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Posted on: Today, 08:47 AM


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If we held catches and learned to review, a win was there for the taking.
It is interesting that the both bowling attacks are far superior to both batting line ups.

Good test match despite it being drawn.
This should give you a laugh. In case anyone missed where Stokes gets hit he lets you know Stokes hit on the ...
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Posted on: Yesterday, 09:34 PM


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Smith ruled out with delayed concussion. ohmy.gif That paints an entirely different picture . Marnus Lambshanks subbed in for Smith.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 08:40 PM


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Just by the way, do you think the Aussie quicks will give Archer some curry??

I'm sure he'll get his share. They'll have bowling plans for all of them and so far have been quite disciplined, so hopefully the quicks do not get carried away. The best revenge is a win.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 12:49 PM


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Our batting is very fragile, but then again the Poms are faring no better. Maybe it's just difficult conditions for batsmen , what with the Pommie pitches and weather.

The ball is seaming and swinging quite a lot. You need to be able to play very late not to be dismissed fairly quickly. Smith is the only one right now that can do that. So patient and with a great eye. Both bowling squads are in general far superior to the batting line ups imo

Tough cricket last night, Archer was really letting them go. Fair enough. If you have express bowlers let them loose. Smith got battered. That first one on his arm looked like a golf ball pretty quickly and the blow to the neck was just far too much like seeing Phil Hughes' fatal injury. Not a good look for Archer to be caught laughing back at his mark. In the old days it was what quicks did, but after Hughes' death, they do show a lot more concern.
We'll probably go for the win. Bowl them out asap, but primarily need to restrict the scoring no matter what. Anything over 150 to chase will be awkward and with 6 wickets in hand, it is likely.

Root will be wondering what to do. How many do they need and when to declare if that arises? They need a win so must get fast runs and then take 10 wickets. Scoring has been hard so to get to a 200 lead they will need to bat at least a session unless they really score quickly and of course that will cost wickets.
Good test match. All results possible
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Posted on: Aug 16 2019, 09:24 AM


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I hope the kick him off the tour. Immature, spoiled, egotistical, temperamental twat of the highest order.
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Posted on: Aug 16 2019, 08:17 AM


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So many played and miss shots in the first session. We were unlucky not to have several more wickets.
Usman's drop was a shocker. Bancroft's catch was brilliant. He's so sharp in close. Steve Waugh reckons he's the best short leg fielder he's seen.
As expected Langer/Paine went with line and length and so far it has worked. Cummins and Hazlewood were excellent. Choking them of runs puts a lot of pressure on.
Fairly even at present I think. 1st hour tonight critical. England probably 20 to 50 short of what they needed to be but a few wickets early and it is game on.
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Posted on: Aug 14 2019, 08:00 AM


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As expected, Patto has been rested for the Lords test. It'll be Starc or Hazlewood in for him. Probably Hazlewood if they want control over the more attacking left arm of Starc.

The pitch may suit more line and length bowling if early observations are correct. Hard and dry I read.
We have a great record at Lords. Long may it continue.
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Posted on: Aug 7 2019, 08:45 PM


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I reckon Steyn is the best fast bowler of this generation and one of the best I have seen. He was always a threat no matter the pitch condition. Passionate and menacing. Excellent strike rate and average.

Anderson is a great bowler in England. His figures elsewhere are not that good.
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Posted on: Aug 6 2019, 09:08 AM


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Aussies win by 251 runs. MOTM was unsurprisingly, Steve Smith with twin centuries. He really is on another level playing like that.

Notable performances by Wade with an excellent 2nd innings century , Cummins 7 wickets for the match and Lyon picking up 9 wickets across the match.

A really good performance coming from behind. I cant see any changes to a winning team despite the openers failing, unless they choose to rotate one of the pace bowlers. Having all right handers has a certain sameness to the bowling. Starc would provide some attacking variation but who do you drop? None deserve it. If they were to make a change, it maybe a tactical swap, Starc for Patto.
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Posted on: Aug 5 2019, 01:04 PM


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Smith: 2nd fastest to 25 test centuries after Bradman (of course it's Bradman) . 119 innings v 68.

His last 10 Ashes innings average is 139. Truly amazing.

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Posted on: Jul 31 2019, 02:11 PM


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Starc's red ball performances are not up to par with his white ball bowling. Cummins is a given and Patto looks to be locked in. Fine bowler. He has a bit of mongrel in him too. Quite handy with the bat. At least as good as Starc.
It depends on whether they think they need the left armer for variation.

Looks like it will be Cummins, Patto, Hazlewood, Lyon and maybe another quick. Do they go all rounder and try Mitch Marsh again? Good one day player but fails too much in test matches.

Go solid line and length with Siddle or a wilder Starc? I read that Sidds has been bowling very well over there. I think they will play Starc, but not really surprised if they do not.

Wade may get a run as a batsman. He's been in good nick.
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Posted on: Jul 29 2019, 03:07 PM


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I hope it is incidental not a case of doping. If she is guilty, she's gone.

Even if she took something in a tainted supplement, which has occurred, she still may have a less severe case to answer iirc, as athletes need to keep records and advise if taking supplements before testing, not plead afterwards.

If I was an elite athlete I'd be keeping samples of every supplement and vitamin I took just in case. Careers and reputation ruined in a moment.
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Posted on: Jul 15 2019, 02:16 PM


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That's disappointing.

They did however provide updated Dorado numbers which I suspect provided some support.
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Posted on: Jul 12 2019, 11:33 AM


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That's the problem with one day matches. You have a bad day and it is really bad. We've actually outperformed compared to where we were not too long ago. I honestly doubted we would make the semis.
India like us had their bad day in the semis.

Hope the Black caps can knock the poms off. They will need to have a very good day to do it. The English have a very strong side.
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Posted on: Jul 9 2019, 06:35 AM


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Healy's drives and the powerful pull shots by both Healy and Lanning were top shelf.
Highlight package
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Posted on: Jul 8 2019, 01:00 PM


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hi nip,
A bit disappointing but not an entirely unexpected result in the upper zones. If the lower target zones are no good, it'll suffer.
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Posted on: Jul 4 2019, 04:59 PM


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CVN in a trading halt. I think it maybe a bit early for the ROC south drilling to be complete good news or bad.

HCs in the upper layers where not expected perhaps? Maybe some news regarding Dorado 2 well?
May need to wait until Monday.



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Posted on: Jun 29 2019, 02:54 PM


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Unsurprising about Toyota given their Prius has been around for over 20 years so do have great experience. A tried and tested formula moving into more mainstream vehicles. Gives people some economy at a reasonable price plus the range they feel comfortable with.

I had a look at EV sales and found this. http://www.ev-volumes.com/country/total-wo...ehicle-volumes/
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Posted on: Jun 27 2019, 02:51 PM


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Interesting regarding Shell's actions. Toyota are going into H fueled vehicles and they have, or had, a few operating here

https://www.toyota.com.au/news/toyota-austr...ev-loan-program
Separating H from methane, natural gas, water etc presumably is not done without energy inputs so not sure how clean it really is end to end.



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Posted on: Jun 26 2019, 07:33 AM


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That % of shorts now up to 3.76%. Nothing compared to some short sold high flyers like SYR and JB hifi but it has climbed.
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Posted on: Jun 11 2019, 08:41 PM


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Without needing to stock pick, I'd be leaning towards things like AFI, VAS, VHY, A200, VGS, VDHG, VDGR, VDBA etc. Betashare's A200 has the lowest management fee out there under cutting Vanguard's VAS.
Things like Vanguard's diversified ETFs interest me with considerable geographic and sectoral diversity.(VDHG, VDGR, VDBA, VDCO). Still quite new but their unlisted equivalents have a decent record.
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Posted on: Jun 6 2019, 03:48 PM


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Hi Nipper, Some solid profit taking late in the day. With D2 now known and no big news to come for a while, some of the traders will be lightening. Hopefully the low 50s will be a floor.
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Posted on: Jun 6 2019, 11:44 AM


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I'm hanging in there. Up about 13% on the back of today's announcement.
https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20190606/pdf/...nd80w9wy5nz.pdf
Tempted to lock in some profits, but with ROC and Dorado 3 coming up there could be more in it.

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Posted on: May 29 2019, 08:01 PM


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Good day for CVN holders. Up 23%. smile.gif Currently drilling the target zone.
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Posted on: May 22 2019, 10:29 AM


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It gets his name and his firm's name in the press at least. If property drops that far we are in serious, serious crap.

He's probably doing a Steve Keen without the rash promises.
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Posted on: May 21 2019, 01:29 PM


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It is all talk until it happens. Jaw-boning the dollar down a bit will help the overall economy and leave a little bit of ammo in the rate cut magazine for a genuine emergency.

If a rate cut happens it could well be ineffectual.
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Posted on: May 11 2019, 11:26 AM


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That wifi is a different installation to the one I am working with. As I said before, I believe there is a niche for the CVM tech as indicated in your post. How far reaching that will be I am uncertain. Tbh, I have no idea what the revenue and more importantly profit will be made.

They maybe better off moving to the states completely given that really is the place for aviation. We are a backwater. We have some very good carriers but SMN need to be in the faces of the large airlines and their MROs.The FAA call the tune for many national regulators also, ie CASA here.

SMN is not on my radar . I'm too old to jump into too many speccies, but quite interested due to my aviation background.
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Posted on: May 10 2019, 10:12 AM


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A pity it was not something more serious than chicken pox. Bloody morons. Religion and anti vax clowns taking us back to the middle ages.
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Posted on: May 10 2019, 09:26 AM


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Grow up mate.I'm providing constructive back ground based on actual on the job experience. Over 40 years of it. If you cant handle that, you are in the wrong stock.
I don't own it, I dont do much spec investing these days nor am I in Afterpay.

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Posted on: May 9 2019, 06:13 PM


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the value in CVM has always been in compliance $ savings, not in avoiding a defect / issue.


I can't answer that with authority. I'm no expert when it comes to CVM tech by any stretch and only speak from my own experience.

If there are known problem spots which generally develop over years and multiple pressurization cycles, I see there maybe a place for CVM monitoring but I struggle with widespread use of it.

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how often does it need to be inspected after installation?


In our installations I am not aware of any extra inspection. The radome comes off if an antenna goes U/S where it would get a general visual inspection. maybe during a C check a full crown inspection would be carried out. In this case I would guess it would be detailed visual inspection. Unlikely any NDT (non destructive testing) would be used unless a problem was detected or history is developed from defect reports from other operators.
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In saying this though, during these inspections, where things needs to be pulled apart to access the areas that need to be tested with incumbent methods (eddy current, visual etc), then put back together, wouldn't it be advantageous to avoid the entire disassembly process. It opens up the potential for human error / incidental damage on an otherwise sound installation.

In new installations where do you put sensors? Everywhere? Guess where the weak spots are? What if you are wrong and cracks develop elsewhere and remain undetected?
I don't want anyone to think I'm talking this down, I wish it and investors the very best.
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Posted on: May 5 2019, 08:13 PM


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Guys, it's great to read different views with reason why you do not believe in CVM technology.


Nowhere did I say anything like that. I'm saying here on actual installation of wifi , there is no talk at all about CVM. I've heard nothing to indicate its use anywhere here at all. That said we are a backwater in aviation, so I can only talk from my own experience.

Aviation tech is hard road to hoe as you well know. Movement is glacial and the road is full of technical , legal and procedural potholes.Not to mention that getting airline owners to spend a cent more than what is mandated is like pulling teeth.

Mick will be very familiar with this.



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Posted on: May 5 2019, 01:48 PM


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I think these monitoring sensors may find their place in production aircraft in certain areas, but I can't see it happening with inflight wifi installations here at least. And I mean that literally. It's part of my job.
I have heard nothing in regards to any of these systems in my airline in regards to wifi or any other system or area. Not saying it won't happen, but it won't be soon where I work.

The antennae these days are not that intrusive into the airframe. Doublers are rivetted onto the skin and the antenna attached to links installed onto those doublers. The ribs are reinforced internally. A few small holes go through the skin for coax cables and power which have pressure seals. Doublers also riveted onto this area.
Engineers have been putting doublers onto airframes for decades and are more often than not over engineered. The engineering behind it is solid.

Wifi is now being installed on production lines which will make it even more streamlined and an integral part of the airframe.
A wifi antenna installation is no more dangerous than any other intrusion into an airframe like a door or window. Fitting off these things is a slow and detailed procedure that is quite exacting, all in accordance with approved engineering data and inspected during production.

As I said SMN may find its niche into production aircraft in certain areas, but I cant see too many operators retro fitting them.

Don't get me wrong , I hope they do kick goals.
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Posted on: May 5 2019, 08:20 AM


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For every WiFi fitted, CVM sensors will be required for added safety.


Why? Where?
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Posted on: Mar 22 2019, 08:04 AM


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The price has not dipped too much so sat on what I have. I only just noticed that a few directors have bought on market in the second week of March with the share price in the in the low/mid 40s.

It appears they are confident the drilling program will be successful.
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Posted on: Mar 21 2019, 06:29 AM


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It will be interesting to see how the competing technologies are in 10 years time. Electric is well established in several countries, but can see how hydrogen makes sense from a fill and go point of view.

There are some big players backing hydrogen fuel cell cars so I expect competition (and confusion).

I'm thinking there is room for both electric and hydrogen and both can do OK depending on the infrastructure built and assistance provided.

I have about 6kw of solar panels on my roof so charge run a car off that for the vast bulk of city driving. Being home most days helps.
The new Nissan Leaf will get about 270km out of a charge and the Hyundai Kona up around 400km. Range anxiety and the time taken for a full charge will be issues for longer trips.

That said, my next small car may well be electric. I think that will be better established before hydrogen becomes more of a thing here.
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Posted on: Mar 14 2019, 03:58 AM


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And we've come back from 0-2 down to win 3-2 in India. Amazing! It has been a long time coming.
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Posted on: Mar 11 2019, 08:13 AM


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Must admit that seeing India 1 for 200 I gave the Aussies no hope

Even worse when we were 2 for bugger all. A remarkable comeback to win from that. Finch is not going well but he did get a pretty good ball. Usman looks so good when playing well. It all looks so easy.

As for Turner not playing, I think selectors have a boner for having that explosive all rounder that Stoinis can be. Turner has looked pretty good in the t20 comp. Player of the match too over century makers from both teams.

India did drop a few easy catches, which is unusual these days. Their out fielding has improved so much over the years.

Beating India at home at any time is quite a feat. Winning a series without Warner and Smith would be amazing.
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Posted on: Mar 11 2019, 06:24 AM


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That was an astonishing chase by the Aussies. Usman, Hanscomb, Turner all getting amongst the runs. India 9-358. Australia 6-359. I think that is a record for a chase by Australia.

2 all now.
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Posted on: Feb 23 2019, 07:01 AM


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That's not a bad write up on QAN. One factor not covered is the cost of replacing an aging fleet. Their 737s are up to 17 years old as are the earlier 330s. The 747s are going slowly and 380s have been cancelled. There is no direct replacement for the 380 or 747.

Joyce afaik has not ordered a single aircraft for Qantas mainline since he took over. The current 787s were ordered by his predecessor and Joyce sent those fuel efficient 787s to jetstar and then complains that Qantas international is in terminal decline.
Orders for new jets ie Airbus 321NEO, 737 max, 777X and or the Airbus 350 variants need to come soon. With him sensibly bailing out of the remaining 380 orders they may have to buy another airbus product as a penalty, so possibly the 350s.

So in short I think they will face quite a capex bill for years to come with fuel prices creeping up.

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Posted on: Feb 21 2019, 09:48 AM


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Breaking news...James Shipton, head of ASIC last seen in Aldi looking for fresh lettuce leaves for the impending floggings.
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Posted on: Feb 13 2019, 02:58 PM


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Yes, but I think they raised cash last year at about 13c for all holders at the time.

A lot quicker this way. May have to top up if the price comes off a bit. That may not happen with the approaching drilling program.
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Posted on: Feb 9 2019, 06:53 AM


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Passengers love them but they are a maintenance hog and the early ones at least could not perform as they were supposed to. I think QAN were waiting for production to die before officially cancelling. This may signal they are thinking about other Airbus products given they have backed out of contracts.
The "Project Sunrise" springs to mind with the A350 in line for Sydney-NYC or Sydney-London non stop. Can't do it yet, but both Boeing and Airbus are working on it.
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Posted on: Feb 4 2019, 08:05 PM


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Just to echo EB's sentiments. Get well soon mate!
I've 2 shoulder jobs and they are by far the worst surgery I have had. They take so long to heal. Interminable physio and exercises. Can't lift much for a year. 6 or 7 weeks in a sling 24/7 except when showering.
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Posted on: Jan 30 2019, 08:04 PM


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2 appraisal wells to be drilled at the Dorado discovery commencing about April. ROC South 1 to be drilled asap after the 2 Dorado wells. It looks like some punters are getting set already.
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Posted on: Jan 27 2019, 11:31 AM


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Pretty good pitch imo. Something in it for the bowlers for a change and the pink ball works quite well. So easy to see.

Good even bounce and if a player can bat like a test player they got some runs. But they had to earn them, not just play through the line knowing it won't move.
Some good signs, but we are still getting out to dumb shots. Bowlers looked good except Starc. He's struggling.

I had to add this. Sensational catch by Patterson. here
Similar to Usman's v India.


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Posted on: Jan 20 2019, 07:30 AM


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For those that have not seen it here it is
Brilliant cricket under pressure. They should gave run 3 easily but the woman who was run out was banking on the 4 and blew it. The one running to the keeper's end was home by metres.
Great save by Burns, excellent throw to Healey and her throw for the direct hit run out was exceptional work. What a finish!
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Posted on: Dec 13 2018, 07:17 AM


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Very senior clergy and it is huge news. I got through to a site that reported it last night.
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Posted on: Oct 22 2018, 02:13 PM


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"Artificial ignorance"


Good old fashioned acting dumb?
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Posted on: Oct 7 2018, 04:41 PM


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There's on online petition with > 50,000 signatures so far condemning the opera house horse racing advert. Our real Premier is Alan Jones apparently.
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Posted on: Sep 10 2018, 10:07 AM


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Elon has to be reined in. Tesla I think will remain a premium brand but it needs business people to run it and stop the bleeding. The average consumer end will be taken by GM Ford VW Nissan etc The new Leaf will do about 400km on a charge as will the Chev Bolt iirc.
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Posted on: Aug 23 2018, 11:46 AM


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It's an interesting one. I expected more movement in CVN today given STO's deal with Quadrant. No idea what Quadrant have or what it is worth and how to give some indication of what CVN maybe worth to a suitor. Maybe Quadrant went cheaply given the initial fall in CVN today.
Euroz brokers reckon they are worth up near a dollar but they would say that. If it is actually light oil, no water contact and they drill a few more with similar results, CVN must be worth considerably more surely.


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Posted on: Jun 30 2018, 12:42 PM


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So much copper is going to be needed for the thousands if not millions of charging stations when electric vehicles become main stream.

I now have about 6kw of solar panels and will go to battery in the next few years. I suspect battery tech and increased competition will bring prices down. If and when I do go battery, an electric vehicle maybe a good choice for round town driving. The new Nissan Leaf sounds good if pricing is right. 400km out of a charge is quite viable for many commuters.
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Posted on: Jun 29 2018, 03:50 PM


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i guess this time they will have a lesson that they will never forget in their live. perfect example of "bite more than you can eat".

There's been a few stories about this recently. A nurse in her early 70s is in hock for a mint. She complains of irresponsible lending. How about taking some responsibility for being a bloody idiot. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-12/bank...stioned/9534010



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Posted on: Jun 12 2018, 07:26 PM


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Example of pent up demand. 1st home buyers decreased dramatically during the boom years. I expect that with prices easing and less competition from investors an overseas buyers, 1st home buyers will return to the market. It won't stop the falls but it will prop up the lower end to a degree. The top end will suffer the most.
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Posted on: Jun 12 2018, 06:02 PM


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It's real EB. Bursting? Slower deflation and stagnation? Too soon to tell. Give it 18 months or so.

Auctions are passing in, buyers are much more circumspect and not just bidding up stupidly. Fewer overseas buyers, fewer investors, tighter money.
There is a heap of pent up demand and immigration is strong, which will likely help to hold prices to a degree. A 10 to 15% decrease in price across the board has been my prediction. In real terms probably a bit more.


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Posted on: Jun 4 2018, 02:37 PM


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It relieves uncertainty EB.

Lots of money, but at least now it can be built into forecasts.
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Posted on: Jun 4 2018, 11:57 AM


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$700,000,000 in fines. A lot less than it could have been but still a ship load of money. Shareholders will pay and those responsible held to account?
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Posted on: Jun 1 2018, 10:00 AM


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Hi Mick,I knew what you were saying, maybe its a browser thing. I can change fonts and size as I type.
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Posted on: May 28 2018, 10:53 AM


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Hi Mick,
That's odd, I can select size 2 or 4 plus a few other font types above the reply box. Not huge, but Ok with my specs on.
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Posted on: May 16 2018, 01:06 PM


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Averaging down is often frowned upon. Too often it can compound your loss.

if you are looking for income and some franking credits I would suggest a diverse ETF or LIC such as AFI, ARG, VAS, IHD, VHY or A200. There are plenty to choose from.
You may not get the big yield, but you wont be exposed to just one stock either.
http://www.etfwatch.com.au/


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Posted on: May 14 2018, 10:15 AM


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I'm saddened to hear this. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed.

Bloody asbestos. What a curse that stuff is.
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Posted on: May 8 2018, 10:24 AM


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H Dazmo, I dont think the health monitoring they talk about has anything to do with SMN. Quick access recorders , QAR, have been around for decades and have moved from removable disk storage with manual removal / installation, to the wireless tech that downloads desired parameters to the tech maintenance people via the cellular network.

Many Australian aircraft utilize wireless QAR tech already. There maybe something in this for SMN down the track, but right now its just normal aviation equipment and practice.
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Posted on: Apr 10 2018, 06:33 PM


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This talk about BLA and more so Pierpont had me looking at his archives which are all online from 1995 onwards. Some classic reading.
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It will infuriate Navarro/Trump and lead to 3rd round of escalating tariffs"


Fancy starting a fight and then getting pissed off because a strong opponent lands on on your nose. Dumb arse.
I'm sure Trump is using this to try and extract a deal of some sorts from the Chinese but the collateral damage for everybody else is going to be nasty.
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Posted on: Apr 2 2018, 08:22 PM


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Usman? Six centuries , eleven 50s.

Fixing is playing with fire in organized crime and once in their grip, they own you. I'll never foret Hershelle Gibbs "dropping the world cup" Look at that one in slo mo. So obvious it makes me cringe.

Kamran Akmahl (or one of the Akmals) keeping at the SCG about 8 or 10 years ago dropped numerous catches and clearly deliberately fluffed a run out.

As for ball tampering, it's an open secret reverse swing is more often than not assisted by deliberately damaging one side of the ball.

I posted a few days back that it must be widely accepted with a nod and a wink given the normally lenient bans or fines handed down.

Jarrod Kimber is a great cricket writer and wrote this piece recently pretty much saying the same thing.

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An Australian bowler is running in. The ball is old, almost 70 overs of use, yet after it leaves his hand it swings, a lot. Swing that doesn't look like the other swing. Conventional swing is carefree and light, reverse swing is heavy and tracks your stumps. The batsman gets nowhere near and is clean bowled. The bowler was Glenn McGrath, the batsman Courtney Walsh, and the Test was 23 years ago. Australia has been reversing the ball for a long time.

After the first Test of the ongoing series in South Africa, Darren Lehmann spoke to the press. One question was on reverse swing: "Would you say your techniques are acceptable to the ICC?" Lehmann's reply: "I don't know, you'd have to ask the umpires and the ICC that one." He went on to add: "Obviously there are techniques used by both sides to get the ball to reverse, and that's just the way the game goes. I have no problem with it. Simple." No problem with it.

He wasn't explicitly talking about ball tampering, but that was what the general enquiry was really about. Because this is how cricket talks about ball tampering. It smirks, as Lehmann did, it deflects, as Lehmann did, and it puts the ultimate responsibility on the ICC, as Lehmann did.

So when Australia were found guilty of tampering with the ball, David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said: "As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players, and it is appropriate that he be suspended." Smith received a whopping one-match ban. Cameron Bancroft wasn't suspended. David Warner wasn't charged.


"The game needs to have a hard look at itself," Richardson added. "In recent weeks we have seen incidents of ugly sledging, send-offs, dissent against umpires' decisions, a walk-off, ball-tampering and some ordinary off-field behaviour." Yes, the game needs to have a good long look at itself, because the running of the game helped create this. Richardson has now announced they will look into the penalties on the field, only a couple of decades late.

Where was Richardson when South Africa tampered with the ball three times in four years?
What kind of committee did he put into place to see if there was a "systemised problem" (as one umpire told ESPNcricinfo off the record) of ball-tampering in cricket worldwide? Why isn't money spent on putting one camera in each ground that follows the ball? Even if you didn't do it for every game, isn't it worth checking teams who have been caught once or when you get decent information?

When Bancroft rubbed sandpaper on the ball, you heard a lot of Captain Renaults. It was Renault who uttered "I am shocked - shocked - to find that gambling is going on in here!" in Casablanca. So many shocked cricket people, despite ball-tampering being an ever-present. Mark Nicholas, Ian Chappell and Osman Samiuddin have all written in the past that perhaps laws need to flex a little. Shahid Afridi bit a ball, you can buy a Mike Atherton Laundrette shirt online and Marcus Trescothick admitted to ball-tampering - ahem, ball shining - during the holy '05 Ashes.

This was more captivating than most incidents. It involved a foreign implement that had no place on the ground, the cover-up with the umpires; multiple players were required, it was premeditated, and then what looked like an apology involved even more of a cover-up. Cricket has had a few incidents that has one or two of these elements, but this occurrence had the full house. And it happened in front of a very clear long-lens, making it great news. But if you've ever seen frequent reverse swing, you've seen the results of ball-tampering.

"Reverse is an art that anyone vaguely involved with cricket knows uses a mix of legal and illegal acts to prepare the ball"

James Sutherland has seen reverse swing his whole life. In 1979 at the MCG, Sarfraz Nawaz took 7 for 1 to destroy an Australia chase. Sutherland's home ground is the MCG. If he didn't see the spell (he was 14 then), it's a famous moment in MCG history that's replayed many times. Also, Victorians were some of the first non-Pakistani players to work out reverse swing. Max Walker talked of learning legal reverse from fellow Victorian Alan Connolly. Then in the 1990s, Victoria became experts in the art of reverse, partly because the conditions helped them.

Sutherland was a seam bowler for Victoria in the 90s. Not to mention that Melbourne district cricket is known for reverse, and Sutherland played a lot of that. Then there is his son, Will Sutherland, who is now on Victoria's list. It was Will's new team's assistant coach, Mick Lewis who picked up a ball from a boundary, scratched it on the concrete, before handing it back to his team. Lewis was subsequently handed a $2,266 fine.

Reverse is an art that anyone vaguely involved with cricket knows uses a mix of legal and illegal acts to prepare the ball. Not all reverse swing is illegal, but much of it is.

This is a skill passed down from player to player. No, let's write that a different way: because Shield players are Cricket Australia (CA) employees, this is a skill passed down from CA employee to CA employee, and has been for generations. Sutherland was a former seam bowler from the Aussie epicentre of reverse swing. And he has been employed by CA as a coach, commercial manager and CEO for 20 years. Unless Sutherland lived his entire life in a bucket of sand he carries with him, he knows about about the legal and illegal methods of reverse swing.

Corporations and their leaders often look the other way when they know things might be happening that they don't want to know about. Plausible deniability: denying knowledge, and ultimate responsibility, for actions carried about by people below you in the company because of a lack of evidence. In many cases, companies and executives actively look the other way, to maintain their "innocence". Why go looking for proof that might damage your job or your company? Organisations cover up, look away, and do whatever they can not to hurt their brand.

The new corruption of sport is not doping; it is sporting bodies not actively looking for the state-sanctioned systems that bring drugs in, and only reacting for positive tests. Sports have shown time and again they cannot be trusted to self-regulate. Blood testing only made its ICC debut in last year's Champions Trophy, for instance.

Ball-tampering is mostly policed by TV producers, not cricket itself. The authorities know about it, it's been impossible to miss since the 1992 World Cup. The Bancroft example was so big because it was in HD and performed by an inept comedy pantomime cast, but no one can be shocked at the tampering itself. When you allow teams to do this for years with no real sanctions, you can understand - while still not condoning - the players doing it.




They look around and think, everyone is doing it. Imagine trying to win regular Test matches if you are the only team not reversing the ball. Rarely does a series go by without one side accusing the opposition. You see Dasun Shanaka get a slap on the wrist, Faf du Plessis elevated to the full-time captaincy after two offences and Victoria not losing their Shield title for tampering. A quick risk-versus-reward from a tired and frustrated player, or player group, and they might go for it.

This is not just a mistake of these few players; this is a systemic failure of cricket. Everyone saw the results of cheating and no one went looking for the source.

It might change now, but Sutherland's words - which he has been choosing exceptionally carefully - don't suggest that. When asked if CA would investigate the allegations that Australia used sandpaper at Port Elizabeth, before they were caught at Cape Town, Sutherland said: "Not at this stage. But from our perspective, if there are credible allegations, and there is evidence to come to light, we have powers under our code of conduct to investigate that or any other matter."

Why does the evidence need to come to light? Why aren't they searching for the truth? This instance was uncovered by a few cameramen; it didn't require an army of investigators. The rumours alone during the Ashes should have been enough to send off their integrity officers to look into it. Not to mention it could have been looked into any time over the last 20 years Australia has used reverse swing. And it hasn't.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft are guilty of tampering with the ball, and then worse, the fumbled cover-up that followed; breaking CA rules repeatedly. But can they have been the only guilty parties? Reverse swing is a team effort; everyone needs to know the plan to ensure it works (even if they didn't know all the methods used). Then there are the coaches and administrators. Lehmann left it to someone else, Richardson (and the ICC) made it a slap on the wrist, and Sutherland ignored it until a TV crew made his sponsors nervous. They, and many others not named, have overlooked historically systemic tampering.

In a perfect world, you would clean up the game if you thought there was a problem. In an imperfect world, you often just ignore the dirt and pretend it is clean until proven otherwise. Then act surprised and act harshly on the offenders. Cricket - and most of humanity - does this again and again.

When asked about Lehmann's culpability, Sutherland said "I've got no doubt that he feels some sort of personal responsibility for that. We all do." No s***. All CEOs should be aware of how reverse swing works by now.

For ball-tampering, you get at most a one-match suspension. For repeatedly trying to lie and cover up your ball tampering, you get a one-year ban from your board, but if you have failed to notice tampering for generations, you get to be the person who hands out the bans and keeps their job.

To paraphrase Lehmann: before this, cricket had no problem with it. Now they do.
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Just for balance (no pun intended)

Other ball tampering cases

Now don't get me wrong, attempting to carry out and being caught doing something so blatantly stupid needs to be punished. I've no issue with it, but the frenzied media and out pouring of venom smacks of incredible hypocrisy in some quarters. Others do it = misdemeanor, Aussie does it= crime of the century.

Some of the South African fans need to be reminded of their own captain's 2 prior misdemeanors with no serious sanctions and that of former captain Hansie Cronje's downfall as a proven match fixing crook. All we did was scratch a ball. Yes it is cheating absolutely, but on an level somewhat lower than match fixing for monetary gain. And yet Cronje is voted one of the greatest South Africans.

Beware those stones and glass houses.
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Clearly the penalty for tampering is insufficient as there have been several cases I recall over the years. TBH it is probably common place and accepted as something worth trying if you dont get caught.


Mike Atherton using bottle tops, the current SA skipper Faf de Plessis done twice and famously using mints to glaze the ball, I think it was Shahid Afridi actually biting the ball like an apple. The 2005 Ashes loss has been credited with the brand of mints used by the English. Hair cream/gel, bottle tops, sugar, sand paper, finger nails etc all have been used.

Despite the events, there's no excuse for our guys, none at all, and it is extremely embarrassing for all Australian followers and taints any bowling achievements. So bloody stupid to try something so blatant with so many cameras.

With such light sanctions the authorities don't seem to place too much importance on it, or in part accept it as part of the game until someone gets caught.

Harsher penalties need to be in place for all forms of cheating.
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Things like Argo and AFIC are pretty good vehicles as for long term stress free market investing. Like an index fund with management that's not too active so as to jack up the fees.

Just keep adding and building, not too fussed with timing.

Vanguard have introduced what I think are great funds lately. VDCO, VDBA, VDGR and VDHG. Diversity of sectors with international exposure with quite low fees. here

Most of Vanguard's funds distribute quarterly not half yearly. I think that's good for those reinvesting or living on the income.
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World's best bowler right now, but if he's acting like a hot headed dick, he pays the price. I'd like to see more suspensions for crappy conduct across the board. Overtly aggressive and contrived celebrations are cringe worthy imo.

I think Steyne is back, so they don't lose much at all. He's the best quick of the generation.
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I ended up selling our rights for a bit over $2 each. We were going to take them up but decided we have enough.
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Absolute commentary gold from Jim Maxwell and Geoff lemon on abc radio cricket. Skull would be proud of them.

Jimmy Maxwell sets himself up and loses it.
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Just this from them on the asx:

Oil Search reports that at 03.44 (PNG local time) on 26 February 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the PNG Highlands.
There have also been a series of aftershocks.Oil Search’s primary concern is the safety of our employees and contractors.

The Company is presently confirming that all personnel have been accounted for. No injuries have been reported so far.
As a precautionary measure and in order to assess any damage to facilities,Oil Search’s production operations in the PNG Highlands are in the process of being shut down. ExxonMobil PNG Ltd has confirmed that the PNG LNG facility at Hides has also been safely shut down.
We are also monitoring the impact on people in our local communities and will assist the relevant authorities,where possible.
We will keep the market advised of any material updates.
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Hi EB,

I don't believe for a moment it is about ethnicity or his school. James Ruse is known as the top selective school here, no problems. There are so many ethnic Chinese uni students studying medicine and other top professions.

I will say it is extremely competitive and the top uni's here can be very, very selective about who they take. There are also large numbers of overseas students who pay full fees. They prop up uni funding and I'm sure do get certain preferential treatment given the full fee status.

I assume they still do interviews with prospective students, also a pre-entry exam? Was that an issue?

In the end there are other universities and other methods of entry if he remains interested.
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Good morning,

Has anyone had a look at the renounceable offer from WPL? Opinions?

1 for 9 at $27 for the purchase of up to 50% of the Scarborough gas field.
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A very handy attack with Steyne on his way out.

They've dropped Kohli twice already. Could cost them heaps the way he can bat.
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Hi EB, you have probably read this or similar. Grantham opinion on the markets. You just don't know when the blow off will be, but in principle , I agree the US market is just too good to be true. How long can it last is always the question. I wish you well.
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The boss is worth every bit of his 25 million or so thumbdown.gif . Still flying old 747s across the Pacific. Great aircraft, but they are thirsty compared to late model big twins such as the 777 and 787.

The A380 maybe nice to fly on, but it too is a bit thirsty being a 4 engine behemoth.

While fuel remains relatively cheap they'll keep a core of 747s running.
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I just tried a few tv clips jacsar all played for me. Maybe try another device? Possibly an add on not installed, out of date, or not working on your current computer. I think mine uses adobe flash to play the clips. I use a Mac.
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Turns out Root has a case of gastro. He looked shagged when he came out to bat and could not attend the ceremony at the conclusion.

Smith player of the series, Cummins player of the match. Both well deserved.

4-0 in a fairly lackluster series, but a win is a win. England had their chances but could not put together a few winning sessions back to back. Always a collapse or fight back by one of our players.

They desperately need a genuine fast bowler and quality spinner.
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Curators there should be aware that we too have a good fast attack. With Steyne, I think they are superior. Without him ,pretty even and back to who bats better and who wins the toss. A fit Steyne is a real weapon. Probably the best quick of the generation.

Root is apparently in hospital with dehydration and may not play. Conditions were abominable, but hydration can be managed and they are pro's with medical staff. I'm surprised it was allowed to happen.
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Steyne is out for the Indian series after hurting himself yesterday. Heel injury, 4 to 6 weeks. He's only just back from his ruined shoulder last season. Maybe he wont be fit for us? Mind you Rabada is probably the best quick in the world today.
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Yes, he looks pretty good. Nice action. He played in Sydney grade last season and did very well apparently. I hope he develops into a top line spinner. It's tough art to master. I like the leggies.

Smith and Usman have survived easily so far, it look ominous for the English. We could and should bat all day here.
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At 3 for after day 1, the English would have been looking at 450 but they ended up with 346 after a collapse and then some spirited lower order hitting.

Despite the fight back from a collapse, they will be disappointed at not taking advantage of great batting conditions yesterday. There is a bit movement early for quickies but there are still plenty of runs on offer before the wicket starts to really deteriorate. It's not a dropped in slab of concrete, so it should.

Usman and Smith must survive the first half hour to give us a chance at putting on a 100 run plus lead that I think is required if we must bat last. If we can get 150 plus in front they'll be lucky to make us bat again.
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Jackson Bird must consider himself a bit unlucky as his one shot at the Test side this season and he gets only one go at bowling on said pitch.


Yes. I think I recall Dougie Bollinger being called up to bowl in Adelaide some years ago. He to was getting plenty of wickets in shield matches too but was thrown under a bus on a bowler killer in Adelaide.

Starc's heel will be thankful.

Anderson is one of the best swing / seam bowlers ever, and if he can't get a bag of wickets, it is hard to expect others to go better.

Bird did deserve his chance, but at medium pace, there needs to be something off the pitch. There was nothing. It looked like a one dayer pitch from the outset.

With Patterson injured, we don't have too much else in the quality fast bowling department right now beyond the 3 playing. Lucky to have those.

Only 24 wickets fell over 5 days. Not an even contest.
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61 behind, 8 wickets in hand. I would say it is in the balance. A draw most likely, but a few early breakthroughs will hand it to England. I think we need to wipe the deficit without further loss.

It just goes to show how important catching is. 2 chances put down, one in the 60s, both by Smith, and Cook carries his bat for a big double ton putting us out of contention.
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We had a shocker yesterday. A bit unfortunate getting 3 guys playing on from deliveries wide of off.

Anyway the poms made the most of their chances and have played very well. Nice to see Cook get some runs. He's a good guy and has been a great player.

I think they will need a decent lead given they will be batting last with Lyon bowling quite well in this series. Cummins clearly in some trouble. He looked spent.
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I think the points are if Smith did tell him to rough them up, it was no longer necessary and if he did not tell him to keep it short, he should have told him to stop. I do suspect he was bowling on orders.

On a degrading pitch, attacking the stumps will always be more effective as Hazo demonstrated.
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Well, there it is, or was, should I say. Another series dead before Christmas. I wish they would reverse the city order so that Sydney and Melbourne get to see a live series for a change.

No doubt there will be a few careers ended by this debacle. We did not play exceptionally well all the time, but still won easily 3-0 after losing all 3 tosses. England were in it a few times but just cannot put together a full day of good cricket. A good session or 2 and they turn to crap.

Great bowling by Hazelnut. Starc in patches was awesome and awful. Cummins pretty solid as was Lyon. They and Smith were the difference.

Smith is operating on another planet. Not a great skipper imo, but his batting here has been excellent. His application to the task is incredible.

Credit to Malan and Overton. Both put in very solid efforts as did Bairstow and at times, Vince. Anderson bowled quite well in conditions that never suit his skill set.
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I think they are awfully inconsistent. Some players are too old ie Cowan who was scoring a ship load of runs at 35 and too old , but Shaun Marsh at 34 is not.

Peter Nevill scored heaps of runs gets dropped for an inconsistent and lesser keeper in Wade and Wade is dropped for his own state's second string keeper Paine who has not been setting the world on fire with the bat.

Good luck to the Marsh boys, they seem to be decent guys, but some people sure get far more second chances than others.
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If Perth turns out to be a flat road, they may play M Marsh to back up our quicks. He can bowl a pretty good fast-medium and he has been getting runs.

A pity about Maxi, I just don't think he fits in or perhaps not liked by someone. Even when he did play in India, he hardly rolled the arm over.

However, his bowling is not great, 1st class average of 43, which is poor if you are looking for a genuine test spinning option. Mitch Marsh has 1st class bowling average of just under 29. Whilst not in the same ranks as the top quicks, it is quite respectable and far better than Maxwells.

Maxwell's 1st class batting has been superior to M Marsh's at 42 v 30. So if they are looking at a good bowler than can bat Ok, it's Marsh, versus Maxwell who can bat quite well but has ordinary bowling.
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I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Starc with the pink ball under lights. If he can make that pink ball move like he does the white ball , it'll be fun.

Lyon maybe the difference bowling in the 4th. He was great last match.

Slow going but absorbing cricket.

Root's decision to bowl mystified me. High risk.
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Hi J,

Sounds like you and your party had a fun day despite the slow scoring rate.

I was quite surprised there was so little in it for the pace bowlers on day one. Having seen the green on it a day before, I thought it would move a bit but it was quite dead.

It did quicken up as it dried out and did take some spin. Batsmen were saying it was two paced making shots a bit hard to play. Anyway, it produced a result in the end.

Smith again a cut above. Exceptional innings. Great maturity and patience. Marsh vindicated his selection as did Bancroft. Lyon was impressive. Warner looks to have come good too. I really liked Cummins batting with Smith. They took the match away from the English. That Cummins cover drive was text book. here

Paine was good behind the stumps despite a difficult miss early on. But he needs runs. There's a few keepers out there just as good and younger that can make 13 runs.

Hi Triage,

Warne should be gagged whenever he strays from cricket. He talks a lot of crap otherwise. It's a shame the commentary is inane at times. They were all first class players, know the game so well and do provide good stuff at times.

It's a shame that more of Ritchie did not rub off on them while he was still alive. He had the gift of appropriate silence and let the cricket do the talking, adding "colour" only as required.
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I'll keep an eye out for the happy bloke with 50 miserable poms around him when they get sent in and are 4 for 80 at lunch. biggrin.gif
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Yes, Mitch and Alyssa are married.


I went down to Hurstville Oval to watch some of the WA v NSW match.

Impressions. WA's Richardson looked like a decent fast bowling prospect. Bancroft looked good versus a top class attack as did Shaun Marsh. His 91 must have done him some good in the selector's eyes and likely Smith.

The conditions were quite tough for batting with poor light , a heavily overcast sky with humidity.Anyone who got runs earned them big time.

Smith is a cut above. He just seems to have more time to play shots. It just looked easy for him.

Starc, Hazo and Cummins are really potent. I could hardly see the ball from side on when Starc and Cummins were bowling.

Justin Langer WA coach said some of his players were shitting themselves (or words to that effect) when they were facing those 2.
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Tim Paine is the big surprise. Apparently Darren Lehmann has scored a century more recently (2007) than Paine (2006) who is not even the regular keeper for Tassie! That's Wade's job who has been dropped! Figure that out, you get replaced by the number 2 keeper in your own state.

Paine was going ot be the next keeper batsman way back when, but had a terrible run with injuries.

Bancroft earned his spot. Easily the form player at present.

Renshaw can't buy runs at the moment. He will return I'm sure. Good player out of touch.

Marsh is certainly a fortunate man. He's not a bad player, but I feel for Maxwell who was the incumbent, averages about the same and is a superior fielder and can bowl.
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Highest test score by an Australian female cricketer. 3rd highest ever in women's test matches. Almost doubles her test average in one innings and has turned the match heavily in favour of the Australian women when it looked like we'd face a deficit in the 1st innings.

A very patient innings. Just like test cricket needs at times.

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Interesting and somewhat worrying numbers.

So 238,703 is more than 250,259? I hope their maths and analysis is better.
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With a NZ 1st and Labor alliance in a minority gov't mixed with the Greens guaranteeing supply , it will be surprising if they last a full term.
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That really sucks.


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Not a lot of detail but floor price mentioned :

Analysts say the proposed sale by Papua New Guinea's government of its remaining stake in Oil Search (OTCPK:OISHF) enhances the appeal of the liquefied natural gas supplier as an M&A target.

UBS and J.P. Morgan will sell 31.3M Oil Search shares by the PNG government, with a floor price of A$6.55/share; at Thursday’s close, the government’s 9.8% stake in the company was worth A$1.02B (US$812M).

Goldman Sachs ranks Oil Search as the most attractive M&A target in the Asia Pacific upstream energy sector; Bernstein analyst Neil Beveridge agrees, adding that Total (NYSE:TOT) and Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) would be the most obvious potential acquirers given their involvement in the PNG LNG and Elk Antelope projects.

Seeking Alpha
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Peter Youd interview:
First Graphite (ASX:FGR) building Australia’s first graphene processing plant 19 Sep 2017 - First Graphite Limited (ASX:FGR) Executive Director Peter Youd talks about the company's graphene facility, its strategy to be a low-cost producer and the applications for graphene now and over the next 5-10 years. Close Transcript First Graphite Limited (ASX:FGR) Executive Director Peter Youd talks about the company's graphene facility, its strategy to be a low-cost producer and the applications for graphene now and over the next 5-10 years.


Jessica Amir:
Hello I’m Jessica Amir from the Finance News Network. Joining me from First Graphite (ASX:FGR) is Executive Director, Peter Youd. Peter, welcome back.

Peter Youd: Thank you Jessica.

Jessica Amir: First up, for those new to First Graphite. Can you give us an introduction to the company?

Peter Youd: First Graphite is an advanced materials company. We produce graphene from high grade Sri Lankan graphite. And we’ve developed a method to produce this graphene that is low cost, produces bulk quantity and a high quality of graphene. And this is going to lead to advances in material technologies. We aim to take this competitive advantage, together with the intellectual properties that we’re licensing, and generate revenues from that.

Jessica Amir: Tell us what’s been taking place at the company?

Peter Youd: We’ve got a lot of things going on at the moment and they’re all fairly exciting. Down at Henderson, we’re building a commercial graphene facility that when optimised, will be able to produce about 90 tonnes per annum. That’s going to be opened by Josh Wilson, the member for Fremantle, in November. At Flinders University, we’re working on a Vortex Fluidic Device, or VFD. It’s going to be able to produce graphene oxide, using water as the solvent. And that’s going to be a huge advantage for graphene oxide, which is currently produced by a method that uses harmful chemicals, and creates quite a bit of toxic waste.

And at Swinburne University, we’re working on the best battery, which is a super capacitor that will have the capacity to replace AA batteries, or lithium ion batteries. Particularly because it’s got a faster charging time and because it’s not a chemical process, it’ll last much longer. So it’s about physics and it’s a game changer.

Jessica Amir: With all these developments and innovation. What are the company’s funding requirements?

Peter Youd: Fortunately we’ve got enough cash to be able to do these projects as it is. We’re also going to be recipients of Government research and development refunds, and also a CRCP grant that we’ve applied for.

Jessica Amir: Now to the business case for graphene. What makes it so unique and can you tell us where it’s being used?

Peter Youd: What makes it unique is the conductivity for both electricity and heat that it has, and the enormous strength that it has. The uses for it are almost limitless. But it is beginning to be used in both electronics, in advanced materials and in strengthening ordinary materials such as cement.

Jessica Amir: What’s involved in producing graphene?

Peter Youd: In our case it’s a relatively simple process. We use electrochemical exfoliation, the carbon is actually peeled off, it’s then washed, dried and finishes up emerging in a powder form. That powder can then be redispersed into a customer’s application, such as blending with concrete to strengthen it.

Jessica Amir: What does that sell for per kilo or per tonne, and what will be your capacity out of your new Henderson plant?

Peter Youd: Henderson, when it’s fully optimised and running at 24/7 capacity, could produce 90 tonnes per annum. Graphene at the moment, graphene 8 graphene, there are different types of graphene and they all have different price points. But for example if you go onto some websites, it’ll cost you $47 a gram to buy graphene, which equates to an enormous tonnage price. But it needs to be fit for purpose and for example, our fire retardant graphene, will not be the same as graphene used in the electronics industry. We estimate that our graphene for fire retardants will only add about $US1.50 per square metre, to make ply board for example, fireproof.

Jessica Amir: Changing pace Peter. Can you tell us about your collaboration with the University of Adelaide?

Peter Youd: In Adelaide, we’re involved in their Australian Research Council hub. That’s got three streams that we’re working on; one of those is fire retardants. Now your viewers would be aware of the Grenfell fire disaster in June, in Britain. And last Monday week there was a Four Corners exposition, that showed that there were about 4,000 buildings in Melbourne that were clad, with either the same or a similar type of cladding. So we see an immediate and growing market for fire retardants. And in fact, I’d ask your viewers to look at our website and they can go to the videos that are there, that show the effectiveness of the fire retardants that we’re working on.

Jessica Amir: Last question now. Can you tell us about your goal for the next 12 months, and what’s your long-term ambition for the company?

Peter Youd: If I can break that into two parts. Over the next six months, what we want to do is complete our Henderson facility for commercial graphite production. We’ll work with Adelaide on the fire retardants and get with business partners, for the commercialisation of that. At Flinders University, the Vortex Fluidic Device or VFD, we want to advance that both for the production of graphene oxide, but also to use it as a potential delivery device for our graphene powders. And at Swinburne University, we will have a working prototype before the end of the year.

Longer-term, we want to be the preferred supplier of a premium graphene product for industry. We want to also leverage our graphene sales and the intellectual property that we’ve developed, in terms of sales revenue as well. In this regard, we’re working with Traxxas, which is a large commodities and materials organisation, in the development of this graphene market.

Jessica Amir: Peter Youd, thank you so much for the update.

Peter Youd: Thank you Jessica.

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FMG reports a rise in profit. here.
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This is from April but I don't recall seeing it posted before.

Zinc / Oxygen battery breakthrough
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Shite! 600k on a speccy?! True believers there. Poor buggers. It's the same story, people get too emotionally involved and "fall in love" with a stock or an idea that can't possibly fail.

I think most of us have done it. I certainly have, but nothing remotely close to 600k, there's no coming back from that for the vast majority of people.
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Good to hear M. They've had a rebound of around 20 to 30%. Good money for the nimble traders.
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Bloodbath here today. Hope you guys weren't burnt.
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Not strictly batteries but certainly related given the tech.

Musk's solar roof
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There are heaps of people piling into ETFs particularly those run by Vanguard because of their low fees. The "You can't time the market or beat the market" theme is quite strong out there. And for many people it's likely true.

I see AFI as a good alternate to a simple index fund as they can avoid or lighten some stocks / sectors that are really on the nose whereas index funds of course must own and weight everything within the scope of the fund.
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A correction is due and very much needed. 10 to 20% would be a good shake out and still leave prices high. Certainly in Sydney anyway.

Nobody wants to see people lose homes, but like the stock market, people over expose themselves and they get the rough treatment. No sympathy for interest only investors jumping on the hype train though.


The banks via APRA are doing the dirty work on housing loans albeit too late imo. The RBA imo will hold fire until it is absolute certain a series of rises is required. They will look stupid if they go early, but have to reverse the decision if things are not as rosy as they thought. Is there ever just one move up or down? I don't think so.
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Those L/A types will to some degree , give way to better vehicles with lithium based batteries in time as people get wealthier or just want a more versatile vehicle.

Those vehicle registered numbers don't include those popular LSEVs. (I can't imagine driving there with them not needing a licence weirdsmiley.gif )

Given their pollution problems any move away from internal combustion is a good thing.

My next town car may be a hybrid or electric. Preferably electric depending on the dollars.
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Making the case for lithium https://qz.com/972897/china-is-selling-more...not-even-close/

Where it all comes from as we make the switch is the key for investors.
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It's just been a few days since I heard of them so missed all of that. Nice ride if you were on board.
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No mate, not a buyer. Someone younger than me mentioned it elsewhere.

I'd never heard of them, but initial impressions are they are kicking some goals. It's not an area I have any clue about. I recall when youtube was relatively obscure and google was some new fancy search tool. You never know.
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Hi Nipper, I was just having a look at this a few days ago. https://bigreviewtv.com/

http://www.fool.com.au/2017/07/14/the-big-...-the-past-year/

http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/compa...-6m-179581.html
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Hi blacksheep, welcome to the site and thanks for your contributions. Sharescene has been quiet for some time now. CUV is a very active board and good luck to them.

There's been plenty of very active boards over the years but traffic has dwindled, since the GFC iirc. It's a pity really as SS is a great format with some real quality posters.
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We tax the 'bad guys'. The amount of tax depends on your public popularity. Never mind it's the wrong end of the cycle. Cynical bulldust. The public will pay one way or another.
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This must get an award for news article title of the year laugh.gif

NASA wants to probe Uranus in search of gas.

I'm thinking it may well be a successful search.
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G'day Nipper,

It was news to me also.

Seeing the mail is a freebie and used for marketing his services , I've pasted it below.

Today I'm going to talk further about the most exciting sector in the Australian market today, the medical cannabis sector.

This is one of the strongest secular trends that you can profit from in the year ahead.

We really should refer to it as the cannabis sector rather than the medical cannabis sector, because the opportunity extends far beyond medical applications.

You may or may not know that I am somewhat obsessive about my personal well being.

I don't eat meat, I don't eat dairy, I don't eat grains, and I don't drink alcohol.

Every morning I have a bullet with spirulina, berries, greens, and hemp protein powder.

Protein powders are typically bad news. If they are made from peas, which most are, they are loaded with lectins, and are harmful to our health.

I'm certain you will be gobsmacked, just like I was, when you realise what hemp protein powder contains.

For starters, hemp protein powder is said to have more amino acids than meat, eggs or milk. It has more Omega 3's than Chia seeds, and furthermore it is an environmentally friendly food.

Why get your Omega 3s from fish oil when you can get plant based Omega 3s that seem to be even better.

What I'm saying is this.

Now that the demonisation of cannibas is at an end, the world is fast coming to terms with the fact that cannabis [or hemp] is not only the most powerful natural medicine known to man, and the ultimate textile, it is also a super food.

Go into your local health food store and have a look at how much shelf space hemp products take up. It won't be much. As each month passes be sure to keep an eye on the volume of that stock, and prepare to be amazed, because the growth in the adoption of hemp products will truly be something to behold.

The fact of the matter is, despite almost a century of groundless demonisation by vested interests and the ignorant, it is crystal clear that it is the premier natural textile, an incredibly powerful medicine, and a super food.

Forget chia seeds and goji berries. Both are loaded with lectins and are actually bad for you. The fact is that hemp is one of the richest known sources of omega 3s.

Recently I sent you a free report referring to Zelda. I bought at 3.8 cents, and sold at 10.

In my weekend update I reviewed 8 cannabis stocks and identified the 2 stocks I consider the best in the sector, and Zelda is not one of them. I have Zelda in the middle tier of opportunity.

This is all in my weekend update for members.

Premium Membership at The Super Investor is normally $97 per month, but for a short time I'm offering 3 months for $194.

That means you get 3 months for the price of 2, a saving of $97.

In every update I cover the index, the banks, the miners, the best growth stocks, the best cannabis stocks, gold, and special situations.

You can count on the fact that you will be impressed.

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Paul Nojin of Key levels has some work on 8 MC stocks with 2 stand outs.

He's a bit of a food purest and uses a cannabis protein supplement as part of his regimen so possibly knows something about the market as well as his analytical skills.

No, I don't subscribe, but if someone does.... cool.gif
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Westpac's latest result from ABC news.

Not shooting the lights out, but not bad either.
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ESE maybe worth looking at.

ESE from the ABC

A brainchild of Israeli doctor Yaron Penn, who has spent the past six years refining the technology, the firm produces a product which smells and tastes like cannabis and has many of its medicinal benefits but does not contain a trace of an actual cannabis plant.

It is also produced without cannabinoids, the element of cannabis which is illegal in many countries because it evokes a psychoactive response from users.




So it is not strictly a medical cannabis stock, but in the same space. Interesting approach. I have no idea if it will work or make money.


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The damages awarded are ridiculous, but were awarded over the cop lying to make an arrest that was a proven to be a trumped up offence. That event would appear to have been treated in isolation to his record as I believe is normal.
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Thanks nipper, I'd not seen that. 4 networks?!
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They've taken a big hit today. Looks like they are issuing a billion in bonds for "general corporate purposes".
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I'm reading that Morningstar are quite positive on STO. In the centre of their accumulate range and well below their 5.30 fair value. EPS up from 4.5cps to 29 cps over the next year. Debt cut by about 50% over the last few years and continuing be reduced.

All that's required are higher HC prices. unsure.gif
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Yes that seems a bit silly to include those areas. If you asked someone from Gosford, central coast or the Hawkesbury towns where they live, the answer would not be Sydney.
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The payment of interest on the unpaid RAD rather than paying the RAD lump sum does not work well in our experience.


Given the interest rate is (was?) over 6% and the pensioner bank accounts were paying about 3% (less now I think) a resident is going out backwards at greater rate if he/she invests safely rather paying the RAD up front.

Keeping the cash in the bank is then considered an asset and fees go up and pension goes down (if on one)

If anyone or anyone's parents are looking to go into care in the near future, do your research, get pro advice, as the govt departments are $#@! hopelessly inept and as a rule do not understand their own rules.

It is a minefield and little mistakes can cost a lot of money. Find a way to legally hide your money, spend it or give it away > 5years out from entering care or pension age.
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Largest dinosaur foot prints found in WA.

Simply incredible.
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Very little chance now with that batting collapse. It was there for the taking. We need a miracle to get a victory now. It has been a much closer series than I expected. I expected a whitewash. But, still disappointing to get so close and balls it up.
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Ha! I should have said 350 was more likely. Bang on 300 (unfortunately) A good start wasted.
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Good fightback in the 2nd session by India. I was looking for 400 but around 300 looking more likely now. Seeing a few really turn from Jadeja will be of interest to SOK.

The debutante Kuldeep looks good.

Bugger SOK run out as I type.
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Smith wins the toss and bats. 100 plus in 1st session for one wicket. Warner gone early in the 2nd session. The wicket looks fairly flat. We really need a lot of 1st innings runs to make it hard for India to win. They must win to take the series. We only need a draw to keep the trophy. Kohli out with a crook shoulder.

Dharamshala looks like a stunning location. Photo here
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You maybe right there T regarding the foot marks. Mind you, it was only Jadeja who got a number of wickets. Even the mighty Ashwin had trouble.

It was a very good result for the Aussies. Hanging on for a gritty, hard fought draw is not our forte.
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That's Ok Frodo, it is a common misconception. smile.gif
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"Who is daddy?"

If you are referring to Rod Marsh, former selector, he is not related to the Marsh brothers. They are the sons of Geoff Marsh , former Australian opener and not a selector.

Dan Marsh is Rod's son. Played 1st class cricket for Tassie and SA , but never selected for Australia afaik.
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I think the markets had factored in the rise at 100% certainty.

I also think market is saying that our next move is up.

As for fundamentals, I do recall looking at research that basically said that once the rates start to rise , it is so well flagged or expected that the USD will lose strength rather than what you would expect. I've not made a study of it, but apparently history lends this theory some support.

A quick look at the AUD/USD chart since US rates began to turn up seems to support that. For now anyway.
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Maybe just call it a draw like in the good old days? A winner takes all result is not always the best result. If teams are that close, that should be reflected in what they take from the game. Sure it is exciting, but not really fair.


My opinion has swayed a bit. I think in the rounds a draw is a draw. Finals need a winner, so I think extra time as required.

Golden point gives so much opportunity from first use of the ball or profit from one mistake, even a referring error and it is all over, whereas extra time there should be a more even distribution of opportunity.
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Thanks T.

Unfortunately Hanscombe did not go on with a big score, nor S Marsh.

Both played very, very well, but more runs were needed. As expected, even a small 4th innings total was going to be very hard to get with 2 great spinners weaving their magic.

Mitch Marsh is a decent all rounder but really has not produced the goods at test level. The pitches have not really suited his bowling or batting style imo. But still he gets picked.

I like the guy but he's just not good enough imo. On truer pitches here, he is a genuine prospect where his seam bowling and big hitting through the line is more effective.

Stoinis or Enriques could have done as well or better. Why Maxwell does not get a run is beyond me. He's a spinning all rounder and I think a better bat then Marsh. Also as good a fieldsman as anyone. He certainly has that batting X factor. When it works it is spectacular.

J, I'm not sure Usman is the answer . His record v spin has been quite poor iirc.

Yes, we collapsed late in the test, but did very well to even compete on 2 very ordinary pitches. Disgraceful actually.

Taking just one test from them is already beyond my expectations in this series.
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Despite Lyon's haul , this test is in the balance. The pitch is very difficult and unless we get a decent 1st innings lead, India will likely roll us. Batting last chasing anything but a meager target will be very, very difficult.

Ashwin and Jadeja have us under considerable pressure. 2 down, still 100 behind and a very slow run rate. I think the post lunch session is crucial to win and without Smith we will struggle. Renshaw must carry on. Great test cricket.
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Lyon on top.
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14 for 89 overall J.

Great numbers. The best shield bowling stat since 1981 (Terry Alderman 14/87) and 9th best ever in shield cricket.
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This was posted elsewhere soon after the win:

Today is a significant day in the history of both of these teams. It marks 16 years since the death of Sir Donald Bradman, and 16 minutes since the death of Indian cricket.

Absolute gold.
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You did. I'm sure you will like this article by Jarrod Kimber. here
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The best thing is Warne has been slagging off SOK on commentary for ages, and now he's eating a $#1T sandwich. And I'm loving it. Cricketing legend. Absolute knob.
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I'm pleased to see that. We all knew your new name, but EB you will always be.
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I pinched this from elsewhere on the net:

A soldier ran up to a nun. Out of breath he asked, "Please, may I hide under your skirt. I'll explain later." The nun agreed...

A moment later two Military Police ran up and asked, "Sister, have you seen a soldier?" The nun replied, "He went that way." After the MPs ran off, the soldier crawled out from under her skirt and said, "I can't thank you enough, sister. You see, I don't want to go to Syria."

The nun said, "I understand completely." The soldier added, "I hope I'm not rude, but you have a great pair of legs!"

The nun replied, "If you had looked a little higher, you would have seen a great pair of balls…. I don't want to go to Syria either."
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We could see some more action in QBE after weekend reports that Allianz is in talks with them.

It's behind a pay wall, but it's in the Fin Rev here
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I've never heard of it, but having checked, it's real. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclogenesis
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I would be surprised if he lasts 4 years T. Mad as a hatter.

I read that the ban effects only certain muslim countries, but ignores those with citizens directly involved in the 9/11 atrocities or any country where he has business interests.

Mo Farrar sums it up quite well.

On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien.

I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years - working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home. Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome. It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home - to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.

I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realise my dreams. I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honour of a knighthood. My story is an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation.

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Hi EB, my concern would be that it could be a politically expedient decision, not one based entirely on the pro's and con's by the FIRB.
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"Earnings bonanza" predicted.
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Hi Nipper. Thanks. I don't recall whether it was Al Kohler, maybe Phil Lasker? It could have been Dame Edna given my memory for names and faces these days. I had a quick look around and could not find any links.

However they got the numbers, it does indicate the challenge US pollies face in ever getting debt down.
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I saw an interesting projection on ABC news a few nights ago in the finance wrap.

I was too slow to make any notes or record it.

IIRC, is was saying the USA requires in excess of 11% growth to significantly reduce their deficit, about 9 % to make good on Trump's vision and about 3.5% to be neutral.

I'm hoping someone else saw this and can add to or correct what I've posted.
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"pivot point? Or just a natural pause? Incoming Prez isn't giving much away, about any so-called economic fillip. I suspect those that voted for a new paradigm may be underwhelmed, as we progress"

He's a loose cannon and I don't think his ego will let that looseness be reigned in by more stable advisers. Investors / insto's et al looking for stability are going to have an interesting time. wacko.gif
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The Americans have their own Taliban Pendragon. They just dress differently, but are just as crazy.
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Well it looks like wickets lost decided when the declaration would come. It'll be a tough time for the openers.
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Never mind J. Pakistan may well have 400 plus themselves by now if they had batted. Unfortunately, they have fluffed many of the chances they have had with awful fielding.

Depending on how many wickets we lose and runs scored, I am looking for a declaration before tea or before stumps if we last that long. Smith I feel, won't be in any hurry to get them in. Bat big once, roll them twice.

With 2 spinners, he will be more likely to enforce a follow on if that situation arises.
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A very good day for the Aussies. Warner making history and Renshaw cementing his place with a very patient innings and batting all day.

Sadly, the pitch is devoid of life for the seamers. I expected better. It was a good toss to win and it will be slog for Pakistan to measure up in reply. Crap fielding cost them a few again.
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I'm thinking it is a dress rehearsal for India as much as winning a dead rubber V Pakistan.

I would like to have rested Starc and played Bird. Good medium pacers can do well here.

But they are playing Cartwright who does bowl handy medium pacers, so that balances out Birds loss to some degree.

I am happy with 2 spinners in Sydney. They need two for the Indian tour.
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My error.

That should read awkward 3rd innings not 4th. With such large scores and lost time it
felt like a 4th innings on the last day.
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Hi H,

When the Aussies got a 150 lead , I was quietly confident of a collapse. But it seemed destined for a draw for several days. Smith Warner Usman and Starc put paid to that with some good batting.

It's not uncommon for a last innings collapse after being in the field for so long. They were under pressure to win and went from a can't lose 400 plus 1st innings, to needing and an awkward 4th innings total to win it. Few teams can do it. We have struggled a few times over the years. Pakistan are pro's at it.

I feel for them. They seem to be a good bunch of guys.

No Asian team has ever won a series here iirc. That record remains intact.
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Hard to say Alonso. It's been a good rally on the back of his win and or Christmas, so a pull back would not surprise. Once inaugurated, the reality of his presidency may be a downer for markets if he starts rattling his sabre v China or he can't do much or any of the things he promised.
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Hi T, yes there maybe opportunities for companies that have the backing to survive the vagaries of trading in China. The daigou seem to have moved on from BAL product if we can believe anything we read. I'm unsure if BAL has the people or backing to survive a prolonged discounting war and regulatory hiatus.

Let's hope it works out, but fear a lot of pain.
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https://www.ato.gov.au/Forms/You-and-your-s...013-14/?page=11

The holding period rule requires you to continuously hold shares ‘at risk’ for at least 45 days (90 days for certain preference shares) to be eligible for the franking tax offset. However, under the small shareholder exemption this rule does not apply if your total franking credit entitlement is below $5,000, which is roughly equivalent to receiving a fully franked dividend of $11,666 (based on the current tax rate of 30% for companies).

This means that you must continuously own shares ‘at risk’ for at least 45 days (90 days for certain preference shares) not counting the day of acquisition or disposal, to be eligible for any franking tax offset.

Days on which you have 30% or less of the ordinary financial risks of loss and opportunities for gain from owning the shares cannot be counted in determining whether you hold the shares for the required period.

The financial risk of owning shares may be reduced through arrangements such as hedges, options and futures.

If you acquire shares or an interest in shares and you have not already satisfied the holding period rule before the day on which the shares become ex-dividend, the holding period rule commences on the day after the day on which you acquired the shares or interest. The shares become ex-dividend on the day after the last day on which acquisition of the shares will entitle you to receive the dividend. You must hold the shares or interest for 45 days (90 days for certain preference shares) excluding the day of disposal. For each of these days you must have 30% or more of the ordinary financial risks of loss and opportunities for gain from owning the shares or interest.

You have to satisfy the holding period rule once only for each purchase of shares. You are then entitled to the franking credits attached to those shares, unless the related payments rule applies.

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It's not looking too good for current holders Nipper. The dangers of riding booms like that and the uncertainties of trading in a market like China.
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Skippers are less inclined to enforce the follow on these days. They seem to allow their batsmen to pile on a massive lead while the pitch is still good, perhaps declare then have the opposition tired from bowling , knowing its a pretty hopeless situation and have them batting last on a deteriorating pitch chasing 450 to 600.

I think Smith may bat again during daylight hours today , maybe put on a batting show, say another 200+ in about 2 sessions and have Pakistan back in under lights tonight.


Batting again always has them chasing a total. If their top order fires in good conditions, they could end up with a small but awkward lead and give them some confidence and much needed practice v our bowlers.

If they are chasing over 500 in the 4th innings they will capitulate.

All that said, a current lead of over 300 to chase, with 2 plus 10 wickets in hand will likely be enough anyway. It comes down to how much Smith wants to put them through the wringer, how his bowlers are feeling, the pitch, weather etc.
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In the news:

here.
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Lord Smith does it again slow mo gif and one at normal speed with slo mo replay.
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Steve Smith is near deity status after tonight's match. 164 , highest one day innings at the SCG, takes one of the best catches you will ever see. Absolute blinder. The catch
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I see that as correct. He's an autocratic business person and I think utterly clueless about diplomacy with limited interest in using it.

He is used doing and saying whatever he likes. I think it will be a long 4 years.

Hopefully the congress and senate can keep him on a short leash with actual legislation but his megaphone pronouncements must be worrying.

US diplomats must be soiling themselves.
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If that happened to me I would remind him of my will and how well the local lost dog's home will be doing after my death.
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Another Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
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There is no equal time when it comes to satire. He really is best served in saying nothing.

If one makes silly promises and statements, has ridiculous hair and seems to be permanently sun burnt, expect incoming.

He's the greatest gift to comedians and satirists in many years. It's up to him and his acts as president to quell the satire. If he proves worthy it will change.
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The funny thing is that it was not the Australians who complained about Faff's the ball tampering. I've not heard one person seriously suggest ball tampering would have changed the result.

I have lost respect for Amla (who I held in high regard) and Steyn for making light of this incident. Faff has history of ball tampering and was warned about scuffing up the ball in this series.

Now the Saffers as a unit are making fun of the incident v Victoria. http://imgur.com/gallery/mMP5k

I honestly hope they rub him out for more than a few tests as a warning to others and SA juniors watching as I'm sure it is being treated as a joke by the SA media.
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Probably why it's popped a bit.




From the Fin:




As far as investor days go, Telstra's did not disappoint.

The telecommunications giant gave fund managers and analysts plenty to think about with one short sentence: "Over the next 6-12 months we will review our capital allocation strategy taking into consideration the long term business and financial profile of Telstra".

That means how to make the best use of one-off and long-term payments from NBN Co.

Telstra is to receive payments for leasings its network to NBN Co up until 2046, with the possibility for an even longer period.


Analysts were quick to point out that Telstra could securitise the NBN payments, offering them to investors as a government-backed annuity stream.

"We have considered a hypothetical theory the recurring infrastructure payments through to FY46 could be securitised by TLS," UBS told clients on Friday morning.

"Given these payments are also guaranteed by the Federal Government, they could be viewed by some investors as a Government-backed annuity (i.e. valued using discount rate nearing the 10 year Government bond rate, plus some sort of spread / premium)."

UBS reckons the infrastructure payments will be worth about $940 million a year by the 2022 financial year.

Applying a 4 per cent discount rate - which is higher than the 2.6 per cent on offer for 10-year Australian government bonds - the value of the securitised NBN recurring revenue would be $12.8 billion, based on UBS numbers.

Credit Suisse analysts said Telstra's capital management review could lead to big changes at the telco, and agreed that securitising the NBN Co revenue was an option.

Also up for review is Telstra closely-watched dividends policy.

"Telstra could consider a relatively radical capital management strategy that involves securitising, and effectively pulling forward, future NBN infrastructure receipts," the analysts told clients.

"It could use the proceeds to either support the dividend or to fund a large one-off capital return to smooth the transition to a lower underlying dividend."




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A fit Patto is an automatic selection I reckon.

Burns is gone. He really is not playing well. His last four innings have been poor, all less than 10. Who to throw into the fire next?

Not much out there.
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Callum Ferguson's brother's reaction. here
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Callum must have compromising photos of the selectors banging each other.

Chad Sayers must be wondering why he keeps playing given his record.

Warner should be flayed for that crap . Not the shot of a VC. Saffers bowled really well in very helpful conditions, but 85 is rubbish.
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1st innings, great.
2nd , inconsistent. I think Starc is under done coming back from injury. He looked tired. SA batted with discipline and determination, had some catches dropped and things went their way as it does. The match stats are not flattering for any of our top bowlers. Lyon was ineffective and he has been our leading wicket taker of late.

I don't think Smith did a good job of managing our bowlers either. He's no Clark or Waugh tactically.

S marsh is a problem. He's a good cricketer but he's not test quality in either department right now. Hazlewood was good in patches but again disappointing overall. That pitch was a bowler killer and SA batted accordingly. We did not.

We did have a number of good pace bowlers. There have been a number of them injured too. Cummins is the stand out. Good bowler but frail. Jackson Bird, Mennie may figure next test. S marsh is out and Sidds in doubt. I like Siddle. Tough bloke and tries hard, but being down in pace and not doing a lot with the ball he may go soon. I think he did his job OK, but both ends need to apply pressure and if the other end is bowling crap, the stump to stump bowler is banging his head against the wall for nothing.


We should have got a good 150 in front on the first innings. That was a gift for SA as they then got to bat from level pegging when they expected to be looking at a big deficit. They then got the pitch at its best and put our guys in the heat for 2 days. They were not under pressure with time on their hands and knowing we had to bat last. All over.

Because we were even after the first innings, it effectively became a 2 innings test match and we handed them the best batting conditions on a platter.


I think the have called up Callum Ferguson. He's 31 and only averages a bit over 40 with the bat. That shows our current lack of batting talent at present. Also Joe Burns is back. Again a decent player but only averages just under 40 in 1st class.
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I think batting all day is out of the question EB. It requires a genuine miracle. A minimum of 90 overs today with an all-rounder of dubious staying power already at the crease.

We had them by the balls and let go with a dismal 1st innings.
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Clinton rally I expect. Markets still tentative as she is not a certainty.
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No team makes 500 plus in the 4th innings. At this point 250 looks a stretch.
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Here you go EB. http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/cont...yer/215155.html

His 1st class record is actually lower than his test record. His recent record (mainly playing away from home) has been poor as you suggest.

However, few of our players have done anything of note playing away.
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I think he's good enough EB. The problem is, if you do leave him out, who is kicking the door down to replace him? His test average is about 44 which is decent.
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Aus v SA underway in Perth. Aus lost the toss. SA batting and 2 for17. The pitch looks great for batting. 2 early wickets a big bonus for us.
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Hi mr bear, ballooning in Myanmar?!

When we went there a long time ago we were lucky to see a bus less than WW2 vintage. A virtual time machine traveling there then.
I'm guessing you are in Pagan. Ballooning there would be spectacular. The temples are amazing.
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It's on watch EB.

I found this on Livewire

As the global economy begins to reflate, the Fed continues to delay rate increases, and China pumping further stimulus into its economy, commodities have enjoyed a healthy rally this year. But can it continue? Chris Watling, Chief Market Strategist at Longview Economics, thinks not. The iron ore price has gone over $60, but he says the clearing price is $30-$35. This price increase has been driven by a switch in China from an equity market bubble, into a Tier 1 housing bubble. “One just has to think about how far [China’s Tier 1 housing market] has gone to rekindle one’s concerns about some of these commodity prices… Yes, it may run a bit further, but this isn’t the beginning of a great big bull market for commodities. No way. This is a proper bear market rally.”

You are far better placed than I to judge whether he is right or not.
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Listening to the missus only twice in 2 years seems a reasonable trade off . tongue.gif
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I've not acted EB. I'm not sure IO can hold up.
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Mrs B pulled the winner in her work sweep for a few dollars profit.

Don't lament too much triage. At least the owner, Lloyd Williams, is an Aussie as is the jockey. Brother in law of Michelle Payne, last years winning jockey.
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BCI have raised some cash, sold off an asset to FMG and look to be developing their Bucklands project next year. They maybe a decent recovery situation over the next 12 months or so if IO can hold onto decent prices.
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I would call their share registry Computershare, or the company and ask what the situation is http://www.tritonminerals.com/contact/

They have Chinese backer and were looking to raise more cash as far as I know then relist.
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High 80s to 90 would be more interesting.
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Nothing to see here nipper. Move along...

How is that ethical or even legal?
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I may as well put this here. Natural gas forecast
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Anywhere where the pitches are not dry and dusty for spin.

It looks like most home teams win these days. No one team is dominating as were the Windies back in the 80s and the Aussies under Taylor /Waugh/Ponting. 3 nil is a poor result, but it's good in that it is a humbling and learning experience.
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Hard luck story
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NXS may well be a bargain, but the sovereign risk will be a problem I think given the recent coup. (or attempted coup)
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ANZ profit slides
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