In my opinion

Look what they’ve done to our iconic brands…

It’s the time of the season when the Middle Eastern princelings escape the desert heat for cooler climes. For many, it’s an ideal opportunity to fly their latest automotive hardware to Cannes (or Kensington!) to show it off to the lower orders. Or are we just innocent bystanders as they seek to win a game […]

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Macron and May – an unlikely double act

It’s funny how parochial we are about news and current affairs. We had some French friends round for tea the other day and, when I mentioned that the British Prime Minister had recently been a guest of President Macron on his Cote D’Azur island home on Bormes Les Mimosas, there was barely a flicker of […]

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Tax Take at its Highest Since The Moon Landing

Among the financial cognoscenti who inhabit Elite Investor Club, few topics are more incendiary than the dreaded T word. The bleeding heart liberals wring their hands when I suggest that all tax is theft. My explanation that this is a philosophical position rather than a pragmatic one is drowned out in the cries of ‘where […]

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Student Loan sell-off rivals Brown’s gold folly

I once heard Gordon Brown described as ‘a man of hidden shallows’. The politician who once claimed to have ended the boom and bust economic cycle certainly knew how to tell the bottom of the gold market – he called it perfectly when he sold a big wedge of the UK’s gold reserves at a […]

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Le Jour de Gloire Est Arrivee…

Antibes, Sunday 15th July For only the second time in my life, I found myself on the home soil of the world cup winning team at the very moment when history was made. It had been a 52 year wait since the first time. As a 10 year old in Whitley Bay, I watched Bobby […]

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Spaceships and submarines in former Yugoslavia…

Tivat, Montenegro, Sunday 8th July “Yugoslavia was the only country to successfully liberate itself from the Nazis during World War 2. Our own resistance forces drove them out. We were not freed by the Russians..” The proud words of the historian who runs Tivat’s naval heritage centre were tinged with sadness for an era gone […]

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