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Ten Years After

Did you know I get paid nowadays to read for hours and hours. Paid to do what I love. Magic. And as a result I come across lots of books, articles and reports. This month there’s been stuff...

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

Ask anyone linked to Linlithgow through lineage or family when the Linlithgow Riding of the Marches takes place, and they don’t need a chart or a calculator. It’s easy. It’s the First Tuesday after the Second Thursday in...

The Long and Short of Success

Why do folks find it hard to believe that I was the Linlithgow Academy athletic champion in fifth year back in 1965? But because I was born in late February, thanks to the “rules of the game” for...

Horses for Courses

How good are you at picking winners? Take the Aintree Grand National on Saturday for instance. The horse I backed at 20 to 1 came in at 20 past 6. It was the last of 19 that finished...

Compounding the good news

Half way through March already and it’s been an interesting couple of weeks. Usual mix of good and bad news. As per the jokes let’s get the bad news out the way first. First up was Hammond’s Budget...

Whether Report

I must admit I have an affinity with February. Despite the weather it’s probably my favourite month of the year. Might be something to do with being born in a February so long ago my driving licence is...

When you go will you send back a letter from America

On the 19th December Fran and I jetted off to Florida for the best part of three weeks to experience sun, warmth as well as peace and quiet over Christmas and the New Year. Don’t tell Fran this…....

PHI's are good for you

While I appreciate Christmas is looming and tis the season to be merry please read this tale about Pensions. You never know. Somebody you care about may receive a surprise gift from you. Now unless you’ve been copying...

That's how it goes

“Everybody knows the dice are loaded. Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed. Everybody knows the war is over. Everybody knows the good guy lost. Everybody knows the fight was fixed, the poor stay poor, the rich get rich....

Caught in a trap?

Regular readers of my monthly musings might be wondering where my Granny McKay’s pearls of wisdom have disappeared to. You may recall her advice, usually ignored these days by the mainstream financial media, went something like “Always remember...

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