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Lessons in Investing

Investments – always good to look on with hindsight: If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago,   you would have £49.00 today If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in AIG insurance company one year ago, you would have £33.00 today. If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers five years ago, you would have nothing today. If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Northern Rock three years ago, you would have nothing today But, if you had purchased £1,000 worth of beer one year ago at Tesco’s, drunk all the beer,
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Ah, Facebook. You line ’em up…..

I came across something about Facebook that made me laugh and it inspired me to go ahead and write something I’ve been mulling over for a while now. Ever since MZ (Mark Zuckerberg) was slated for wearing his hoodie to meetings with investors and the much publicised IPO I’ve been itching to write something but this is a bit of a fail because I’m going to re-post something someone else did. But first, so what if he wore a hoodie! I’m more interested in what he said in the meetings! But I couldn’t find much about that in the press…
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A Simple Explanation of The Basic Monetary System

It is the month of August, on the shores of the Black Sea. It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted.  These are tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 Euro note on the reception counter, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one. The hotel proprietor takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to
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Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs with a sense of humour

This is (apparently) a real reply from the Inland Revenue. Whether it is or not, it’s still entertaining and if everyone was like this at HMRC you could sit and chat for hours! Dear Mr x,   I am writing to you to express our thanks for your more than prompt reply to our latest communication, and also to answer some of the points you raise. I will address them, as ever, in order.   Firstly, I must take issue with your description of our last as a “begging letter”. It might perhaps more properly be referred to as a “tax demand”.
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Man Charged More Than Worlds GDP for Cigarettes

A man from Manchester (New Hampshire) has been charged more than the worlds combined GDP for a packet of cigarettes. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20090716/tod-man-charged-23-quadrillion-for-pack-870a197.html It got me thinking, why don’t we all put our combined available credit card balances into one big fund, get the debt insured by AIG and use it to bail out the worlds faltering economies?
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Kuti’s Southampton, Bad Singing and a Moldy Cake.

Went out for a meal with some friends for my brother’s birthday last night to Kuti’s in Southampton. It’s quite a nice Indian restaurant with a good reputation in quite a nice area of the city. There was champagne, poppadoms and a varied selection of exotic dishes. All in all, a pretty good evening. Then came the cake… This was not organised but the restaurant was aware there was a birthday in our party. The Maitre de, a slim blonde well presented woman approached our table with a microphone and announced to the entire restaurant that there was a birthday
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Sir Michael Cained

Following an evening in the company of hedonist Sir Elton John, Sir Michael Caine has compiled an album of his favourite chill-out tracks on a new album entitled ‘Cained.’ http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/dyna/article.html?a=/31072007/397/sir-michael-chills-0.html&e=l_news_dm You can just picture the scene, Sir Michael and Sir Elton having just enjoyed a gourmet feast with some fine wine or perhaps champagne are sitting around in Elton’s plush and luxurious home, savouring some old liquor and maybe making a more ‘rock n roll’ evening of things in the way only A list celebrities know how… Slightly tipsy and a little bit wayward:- Sir Michael says, “So Elton, what’s
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Celebrity Gossip – Yawn! – Real Headlines Please!

Just caught a glimpse of an advert for one of the popular UK girlie mags and one of the headlines read something like “Victoria Beckham’s LA Dream Shattered/In Ruins”. Firstly, with all their wealth, how could those dreams possibly be ruined? I stayed in LA for 10 days and had a good look around and unless you’re silly rich, it’s no different from anywhere else. OK, so it’s hot but what’s new, right? So what makes it ‘hot news’ just because it’s Victoria Beckham? I mean, apart from marrying David and being a seemingly genuine ‘nice’ person, why is she
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