], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[3], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[3], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![3], and some hope[3], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[3], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[3], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[3], and kooks, help![3], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[3], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[3], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[3], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[3], and I just don't know[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![3], and I don't care, honestly[3], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[3], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![3], and pray for me, please![3], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[3], and pray HARD - !!![3], and

And it's true ... I'm knackered![1], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[1], and it's true ... I'm knackered![2], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[1], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[2], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![1], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[2], and some hope[1], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![2], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[1], and some hope[2], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[1], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[2], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[1], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[2], and kooks, help![1], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[2], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[1], and kooks, help![2], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[1], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[2], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[1], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[2], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[1], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[2], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[1], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[2], and I just don't know[1], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![1], and I just don't know[2], and I don't care, honestly[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![2], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![1], and I don't care, honestly[2], and ... 'Ha!'[1], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![2], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[1], and ... 'Ha!'[2], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![1], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[2], and pray for me, please![1], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![2], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[1], and pray for me, please![2], and pray HARD - !!![1], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[2], and it's true ... I'm knackered![3], and pray HARD - !!![2], and I don't think I can keep going ... but I gotta keep going, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND[3], and, yes, for my sins, certainly[3], and maybe when all the BAD KARMA has gone ... I'll be somewhere beyond the THREE, so happy![3], and some hope[3], and it's my consciousness ness ... ah, consciousness ness that needs it so badly ... you dig?[3], and it's like talking to a plank of wood sometimes ...[3], and how can I make YOU(!) ... dig the need for dizziness ness, my friend(s)?[3], and kooks, help![3], and a-ROUND here ain't for the faint-hearted ...[3], and one day ... I'll get away for good ... somewhere, yes, uh, where the evil words can't find me[3], and the desert now, is old now, yes, but ...[3], and, uh ... I don't know where, but, but, BUT(!) ...[3], and, man, I got a cactus, and my cactus is good to me, which is some comfort, yes[3], and I just don't know[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... ah, let the words spin themselves into mush![3], and I don't care, honestly[3], and in the sky ... maybe there'll be a beautiful rainbow - ?![3], and ... 'Ha!'[3], and I don't even like rainbows, man / and, I mean, compared to what's beyond, you dig?[3], and I could have been like YOU(!)!!![3], and pray for me, please![3], and one day, like any other, I'll be GONE(!) ... like all this was a terrible nightmare ...[3], and pray HARD - !!![3], and

Rural people

Yeah, in Madagascar. They've got some money for food security and climate change, which is all right. Have a look, dear reader(s) -

Rome, 13 December 2017 - A new financial agreement, signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Madagascar, will sustainably improve incomes and food and nutrition security for 320,000 Malagasy rural households in eight regions located in the southern part of the country.

The total cost of the programme is US$250 million, including a $26.5 million loan and $26.5 million grant from IFAD. The programme will be co-financed by the Government of Madagascar ($33.7 million), the African Development Bank ($50 million), the OPEC Fund for International Development ($20 million), the Green Climate Fund ($15 million) and by the beneficiaries themselves ($14.3 million). A financing gap of $64 million could be covered by subsequent IFAD resource allocation processes or by other financial partners to be determined during the implementation of DEFIS. The programme will be implemented over a period of 10 years in order to provide stable and predictable financing to producers.

In Madagascar, despite rich biodiversity and diverse agricultural products, 76 per cent of the population fall below the minimum dietary energy requirements of 2,133 kcals per day. The prevalence of chronic malnutrition among children under five years of age is among the highest in the world while the prevalence of poverty in rural areas is above 80 per cent. Limited investment in agriculture and in rural areas are among the chief causes of poverty and food and nutrition insecurity in Madagascar.

To improve the productivity of smallholder family farms and better link them to markets, the new programme will concentrate its investments in eight priority value chains: rice, maize, cassava, groundnut, coffee, onion, small ruminants and honey, with three priority crops selected in each region. In addition, DEFIS will invest in the promotion of sorghum in order to build the resilience of production systems for family farms in semi-arid zones in the extreme southern regions, which are highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. DEFIS is expected, among other things, to rehabilitate 20,000 hectares of existing irrigation develop 8,000 hectares of new irrigated schemes and install micro-improvements on 7,000 hectares. In addition, it will support the construction of 300 water points, 50 underground water catchment reservoirs for small ruminants.


I've left some bits out, but you get the basic idea, I'm sure. Here's something about IFAD -

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided about US$18.9 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached some 470 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome - the UN's food and agriculture hub.

And ... ENDS. Okay. 'Are you all right today, boss?' Well, I'm a bit fed up, Voice. I just want it to be Christmas, you know? I want a break from blogging. 'Only one week to go!' Yeah, I suppose.

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Anything else? Er ... I'll be doing a conceptual later, No. 571, the last post of the week.

So ... I'll see you a bit later, reader(s).

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

I don't believe a word of this

No, no, no. No! I don't believe a word of this. Sorry, Robert Half. 'Who? What? Boss, what's going on?' It's research they did, Voice. Robert Half. Look -

London, UK - UK financial services companies are increasingly bringing their offshored operations back to home nations as companies are being affected by rising costs and lacklustre service in offshore regions, according to specialized recruiter Robert Half Financial Services. Despite the UK's imminent departure from the EU, London remains the world's No 1 financial centre and this increased level of onshoring could lead to more jobs being created in the financial services sector.

Ha! Ha! 'Ha! Christ! Who wrote this email, boss? David Davis?' I don't know, Voice, but everyone knows we're losing jobs, not gaining them. And things will only get worse.

The research has found more than half (59%) of the UK’s financial services executives have increased their level of onshoring - transferring offshored business operations back to the UK - in the past two years, compared to just 4% who have decreased their onshoring activities.

When asked why they have increased their level of onshoring, 64% of financial services executives refer to service quality complaints and 54% refer to the increase in costs - indicating a cost and quality factor in determining operations being brought back to the UK. The skills shortage (53%) and a lack of efficiency in the offshored regions (37%) are further cited as key reasons for transferring offshored business operations back to the UK.

Yeah, yeah. 'Yeah.' It won't last. Whatever's going on here - if it's even happening, of course - won't last. You can take my word for that, dear reader(s). / Matt Weston?

"In the face of change, financial services companies in London are increasingly under pressure to remain competitive by maximizing performance and decreasing costs," commented Matt Weston, Director at Robert Half UK. "In order to achieve this and offer a premium service, many firms are bringing key business operations back to the UK and creating 'centres of excellence' by creating jobs and career development opportunities for local talent."

Okay, okay. Who is this Matt Weston, exactly? 'He must be one of those deranged Brexiters, boss.' Oh, I wouldn't be surprised.

And that's enough, dear reader(s)! You know my feelings and thoughts on the matter now. I'll say no more about it.

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Anything else? Not a lot, no. I'm still in my Christmas mood, and that will probably last until the end of the month.

Music? What am I listening to? The best album of the century so far ... Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. / I wonder if Mark Ronson would like to produce my album ... I'd like that retro but modern sound. 'Eh, Mikey?' I mean, Back to Black sounds like a Sixties album that was recorded in 2006. That's what I mean, man.

Anyway, laters, yeah?

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Rents in London

They're going up, apparently. 'No new hedge funds, boss?' Not that I know of, Voice. So we're doing this -

The rental market in Prime Central London has shown signs of recovery at the end of 2017, according to a new analysis by London Central Portfolio. Following 18 months of negative rental growth, the mainstream rental market has now seen two consecutive months of positive increases with rents in November up 3% year-on-year. Weekly rents in the mainstream market now average £573.

Okay, okay. And who can afford these rents, exactly?

Heaton explains: "We saw big increases in the number of available rental properties post the introduction of ARSD. As tax changes and Brexit uncertainty caused instability, many owners opted to rent, rather than sell, in a weak market. With more choice available, tenants were able to negotiate harder on rents, resulting in the downward pressure seen in 2016. However, it now appears that this trend has begun to reverse. Not only have we seen falling numbers of available rental units, but we have seen increases in transactions in the sales market. PCL annual sales volumes to Q3 2017 reached 5,542, representing a 15% increase on Q3 2016."

That's nice, Heaton, son, but who can afford these rents? 'Daughter, boss.' Pardon?! 'You should be saying Heaton, daughter ... in your best Sweeney voice.' Ha! It doesn't work that way, man.

Naomi Heaton, CEO of LCP, comments: "It is becoming increasingly clear that tenants are looking for smaller and smaller properties as they seek central locations offering an easy commute to work or university at affordable prices. This is driving demand for Prime Central London's small units. Whilst larger 3+ bedroom flats have also seen growth, this is compensating for a prolonged period of falls with rents still below where they were in May 2011."

Affordable prices? Well, I suppose someone will let you stay in their shed for £200 a week. 'Ha!' It's not funny, Voice. / Okay, we'll ENDS with this -

Heaton comments: "Landlords are pushing for higher rents as they seek to recoup the punitive entry and running costs due to ARSD and the reductions in mortgage interest relief. However, tenants are still winning out and able to negotiate down current asking levels. If stock levels continue to decrease into 2018, we may well see this gap closing in the landlord's favour as tenants' bargaining power diminishes."

ENDS

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Right. Anything else? Music? My music? 'You don't do updates no more, Mikey.' Shut it, you slag! / My new song? Well, I rewrote the chorus and bridge lyric late last night, and changed the title. Never, never, never, never, never trust me, dear reader(s), when I say that a song is finished. 'Ha!' But it's finished now, of course.

Ah, it's bloody cold!

Laters.

Monday, 11 December 2017

[No. 570] In the zone

I'm loving it!

And, well, well, well ...[1], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![1], and, well, well, well ...[2], and it takes years of practice ...[1], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![2], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[1], and it takes years of practice ...[2], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[1], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[2], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[1], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[2], and just put a toe in, please![1], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[1], and just put a toe in, please![2], and I'm an expert, actually[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[2], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[1], and I'm an expert, actually[2], and I try, I try, God knows[1], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[2], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[1], and I try, I try, God knows[2], and kooks, help![1], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[2], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![1], and kooks, help![2], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[1], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![2], and busy slaves so sad[1], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[2], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![1], and busy slaves so sad[2], and kooks, show the squares[1], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![2], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![1], and kooks, show the squares[2], and watch The Voice - NOW![1], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![2], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[1], and watch The Voice - NOW![2], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[1], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[2], and ... ha![1], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[2], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[1], and ... ha![2], and ... one day, you dig?[1], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[2], and, well, well, well ...[3], and ... one day, you dig?[2], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![3], and it takes years of practice ...[3], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[3], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[3], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[3], and just put a toe in, please![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[3], and I'm an expert, actually[3], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[3], and I try, I try, God knows[3], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[3], and kooks, help![3], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![3], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[3], and busy slaves so sad[3], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![3], and kooks, show the squares[3], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![3], and watch The Voice - NOW![3], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[3], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[3], and ... ha![3], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[3], and ... one day, you dig?[3], and

And, well, well, well ...[1], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![1], and, well, well, well ...[2], and it takes years of practice ...[1], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![2], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[1], and it takes years of practice ...[2], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[1], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[2], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[1], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[2], and just put a toe in, please![1], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[1], and just put a toe in, please![2], and I'm an expert, actually[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[2], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[1], and I'm an expert, actually[2], and I try, I try, God knows[1], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[2], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[1], and I try, I try, God knows[2], and kooks, help![1], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[2], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![1], and kooks, help![2], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[1], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![2], and busy slaves so sad[1], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[2], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![1], and busy slaves so sad[2], and kooks, show the squares[1], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![2], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![1], and kooks, show the squares[2], and watch The Voice - NOW![1], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![2], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[1], and watch The Voice - NOW![2], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[1], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[2], and ... ha![1], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[2], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[1], and ... ha![2], and ... one day, you dig?[1], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[2], and, well, well, well ...[3], and ... one day, you dig?[2], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![3], and it takes years of practice ...[3], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[3], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[3], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[3], and just put a toe in, please![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[3], and I'm an expert, actually[3], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[3], and I try, I try, God knows[3], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[3], and kooks, help![3], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![3], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[3], and busy slaves so sad[3], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![3], and kooks, show the squares[3], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![3], and watch The Voice - NOW![3], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[3], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[3], and ... ha![3], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[3], and ... one day, you dig?[3], and

And, well, well, well ...[1], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![1], and, well, well, well ...[2], and it takes years of practice ...[1], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![2], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[1], and it takes years of practice ...[2], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[1], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[2], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[1], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[2], and just put a toe in, please![1], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[1], and just put a toe in, please![2], and I'm an expert, actually[1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[2], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[1], and I'm an expert, actually[2], and I try, I try, God knows[1], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[2], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[1], and I try, I try, God knows[2], and kooks, help![1], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[2], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![1], and kooks, help![2], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[1], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![2], and busy slaves so sad[1], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[2], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![1], and busy slaves so sad[2], and kooks, show the squares[1], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![2], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![1], and kooks, show the squares[2], and watch The Voice - NOW![1], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![2], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[1], and watch The Voice - NOW![2], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[1], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[2], and ... ha![1], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[2], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[1], and ... ha![2], and ... one day, you dig?[1], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[2], and, well, well, well ...[3], and ... one day, you dig?[2], and, uh, here I am ... spinning, wildly, and better than usual![3], and it takes years of practice ...[3], and where are YOU(!) ... ? / and what are YOU(!) doing? / and, man, if you ain't spinning, get spinning, you dig?[3], and beyond? Oh, not today, so relax[3], and this ain't on the National Health, son / and daughter, yes, daughter, too[3], and just put a toe in, please![3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND here ... / ... and excuse me while I kiss the sky[3], and I'm an expert, actually[3], and, well ... special offer!: squares are welcome, one spin only[3], and I try, I try, God knows[3], and you can lead a horse to water ... / and you can lead a SQUARE(!) to a conceptual ...[3], and kooks, help![3], and one spin ain't gonna kill you / and it may fuck up your consciousness a little bit, ha![3], and getting DIZZY(!) is the ultimate ride[3], and busy slaves so sad[3], and what's so important, eh? / and, oh ... you've got work to do, okay, okay, as if![3], and kooks, show the squares[3], and come on, come on, come on, spin, spin, spin![3], and watch The Voice - NOW![3], and here - !!! a-ROUND ... you see? / and, ah, there's NOTHING(!) to it[3], and ... 'Mikey, what's all the fuss about? What are they scared of?'[3], and ... ha![3], and it's fear of the unknown, Voice, but I've made it known, and it's beyond the THREE that worries me ...[3], and ... one day, you dig?[3], and

I'm in a Christmas mood, to tell you the truth

Just random thoughts ...

Yeah, yeah, so, uh ... no finance today, dear reader(s), if you don't mind. I doubt there's much news anyway. 'There's only two weeks to go, boss, until your Christmas break.' Thank you, Voice. Yes, but I wish it were now, because I'm knackered. I need a rest. 'You do too much. All this blogging, and then playing the guitar and writing songs. And those conceptuals don't help. I'm convinced they're doing your head in, you know.' I enjoy them, man. 'Are you writing one today?' Yeah. No. 570. After lunch, and into the evening. 'Well, you certainly like to get a-ROUND, don't you?' I certainly do!

Right. I'm listening to Consider Yourself from Oliver! on repeat. I love this song!

Oh, I finished my eleventh song yesterday, reader(s). [Not eleventh song ever, silly(s)! I mean eleventh decent song that I'm saving. 'For posterity, like.' Whatever.] I reckon it might be my best song. 'Will it be on the demo?' Maybe, Voice. But it means I've got three songs to record now, and before Christmas, hopefully. I remember I ruined the 2012 Christmas holiday by trying to record My Heart, a song that has now been scrapped. 'And what happened to Gilly, Gilly, boss?' Ha! Scrapped, too. 'Gillian Tett won't like that!' Tough! I've got to be ruthless when it comes to my art, man.

Right. What else? 'Brexit?' Fuck off! Seriously. It looked like we were getting a super-soft Brexit last week, but now it's all up in the air again. I just don't want to think about it no more. END.

Okay, okay. That Lionel Bart was a character. Apparently, in the Sixties he had a big urn inside his front door full of fifty and twenty pound notes, and guests could just help themselves. 'Ha! No wonder he ended his days living above a chip shop in Acton.' Yes, but ... he still had a couple of million stashed away, by all accounts. I think that was down to Cameron Mackintosh giving him a small percentage on the revival of Oliver! ... when he didn't need to, because Bart had sold the rights to the musical, amazingly.

What's Bitcoin doing at the moment? 'That's finance, Mikey!' Yes, I know, but I'm just wondering ...

Right. Okay. Laters, yeah?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Coutts yet again

But I don't mind. 'Live and let live, boss!' Yeah, maybe. / They've got something to say about Bitcoin. 'What about Mikeycoin?' Er, nothing about that, Voice. 'Oh.' I don't think they're in the loop with recent developments. It doesn't matter. / Anyway ...

Is Bitcoin part of a tech bubble?

Bitcoin was all over the place this week - and not just in the media. It reached an all-time high by breaking through the $11,000 mark but then fell by 20%. Its sharp rise brought back memories of the dotcom bubble back at the turn of the century, and Bank of England deputy governor Sir Jon Cunliffe has said investors should "do their homework" if considering it.

Our view at Coutts is that, as an investment asset, electronic currencies like Bitcoin have nothing but sentiment backing them up, are vulnerable to government sanctions and lack the kind of data we look for to gauge value. We therefore have no current plans to include them in our investment strategy.

In our view the development of blockchain technology, which sits behind so-called 'cryptocurrencies' like Bitcoin, is a far more interesting area to watch. This new technology has the potential to disrupt any field where there's the need for secure, transferable records.


Okay, okay. [$11,000? It's higher now.] There's a bit more of these Coutts on Bitcoin, but ... I tell you what, dear reader(s). 'What, boss? Tell me!' Well, what about that treasure in the rubbish tip? 'Eh?' Real treasure I'm talking about. 'Yeah?' Yeah. Big time. Listen. Some guy, years ago, bought £7,500 worth of Bitcoin, and then he threw his laptop away, containing the treasure, right? 'What fucking treasure?!' Christ! The Bitcoins, man! Because they are treasure now. They're worth £75 million and they're in some rubbish tip somewhere, but this guy's local council won't let him go through all the rubbish to find the laptop. 'Ha!' It's a sad story, Voice, reader(s). But if it were my laptop and my bitcoins ... 'What?' Well, just imagine. I wouldn't be crying in my beer every night. Let's put it that way.

Okay, okay. There's, uh ... some ECB stuff. I ain't interested in that. 'What about oil production, boss?' Yeah, all right.

Oil production to stay slow next year

The Opec group of energy producers met in Vienna and agreed to extend its oil production cuts until the end of next year to further bolster prices.

Since production cuts began in January, the price of a barrel of Brent crude oil has risen from about $50 last year to more than $60 today. Market reaction was muted as the decision to extend production cuts was widely anticipated.

At Coutts we are broadly neutral on oil and still see oversupply as an issue - although demand has been strong because of synchronized growth across major economies.


And that's it, blog fans! No endorsements or recommendations, of course. 'Thanks, Coutts!' Yes, thank you, Coutts.

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Anything else? Well, it's the end of the week. 'Brilliant!' Oh, just one more thing, other news, like: The Conservatives are now blaming disabled people for low productivity in the economy, which is what you would expect from conservatives, seeing as they're such lovely people and everything. 'So it's not news really.' No.

Have a nice weekend, alligator(s)! 'Laters!' Bye.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

[No. 569] Black hole

Beyond the THREE. It could be.

And I'm really not bothered[1], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[1], and I'm really not bothered[2], and I don't care, so there![1], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[2], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[1], and I don't care, so there![2], and who gives a shit?![1], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[2], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[1], and who gives a shit?![2], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[1], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[2], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[1], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[2], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[1], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[2], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[1], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![1], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[2], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![2], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[1], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![2], and ... silence? YES![1], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[2], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[1], and ... silence? YES![2], and you look tired, actually[1], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[2], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[1], and you look tired, actually[2], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[1], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[2], and I've got enough for all of us[1], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[2], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[1], and I've got enough for all of us[2], and we're not ready yet, so ...[1], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[2], and hello, goodbye, hello![1], and we're not ready yet, so ...[2], and I'm really not bothered[3], and hello, goodbye, hello![2], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[3], and I don't care, so there![3], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[3], and who gives a shit?![3], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[3], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[3], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[3], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[3], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![3], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![3], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[3], and ... silence? YES![3], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[3], and you look tired, actually[3], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[3], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[3], and I've got enough for all of us[3], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[3], and we're not ready yet, so ...[3], and hello, goodbye, hello![3], and

And I'm really not bothered[1], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[1], and I'm really not bothered[2], and I don't care, so there![1], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[2], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[1], and I don't care, so there![2], and who gives a shit?![1], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[2], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[1], and who gives a shit?![2], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[1], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[2], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[1], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[2], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[1], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[2], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[1], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![1], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[2], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![2], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[1], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![2], and ... silence? YES![1], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[2], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[1], and ... silence? YES![2], and you look tired, actually[1], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[2], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[1], and you look tired, actually[2], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[1], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[2], and I've got enough for all of us[1], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[2], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[1], and I've got enough for all of us[2], and we're not ready yet, so ...[1], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[2], and hello, goodbye, hello![1], and we're not ready yet, so ...[2], and I'm really not bothered[3], and hello, goodbye, hello![2], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[3], and I don't care, so there![3], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[3], and who gives a shit?![3], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[3], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[3], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[3], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[3], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![3], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![3], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[3], and ... silence? YES![3], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[3], and you look tired, actually[3], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[3], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[3], and I've got enough for all of us[3], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[3], and we're not ready yet, so ...[3], and hello, goodbye, hello![3], and

And I'm really not bothered[1], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[1], and I'm really not bothered[2], and I don't care, so there![1], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[2], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[1], and I don't care, so there![2], and who gives a shit?![1], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[2], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[1], and who gives a shit?![2], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[1], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[2], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[1], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[2], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[1], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[2], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[1], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![1], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[2], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![2], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[1], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![2], and ... silence? YES![1], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[2], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[1], and ... silence? YES![2], and you look tired, actually[1], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[2], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[1], and you look tired, actually[2], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[1], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[2], and I've got enough for all of us[1], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[2], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[1], and I've got enough for all of us[2], and we're not ready yet, so ...[1], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[2], and hello, goodbye, hello![1], and we're not ready yet, so ...[2], and I'm really not bothered[3], and hello, goodbye, hello![2], and if there's a black hole beyond the THREE ... do you see me caring?[3], and I don't care, so there![3], and I suppose it makes sense for the words of our consciousness nesses to disappear[3], and who gives a shit?![3], and there'll be no spinning, and no returning, ah, never mind, eh? / and worse things happen at sea[3], and NOTHING is tragic, so ...[3], and just like a beautiful sleep, on a soft bed, unless there are rocks ...[3], and when your brain is gone your mind is gone your soul is gone ... and YOU(!) are GONE(!)[3], and, ha, ha, ha! / and is it funny?[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, yes ... / ... and let's get a move on![3], and goodbye, cruel world, and hello, darkness - ?![3], and, but, but, but ... we're not beyond it yet, no, and maybe, maybe, maybe, we'll never be ...[3], and ... silence? YES![3], and if you want to get away, there's no better place, and if you want peace and quiet[3], and you look tired, actually[3], and thoughts and words will be crushed / and I don't know about our feelings, such as they are[3], and I presume that YOU(!) still feel ... yeah?[3], and I've got enough for all of us[3], and feel this - !!! a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND ... uh, are you DIZZY(!)?[3], and we're not ready yet, so ...[3], and hello, goodbye, hello![3], and