Tuesday August 04, 2015
Weekly Postcard #121 - The Women's FA Cup Final and what it says about the loathsome BBC
Chatting up a 93 year old in Clerkenwell
Tube Drivers = Greedy Bastards who hurt poor people: when the revolution comes

PERSONAL, UNDILUTED VIEWS FROM TOM WINNIFRITH

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David Lenigas Saint or Serial Sinner, Quindell worth 0p? and is now Gold’s moment?

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The July edition of UK Investor Magazine went live last night. It is free to access and the cover story is “David Lenigas, saint or serial sinner” – a joint effort by myself and the Sith Lord Zak Mir. There are a couple of company profiles, three stocks to buy and three to sell. One of those is Quindell which really could be worth 0p again! And there is more…

Richard Poulden explains why gold really will sparkle this year, Zak Mir interviews Neil Ritson of Solo Oil, there is a share tip from Beaufort and the house view on Greece and why it should vote Oxi.

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Not a reporter so I can have another beer

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As I posted a last few photos on line I started chatting to three chaps on the table next to me in the café. Like half the folks in Athens these days  they were reporters, photo journalists actually, here for the referendum. They have deadlines. They have to get up at 6 AM (4 AM your time) to capture the polls opening at 7 AM.

Me? I have no such deadlines. I comment. So I have no deadlines. You can get the photos and bland coverage anywhere. I can’t hope to trump that. I comment and observe. I don’t report.

So I can have another beer. Then snore soundly tonight and wander along to a polling station whenever I want. Whose life seems more attractive?

Signomi, ena beera 

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Does Democracy Die where it was born this Sunday – paying homage at the Acropolis

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Like all Hellenophiles my love of Greece is partly a love of the country today and partly a romanticised view of life in Ancient Greece. And so as the Greek referendum looms tomorrow one thinks naturally about how this place is the birthplace of democracy, of rule by the people.

And so tonight having shot some poverty porn and had a great meal in a restaurant next to where the Archbishop lives I headed up to the top of Athens, to the Acropolis. Of course it is closed for the night but as you look up you cannot but be impressed at the place and to think of its history.

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Photo article: More poverty porn from Greece: Here's 2 Euro? er can you make it three?

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And so I wandered into Omonia Square in Athens, not a place to stroll around for too long. Athens was an all almost white City thirty years ago. I think my white face was in the minority today. There is an air of menace about the district and I was glad to walk briskly back towards Syntagma Square. But as I looked around I was accosted.

The man said in broken English. I am Greek I have no home, no food, no job can you give me money to eat. As I explained yesterday in the first poverty porn piece, thirty years ago Greeks did not beg. This is new.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - 4th July, Independence is on my mind

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Happy Independence day to our American listeners. My prayers are that tomorrow Greece votes for freedom and votes Oxi! But will it? And what does that mean for the Euro and shares. I note Goldman Sachs claims that a Nai vote will see global equities rise by 10%. Hmmm, I think it misses the bear in the China shop. A few thoughts brought to you from Athens in today's podcast.

This podcast is recorded in the most excellent Anthropology cafe in Athens which I heartily recommend - although it really needs to start stocking ouzo

And fear not Champagne Charlie Gibson fans, I had not forgotten about you. Just a reminder of why the Edison analyst is a convicted felon HERE and as a bonus a reminder of how it is not only the poor he screws HERE - and a reminder of why I feel the urge to remind you all HERE

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Photo article: Mummy what shall we do today in Athens? Go to the ATM darling, of course

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It is Saturday morning and if anything the ATM queues are longer than they were yesterday. Between the apartment where I am staying and the café where I am writing from there are four ATMs. I reckon that the line outside each is now 25 long as folks look to take another 60 Euro out of their account before it is too late.

Lining up in the Athens heat is not fun so why not make it a family day out? 

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Quindell & the TMC fraud that created 140% of stated 2011 profits – much more for Lord Michael Howard to consider

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The most blatant and biggest (in relative terms) fraud at Quindell (QPP) concerns the TMC Southern panama pump which created 140% of the reported Quenron profits in the 15 months to December 31 2011. Lord Michael Howard has confirmed that the new board is aware of this monster fraud as are the SFO and FCA and other regulatory bodies. But to demonstrate the duplicity involved I bring you more detail.

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Photo article: Three Years On: the babe of a waitress & more poverty porn from Greece

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The last time I stayed in this part of Athens was more or less exactly three years ago. I was at an all-time low point in my life but, as I wandered the streets here in a fairly aimless fashion, it struck me that an awful lot of folk had it a lot worse. At last I had a chance to fight back. So what’s changed for the folks here?

The surprising answer is that very little has changed. The photo I use on my twitter account in an Ulster rugby shirt was taken in a hairdresser’s on the corner of the street I stay in. She is still there and seems as chirpy as ever. I popped in to say hello and reminded her of how she photographed me. She pointed to the chair where I sat and said she remembered. 

The gorgeous waitress at the local coffee store, which offers a range of finest Brazilian produce, is still there and still as charming as ever. And she speaks English. Back three years ago my morning chats with her were about my only chats with anyone. She is still smiling.

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The Oxi poster that says nothing but says it all for Greece

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Think Stoke Newington in London. Edgy, lefty but with a stack of affluent middle class Guardian readers among the poor. That’s the sort of neighbourhood of Athens in which I am staying. Everywhere there are Oxi posters – this area is voting No heavily in the referendum on Sunday. Even the businesses display posters – they are not afraid of losing customers because this area is heavily Oxi. One poster (see below) says nothing but says it all.

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