A Happy New Year Free From Pessimists Everybody

Letter from Linlithgow - 31 December 2013 Raise a glass to Philip Tetlock --- who??? --- an unsung hero, who was so bored one year he actually bothered to check how accurate "expert predictions" were. You know the...

O Come All Ye Faithful

There can't be many of us who didn't know Nelson Mandela died this month at the age of 95. It was only after I read John Carlin's book on the life of Nelson Mandela "Playing The Enemy ...."...

Remember remember the myths of November

Letter from Linlithgow - November 2013 Quite a month November..... Early November two years ago, following two consecutive unpredicted severe winters that left Fran and I unable to drive up the steep hill to our home for weeks,...

Global Warming Returns

Letter from Linlithgow - October 2013 Earlier this month it was announced that 3 different economists shared the Nobel Prize for Economics. Knowing economics as I do it doesn't surprise me. A few years ago American humorist P...

Absolute Nonsense

Letter from Linlithgow - September 2013 In the previous Letter From Linlithgow, sent out just before Fran and I jumped on a plane to Chicago - before flying on to Nova Scotia - a few days later, I...

I have a dream

Letter from Linlithgow - August 2013 On the 28th of this month it will be the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's remarkable speech "I Have A Dream". He had a dream that one day his four children...

Another Frackin Good Answer for Oil

Technology's blistering pace through a post-recession economy has most folks thinking they'd rather check their Facebook than face their chequebook. But the minority out there making a difference through innovation and contrarian investment - going against the herd...

A Crash Course in History

What's the difference between a plane crash and a market crash? Apparently, you're only allowed to learn lessons from the first one! Consider this: Where else, other than finance, is history and past performance not considered a relevant...

Bonkers Bonkers Land

So what's wrong with MEP Godfrey Bloom having a bash at bongos? Jings, you could sometimes find that kind of drum in slide guitarist extraordinaire Ry Cooder's backing band. He tried all types of percussion. Not sure if...

By George Is That Right

Gee almost a fortnight has passed already since the birth of wee George, first born to Kate and William. Having lain about a bit since competing with a granite path and boulders at what seemed like 30mph, down...