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A Sideways Look at Batteries....

22 November 2017

I’m sure most readers will have seen one of those frequently reproduced photographs of hopeful putative miners wearily scaling the Chilkoot Pass in the 1890s on their way to find their fortune in the Klondike goldfields. Hundreds upon hundreds putting one tired, cold foot in front of the other, weighed down by by their shovels, picks, pans, tents and everything else necessary to survive (and prosper - only for some…) in the frozen wastes beyond the mountain. Triumph of hope over expectation? Probably, but then some of them did find gold; most didn’t.

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Paradise and Tax

15 November 2017

Dear Mr Corbyn and Mr McDonnell, (Or should I call you Jez and John?) Frankly, I don’t agree with the vast majority of your policies, but while you are the leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, it is clear that there is a possibility that you may in time become Prime Minister and Chancellor of the United Kingdom.

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Returning Optimism - LME Dinner 2017

08 November 2017

Another LME dinner goes by. If not showing the level of irrational (with hindsight) exuberance of the 2005-07 period, when the press even started writing tales of excess, the general sentiment this year seemed to me to be showing on the positive side of the ledger. And why would that be? Why, because of the potential soaraway demand for that new, exciting sub-group, the “battery metals”.

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To Kill a President?

01 November 2017

Since 1776, when the newly-minted United States of America decided to abandon the comfort blanket of the British Empire, four of its presidents have been assassinated (and a few unsuccessful attempts have been made on some others along the way). At not far short of ten percent of the total, and given the levels of security one would hope is afforded to the country’s leader, that’s not a bad score for the assassins.

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A Neophyte's LME Dinner

25 October 2017

The LME Dinner week is fast approaching and as I recently began populating my diary I thought about the event and the times I have attended. Oh my, how it has changed. I have many stories, many not fit for print, but I thought it would be fun to share with you the night of my first LME Dinner.

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Court of Appeal Judgement Will Make Miners Listen

18 October 2017

It may not have registered with the average man in the street but the British High Court’s ruling last week on Friday 13th October 2017, rang bells throughout Africa and farther afield too.

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Letter from Hong Kong

10 October 2017

I’ve been in Hong Kong for the last week or so, for the first time in a few years. Talking to people here, changes have been happening through the development of PRC control.

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