Monthly Archives: April 2013
  • 27/04/2013

    The Gifts That Keep On Being Given

    There is a strange story I came across today about the ludicrous convention of gift giving between heads of state.Quite rightly, in this country and America the recipient doesn't keep the presents, which get warehoused or hung on a government building's wall or quietly burned at the weekend, or if unsuitable for burning, become landfill. Some may circulate the globe being surreptitiously passed on, like a dodgy bottle of Romanian Merlot.We no longer set sail for the South Pacific with looking glasses and enamel brooches to woo the savage chief. Desalination plants - yes, bartered for new

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    18/04/2013

    Available for Work

    I have no idea what this man's politics are, and it may be wise not to pry too deep, lest we discover.........I can't help thinking that he sings from the right hymnsheet, however, and Idle, as can been seen above, is a close personal friend. I see him as a classic aspirational hard worker, one who takes complete responsibility for himself, yet whose teamwork and leadership are of the highest order. Now that his glorious competitive career is over, perhaps he can be encouraged to throw his

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    17/04/2013

    A Toot on His Own Trumpet

    As we walked through Grosvenor Square to the tube this morning, the flags were at half mast. Diplomatic protocol and all that (except the Argies in Brook Street, natch). Then we got to the Marriott Hotel on the corner. Four flags: one Union Jack, one Eurotrash blue thing, two corporate flags, all hanging from the top. ‘Wait here’, I said to my colleagues. I walked across to the doorman and told him that his was the only Union Jack within a mile (maybe within a hundred miles) that was not at half

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    16/04/2013

    Only One Place to Be

    Idle will be on Ludgate Hill at St Paul's for the passing of the gun carriage. He will wear a hat, only so that he can remove it. Afterwards, a guest of the Stationers' Livery company at their grand hall beside St Paul's for the funeral and lunch.I have pondered the life and death of Margaret Thatcher this week. I recognise that not everyone can laud her; even the best politicians operate under the eternal Law of Unintended Consequences. But so great was the disaster she inherited, so perilous the economic danger, she had no choice but to

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    10/04/2013

    Miners and Thatcher

    She won't go away..  I know we said no more ..but.. Listening to Nicky Campbell this morning an ex-miner was arguing with an old lady from a different mining town. The debate was Baroness Thatcher's funeral and how this is an insult to the nation. The miner was saying about the devastation in the mining towns of Wales. How nowadays the sons of miners were reduced to driving to work in a factory packing food for airlines. The


    10/04/2013

    Xcite Energy – progress at long last

    It is a while since I posted on any of my share portfolio. Eagle-eyed readers without ad blocks will note that our one time site sponsorship with spreadbetmagazine (still a fab blog for trading insights) is at an end and during that time I posted about trading more over there. So now there maybe a slight renaissance on this site from time to time. Most of my trading has long since slowed down since I ended up in events based shares where there has been a lack

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    09/04/2013

    Blast From the Past

    Good to hear from Conrad Black, a bit of a rogue but someone who got completely fitted up buy the appalling US justice system and shouldn't have served a single day of porridge.Here he is on Margaret Thatcher. I laughed long and loud at the first sentence of the following:She formed her judgment of Germany when the Luftwaffe (in what must rank as one of the greatest long-term strategic blunders of World War II) bombed the town of Grantham, where teenage Margaret Thatcher

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    09/04/2013

    Thatcher 2.0

    Of all the nice and nasty things said about Margaret Thatcher since the sad news of her death yesterday, we that she was a driven woman who knew her own mind and had a desire to get things done. Right or Left she was a woman of action. Equally unanimous is the derision for the current leaders of Cameron, Clegg and Milliband for their uniformly weaselly approach to politics which allows strong positions only to be taken on minor or non-issues like

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    08/04/2013

    Margaret Thatcher: 1925-2013

    Lady T. has died, age 87.  A  genuine change politician. A conviction politician. A politician who utterly dominated politics and in some eyes still does. Someone who left the nation vastly different from when she found it. Divisive, to be sure. But, as Andrew Marr said in his History of Modern Britain, Politically, Thatcher has made us all her children. Of the prime ministers since the war, she was the one who changed the political weather. Reader's thoughts on the Thatcher era? 


    08/04/2013

    On Marginal Tax Rates

    Apologies for a very pedantic piece on a Monday morning, but someone has to raise it. Today is the first day of the next tax year and so there is some play in the media about the various tax effects of the budget and previous budget as to what all of those who may be due pay some tax may experience in their wage packets. Much of the discussion, as one would expect, is around who wins and who loses and indeed who got

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