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Investments: Easter

It’s Good Friday and so the stock market is closed for 4 days. It’s sunny where I am so it could be a nice weekend. Will traders and investors forget the market through the long weekend? I doubt it. Read the rest of this page »

Quintessentially English

I like narrow-boats, they seem to be quintessentially English. I’m not too keen on cricket, but the thought of sitting on the porch of a pavilion on a summers day watching the cricket on the village green appeals to me. I watched a bowls match once from the porch of the pavilion in the park. It was an emotional experience akin to watching paint dry; but I liked the tranquillity.  Read the rest of this page »

Photography: the canals

1 scenic Tipton

On Sunday, I took to the local canals to take photos of narrow-boats. It was early afternoon when I took this picture and you can see quite long shadows. The sun was south of me and quite bright. The colours are changing now and becoming much brighter. The grass is very green after all the rain. I’m shooting westerly for this picture. Read the rest of this page »

Psychology: shame

The driving force behind most of our behaviour is survival. However, much of our survival depends upon our ability to work together. We are social animals; we do things together. We have rules of behaviour that controls the way we behave towards one another. Read the rest of this page »

Investments: Supply and demand

Last week I wrote about the ‘rights issues’ I’ve been involved in on the stock market. A large amounts of shares were issued in Premier Foods and so the supply has increased. The price is dropping and I suspect it’s mostly small investors selling. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: April showers

1 tree at Manor House

I go out taking photographs in all weathers, but rain does make it a little more challenging. Showers are normal in England in April and so we have to try to go out in between the showers. I took a few photos last week but it’s been constant rain or dark skies since. Read the rest of this page »

Psychology: perceptions of competence

I read some research over the weekend that suggested that we all tend to think we are more competent at the things we do, than we actually are. This would seem to indicate over confidence in our own abilities. In some cultures affirmations are popular. Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: Compound interest

Many people don’t understand compound interest and some people don’t even understand percentages. Compound interest isn’t too difficult, it simply means you get interest on the interest in the second year and subsequent years. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: Foolish phone photos

On the first day of Spring I decided to take a photo a day with my phone and put them on Facebook. This was my first photo. It’s not too bad! A slight misty feel to it and lots of shadows. Anyway, it’s April Fool’s Day today so I’ll share my foolish phone photos with you! Read the rest of this page »

Psychology: interacting with the world

We all interact with the world we live in and with other people. There are people we like and people we dislike. There are people we admire and perhaps we would like to be like them and there are some people that we react to negatively. Without realising  it we try to copy the people we admire. Read the rest of this page »

Investments: Rights issues

When I was young I didn’t have the opportunities to do the things I wanted to do. I have more opportunities now and so I’m trying to make the most of them. I write, do photography, enjoy nature and local history and I invest. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: Capturing history

1 1 Moorcroft Pool

This is Moorcroft Pool in Moorcroft Wood, also known as ‘The Sanna’, because there used to be a sanatorium on one side of the wood. It’s much bigger now as three pools are formed into one. It wasn’t like this when I photographed it a couple of years ago and so I captured a little history. Read the rest of this page »

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