PERSONAL, UNDILUTED VIEWS FROM TOM WINNIFRITH
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ADVFN CEO Clem Chambers described Tom Winnifrith’s new facial hairs as looking “dashing”. Mrs W described them as making him look “like a criminal from the TV show Ripper Street”.
Tom admits they are ridiculous but this is for a good cause: Movember. Will you sponsor Tom’s tash to raise money to fight prostate and testicular cancer? The most recent photo is below
If you care to sponsor Tom Winnifrith for Movember go HERE
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I am often misquoted (by BB Morons) as saying that all Bulletin Board posters are morons. Far from it. Some are but the vast majority are not. And in that vein, I offer up a post from the ADVFN Sefton board which is pure poetry if a tad on the brutal side:
Bring out your dead.
Bring out your dead.
Bring out the Sefton dead.
Daub a red cross on your doors for Monday.
There's going to be a massacre in the stampede to offload this POS before the plug is pulled next week! Disorderly market = suspension. A Suspension that SER will never come back from.
Bring out your dead! Bring out your Sefton dead.
Pile up the bodies. Ring a ring a roses a pocket full of posies
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This is the video Sefton Resources (SER) is bullying ADVFN to remove. For every bullying email, letter or phone call I hear about I shall repost the video five times just to make sure no-one misses it. Viva Free Speech. The video is nine months old and you have to admit it is really prescient.
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I am sure that this will get me into trouble in some quarters but can someone explain why there are so many fat and stupid people in Scotland? I start with its leader Alex Salmond. Faced with the fact that Scotland is the third fattest nation in the world (after the US & Mexico) and getting fatter the Scots Government says
“We are investing more than £7.5 million between 2012 and 2015 on projects to encourage healthy eating.”
a) How much has been spent on such projects between 2009 and 2012 and did Scotland get fatter or thinner? So why spend more money?
b) You are not investing. Scotland is a heavy net taker from the Union in fiscal terms. So you are taking money from English taxpayers and not investing it (that implies you get a return) but pissing it away creating yet more non jobs.
Okay, so we have established the Scottish Government is thick and as it happens its leader Mr. Salmond is a real lardbucket. So what about the folks he claims to lead?
41% of Scots males are termed fat. 32% of Scots females are termed fat. And a survey out today shows that one on five of Scots folks reckon that jam (2/3 sugar) is something you can eat as one of your five a day quota of fruit.
How frigging stupid can you get?
In honour of our fat and thick welfare addicted friends North of the Border I ask you to submit captions to the picture below in the comments section by Friday at 9 AM
For what it is worth my entry is:
“The Scottish slimmer of the year said that his weight problems were all the fault of Thatcher and 500 years of English exploitation as he pocketed his prize and weekly benefits cheque and headed off to the deep fried Mars bar shop”
Last week I asked for you captions for this picture.
The winner is Fiona from ADVFN with:
Real Man Pizza employs new table dancer to entertain customers, but recruitment process goes horribly wrong!
Congratulations to Fiona.
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Sefton Resources (SER) and I will be seeing each other in Court in just under three hours. But the company has today wasted more shareholders cash and contacted ADVFN asking that it remove the spoof Sefton downfall video arguing that it is a bit naughty... Ooooh er missus.
I have advised ADVFN to take it down. This is my battle. But I’d hate for you not to enjoy the video and so in case you missed it first time around. Here it is. As financial comedy goes it is pretty good IMHO. Almost as funny as the Sefton RNS 24 hours before its last placing when it said output had risen when in fact it had fallen.
Sefton...I do not think you understand this interwebby thing do you.
See you in Court at 2.30 PM bitchez!
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Over on the ADVFN Sefton thread it appears that one or two folks have a few bad things to say today about Jim Ellerton and Sefton Resources (SER) following Brokerman Dan’s shocking new revelations (which you can read here) and my own expose which you can read here.
But Sefton has its defenders. Jellyman 2 lashes out at one critic with this post:
To have contempt for je and sefton is fine, IF you are a holder and are loosing ££££'s. But to spout bollox and ridicule people for losing money shows what small minded, lowlife animal fuckers you really are!!!!!! and all because your gay lovers bmd and tw ARE too SCARED to post here.
Cripes. I think I am pretty open minded when it comes to sex. My partner is after all from the Grim North and is a Guardian reader. I mean how frigging tolerant does that make me?
But a gay threesome involving Dan Levi and some unnamed BB poster? Dan is a very nice fellow but there are limits to my metrosexual liberal open mindedness.
But what is it with BB Morons that they think that being gay is some sort of word of abuse? You will remember that some other BB Moron insisted that I spent my life in gay bath-houses (I have never been to one in my life, for the avoidance of doubt).
There is nothing wrong with being gay. It is not an insult. It is not something to be ashamed of. Now outing yourself as a Sefton shareholder on the other hand… yuk. But I suppose Sefton shareholders are adults who have consented to being financially buggered. If that’s what floats their boat…
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I have not dared look at the Gulf Keystone (GKP) Bulletin Board threads since myself and Zak Mir went openly bearish. The more I look at this the more I am bearish. Bear raider Lucien Miers outed himself as a bear over the weekend and he has dared look at the thread on ADVFN.
None of the points he raised is answered in any way. Instead there is a torrent of abuse for him (and also again myself, Zak and Shareprophets). Lucian thinks we should all now enter the witness protection programme. You can read all of our thoughts at www.ShareProphets.com – we are not deterred and will not be deterred from writing again.
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I am still completely wiped out. It is incredibly draining doing presentation after presentation and half way through the post event celebrations I fell asleep (ok I had enjoyed a few drinks as well) but I still feel utterly drained. And so once I have ruined a few other weekends by breaking news of a planning oil company merger involving a well-known name I think I am off to sleep again.
Thanks for the many emails from folks who said that they enjoyed the show. On balance so did I. I thought that the talks were more interesting than for many a year. They have been put on video and so will start to go up from Tuesday in a variety of places. But suffice to say you should register now at www.shareprophets.com to catch many of them.
The location was not ideal. Not least that in order to feed my addiction I had to scrounge a spare packet of Marlboro Light from David Lenigas who had thoughtfully come well supplied. But ADVFN and I know enough now and the show was a success and so we are now planning for UKInvestor 2014. Watch this space – we will announce the date soon.
Highlights for me?
The young man who now writes tips appearing disguised in dark glasses to gain entry (not having booked a ticket). When spotted by Steve Moore, he claimed that he was at Excel to go to the International Cake show down the hall and made a swift exit.
Nick Leslau and Nigel Wray – optimistic about the UK economy and as a double act far more powerful than as individuals. A lot of wisdom was shared by the pair.
Losing the debate with Richard Poulden once again. I am now 3-2 down but I really will try to do slides next year and stage a comeback.
Mark Slater. The obligatory dirty joke but the quality of his analysis of the markets and of individual stocks (three of which have been tipped by myself and Steve) was incredible.
Nigel Farage – unscripted, lucid, funny and on most issues bang on the money. I had a good chat with him and Chris Booker after the event and he is a very funny and pleasant chap. C Booker’s Thatcher tribute was bang on the money and nailed a number of leftie canards.
Above all I really enjoyed meeting so many of you who attended (particularly, I should say, David from Oxford). Thanks for all the kind words and I hope that you enjoyed the day. On stage I had more fun than I have had for years. I can say what I like these days and I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I actually enjoyed the day in a way that I have not enjoyed MI days for a long time. With the speakers, stand holders and the audience I felt far more at home than I can remember being for years.
The home team from RMPC & ADVFN staging our first show should be thanked, notably John W, Clem, Fiona and especially Mike Hodges and from our side Darren, Nigel, Sarah, Steve, Robert Sutherland Smith and Martha. It was their first run at this, the second time is always easier.
So thank you to all who attended. ADVFN and RMPC starts work on Monday on UK Investor 2014 which will be bigger and different. I hope to see even more of you there then.
PS I should mention one other highlight. The after show pool games. I defeated Andrew Bell of Red Rock. Zak Mir fluked a victory against me. And then it was the final: The UKIP volunteers against myself & Zak. They had been trying to persuade Zak to sign up to UKIP although he is obviously a bit too right wing for them. And so with the prize being that if Zak and I won they would allow him to become the party’s immigration spokesman (Zak’s views are unprintably stern on this matter, making Evil seem like a total Guardian reader) we played. The bad news for UKIP is that Zak and I won.
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I ask your help. I am endeavouring to work up a directory of independent share bloggers. Not the big share blog websites like ADVFN or iii – not websites with stacks of staff and vast amounts of money behind them. But the small one or two person operations. Those are the blogs that provide colour to the market. I offer up a starting list of just under 40 such blogs. If you produce a blog that is not on this list or read one (based in the UK or Eire) that is not on this list can you either post a link in the comments section below or send me an email on [email protected] with a link?
In advance, many thanks.
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Well it is not official. Or in fact true. But a kind Bulletin Board poster on ADVFN has just posted:
“Winnifriths done it again. He’s only gone and libelled SEFTON. The man has got balls of steel. Cant help admiring him. He must know 100% that he’s going to win otherwise he’d never have written this.“
To Mr Diddliesquat, for that is the poster, I say thank you for the compliment but I have not libelled Sefton today or at any time. Everything I have written can be stood up with facts. Sefton knows that really and is just playing for time. But thank you anyway.
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I am calling from the ADVFN newspaper – I am going to write a piece there on your client What is ADVFN said the PR bird? Jesus wept. A FTSE 250 listed company is paying this bird’s firm £10,000 a month to handle its financial public relations and she has never heard of what is the UK’s largest financial website with 3 million views a month. I ended up having to spell ADVFN to her.
I will not name the company that employs this bint but truly it is pissing its money away. For £10,000 a month you expect a modicum of knowledge of the financial markets. I don’t expect the bird to read ADVFN but not to have heard of it? She is probably a looker and a very charming bird but still…
And now I am about to have lunch with a PR bird who is a looker but is certainly not thick.
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Need a man to produce 2,000 words of high quality material in a few hours…you know where to get me. And so in my father’s freezing Warwickshire house last night I penned an introduction to the new book by ADVFN boss Clem Chambers – The Death of the West. I had no problem saying it is a good read. It is. I agree with his thesis. But you have to tell a few jokes at the expense of the author. Hence this morning’s creation by Clem of a new word for the OED: Complisult. Definition. A mode of laudatory writing invented by Tom Winnifrith.
The book should be available by Christmas.
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Firstly he is the boss at ADVFN and we seem to be working together on more and more projects these days. Secondly he is a decent enough bloke. And thirdly he will hopefully plug my book in return.
On that basis I am happy to impart to you news that the 4th book of the Jim Evans series from Clem Chambers was released late last week. To celebrate the launch, Clem is giving away 1 x SIGNED copy to one lucky Facebook fan.
To win, all you need to do is share this post (publicly). Clem will select at random from all shares of this post on Monday morning – the 26th.
And you can win all four of these books in a free contest at
Since I am not on Facebook I cannot enter these contests. Drat.
I am sorry to say that I have never read a Clem Chambers novel but I have promised that I shall have a stab at one over Christmas.
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Those who are registered with this site were sent the Tomograph yesterday. If you are not registered please sign up now. You will not get Spam from third parties just the Tomograph and the odd message from me. You can sign up here.
This week’s issue contains an exclusive article on how the NHS is not a sacred cow. This was born from anger as I saw another sort of cow claim a 10% discount at a restaurant on Friday. You can read about that, this week’s top stories, the caption contest, my work at ADVFN and much else in issue 12 of the Tomograph by clicking here.
You can access an archive of past issues of the Tomograph by clicking here.
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I have known ADVFN CEO Clem Chambers for years and years. He is a peculiar character but we have always got on reasonably well. When he sensed that my days at t1ps.com – the site I founded in my bedroom 12 years ago but left behind in September of this year – were drawing to a close he offered me the chance to do some freelance writing for his online newspaper – a new feature of the ADVFN site.
Initially I was a bit sceptical. My experience of writing for a number of PLCs is not good. They can be very restrictive in why you can, or cannot, say. But Clem and his chairman Mike Hodges said there would be no controls.
I tested this in an early article inviting Islamofascists to issue a fatwah against Clem (and myself) and he waived it through and even laughed at my little joke which you can read HERE.
And so I progressed. I pushed the point again with a series of articles about penny dreadful Sefton Resources culiminating with a piece in which I invited them to sue me for libel. They declined because my comments were all fair. You can see them HERE.
Not once have Clem or Mike flinched. This is fun. This is editorial freedom. I have written about stacks of companies on ADVFN during the past three months over the course of 130 articles and you can check out my content HERE.
On the free to access ADVFN material I get paid according to how many unique visitors read each article so please do not dissuade you from having a gander.
As with all my free to access material on all sites, I run a précis here on TomWinnifrith.com with a link to the main piece elsewhere. Non financial articles appear in full here. I would say that about one eighth of my free to access work appears on ADVFN.
Of course ADVFN is also publishing two of my three e-books out before Christmas.
I mentioned the free to access ADVFN material. Well as of Sunday at 12.01 AM there is more. I am sure that ADVFN will be making it clear what is going on. This is a relationship that will run and run…
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I cannot say with any honesty that I could speak for two minutes without hesitation, deviation or repetition on who the Christian Scientists are. It is perhaps odd that I therefore find myself writing for the Christian Science Monitor. In fact it is twice odd as I do so for free, albeit only about once every six weeks or so. Everyone else I write for (and another contract started this week) does have to come up with the odd shekel or two. But the CSM and I are discussing a few ideas on that front too.
Who are Christian Scientists? I did know that they refused medical treatment and think disease is healed by prayer alone. That would save the NHS a few bob. Apparently they also do not believe in hell either. But, founded by Mary Baker Eddy they are essentially Christians. At least they do believe in something, unlike that really weird part of the Christian brotherhood, the Church of England.
I also cannot remember how I hooked up with them about 18 months ago. I got an email from someone called Laurent Belsie who for some reason sounded to me as if she was a glamorous French American bird. So I happily chatted away by email and started to do the odd piece. It is only recently that I have discovered that Laurent is a happily married man but that is the internet for you.
Even before I discovered Laurent was a bloke she was quite stern. I am not allowed to use naughty words in my CS Monitor articles. It does me good to have the odd truly clean piece of copy. And there has to be some element of hope in the conclusion. Greece may be utterly buggered (sorry, in a total mess) but it can be saved. Albeit it may take 150 years. That is the idea of hope. With those two caveats I get a free rein on what I write. There is no house style to which I must adhere.
I have written about Greece, the American deficit and a couple of shares (Facebook’s IPO for example). I am feeling rather guilty that I owe Laurent a piece on Albania which is horribly overdue. I am not sure of guilt is a concept in Christian Science but I feel it anyway. The Monitor is an interesting read, it breaks the odd really fascinating story on social issues from around the globe (it was the source for one of my pieces on drugs liberalisation law).
Next week, now that I am off London time and catching up on so much that is overdue, its readers (and there are a lot of them) will discover about the dynamic growth economy that is Albania. Laurent, apologies for the delay, I am back on board, even though you are not a glamorous bird after all.
Next week: ADVFN
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A personal note follows at the end. West Ham supporters will understand the reference to Paul Ince, a man who is – unfairly in my view – known by Lucian and his pals as Judas. I digress. I have today signed two contracts with the UK’s largest website ADVFN. This does not mean that my relationship with t1ps.com changes.
The first is the book deal I referred to a while back. Somewhere the contract was mislaid and so I resigned it again today. By August 31st I am contracted to deliver my copy for an e-book ADVFN wishes to publish on why gold is heading through the roof and how to profit from it. That is my summer project.
The second is to start writing a blog for ADVFN. I should start posting my first content this weekend. This may seem the Paul Ince act. Well it is not. My contract comes with the blessing of those running t1ps. I will not be covering small cap t1ps and doing CEO videos etc for ADVFN. The premium site where I focus such energies will – as long as I am comfortable with the management, its commitment to free speech etc – always be t1ps.com. I have a firm writers contract with t1ps and a promise of a far better one if certain changes happen.
So ADVFN is an outlet for some of my macro burbles, thoughts on the US market etc which do not fit easily with t1ps.com. TomWinnifrith.com will carry my content from ADVFN, ShareCrazy, The Christian Science Monitor as well as my own non financial burbling on Debbie Harry, West Ham, the Evil Empire, Greece, Vlachs, Lesbians, the Argies, Global warming, the only true democracy in the Middle East, etc, etc. For small cap share tips etc you should, as always, go to www.t1ps.com – where I believe that some major improvements are planned.
From a personal perspective I now have almost all my ducks in a row for a career as a full time writer, organiser of Master Investor and video presenter. Writing is what I want to do and enjoy doing most of all. My keyboard is humming and I am happily writing with a freedom and enjoyment I have not had for many years. Pro tem I plan to take a break from England to a place that is hotter and even more bankrupt in order to purge my mind fully of Rivington matters and to purge my body fully of nicotine. In the middle of nowhere, but online, I aim to complete the book before I return, relaxed, 21 llbs lighter and lightly tanned. Blogging will continue as normal but the phone will be switched off at Gatwick airport and will stay switched off for well over a month.