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  1. Hasn't he got a daughter called Peaches?
  2. Nelson nicely summarises how Brown met his Waterloo. Very interesting is the first comment beneath the article in which TomTom points out that Japan considers Deutsche Bank to be the single biggest threat to the world economy. My contract with them as an application developer in Singapore ended yesterday- I resigned at the intolerable circumstances surrounding the role. Quite simply their budgets have been slashed to the bone and are having to cut corners everywhere - unacceptably so in my opinion - causing the remaining staff to take on the responsibilities of those who leave. Deutsche Bank are also in the news today - two of their traders in HongKong have been arrested for their part in suspected bribery.
  3. Britain will have to invade itself to neutralise the threat its WMDs pose to global stability
  4. In what way is online gambling different from investment banking anyway? Has this crackdown come because the plebs have begun to realise there is very little difference?
  5. Astounding you should say that. HPCers may recall the problems I experienced in 2006 in Bali, Indonesia. In short, I received a death threat from an Australian expat who, at the same time, claimed to be running a company called Save The Rainforest. Odd, don't you think? You wouldn't expect anyone trying to Save The Rainforest to be the sort of person issuing violent threats. Even more fascinating is the fact that he was also running a separate company called Bali Bio Fuels. You'd be right in thinking that both companies have conflicting purposes. Save The Rainforest claims to preserve the rainforest Bali Bio Fuels has need to clear it - for planting bio-fuel crops. You might be forgiven for thinking that Save The Forest is a deception, a front company there to give the impression of wholesome goodness and legitimacy. You might be forgiven for thinking that Save The Forest is probably accepting investors' funds under false pretences, possibly even being used to fund Bali Bio Fuels. Well, guess what, the Aussie who threatened me in 2006 also threatened his colleague, the Managing Director of Bali Bio Fuels in 2008, the same way he threatened me. They are now the worst of enemies. It appears that the Aussie made false and malicious allegations against BBF's managing director, but I strongly doubt this was merely just the usual boardroom schenanigans. Fearing for his life the MD fled Indonesia taking whatever he could. Now here's where it gets interesting! I have been contact with the MD of Bali Bio Fuels. He is in hiding but in possession of a full set of records for BOTH companies and is prepared to let me have them in my pursuit against the Aussie, provided I help clear the MD's name later. This guy owns a villa in Bali worth several million, so the allegations made against him of theft, on the surface at least, don't stack up. I pick up my visa tonight and fly from Singapore to meet him tommorow. Exciting isn't the word.
  6. If prices fell 27% MoM over one year that would mean a YoY fall of a mere 97.7%. Or, that is to say that, if a house worth £1 at beginning of the year fell 27% in value month after month, after 13 months it wouldn't be worth tuppence ha'penny.
  7. Thanks to erranta's post earlier here today I looked up Ezra Pound and found some shocking material HPCers will be familiar with at http://www.ety.com/HRP/rev/epound.htm Anyone who has seen Bill Still's "Money Masters : How International Banks Gained Control of America" will recognise much of what Pound had to say. In the text, Pound mentions the Jews in Singapore. Being in Singapore myself, I recently began to notice evidence of the Jews here just as Pound said, in particular synagogues and the Star of David on many buildings, so much so I searched for 'Jews in Singapore' via Google earlier this week. The British were here in Singapore establishing trade colonies, but why were/are the Jews here? Financing trade? Pound was discredited for saying some things that now, by the evidence of my own eyes, appear to have had basis in fact. PS I am not an anti-semite, I am just curious to know the truth.
  8. And who's the vice president? Jerry Lewis? And I suppose Jan Russell is the Secrtary of State?
  9. Fascinating stuff. HPCers may know that I'm a bit of a Shawshank Redemption buff. Yesterday I was trying to recall the biblical verse that Andy Dufresne quotes to Governor Norton. I thought it was James chapter 8 verse 12 and looked that one up to see what it said. The quotes that I saw, while not what I expected, struck a nerve. While James chapter 8 verse 12 is pitched in typically biblical terms, it nonethless resonates as much today as it did then. While the superstitious hocus-pocus can be taken with a pinch of salt, much of the stuff in the bible reflects the misery many endure now. Its been noticeable that there has been a concerted attempt to discredit the Bible entirely over the last decade or so. While it does contain a lot of nonsense there is also a lot of sense too, so it shouldn't be dismissed completely. Interestingly in the Shawshank Redemption, Norton replies "Luke. Chapter 13, verse 35. I've always liked that one." which is actually incorrect; Andy's quote actually comes from Mark Chapter 13, verse 35. Either it was a mistake by the author or was it was an attempt by Stephen King to emphasise Norton's self-contented ignorance and make us despise Norton all the more.
  10. The airport in Rhoose is twelve miles from Cardiff through winding country roads, nestling in countryside on the South Wales coast. Had direct rail or road links been built the airport would have gained prominence. Building a new airport between Cardiff and Newport may be a better option given the availability of flat land and the proximity of the M4 and main Swansea to London railway. Relocating the airport there would make it a more attractive prospect to potential passengers in the West of England too. Singapore relocated its international airport twice in the space of two decades, firstly from Kallang to Paya Lebar then to Changi.
  11. I suspect most people would lead the happiest of lives if, as in the garden of eden, they never needed for anything. Edward Bernays has a lot to answer for; his work lead to the consumer society in which the naive (all too many people sadly) mistakenly believe they must pursue the latest fad; rather than making us happier, consumerism is cause of so much discontent. Give anyone the choice of living in paradise or moping about a cold, soaking wet, wind-swept High Street with its buy now pay only 29% APR culture, I am guessing most would choose the former over the latter any day.
  12. I thought the point of the bailout program was to assist financial organisations in trouble. In what respect was Waterfall TALF in trouble?
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