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POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Last Friday nearly 9,000 planes flew in or out of the UK. None of them drove into each other. Hats off to NATS. Now I do not want to be scary, sometimes it just happens and is quite fun, but should we not just stop for a minute and wonder what might happen if air traffic control lost power? Or got a ransom message on its desktops asking for 300 bitcoins to be wired somewhere in the very dark web? Or if an engineer pulled the wrong plug out in its data centre?
A TREAT BUT NOT AN EXTRAVAGANCE
HS2 is actually going to happen. Allegedly. The naysayers who suggested that the best way to get to Birmingham half an hour quicker was to catch an earlier train can now wash out their mouths with carbolic soap. The trains will be fast, non-stop and will go under the Rothschild's estate rather than straight through it.
How much do you remember of 1992? The year when BCCI went bust, the Queen's 'annus horribilis', John Major's unexpected election victory, the Maastricht treaty, David Mellor's Chelsea kit and the Manchester bombing. Andre Agassi won Wimbledon. AbFab, Eldorado and Heartbeat aired first episodes. Whitney's 'I Will Always Love You' was number one all year.
THIS AINT NO UPWARDLY MOBILE FREEWAY
Two quarters down. Two more and we shall be into 2018. It is almost anniversary time too. Hands up everyone who remembers September 13th 2007? No? That was the day that Robert Peston went onto Newsnight to say that Northern Rock was receiving emergency funding from the Bank of England. We shall come back to this, but let's have a quick recap on 2017 so far.
HERE IN MY CAR
Try as I might, I do not get Ed Sheeran. In fact, he is right up there with Adele at the top of the list of noise polluters who I instantly turn off. I know this probably puts me in a minority of one, but at least it means I did not waste last night sitting up to watch Glastonbury. Oh no. After a week of Cornish sunshine I am refreshed and raring to go.
SAIL AWAY, AWAY
My apologies to the supporters of the PM, what follows is a purely personal and probably irrational rant. Mrs May is a national embarrassment. She is a liability damaging the UK's international standing and she needs to resign forthwith, if not fifthwith. The longer she refuses so to do, the greater the uncertainty about what is going to happen to the country, to Brexit and to, well, pretty much everything.
HOUSE OF CARDS
Maybe it is time for all of us over a certain age to hang up our boots. Long in the tooth, over the hill, out of touch, stuck in the mud. So much of what we have learned to be right and true about investment markets in the past three decades is under such intense scrutiny that maybe, just maybe, it is different this time.
22 May 2017 - Absent friends
15 May 2017 - Jeepers creepers
8 May 2017 - An audience with Perry
24 April 2017 - Simply irresistible
3 April 2017 - No moutarde
27 March 2017 - Three wheels on my wagon
20 March 2017 - Dad dancing
13 March 2017 - A tongue, shriller than all the music
6 March 2017 - In defence of activism
27 February 2017 - 30 seconds closer to midnight
20 February 2017 - Tomato sauce for the goose and ketchup for the gander
13 February 2017 - And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
30 January 2017 - The Midas touch
30 January 2017 - A turkey's best friend
23 January 2017 - This is it boys, this is war
16 January 2017 - The boys are back in town
12 December 2016 - That is not logical captain
21 November 2016 - Smile for a while and let us be jolly
14 November 2016 - Five days later
7 November 2016 - Well we know where we're going
31 October 2016 - This blessed plot
24 October 2016 - Deja vu
17 October 2016 - The lesson of Glastonbury and Wells
10 October 2016 - You can't have one without the other
3 October 2016 - Irony and morirony
26 September 2016 - What are we going to do now
19 September 2016 - Spinning around
12 September 2016 - Trump by the backdoor
5 September 2016 - I feel the earth move
22 August 2016 - Kid Charlemagne
15 August 2016 - The meadow pipits
8 August 2016 - Prisoners of our own device
1 August 2016 - The art of asking questions
25 July 2016 - And the beat goes on
18 July 2016 - Do you remember
11 July 2016 - Get yer trousers on, you're nicked
27 June 2016 - Children of the revolution
24 June 2016 - Out
20 June 2016 - Ell oh ell ay
13 June 2016 - 42 no longer
6 June 2016 - Edging ahead
23 May 2016 - Just deserts
16 May 2016 - The second sentence
9 May 2016 - Eating greens is a special treat
25 April 2016 - It is not in the stars to hold our destiny
4 April 2016 - They are 'aving a larf
21 March 2016 - Got to get across to the other side of town
14 March 2016 - As flies to wanton boys
7 March 2016 - The big red button
29 February 2016 - Come with me and escape
22 February 2016 - It's all about EU
15 February 2016 - They stab it with their steely knives
8 February 2016 - Everybody's so different, I haven't changed
1 February 2016 - Let's Facebook the music and dance
25 January 2016 - Brown paper packages tied up with string
18 January 2016 - Chiquito tell me what's wrong
11 January 2016 - Simply irresistible
4 January 2016 - Laugh about it shout about it
14 December 2015 - Better get a bucket
23 November 2015 - Turkey time
16 November 2015 - Warning signs
9 November 2015 - Woof woof
2 November 2015 - Hotter than July
26 October 2015 - Preaching to the converted
19 October 2015 - Counting out time
12 October 2015 - The first cut is the cheapest
5 October 2015 - Ever decreasing circles
28 September 2015 - This is the voice of the mysterons
21 September 2015 - Cruel to be kind
14 September 2015 - Great boos up
7 September 2015 - Thats got that off my chest
24 August 2015 - Opporunity Knocks
17 August 2015 - A chinese chunter
10 August 2015 - A celebration of diversity
3 August 2015 - En attendant Godot
27 July 2015 - Take a ride in the sky
20 July 2015 - A rare beast
13 July 2015 - Only losers
6 July 2015 - Pyrrhus revisited
29 June 2015 - Onychomycosis Fatalis
22 June 2015 - Pots, Kettles and Greek Urns
15 June 2015 - Baby bear's poisoned porridge
8 June 2015 - We are also out of coffee
1 June 2015 - Power, Perspective, and Parochialism
18 May 2015 - And then there were three
11 May 2015 - How does it feel?
27 April 2015 - The English Way
20 April 2015 - China in your hand
13 April 2015 - Not on my watch
30 March 2015 - Selling Britain by the pound
9 March 2015 - Is it down the lake I fear?
2 March 2015 - Missing Marlene
23 February 2015 - Dedication is what you need
16 February 2015 - I'll play a provisional
9 February 2015 - And after all
2 February 2015 - When is a door not a door?
26 January 2015 - When marimba rhythms start to play
19 January 2015 - Cuckoo
12 January 2015 - Sterling lessons
5 January 2015 - Paula Radcliffe's Navel
15 December 2014 - A world of my own
17 November 2014 - Wrong and right
10 November 2014 - Stopping at Delamere
3 November 2014 - Quasimodo
27 October 2014 - A celebration of diversity
20 October 2014 - About time too
13 October 2014 - Slip sliding away
6 October 2014 - A dog with no teeth
29 September 2014 - The biscuit burglars
22 September 2014 - Coming clean
15 September 2014 - Aye'll take the high road
8 September 2014 - Swansong
1 September 2014 - Dougal's perspective
18 August 2014 - Flip flops
11 August 2014 - Forever and ever
4 August 2014 - Rage against the machines
28 July 2014 - Optical illusion
21 July 2014 - What's up doc?
14 July 2014 - A harvest moon in July
7 July 2014 - Oops upside your head
30 June 2014 - Heresey
23 June 2014 - Half a page of scribbled lines
16 June 2014 - Sunset boulevard
9 June 2014 - Suits you sir
2 June 2014 - Something in the way he moves
19 May 2014 - 250 tears
13 May 2014 - Quackers
28 April 2014 - A right caper
14 April 2014 - Glorious inconsistency
7 April 2014 - Handy Andy
31 March 2014 - Smoke of a distant pyre
24 March 2014 - Splitters
17 March 2014 - Brimstones and histamine
10 March 2014 - Happy Anniversary
3 March 2014 - Marching on
The investment world loves a flutter of jargon. It makes commentators sound ever so clever.
Yet behind this flamboyant lexicon are often some fairly simple, easy-to-grasp concepts.
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