And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain. And he said: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at…

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History Leaves Clues

One of my bugbears is historians who draw lines through history and present it as a linear narrative. As an example, the Treaty of Versailles, lead to the Weimar Republic whose collapse was inevitable which lead to the rise of Hitler which leads to the Second World War and all its associated horrors. It is…

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Markets, Pandemics and General Idiocy

Let me start with a general statement – t world is awash with cretins when it comes to any event that doesn’t involve watching reality TV, piss farting around on social media, waxing your genitals and shaving off your eyebrows and then drawing them 3cms higher than they were with a sharpie. There is no…

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There Is Nothing New

One of the side benefits of getting older is that you realise there is nothing new. This seems to be particularly true in regard to new traders who think they have made a new and novel mistake and market “experts” who think they have invented something new. I am not certain whether it is comforting…

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The Power of the People Around You

……Consider a 2010 study of United States Air Force Cadets in which psychologists from the National Bureau of Economic Research tracked a cohort of cadets over 4 years. The researchers found that while there was variability in fitness gains/losses across all the cadets, there was hardly any variability within squadrons. Squadrons are groups of about 30 cadets…

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I Love a Good Panic Story

Apparently the world is sitting on the edge of a global pandemic that will wipe out society as we know it, that’s at least according to the media and its reporting of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Southern China. To date, the virus has killed 26 people to date. To put this into context…

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Hard To Bet Against

This was the title of an article that caught my eye whilst having tea and toast with LB down at my local this morning. The thing that is hard to bet against is the price of TSLA – which if the press is to be believed seems to have become somewhat of a national sport…

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I am a relative newcomer to social media as such I find it a fascinating ecosystem for self-aggrandisement ( a favourite of doctors and strength coaches) outright lying ( system developers who have never had a drawdown and 14 years olds who claim they can squat 300kg) and general nonsense of a motivational nature. I…

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