…smell the GAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!

A while back I mentioned SOU.L as an investment > Cracking news flow has meant 12p was breached today!  On the iii the discussion has been flowing hard with rumor of RNS coming on further developments.  Watch this space!

Also, the men in the City…oh, the boys running the country have decided that it will be a great idea to allow AIM stocks to be put in an ISA as part of a strategy to get money flowing back into the markets.

Fear not the double edge sword – seek advice from your IFA before entering these risky AIM investments .  As Gordon Gekko says,  “Bulls make money. Bears make money. Pigs? They get slaughtered!”

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Population density (persons per square kilometre) by local authority and year: StatsWales

Area 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Wales 140 140 140 141 142 142 143 143 144 144 145
Isle of Anglesey 95 95 95 95 96 96 96 96 96 96 96
Gwynedd 46 46 46 46 46 46 46 47 47 47 47
Conwy 96 97 97 98 98 98 98 98 99 99 98
Denbighshire 110 111 112 113 113 114 114 115 115 115 115
Flintshire 338 339 340 340 340 341 341 341 342 342 342
Wrexham 253 255 256 257 257 258 260 262 263 264 265
Powys 24 24 24 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
Ceredigion 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 43 43 43 43
Pembrokeshire 71 71 71 71 71 71 72 72 73 73 72
Carmarthenshire 72 73 73 74 75 75 75 76 76 76 76
Swansea 594 591 593 595 599 600 602 605 608 612 615
Neath Port Talbot 305 304 305 307 309 309 310 310 311 311 311
Bridgend 511 513 516 519 521 523 527 531 534 535 537
The Vale of Glamorgan 360 360 362 364 367 368 371 372 375 376 377
Cardiff 2220 2210 2216 2220 2248 2265 2293 2322 2356 2397 2431
Rhondda, Cynon, Taf 548 547 547 548 553 553 554 553 553 553 552
Merthyr Tydfil 506 506 503 500 498 498 498 499 500 501 502
Caerphilly 609 611 613 614 617 615 617 619 621 623 624
Blaenau Gwent 649 644 638 635 632 632 634 632 632 631 629
Torfaen 723 721 719 719 718 717 718 718 718 719 718
Monmouthshire 98 97 100 101 102 103 103 103 103 103 104
Newport 719 723 727 728 729 728 729 730 733 737 742

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Recent redundancy has given me a chance to hone my skills in areas of interest – One of these areas is Business Intelligence Development which enables businesses to perform analysis from vast and complex data.  I have obtained the 70-448 BIS development and maintenance training kit and jumped into the deep end of BI SQL!

For my Masters dissertation I will need to perform an analysis of data and present my findings.  The theory was that I would develop a relational database, an application to analyse my data and use the graphs to present my results.

But before that, there’s Developing SSIS Packages, Developing SSAS Cubes and SSRS Reporting to get around plus some Data wharehousing principles and theory.

Handy that I have the time!


5 weeks to go….bang or bust

Hotting up now; 5 weeks to go to spudding and more pressure on 2p placement holders to sell out in the 4-5p range.  So far the last few days have seen a flurry of buying and several large individual 40K plus buys in two days.

Up 7% alone today has brought more attention to company as the general market became a sea of red as investors fear for short term outlook.

In the words of the great man himself, Del Boy – HE WHO DARES, WINS!  I’m holding out to double my money and hopefully riding the free shares long term.

Keeping an eye out for my next move into either MXP.L, IERE.L, AST.L or even further CHAR.L

News….RIP Sir Boby Robson

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RIP Sir Bobby Robson

Just a few crackers in respect.

Shola’s nicked name:

Reporter to Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi: ‘Do you have a nickname?’
Ameobi: ‘No, not really’
Reporter: ‘So what does Bobby Robson call you?’
Ameobi: ‘Carl Cort.’

Sir Forgetable:

Alan Brazil: “I’m delighted to say we’ve got Sir Bobby Robson on the
end of the phone, fresh from getting his knighthood at Buckingham Palace.
Bobby, terrific news.”

Sir Bobby Robson: “What is?”

Brazil: “You know, getting the old sword on the shoulder from Prince

Sir Bob: Eh? [Long pause] “Oh yeah… well, it was a day I’ll never

Who’s name is it anyway?:

Sir Bobby to Bryan Robson: “Good morning, Bobby.”
Bryan: “You’re Bobby, I’m Bryan!”

The Quotes

“Andy O’Brien has an horrendous nose, the poor lad. It is massive, it is black and blue and it is awful.” – Getting personal.

“Titus looks like Tyson when he strips off in the dressing-room, except he doesn’t bite. And he has a great tackle.” – On Titus Bramble, we think the ‘tackle’ referred to was his defensive qualities.

“We didn’t underestimate them. They were a lot better than we thought”
– After England sneaked through against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup.

“Hitler didn’t tell us when he was going to send over those doodlebugs, did he?” – On why he was refusing to name his England team before a World Cup qualifer against Sweden in 1989

“We’re taking 22 players to Italy, sorry, to Spain… where are we, Jim?”
– On whether Paul Gascoigne should have gone to the 1998 World Cup in France.

“There will be a game where somebody scores more than Brazil and that might be the game that they lose.”
“Steve Hodge has been unfit for two weeks, well, no, for 14 days.”

“Ray Wilkins’ day will come one night.”

“Tottenham have impressed me: they haven’t thrown in the towel even though they have been under the gun.”

“Look at those olive trees. They’re two hundred years old – from before the time of Christ!” – Sir Bobby illustrates how great life is in Barcelona.

“If we invite any player up to the Quayside to see the girls and then up to our magnificent stadium, we will be able to persuade any player to sign.” – Playing up Newcastle’s Playboy image.

“They can’t be monks – we don’t want them to be monks, we want them to be football players because a monk doesn’t play football at this level.”
– Justifying Newcastle’s Playboy image.

“They’re two points behind us, so we’re neck and neck.”
“I’d say he’s the best in Europe, if you put me on the fence”

“I played cricket for my local village. It was 40 overs per side, and the team that had the most runs won. It was that sort of football.”

“If we start counting our chickens before they hatch, they won’t lay any eggs in the basket.”

“I would have given my right arm to be a pianist.”

“What can I say about Peter Shilton? Peter Shilton is Peter Shilton, and he has been Peter Shilton since the year dot.”

“I’m not going to look beyond the semi-final – but I would love to lead Newcastle out at the final.”

“Home advantage gives you an advantage.”

Art….Banksy Exhibition

Yesterday, went on a visit to Bristol, to see the Banksy Exhibition at the high street museum. Got to say, it was pretty much an exhibition with a twist – where your usual artists’ display work around a set area and the visiting public wander around like sheep taking in the pieces and then leaving quite satisfied – Banksy however, with the help of musuem leaders created an exhibition where set pieces of his work in one room and then with typical Banksy upping his fingers to the normal rules of society he has placed original work within the existing exhibits and the regular museum artwork.

I spent around 2hours wandering around, finding some hidden gems, amusing artifacts and brilliant items.

Photo’s here if you want a spoiler! Make sure you are logged into the site to view otherwise you will get a blank page.

News….You Gov

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Signed up the other day for You Gov site – apparently you get paid to give your opinion in surveys across a range of topics and when your account reaches £50 they send you a cheque……..£2 so far, each survey is worth between 50p and up to £5 – interesting. Click the link and sign up!

Just filled one out on the government – I hope someone reads it and does something about those crooks in parliament!
Self governing fools the lot of them!

There are four categories of survey : Consumer, Financial, Social and Political.
Though you do not get a choice in survey, you can ignore a survey if you wish.

Recent surveys, with published results include : voting intentions, faith schools, recession and Gordon Brown…….