Paradigm Shift

I endured a manual gearbox in a car until 1994. For fourteen years I believed that true motoring pleasure could only be derived by co-ordinating a movement of my feet in opposite directions, along with a pull or shove of my left arm. Whenever I bought a car I was looking forward to the enjoyment of the open road, but the truth usually looked more like a crowded M61/M62 interchange on a wet Friday evening. In a traffic jam manual cars are such hard work compared to automatic cars. I watch Jeremy on Top Gear every week and think “I bet you drive an automatic to work really”.

I made a “Paradigm Shift”. Continue reading “Paradigm Shift”


As many of you know, I am approaching 50 this year. A little maths confirms I am a child of the 60’s. If I was ever to go on Mastermind my specialist subject would be “Disney Animated Films”. I’m almost word perfect.

Like Woody in “Toy story”, everything changed with the Apollo Missions. I remember at primary school, lessons stopped as we all watched Neil Armstrong step on the moon on a huge colour telly. I especially remember the NASA countdown clock and the jargon. It took me ages to understand what “T minus” stood for. On occasion the clock was paused due to a technical problem. We waited with baited breath for it to restart. Continue reading “Countdown”

January 2011 Investment Review

2010 was a rollercoaster of a year. The FTSE 100 started the year at 5500, dropped to 5100 by February, rose to 5800 in April, flopped to 4800 in July and then rose back beyond 5800 at the end of the year. Get ready for 2011 which should be more of the same.

Could we have best guessed the rises and falls in the FTSE 100 along the way as The Okey Cokey suggests? “You put your whole self in, your whole self out, in, out…” If anybody could they would have made 39% in a market that most of us living here regards as in deep recession. As it was the FTSE 100 rose by about 6% over the year. I know the market is today above 6000 points, but I regard the top 200 points as froth. Continue reading “January 2011 Investment Review”