Category Archives: Commodities

The wrong sort of populism

This time next week I will be in Northern France visiting the Normandy beaches and museums to learn more about the D-Day landings.  Five of us, who all grew up together, discussed this last year after a fine dinner and … Continue reading

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India – it’s now!

Coming towards us down the narrow street was a taxi, two tuk tuks, a handcart, a cow and 3 scooters. Our driver, a man with a cheery smile, big moustache but limited English, turned to us; “driving in India you … Continue reading

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To finish first, you first need to finish

In recent weeks I have been reflecting on the advice given to Alex Thompson, the Britain who narrowly missed coming first in the Vendee Globe round the world yacht race; “In order to finish first you first need to finish.” … Continue reading

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Squeezed in

I am sure I am not alone in feeling a bit over-stuffed post-Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and ate some delicious food, drank more than I should have, did less exercise than usual and generally over-indulged in … Continue reading

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Reflections and other things we should never do

At the turn or every year, I analyse the predictions of most of the financial press to understand which companies they expect to outperform in the year ahead. If one company appears in more than one of these articles, I … Continue reading

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It’s Marmite

In recent years Marmite has come to mean more than just a thick black paste from an oddly shaped jar with a unique flavour that is spread on toast. Loved by some, loathed by others, it has crept into the … Continue reading

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From a Clarksons rooftop

One of the goals I set myself in my fiftieth year was to do something exertional for charity and, after some research, I have found a worthy activity I can do from a seated position! I have joined a team … Continue reading

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Un temps pour penser

You have to dig a little to find the truth about European Pressurised Reactors (ERPs) and most of you will naturally ask the question, “Why would you want to?” But this is the technology that they are planning to use … Continue reading

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How do you work out who is winning?

Clearly I am not alone in having found the Olympics to be compelling viewing over the last couple of weeks. From Canoeing to Taekwondo, I have watched it all and marveled at the skill, precision, intensity and commitment of our … Continue reading

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Wobbling

Last Friday saw the much-awaited opening of the Olympic Games and a prolonged period of televised sport for us all to enjoy and support. Some of these sports are already regularly watched by us over the course of a year; … Continue reading

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