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Investment Friday: Solo Oil

The excitement over the discovery of oil and gas soon died down when they realised there wasn’t quite as much as they thought. It sent Solo Oil’s price up over a penny and for a while we danced in the streets and celebrated.

Then came the crash back down and I was making a loss on Solo Oil once again, but the long termers hadn’t forgotten the real assets in Tanzania. In the past few days we’ve had one RNS after another. Horse Hill was better than they thought it would be and news from Tanzania was good too. Solo now has a bigger stake in the discovery in Tanzania and is about to go from a company prospecting for oil to an oil producer business. Many investors suspect the big companies are watching with interest and so a takeover bid could drive the share price to new heights. It’s all looking good regardless of what happens; those who lost faith and sold out are probably regretting it. At the time of writing the price is 0.57 which is higher than it was on Monday.

The government is selling off tranches of it’s Lloyds shares and so Lloyds isn’t doing so well. The share price went over 80 briefly, but then came the kiss of death from the government. It’s not too bad at the moment at 75.12, but many shareholders will be glad when there is no government involvement in the business. I bought at 29.9 so it’s a multi-bagger for me!

Taylor Wimpey is performing well for me and I expect it will do even better when it’s promoted to the FTSE 100. They are riding high at 132.5. I bought at a shade over 100, so that’s not so bad. Not as exciting as an oil strike, but safe as houses!

I’m still losing money on Graphene Nano, but they are very promising. They make graphene lubricants for the oil industry and have numerous other applications they are testing; like a graphene enhanced vehicle battery. I think they will climb as they win contracts, but a useful technological breakthrough could see them soar.

I’m also making a small profit on Royal Sun Alliance (RSA), but their problems are industry wide. They are consolidating the business and concentrating on the home market. I can see some insurers going out of business, I hope RSA  isn’t one of them.

Premier Foods had some bad publicity over it’s ‘pay to stay’ policy. It’s scrapped that now and is publicising it’s products for the Christmas trade. I’m not sure if Mr Kipling is exceedingly good now, but they are on special offer just about everywhere. I think they should go back upmarket. Time are tough, but people are still shopping and seem to have loads of money to spend. PFD needs to market better and increase margins.

I’m only making a few quid on Tesco too, they need to get their act together and maybe come to a mutually beneficial agreement with Premier Foods. They are both in the same business.

The ones that got away

I was going to buy Debenhams at 62, but couldn’t make up my mind. They are 73p now and maybe still a little on the low side. Balfour Beatty was on my list too and they went up to 197.1. Balfour Beatty went up 2.82% on Thursday alone. Immupharma (IMM) is on my watch list and seems cheap. They are researching a drug for lupus and as I have lupus that could be a good investment in more ways than one.

Please remember that I only give investment opinion, not advice. You can make money investing, but you can also lose money! My return doubled this week from just under 9% to just over 17% thanks mostly to Solo Oil.

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Photography: December pictures


These first photos show how scenes can change. Moorcroft Pool is in Moorcroft Wood at Moxley here in the Black Country. In March 2003 it was losing it’s water, but by March 2004 the water was covering the new bench. Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: relativity

The weather is getting colder and wetter in the UK as winter approaches. My house is fairly warm relative to the temperature outside. Einstein knew the importance of relativity. If we were all the same height, there would be no tall people or any short people. We are only short or tall relative to others. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: Christmas pictures

Town Christmas tree

Christmas tree

I took this picture of the town’s Christmas tree last week and to make it twinkle more I used a 4 point star filter.I bought a set of filters, a soft focus filter, a warm filter and this 4 point star filter. You can get filters for a lot of cameras, but you have to buy the right size.  Read the rest of this page »

Noddy comes home to Walsall

Noddy Holder at the Manor (92)

Noddy Holder came home to Walsall yesterday to switch on the Christmas Lights at the Manor Hospital. Pete Smith, the Mayor of Walsall was there too. It was one of the kids from the children’s ward that helped Noddy to switch on the lights. As usual, the press photographers were there. Read the rest of this page »

Frugal Friday: Value Added Christmas

Xmas Money

How can we save money at Christmas? It’s an expensive time of year, with Christmas gifts and celebrations to buy for. We can add value to our gifts by wrapping them well and making them look good. Read the rest of this page »

The Top Christmas Markets

Wednesbury Christmas  Market

The Top Christmas Markets to visit this Festive Season

A Featured post by Lily Donaldson

Christmas is fast approaching, and with the dawning of the festive season has come the annual desire to wholeheartedly embrace the commercial meaning of December 25th. Yet while big name brands will be jingling all the way to the bank, consumers are being given the opportunity to support smaller independent retailers by visiting their local Christmas market. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: Gareth Gates Photo shoot

Wednesbury Christmas Lights 2014 (3)

If you  read my blog post at the weekend, you’ll know I did a photo shoot on Friday when the Christmas Lights were switched on by Gareth Gates. This first photo was fairly easy and I could take my time getting the camera setting right. I chose a fast setting of 1/30 of second and a high ISO (3200) and a wide aperture.

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Life: diversity

Do you remember Christmas when you were a kid? I still remember the things associated with Christmas. We had tangerines at Christmas, now it’s satumas. Whatever happened to tangerines? We had nativities at school and we learnt Christmas carols. Childhood is about learning, the knowledge we gain  is the foundation of our lives. Read the rest of this page »

Gareth Gates turns them on

Wednesbury Christmas Lights 2014 - crowds

The crowds turned out in the cold last night to listen to Gareth Gates perform and then turn on Wednesbury’s Christmas Lights. Those are Festive Lights for the more politically correct or Holiday Lights if you’re from over the pond… Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: Black Friday

Today is Black Friday and people are fighting to get goods in major supermarkets. It seems it’s been chaos in Asda and Tesco as people go after 40 inch televisions. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: more night shots

It’s the official switch-on of our Christmas lights on Friday and I want to be there again to take photographs. I made this image, to promote it a little, with PhotoScape. Read the rest of this page »

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