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Chemical alert after man found dead in bath


Chemical alert after man found dead in Bath

A man in his 20s has been found dead at a property in Bath, prompting a chemical alert.

Officers were called to the property in Church Street, Weston, at about 10:30 BST.

Not that Weston is Bath. Dear God, the place is almost rural!

So, what things have weekly sales charts then?

Certain things obviously have weekly sales charts.

Box Office is one. And that’s done across countries, so there’s US (really North America) box office in Variety, Hollywood Reporter and so on. UK box office, presumably India, S Africa and so on.

Records – both albums and singles I guess still now? Main chart, R&B, C&W etc in the US.

Books, hardback and paperback. Fiction, non-fiction. Genre and so on, depending upon how far down one wants to go.

And then it all gets a bit hazy for me. Games perhaps? Is there some officially recognised – or un-official that everyone does recognise – chart of sales? That people look at and go “Oooh, that’s number 1!”?

And what else is there that has such charts?

What I’m looking for are weekly releases of these sorts of things. Something that might then be written up by a newspaper or two (box office most certainly is) and which people tend to search for (box office ditto).

Movies, records, books, what else?

Two old blokes losing their memories

So, apparently this is something so good that I’ve recommended it a number of times. And neither I nor Mark in HK can recall what the heck it was.

Quick question

You have mentioned before one of your key recommendations for economics students being a collection of essays from a non economist in one of the big US newspapers and linked to a webpage. Could you remind me of it please? Son of a friend going off to uni to study business economics and thought it might help.


Can’t remember the exact details, but you quote it reasonably often and once provided a link as it’s not in print. It’s kind of a collection of articles by someone who wrote regularly on markets and economics….thought it was in a US journal of some sort. Damn, I even printed it out once…

Neither of us can remember what the buggery this was. The hive mind is likely to do better than two sets of ageing synapses. Anyone think what this is?

Henry Hazlitt it is an was, thanks for the prompt to Dongguan John.

At which point, a fun little point about this social media and internet stuff. Bloke in Hong Kong is asking a bloke in Portugal to recall something. Answer comes from bloke working near Macao.. All participants are actually English. This takes 10 minutes.

Different world in some senses, isn’t it?

Anyone want to pick the sexually gratifying content out of this?

From Google.

Ads suspended on this page because of porno images, videos, games, sexually gratifying text, a page the rives traffic to such content.

This page here.

If Straights Can’t Play Gays, Does That Mean Gays Can’t Play Straights?

Something odd is going on over in the world of make believe. There’s seems to be considerable confusion over what acting is all about – pretending. That being the job of an actor, to pretend. There are very few Danish princes treading the boards but someone has to play Hamlet. Oddly enough those shot, blown up and stabbed on screen don’t in fact die, they get up again and still do panto at Christmas. Not all the people playing the good guys really do rescue kittens as a hobby even though it is of course true that all the bad guys really do eat babies for breakfast.

I assume it’s someone whining about the point being made rather than the page itself.


Your help needed – what’s wrong with this idea?

The question is, why won’t this business plan work?

Obviously, people don’t like it, don’t want to do it, play. It’s not marketed properly, it’s terrible.

But on a technical level, is there anything here that doesn’t work?

The basic is pretty simple. People like playing simple games on mobiles and the internet. They like complicated ones too, but simple still gains traffic. Solitaire (and this basic idea can be extended to more complex, and Sudoku etc).

Newspaper traditionally had a games section. Different games, given the technology but still. Modern day, disintermediation. The games are now off here, away from the newspaper. However, an underlying thought is that the most difficult thing these days is to gain an audience. That’s what costs the money in any web adventure.

So, if you’ve got one audience, sell them something else. Equally, if you’re seeking an audience try to sell them many things.

We have Continental Telegraph. That’s a newspaper manqué. Why shouldn’t it have a games section?

But what would be the attraction?

What’s the big thing out there. Might be as dumb as a sack of rocks but it’s a big thing. Crytpocurrency.

Hmm, so, invent a currency (an ERC 20 token might cost $100 to make). Give it away as the prize for winning the solitaire games.

Hmm, that might gain traffic.

To play the game you’ve got to see the ad (as with mindjolt). Also, the game page shows a few headlines from Contins at the bottom of the page, might gain traffic.

Consumer gets to gain free crypto by playing game.
Producer gets ad revenue by giving away free crypto.

Easy to get this up on a web page, not that much more difficult to make it a an app for iOS and Android.

So, where’s the error. What’s being missed?

A few simple versions of solitaire shouldn’t be that difficult to find. Need a wallet for the ERC token. A system of counting winnings and issuing them as ContinCoin. Dual OS app and webpage. Not the worst of technical tasks.

So, what’s the bit being missed?

Some gentle advice for Pete North

Casting my mind back to 2008 I was a foaming libertarian. Were it not for the corrective educational influence of my father I would, to this day, be reading the likes of Tim Worstall and not be utterly appalled at the man’s stupidity. Life was much simpler then. The answer to every problem was simply “less government”.

It might actually be worth a slight ponder upon what I do say. Which isn’t that the answer is simply less government. Rather, the interesting and important question is when, actually, is the answer government? There are most certainly times that it is, after all.

Downside and Ampleforth

The report on kiddie fiddling.

Time and again within the public hearing, the most senior clergymen in the EBC
and in the two abbeys, including past presidents of the EBC Dom Richard Yeo
and Dom Charles Fitzgerald‑Lombard, admitted wrong-headed judgements, and
expressed regret at past failures to protect children. This was necessary but not
sufficient. It was not accompanied by full acknowledgement of the tolerance of
serious criminal activity, or the recognition that previous ‘misjudgements’ had
devastating consequences for the lives of the young people involved.

How Catholic the modern state can be. Only full confession and repentance can lead to the sin being purged.

As to the rest of the report I read it really to confirm that I wasn’t my usual unobservant self when I was at Downside. The allegations there are outside my time entirely, as I rather thought they were. I’ve mentioned this over the years of inquiries and have had emails from various other pupils and all say much the same thing. Contrary to the Ampleforth experience it all started in the mid-80s at Downside.

There was a 1969/70 incident and that was much more about someone homosexual being interested in strapping youths. Leaving aside today’s rules about teacher pupil relationships – you know, the position of care and power thing – it’s something which, if consensual, would be entirely legal at today’s age of consent. This might be many things whether we apply today’s or yesterday’s rules but it’s not paedophilia.

The mid-80’s incidents and on were.

I left in ’81, as did one other regular commenter here.

The thing is, boys do gossip. If “something was going on” I tend to think that it would have been known. Perhaps not among the adults, but definitely among whatever the target grouping was. It wasn’t, which is why there wasn’t the gossip.

Honest Guv’ not me

We can hear the helicopters going over with hte great big buckets of water to put out a brush fire over in Monchique. Can’t see or smell the smoke but then it’s a bit hazy, given the heat and the dust coming up from the Sahara.

Apparently David Cameron’s holiday villa is threatened by the fire.

Nope, not me. Honest.

Apparently I’m famous in Iran

For a moderate meaning of famous that is.

For some 18 months I’ve been doing pieces which then get translated for one of the wonkist economics magazines in the country.

Which appears to have led to other people desiring More Worstall! Woo! Hoo!

So here in one paper is this piece:

Screenshot of my own copyright

Which is, I think – my Farsi not really being up to scratch – this piece from CapX as translated. That is available for reprint for free.

All of which is more than a tad a pisser. Being Famous I Tell ‘EE, famed enough that people want More Worstall! And it has to be in a country where I’ll get thrown in jail for sanctions breaches if I actually try to charge people for anything.


Oh dear

Usually huge droves of spectators cramming onto street corners signifies the visit of a high-profile celebrity or member of the Royal family.

But hundreds of people lined the streets of Somerset to watch youngsters ride Vespas, vintage cars and Hummers to a school prom that accepts thousands of guests each year.

What is usually a proud day for parents turned into an event of huge proportions in Midsomer Norton, Avon,

Well, which, Somerset or Avon?

Running from memory M Norton never was in Avon although it might still have a BAx post code. And Avon doesn’t really exist any more anyway.

Sunday lunch

Nowt grand, but a nice bit of lamb. The dog got the bone, obviously. I then excavated the teeth of the little bits of meat let over. To find the dog whining at me as she thought I must be eating something – the toothpicky thing – that was much nicer than her bone.

She’s a very sweet dog but….

The costs of modern living

It’s true that I live in rural Portugal. I’m not exactly starring at regular red carpet events, my clothing budget doesn’t have to carry that sort of strain.

And yet, modern life has become rather cheap, no?

And yes, there was significant use of the discount rails of older stock. But, yesterday’s insistence by the other half that a clothing upgrade was necessary led to two pairs of trousers, a hoodie, five t-shirts, two pairs of shorts, some cotton not espadrilles but of that sort of thing and a set of jammies. For a fraction under €60.

Thank the Lord for those sweatshops in Bangladesh, eh – where, yes, most of this was made. Those same sweatshops which provide 80% of export revenue, pay triple the national minimum wage, employ 4 million people and are the major cause of the country’s 6 to 8% annual GDP growth for the past two decades.

Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty, supported by sustained economic growth. Based on the international poverty line of $1.90 per person per day, it reduced poverty from 44.2 percent in 1991 to 13.8 percent in 2016/17. In parallel, life expectancy, literacy rates and per capita food production have increased significantly. Progress was underpinned by 6 percent plus growth over the decade and reaching to 7.3 percent in 2016/2017, according to official estimates. Rapid growth enabled Bangladesh to reach the lower middle-income country status in 2015. In 2018, Bangladesh fulfilled all three eligibility criteria for graduation from the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDC) list for the first time and is on track for graduation in 2024.

Sounds like a bargain to me and the joy is that it actually works.

Yet still there are those against this. Difficult to understand, isn’t it?

I object to this

We can agree that heavy-handed price controls are poor economic policy, but even free market commentator Tim Worstall of Forbes conceded that this only indicts non-market forms of socialism, since we can “conceive of a socialist economy that does work, it just needs to be a market and prices based economy among socialist organisations like cooperatives.”

How is a free market commentator conceding anything when he insists that markets work, non-markets don’t?

What the heck is salmonetta?

Our local little prix fixe restaurant is a bit of a bargain. 19 euros for lunch for two – in total that is. Olives, cenoura salad, mixed such, bread, bottle of wine (vino plonko obviously, but entirely fine) water, amuse guele for dessert, coffee, plate of grilled fish, plate of the best chicken piri piri for 50 km, chips – the last being made from real potatoes, our shorthand for somewhere doing something right. Portion size on the chicken is half a bantam, the Portuguese still eat properly.

And chicken piri piri comes from these parts. It’s “estilio da Guia” more formally, Guia being a village just outside Albufeira. That Nandos is exactly that filtered through colonial Mozambique then South Africa.

There is always the chicken and then whatever fish seems decent that day. Sea Bass, Sea Bream, Golden Bream, sardines, mackerel, horse mackerel, all have been on offer – but usually only one on any particular day.

Saturday there was “salmonetta” and I am struggling to find out what it is. Google gives me a couple of pictures of it from Spain but nothing else. No English name for it. It might be small red mullet – it’s got the pinkish tinge to the skin.

Anyone actually know? That it’s most yummy might not aid all that much in identification….