Thursday May 23, 2019
Photo Article - a Woodlarks training walk up the River Dee
Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel - this is what I do when not writing or walking
Photo Article update from the Welsh Hovel - a sight to delight daughter Olaf

PERSONAL, UNDILUTED VIEWS FROM TOM WINNIFRITH

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Some cracking news for Neil Woodford, I'm a shareholder now!

55 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41749/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-some-cracking-news-for-neil-woodford-i-m-a-shareholder-now

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Do 13 year old mothers today still use Mothercare?

71 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41465/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-do-13-year-old-mothers-today-still-use-mothercare

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - it is all about earnings visibility

72 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41442/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-it-is-all-about-earnings-visibility

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Why Hargreaves Lansdown CAN'T tell its clients to dump Neil Woodford and why the yield on EIF is set to crash

73 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41425/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-why-hargreaves-lansdown-can-t-tell-its-clients-to-dump-neil-woodford-and-why-the-yield-on-eif-is-set-to-crash

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: The tide is going out so is Avril Palmer-Baunack wearing a swimsuit at all?

74 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41413/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-the-tide-is-going-out-so-is-avril-palmer-baunack-wearing-a-swimsuit-at-all

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Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast: from a failed fund manager to a failing one (Neil Woodford) - about those %s and the FCA

76 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41407/tom-winnifrith-bonus-bearcast-from-a-failed-fund-manager-to-a-failing-one-neil-woodford-about-those-s-and-the-fca

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: happy International Women's Day with Myra Hindley

76 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41405/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-happy-international-women-s-day-with-myra-hindley

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: 17 million F*ck Offs

77 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41364/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-17-million-fck-offs

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Mirriad needs to fess up, Debenhams does not discount what lies ahead

79 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41346/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-mirriad-needs-to-fess-up-debenhams-does-not-discount-what-lies-ahead

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I'm a professional cynic but my heart's not in it, for today at least

80 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/41322/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-i-m-a-professional-cynic-but-my-hearts-not-in-it-for-today-at-least

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Oi Telit, Accesso & Westminster, BMD thinks I'm trying to sell you a stand at UK Investor

98 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/40943/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-oi-telit-accesso-westyminster-bmd-thinks-i-m-trying-to-sell-you-a-stand-at-uk-investor

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: a hat-trick of Condor spoofs for Jim Mellon while Cabot fails to fess up as death postponed

110 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/40787/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-a-hat-track-of-condor-spoofs-for-jim-mellon-while-cabot-fails-to-fess-up-as-death-postponed

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My first visit to a Greek bank in three years, I'm half way to owning a gun!

165 days ago

You may remember, that at the height of the Greek Financial crisis I went to deposit 10 Euro in an account with the National Bank. As I entered the branch the queues at the withdrawal counters were endless. I went to the special assistance desk where there was just me and three completely senile peasants.

Though they did not know what day of the week it was, they were not so far gone as to be making a deposit. They too wanted their cash out, they just needed help. I was the sole person actually putting money into the bank and for that heroic act, Jim Mellon, rightly, suggested that they should have erected a statue of me in Kalamata next to those of the heroes from 1821.

At some stage I will need 4,000 Euro in that account in order to get Greek residency so I can buy a car and a gun. Please don’t blather on about Brexit. My father’s Canadian friend Peter has had residency for years and Canada is not in the EU. Being a non EU resident just means that you need to pop along to the local cop shop once a year to present your papers. I can handle that.

Pro tem I have not actively deposited cash but the proceeds of the Greek Hovel olive harvest each year are deposited into the account automatically. Wondering how much was in my account and being in Kalamata I wandered into a branch which seemed relatively quiet. I took a tab from the machine and got a number (205) and waited my turn. The big sign showed 193. Though the bank was full of staff shuffling papers there was only one of six counters manned. After 20 minutes the counter showed 194 so I asked a young man if there was a quicker way for me to find out what was in my account. I was shuffled to the special assistance desk and pretty soon was sitting opposite a young lady presenting my account book and passport.

The account book was pushed into a machine and came back with a raft of transactions on it. Blow me down, I have 2057 Euro in the account and will have another 290 shortly. At that point the young lady started suggesting that she’d like to see an electricity bill which I said was not needed, took my passport and account book and left.

The time is coming to risk c1700 Euro of real money, visit the branch again and get my account book to show that I have 4,000 Euro in it.  Since the Greek banks are all bust, though we all pretend otherwise, I may well lose the lot but if I act quickly I can secure my residency before that happens. And then, like everyone else in Kambos, I get to own a gun.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: why Frontera could be a zero within days & the old offshore based asset stripper Jim Mellon does his annual spoof

180 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/39561/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-why-frontera-could-be-a-zero-within-days-the-old-offshore-based-asset-stripper-jim-mellon-does-his-annual-spoof

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Tom Winnifrith (more bad language) Bearcast: Update on the bastards at Barclays and hard questions for SP Angel and my old pal Jim Mellon

205 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/39127/tom-winnifrith-more-bad-language-bearcast-update-on-the-bastards-at-barclays-and-hard-questions-for-sp-angel-and-my-old-pal-jim-mellon

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: on Oxi day why conman, cheat and lying fraudster Darren Winters loves the EU

209 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/39065/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-on-oxi-day-why-conman-cheat-and-lying-fraudster-darren-winters-loves-the-eu

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Revenue plunges, losses soar at Jim Mellon’s Master Investor – is he preparing to shut it down?

227 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/38673/revenue-plunges-losses-soar-at-jim-mellon-s-master-investor-is-he-preparing-to-shut-it-down

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - First Derivatives More to Come (ho, ho, ho - crack out the ouzo)

229 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/38658/tom-winnifrith-first-derivatives-more-to-come-ho-ho-ho-crack-out-the-ouzo

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - at absolutely every level Big Dave Lenigas talks bollocks on Twitter

275 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/37851/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-at-absolutely-every-level-big-dave-lenigas-talks-bollocks-on-twitter

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast, Jim Mellon, SalvaRx and the lessons from the todger spray episode

279 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/37773/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-jim-mellon-salvarx-and-the-lessons-from-the-todger-spray-episode

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - I doff my cap to Jim Mellon but caveat emptor

282 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/37717/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-i-doff-my-cap-to-jim-mellon-but-caveat-emptor

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - which is naughtier: Lyin' Steve Sanderson's UK Oil & Gas or Jim Mellon's FastForward?

293 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/37539/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-which-is-naughtier-lyin-steve-sanderson-s-uk-oil-gas-or-jim-mellon-s-fastforward

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SCOOP ( NOW CONFIRMED): FastForward is trying to raise £5 million in placing - source

295 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/37489/scoop-fastforward-is-trying-to-raise-5-million-in-placing-source

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast- is this ex Jim Mellon stock the biggest joke valuation going?

304 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/37298/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-is-this-ex-jim-mellon-stock-the-biggest-joke-valuation-going

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: from (Audio) Boom to Bust by Q1 next year? And the mystery Optibiotix bull unmasked

319 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/37021/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-from-audio-boom-to-bust-by-q1-next-year-and-the-mystery-optibiotix-bull-unmasked

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: after 27 fecking miles in the sun I must have sun stroke - defending a PR firm ( St Brides) & also Jim Mellon

325 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/36914/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-after-27-fecking-miles-in-the-sun-i-must-have-sun-stroke-defending-a-pr-firm-st-brides-also-jim-mellon

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: naughty, naughty Jim Mellon, I WAS watching at no-one is watching O'clock

335 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/36752/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-naughty-naughty-jim-mellon-i-was-watching-at-no-one-is-watching-o-clock

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Despite being a staunch feminist, I reckon the birds who run FootAsylum must be fired NOW!

337 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/36707/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-despite-being-a-feminist-i-reckon-the-birds-who-run-footasylum-must-be-fired-now

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: think of me with those muscular body builders laughing at me

346 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/36552/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-think-of-me-with-those-muscular-body-builders-laughing-at-me

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Why is my good friend Jim Mellon's Port Erin trading at a chasmous discount to NAV?

413 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/35264/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-why-is-my-good-friend-jim-mellon-s-port-erin-trading-at-a-chasmous-discount-to-nav

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: crack out the ouzo for Telit & Eqtec debaggings and the Optibiotix (good) news

422 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/35114/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-crack-out-the-ouzo-for-telit-eqtec-debaggings-and-the-optibiotix-good-news

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Will Jim Mellon's PR man say sorry for chewing my ear off over the Condor spoof - vindicated today

426 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/35053/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-will-jim-mellon-s-pr-man-say-sorry-for-chewing-my-ear-off-over-the-condor-spoof-vindicated-today

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Malcolm with respect you are talking complete bollocks on IQE

427 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/35026/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-malcolm-with-respect-you-are-talking-complete-bollocks-on-iqe

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Master Investor - the photos of a washout that asset stripper Jim Mellon is desperate you do not see

431 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/34937/master-investor-the-photos-of-a-washout-that-asset-stripper-jim-mellon-is-desperate-you-do-not-see

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: if you are sitting in China you can't hear this. A dose of Schadenfreude & the 2 biggest slam dunk shorts

434 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/34880/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-if-you-are-sitting-in-china-you-can-t-hear-this-a-dose-of-schadenfreude-the-2-biggest-slam-dunk-shorts

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: MySquar & UKOG - spot the difference: not all "death spirals" are the same

442 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/34742/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-mysquar-ukog-spot-the-difference-not-all-death-spirals-are-the-same

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Lyin Steve serves up a horror at UKOG, Woodford's disaster of the day and a question for an old friend

511 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/33476/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-lyin-steve-serves-up-a-horror-at-ukog-woodford-s-disaster-of-the-day-and-a-question-for-an-old-friend

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Nick Leslau on Hammerson, Sagging Saga & so Jim what did happen to Life Science (lack of) Developments?

533 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/33120/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-nick-leslau-on-hammerson-sagging-saga-so-jim-what-did-happen-to-life-science-lack-of-developments

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - if you lost money on Friday sue ABC for its fake news

536 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/33050/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-if-you-lost-money-on-friday-sue-abc-for-its-fake-news

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Just how grim is it at Jim Mellon's flagship Regent Pacific as Fortacin just does not sell

536 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/33048/just-how-grim-is-it-at-jim-mellon-s-flagship-regent-pacific-as-fortacin-just-does-not-sell

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Is there panic in the air at Jim Mellon's Regent Pacific as price of Fortacin slashed by 80%

536 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/33025/is-there-panic-in-the-air-at-jim-mellon-s-regent-pacific-as-price-of-fortracin-slashed-by-80

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West African Minerals: Founder Jim Mellon walks after, up to, £62 million spunked, and its nearly all over - sell!

554 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/32690/west-african-minerals-founder-jim-mellon-walks-after-up-to-62-million-spunked-and-its-nearly-all-over-sell

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Jim Mellon, the Hoxton Pony, the Paradise Papers, the lies and the tax avoidance

557 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/32641/jim-mellon-the-hoxton-pony-the-paradise-papers-the-lies-and-the-tax-avoidance

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I really want to be sick, no I am not joking

564 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/32514/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-i-really-want-to-be-sick-no-i-am-not-joking

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: 8+1 may not be worth 9 at Bushveld

577 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/32293/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-81-may-not-be-worth-9-at-bushveld

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Master Investor accounts out..oh dear, oh dear, another £500,000 spunked, by Jim Mellon!

598 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/31875/master-investor-accounts-outoh-dear-oh-dear-what-s-another-500000-to-jim-mellon

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Amur can't you folks read what is in black and white?

611 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/31626/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-amur-can-t-you-folks-read-what-is-in-black-and-white

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the most pointless company on AIM, Torotrak or Starvest

616 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/31528/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-the-most-pointless-company-on-aim-torotrak-or-starvest

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Some basic maths for Andrew Bell and the UK Oil & Gas poltroons

621 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/31437/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-some-basic-maths-for-andrew-bell-and-the-uk-oil-gas-poltroons

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Sign the Petition and get Jim Mellon's AIM dog Condor Gold put out of business

625 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/31330/sign-the-petition-and-get-jim-mellon-s-aim-dog-condor-gold-put-out-of-business

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Jim Mellon 's Regent Pacific profits warning - premature ejaculation proving a bit of a cock up

659 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/30678/jim-mellon-s-regent-pacific-profits-warning-premature-ejaculation-prving-a-bit-of-a-cock-up

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Manx Financial - why is Jim Mellon giving away free money?

659 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/30676/manx-financial-why-is-jim-mellon-giving-away-free-money

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Oi! Jim Mellon - so how have Plethora shareholders done after that 12.5p all share offer you made?

683 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/30211/oi-jim-mellon-so-how-have-plethora-shareholders-done-after-that-125p-all-share-offer-you-made

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Pure Horse Shit from Jim Mellon's FastForward - the shares will continue to tank

684 days ago

https://www.shareprophets.com/views/30207/pure-horse-shit-from-jim-mellon-s-fastforward-the-shares-will-continue-to-tank

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Happy Birthday to TomWinnifrith.com -now five years old: my 20 most read articles on this website

722 days ago

"Congratulations on your anniversary" said a raft of messages from folks I once knew, barely know or don't know at all but who are connected to me on facebook for grown ups, that is to say LinkedIn. Er ....what thought I... what anniversary? 

Apparently this blog started five years ago and I updated my LinkedIn profile 1826 days ago to reflect this. I was no longer on the board of Rivington the company I founded but was ousted from, I was the editor of Tom Winnifrith.com. Well thanks folks it has been a blast. I really should thank Jim Mellon for asset stripping Rivington and reneging on our agreed compromise deal. That and those nasty lawyers letters sent to me (and to my Dad after one of his henchwomen stole data, just the wrong data) to try to stop me working five years ago, gave me a whole new opportunity and a motivation to succeed again. So thanks Jim, without your valiant efforts none of this would have been possible.

Our media operations are very profitable and growing. Jim, remind me how big are your losses on those media ops you asset stripped now? After five years your loss is well over £3 million or are you up to £4 million by now? When ousting me it was said that all that the media operations you asset stripped (which were, at that point, profitable) needed was a change of management. It really is all about management isn't it Jim?

The five years here have been quite fun. I was trying to explain to my sister T, who was pissed off about an article I wrote mentioning her, and who thought I was on sick leave, that writing on this website does not actually make me much in the way of money, but it keeps me relaxed and happy. It kept me just about sane when I was in a bad place five years ago and remains a relief outlet to this day, a place to vent.

At Rivington I was, for several years, gagged, unable to write what I thought. On this blog that has not been an issue. Sure, some folks, including the facist lawyer of a celeb who enjoys unprotected anal sex with folks who are not his husband in pools filled with olive oil while lecturing us all about the good work he does fighting the spread of AIDS, have tried to stop me but so far it has been free speech central. Such are the joys of an overseas server and being your own boss.

Thank you to all who have supported or read this blog as well as to Jim Mellon for giving me this unexpected career opportunity. My most widely read material is financial and appears elsewhere, mainly at ShareProphets but this is my real joy.

This article will be number 11498 to appear on this website but the 20 most read in descending order are:

 

  1. Tom Winnifrith Postcard: Mad Bernie Sanders to beat Crooked Hillary in California - Donald Trump gets an early Christmas treat
  2. Tom Winnifrith Postcard #137 - #Rhodesmustfall rewrites history and is PC bollocks
  3. Pacific Tycoon – Investor Red Alert
  4. Downing Street Affair - Have you figured it out yet? Surely you have
  5. The Downing Street Affair – Cameron is dreaming if he tries to gag the story
  6. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson what a strange affair in Downing Street
  7. The Number 10 Downing Street Sex Scandal...back to basics
  8. Are you a Northern Git? Take the Test: I am 0% Northern
  9. Kevin Maguire – vile, bigoted, thick leftie
  10. Cheap booze at the local Conservative Club…sign me up at once (and what my Lefty Mrs said)
  11. Why UK house prices must crash
  12. The Talking Dog Joke 
  13. Farewell Rivington Street but not t1ps.com
  14. Thought for the Day – Rev John Bell is ghastly
  15. Kay Larsen PR prude at College Group PR, Pornography, Cheryl Cole, sheep shagging and Advanced Computer Software
  16. The Scots cannot have Independence and a blank cheque from England – Can’t they just Fuck Off and Go it 100% alone?
  17. Call Me tasteless & see if I care: Recycling the Oscar Pistorius twitter jokes
  18. EU Cabbages & Why this Insanity must cease in so many words
  19. Funny Ed Miliband Joke
  20. Kate & Gerry McCann – my sympathy is diminishing rapidly

 

 

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Billing Services - another Jim Mellon backed AIM disaster: don't go bottom fishing

723 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/29334/billing-services-another-jim-mellon-backed-aim-disaster-don-t-go-bottom-fishing

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Fruitcake backers Arron Banks & Jim Mellon plus AIM dog Manx Financial get Private Eye duffing up

728 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/29272/fruitcake-backers-arron-banks-jim-mellon-plus-aim-dog-manx-financial-get-private-eye-duffing-up

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Jim Mellon staring at empty seats at #washoutMasterInvestor caption contest - joint winners

786 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/28083/jim-mellon-staring-at-empty-seats-at-washoutmasterinvestor-caption-contest-joint-winners

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Jim Mellon stares out at empty seats Caption Contest - where are the 5,000

788 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/28043/jim-mellon-stares-out-at-empty-seats-caption-contest-where-are-the-5000

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Asset Stripper Jim Mellon - what are you hiding? Who is on your sinister list

788 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/28036/asset-stripper-jim-mellon-what-are-you-hiding-who-is-on-your-sinister-list

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Extreme Bad Language Special because AIM is an ffing joke

806 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/27647/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-extreme-bad-language-special-because-aim-is-an-ffing-joke

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Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast: FastForward you are talking out of your arse

811 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/27544/tom-winnifrith-bonus-bearcast-fastforward-you-are-talking-out-of-your-arse

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I stand corrected, the CEO was not in the bath & killers gorge, political correctness gone mad

825 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/27222/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-i-stand-corrected-the-ceo-was-not-in-the-bath-killers-gorge-political-correctness-gone-mad

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: possibly the biggest scandal in AIM history to go nuclear this week?

856 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/26582/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-possibly-the-biggest-scandal-in-aim-history-to-go-nuclear-this-week

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Port Erin - NAV statement - just utter tommyrot from Jim Mellon & Co

859 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/26538/port-erin-nav-statement-just-utter-tommyrot-from-jim-mellon-co

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Jim Mellon's Diabetic Boot spoof - is there something FastForward, Port Erin & Life Science should be saying?

860 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/26484/jim-mellon-s-diabetic-boot-spoof-is-there-something-fastforward-port-erin-life-science-should-be-saying

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Tom Winnifrith Christmas day Bearcast - the U to Z of AIM fraud

871 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/26156/tom-winnifrith-christmas-day-bearcast-the-u-to-z-of-aim-fraud

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - The great ladies man David Williams not that bombastic prick from Avanti

880 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/26084/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-the-great-ladies-man-david-williams-not-that-bombastic-prick-from-avanti

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Naughty Naughty: Jim Mellon slipping out that news of a half a million quid loss on Master Investor in Christmas Week

881 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/26033/naughty-naughty-jim-mellon-slipping-out-that-news-of-a-half-a-million-quid-loss-on-master-investor-in-christmas-week

Tom Winnifrith

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Interquest another warning and another company chat

897 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/25740/interquest-another-warning-and-another-company-chat

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Is Mosman Oil & Gas the worst run shitty little AIM oil company?

903 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/25600/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-is-mosman-oil-gas-the-worst-run-shitty-little-aim-oil-company

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Hey Jim Mellon about those overdue accounts for Master Investor - has it gone tits up yet?

946 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/24566/hey-jim-mellon-about-those-overdue-accounts-for-master-investor-has-it-gone-tits-up-yet

Tom Winnifrith

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15 millionth page impression will be today & I think of Jim Mellon

954 days ago

We humans are fascinated by round numbers. The year 2000 was so much more important than 1999 and sparked, as had the year 1000, all sorts of millennial dread and craziness. When a batsman reaches 100 or 150 or 200 it is deemed so much more important than 99, 101, 151 or 199. That is just the way we are. Thus please allow me a short moment of satisfaction at, I guess, around 11.30 today.

I note that the page impressions across the two websites I run TomWinnifrith.com and ShareProphets.com will today hit 15 million. The former is just over four years old and is entirely my work and is at just over 1.8 million. The latter is three years seven months old and around 75-80% of the traffic is for articles written by me so I must share the glory but it is at just under 13.2 million page impressions.

The 15 millionth time someone somewhere reads an article is in itself no more relevant than when someone read an article last week about me wandering around Sainsbury's feeling old and angry with a world going to ruin. But I suppose it is a landmark anyway and, as such, I note it.

And I also look with some satisfaction at the websites I used to run before the asset strippers sripped them out of Rivington, a process that started four years ago last May with them booting me out of the company I founded.

Well Jim Mellon I see that ALL of the website you asset stripped have been closed down. Jim may have one new website to play with but industry data shows that virtually no-one reads it. It would have been far simpler for Jim to have accepted cash bids for those assets back in 2012. It would have been far better for RSH shareholders. Instead Jim asset stripped.

What goes around comes around. As I pass another landmark I shall be thinking of you Jim. Cheers. And have a nice day.

Tom Winnifrith

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Happy Birthday Lucian Miers - Negative Feedback for Feedback

980 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/23677/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-happy-birthday-lucian-miers-negative-feedback-for-feedback

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - will the Pizza Hard Man Darren Atwater be deported to Canada after test fail?

1003 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/23182/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-will-the-pizza-hard-man-darren-atwater-be-deported-to-canada-after-test-fail

Tom Winnifrith

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: plagued by Mark Carney, the man delivering the Omen, Doc Holiday and other scouse riff raff

1015 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/22901/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-plagued-by-mark-carney-the-man-delivering-the-omen-doc-holiday-and-other-scouse-riff-raff

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Fast Forward: strategic update = shameless pre placing ramp

1042 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/22210/fast-forward-strategic-update-shamless-pre-placing-ramp

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 29 June: Dedicated to a miracle baby 15 today

1057 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/21822/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-29-june-dedicated-to-a-miracle-baby-15-today

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This Blog is 4 years old - Happy Birthday: my top twenty stories & 20 Greek stories

1075 days ago

I see from numerous congratulations messages from folks who I do not know, sent via LinkedIn, that I am celebrating another anniversary. Having checked it out it appears that www.TomWinnifrith.com is four years old. It was a very strange birth indeed.

For it was back in June 2012 that I formally left Rivington Street. The board wished me well and made me sign a compromise agreement which I honoured but they did not. Jim Mellon and the asset strippers still owe me £15,000 and even had the audacity, after not paying the money they were obliged to pay, to send lawyers letters not only threatening me if I did not abide by my side of the deal but also if I did not agree to a full one year extension of a non-compete clause. That lawyers letter still brings a smile to my face, surely Jim Mellon must feels some shame about it now? You can tell me Jim, blame it on a minion surely that is a source of extreme shame?

Faced with fascist lawyers letters from a Sunday Times rich list fellow and worth minus £250,000 I was obviously in a pretty low place and so I turned to writing as therapy. In the beginning there was more or less no-one reading this website other than Mellon's bully boy lawyers at Kerman & Co. It could not be called a commercial enterprise. But gradually word spread and the legal eagles from Kerman & Co were joined by many thousands of other readers. It has been gratifying.

In my last few years at Rivington, when team Mellon ran the show, I was barred from writing on numerous topics. Israel, global warming, welfare reform so many things were deemed verboten in an atmosphere of tyranny, the release I enjoyed of saying exactly what I thought was a delight.

I am not sure what has given me more pleasure during the past four year. Is it competing against t1ps - the company I founded - which was asset stripped from Rivington? Because that company has fired nearly all its workers and - albeit with a new name - continues to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds a year for Mr Mellon, while my start up competitor hires talent and makes profits. That gives me some pleasure but is it more than being able to write exactly what I want?

I think it is the latter. Would I rather get that £15,000 back and not reveal how rich men send the most amazing fascist bully boy letters to try to crush those who are already down or woulde I take the money? You know what Mr Mellon, you can stick that £15,000 where the sun don't shine. Here's to the next four years of free speech for me and of me making money from the media world as you lose ever more.

Four years ago I fled to Greece on a one way ticket. Since then many things have brought me back. Retracing the last footsteps of my great Uncle David Cochrane, holidays with the Mrs, the Oxi vote and - of course - the Greek Hovel. And so:

Here are the twenty most read stories on this blog from the past four years...

  1. Tom Winnifrith snowcast from Greece
  2. Greece v Albania for my next Holiday: No contest. Albania wins unless...
  3. Greeks, Lesbians and Vlachs – why my fascination with Greece?
  4. Lunch with Kostas and Anna at the best Bakery in Greece – Farewell Zitsa
  5. Looking forward to the last day of the month here at the Greek Hovel
  6. Picture article: Pressing the Olive Oil from the Greek Hovel
  7. Seeing my guest at the Greek Hovel Naked – what does a Gentleman do?
  8. Frigana Fields of Death Picture Special from the Greek Hovel
  9. Picture Report from the Greek Hovel Number 14 – Porn for my Welsh Friends
  10. Photo Article: Meeting Mr Rat in my new bedroom – Report from The Greek Hovel Number 6
  11. Rats, Bats & Sheep – Report 11 from the Greek Hovel
  12. I was dragged to the Police station in Kardamili and bullied, Greece in context
  13. Picture article - day 1 of the Olive Harvest at the Greek Hovel
  14. A snake encounter at the Greek Hovel, silly me: do as the Greeks go
  15. Reflections on an expensive meal in Corfu – Greece still does not get it
  16. Video & Photos: Finding the grave of Great Uncle David Cochrane in Delphi – Part 2
  17. Essex: Washing Powder from Greece
  18. Is where I have just been called a clip joint?
  19. Tom Milks a Goat Video - It is not easy
  20. Farewell Zakynthos – Am I a snob? Yes



And here are the top twenty non Greek stories

  1. Tom Winnifrith Postcard: Mad Bernie Sanders to beat Crooked Hillary in California - Donald Trump gets an early Christmas treat
  2. Tom Winnifrith Postcard #137 - #Rhodesmustfall rewrites history and is PC bollocks
  3. The Downing Street Affair – Cameron is dreaming if he tries to gag the story
  4. Downing Street Affair - Have you figured it out yet? Surely you have
  5. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson what a strange affair in Downing Street
  6. The Number 10 Downing Street Sex Scandal...back to basics
  7. Are you a Northern Git? Take the Test: I am 0% Northern
  8. Cheap booze at the local Conservative Club…sign me up at once (and what my Lefty Mrs said)
  9. Why UK house prices must crash
  10. Kevin Maguire – vile, bigoted, thick leftie
  11. The Talking Dog Joke 
  12. Call Me tasteless & see if I care: Recycling the Oscar Pistorius twitter jokes
  13. Funny Ed Miliband Joke
  14. Findus Beef Lasagne is 100% Horse: the twitter jokes
  15. The Scots cannot have Independence and a blank cheque from England – Can’t they just Fuck Off and Go it 100% alone?
  16. Thought for the Day – Rev John Bell is ghastly
  17. Kate & Gerry McCann – my sympathy is diminishing rapidly
  18. The best of the Chris Huhne MP (pro tem) jokes from twitter
  19. The best Tesco jokes from Twitter today. No foaling.
  20. EU Cabbages & Why this Insanity must cease in so many words

 

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: 3 China frauds, Golden Saint scam and Jim Mellon's Port Erin

1099 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/20858/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-3-china-frauds-golden-saint-scam-and-jim-mellon-s-port-erin

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PHOTO: Jim Mellon's bully boy security guards march Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater out of minor trade show marked by empty seats

1123 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/20252/photo-jim-mellon-s-bully-boy-security-guards-march-pizza-hardman-darren-atwater-out-of-minor-trade-show-marked-by-empty-seats

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Jim Mellon & the EU: Piss off but we'll have your cash

1123 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/20220/jim-mellon-the-eu-piss-off-but-we-ll-have-your-cash

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FastForward - offshore acquisition - what is it hiding?

1136 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/19984/fastforward-offshore-acquisition-what-is-it-hiding

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FastForward - has Jim Mellon taken lessons from Lenigas on RNS blizzard rampfests

1140 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/19943/fastforward-has-jim-mellon-taken-lessons-from-lenigas-on-rns-blizzard-rampfests

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 4 April: Paul, can I say that Condor & Powerhouse are talking cock?

1143 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/19845/tom-winifrith-bearcast-4-april-paul-can-i-say-that-condor-powerhouse-are-talking-cock

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Tom Winnifrith Good Friday BearCast: An Easter Message and the Morality (lack of) of AIM

1154 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/19657/tom-winnifrith-good-friday-bearcast-an-easter-message-and-the-morality-lack-of-of-aim

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3 Legs Resources - The Mickey Mouse Companies House Filings Part 2.

1175 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/19174/3-legs-resources-the-mickey-mouse-companies-house-filings-part-2

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3 Legs Resources - Greed and Statements that do not add up - disgrace

1175 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/19170/3-legs-resources-greed-and-statements-that-do-not-add-up-disgrace

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 4 Feb - Accept it: facts change and what to make of Plethora

1203 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/18505/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-4-feb-accept-it-facts-change-and-what-to-make-of-plethora

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 28 January: Im still in Bristol & The Mrs is in the doghouse

1211 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/18335/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-28-january-im-still-in-bristol-the-mrs-is-in-the-doghouse

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Video: Jim Mellon Presentation at Gold & Bears

1241 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/17530/video-jim-mellon-presentation-at-gold-bears

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6 days to Gold & Bears – just 4 seats left – BOOK NOW

1277 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/16379/20-days-to-gold-bears-just-200-seats-left-book-now

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I’m following the Jim Mellon crew and taking a small Bitcoin punt on Coinsilium

1283 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/16586/i-m-following-the-jim-mellon-crew-and-taking-a-small-bitcoin-punt-on-coinsilium

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Jim Mellon’s Regent Pacific buys Plethora at 12.5p a share but…

1295 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/16296/jim-mellon-s-regent-pacific-buys-plethora-at-125p-a-share-but

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Free Drinks at Jim Mellon’s pub on Wednesday as Zak Mir and Strat Aero hold court

1326 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/15499/free-drinks-at-jim-mellon-s-pub-on-wednesday-as-zak-mir-and-strat-aero-hold-court

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Exclusive: Jim Mellon sells out of Sefton – what say you now market abuser Chris Oil?

1351 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/14860/exclusive-jim-mellon-sells-out-of-sefton-what-say-you-now-market-abuser-chris-oil

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Jim Mellon, 7 share tips, Rob Terry jail update and much more – UK Investor Show Magazine Sept now out

1354 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/14676/jim-mellon-7-share-tips-rob-terry-jail-update-and-much-more-uk-investor-show-magazine-sept-now-out

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Tom Winnifrith BearCast 9th June: Biotech vs Mining Juniors

1443 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/12721/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-9th-june-biotech-vs-mining-juniors

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - 3rd June: sweaty wreck edition

1449 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/12592/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-3rd-june-sweaty-wreck-edition

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Witnessing the great bank run first hand as I deposit money in Greece

1452 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/12508/witnessing-the-great-bank-run-first-hand-as-i-deposit-money-in-greece

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Happier Times at the Kardamili Police Station

1453 days ago

I sit with my back to the door at the Kourounis taverna typing away, writing almost anything to avoid the torture of completing the subbing of Zak Mir's book. Is it too early for an ouzo to stiffen my resolve to face the torture that awaits?

The cop at the Kardamili police station, who lives in my home village of Kambos, has just wandered in and pats me on the back "yas Tom" says he and wanders to the bar. This reminds me that I visited the police station at Kardamili once again last week. You may remember that last summer I spent a couple of hours detained at the Kadamili nick thanks to a bent cop and bent hotelier and so my memories of the place were, shall we say, mixed.

But I am trying to get Greek residency so that I can buy a car, a motorbike and a gun for the Greek Hovel. And that means that I had to go to Kardamili police station to present my papers. I took my Greek speaking wife with me for protection. Would I meet the bent cop who incarcerated me last year? Would I meet his goon of an assistant who looks like the nasty gay character in Coronation Street? I was rather nervous.

But as luck would have it it was the cop from Kambos who was in charge. He greeted me with a very friendly "yas, Tom!" The downside to him being in charge is that he does not speak a word of English. But eventually a younger policeman arrived and the Kambos cop explained that I lived in Toumbia - the area in the hills above Kambos and that he knew me well - I understood what he was saying. Between the English of the younger cop and the Greek of the Mrs we established that this time I had all the documentation bar one minor item.

In order to show that I will not be a drain on the Greek state I need a bank account with a bank in Greece showing that I have 4,000 Euro in it. As every single person in the whole of Greece rushes to empty their bak account I have to open one and put cash in. Jim Mellon says that if I do this they should build a statue in my honour. Hmmm. And so on Friday I headed to the bank in Kalamata to do my duty...

But we left the Kadamili Police station with handshakes all round. I have noted before the observation of Paddy Leigh Fermor that 99 in 100 Greeks are the most generous, kindest and welcoming folk you can meet. The other one is a complete prize shit who will screw you at every opportunity. Our time in Kardamili last year was marred by meeting two of those prize shits - the bent cop and the hotelier. But that wound has now healed. Even the Kardamili Police station is now somewhere I can view in a positive light.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 29 April - Pre LSE AGM Issue

1484 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11884/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-29-april-pre-lse-agm-issue

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More News on Death Star Implosion & free Copy of book by Sith Lord Zak Mir to celebrate

1484 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11856/more-news-on-death-star-implosion-free-copy-of-book-by-sith-lord-zak-mir-to-celebrate

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Bulletin Board and General Election Moron of the Week - Round 18

1488 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11813/bulletin-board-and-general-election-moron-of-the-week-round-18

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Video from UK Investor: The Sheriff of AIM on death threats, Rivington, Quindell, fraud and more

1488 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11796/video-from-uk-investor-the-sheriff-of-aim-on-death-threats-rivington-quindell-fraud-and-more

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Just why did Minesite airbrush legendary Journalist John Helmer from history

1505 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11459/just-why-did-minesite-airbrush-legendary-journalist-john-helmer-from-history

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - are biotech valuations bonkers

1509 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11446/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-are-biotech-valuations-bonkers

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Bank Holiday Viewing - anyone speak French edition?

1509 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11439/bank-holiday-viewing-anyone-speak-french-edition

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - April 1

1512 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11405/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-april-1

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 10 March

1532 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/11019/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-10-march

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Athens Airport special

1539 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/10898/tom-winnifrith-bearcast-athens-airport-special

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Bearcast Special: Sirius, Webis and the utter disgrace that is Director's Talk

1585 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/views/10142/bearcast-special-sirius-webis-and-the-utter-disgrace-that-is-director-s-talk

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Summit Corporation – Follow Jim Mellon and buy at 115p

1747 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.advfn.com/views/7059/summit-corporation-follow-jim-mellon-and-buy-at-115p

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5 Gold Stars for Jim Mellon at West African Minerals: Aim Good Guy of the Day

1826 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.advfn.com/views/5592/5-gold-stars-for-jim-mellon-at-west-african-minerals-aim-good-guy-of-the-day

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Jim Mellon’s Rivington Street Goes Bust (officially) – even this statement is somewhat incomplete

1939 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.advfn.com/views/3747/jim-mellon-s-rivington-street-goes-bust-officially-even-this-statement-is-somewhat-incomplete

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Jim Mellon buys the assets of t1ps for a song and worries about negative publicity. We wonder why?

1978 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.advfn.com/views/3231/jim-mellon-buys-the-assets-of-t1ps-for-a-song-and-worries-about-negative-publicity-we-wonder-why

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Friday caption contest on a Sunday – mentioning no names issue

1992 days ago

Devoid of an internet connection at home I have been forced to spend the whole day in the pub and as I embark on my third large Rioja I am trying to be careful that I do not write anything too silly.

As such I make no comment on the picture of someone below who is clearly a master investor but came up under the google search “robber capitalist.” Should you wish to post a suitable caption in the comments section below feel free. The deadline is 9 AM Friday.

Last week I asked you for a suitable caption to this Nigella themed picture.


The clear winner from a 
former employee of Jim Mellon’s Rivington Street, Paul Nicholson is:

And without the light dusting on top, this makes an excellent accompaniment to cold turkey

A free pizza for Paul next time he heads over from the Isle of Man

Tom Winnifrith

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The dismantling of Rivington Street – new revelations

1994 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.advfn.com/views/2991/the-dismantling-of-rivington-street-new-revelations

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Beware Lobster Pots: The 49 Golden Rules for Making Money from Shares – only 200 free copies left to give away: Tom Winnifrith

2027 days ago

We had 500 free copies of my new Amazon listed book, the 49 Golden Rules for making money from shares, to give away. But after less than 48 hours we now have less than 200 free copies to hand out. To get your free copy act fast by clicking here.

I started discussing this e-book late autumn with my friend Stephen Eckett. So it has been a long time a coming but, I reckon, it is worth the wait. The 49 Golden Rules for Making Money from Shares can be bought for £10.25 on Amazon but I have managed to persuade Galvan to sponsor another 500 free copies.

Most investment books seem to be large enough to keep the front door open and while some contain gems it is hard to find them amid the verbiage. The aim here is to produce a shorter guide which simply cuts to the chase. I hope that it will provide food for thought for everyone from beginner to expert but whoever you are it should be quick and easy to read and digest.

I do not claim to get every investment call right. Over the years I have got it right far more than I have got it wrong but I freely admit to some bad decisions. I hope that as I approach 25 years writing about shares I have learned from my mistakes.

Part of that learning process comes from listening to folks who really know what they are doing and learning from them. As such I should thank for their assistance, at one point or another over almost 25 years, in helping me distil my ideas or in providing some ideas themselves either wittingly or unwittingly ( by talking to an attentive me), men such as  Nigel Wray, Mark Slater, Jim Mellon, Malcolm Burne and the great Clive Wolman.

With every rule I aim to be short, sharp and to the point. This is a book you can read all in one go or just a few rules at a time. I offer up as an example Rule 3: Beware Lobster Pots

This will be inscribed on the gravestone of legendary gold investor Malcolm Burne, it is his catchphrase. A lobster pot is easy for the poor lobster to enter but almost impossible for it to escape from. And so it can be with smaller company shares. If the wider market is flying or an individual small cap is on a charge there is probably a decent two way market. But if enthusiasm for a given stock wanes or if you are in anything other than a bull market then for many small caps there will be plenty of sellers but just no buyers.

Incidentally ever tighter rules on closed-period dealings by directors has removed one big constituency from the buyers’ brigade from the market for much of the year. So before you buy a small cap look at what its long run trading volumes have been. A share that has in the past been illiquid for many months may well be so again. It is a lobster pot in waiting. Ends.

There are 48 other golden rules where that came from. I hope that folks enjoy this book and find it useful.

You can buy the book for £10.25 on Amazon HERE

But we had 500 copies (actually now less than 200) to give away on a first come first served basis thanks to a kind sponsor. You can bag your free copy while stocks last HERE

Best wishes

 

Tom Winnifrith

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Out today – The 49 Golden Rules for Making Money from Shares (my new book) – 500 free copies on offer

2054 days ago

I started discussing this e-book late autumn with my friend Stephen Eckett. So it has been a long time a coming but, I reckon, it is worth the wait. The 49 Golden Rules for Making Money from Shares was published as an e-book today. It can be bought for £10.25 on Amazon but we have 500 free copies (now only 460 left) to give away on a first come first served basis.

Most investment books seem to be large enough to keep the front door open and while some contain gems it is hard to find them amid the verbiage. The aim here is to produce a shorter guide which simply cuts to the chase. I hope that it will provide food for thought for everyone from beginner to expert but whoever you are it should be quick and easy to read and digest.

I do not claim to get every investment call right. Over the years I have got it right far more than I have got it wrong but I freely admit to some bad decisions. I hope that as I approach 25 years writing about shares I have learned from my mistakes.

Part of that learning process comes from listening to folks who really know what they are doing and learning from them. As such I should thank for their assistance, at one point or another over almost 25 years, in helping me distil my ideas or in providing some ideas themselves either wittingly or unwittingly ( by talking to an attentive me), men such as  Nigel Wray, Mark Slater, Jim Mellon, Malcolm Burne and the great Clive Wolman.

With every rule I aim to be short, sharp and to the point. This is a book you can read all in one go or just a few rules at a time. I offer up as an example Rule 21:

Do not buy shares on the basis of long term forecasts in a rapidly changing industry

The shares trade on a PE of 240 but do not worry, says the company, on the basis of broker forecasts we trade on a 2019 PE of 4 so we are cheap?  Hmmmm. How is it that the company is able to predict such explosive growth? Simple it has a new technology which will change the way the world operates. That may indeed be the case but in any industry where technology is rapidly evolving what is new and market leading today or next year could well be superseded by an even newer and more exciting development in the future.

This applies most often when it comes to looking at technology stocks. One simply cannot extrapolate sales growth patterns from a small base going out many years when an industry is by its nature dynamic. 

Of course those 2019 forecasts might be right but frankly forecasting out six years is not forecasting but guessing even on the basis of what is already known, let alone what is not known (the potential launch of an even better new product). Buying shares on the basis of long term forecasts in a rapidly changing sector is not investment but pure speculation and it usually ends in tears.

Ends.

There are 48 other golden rules where that came from. I hope that folks enjoy this book and find it useful. 

You can buy the book for £10.25 on Amazon HERE

But we have 500 copies (actually now only 460) to give away on a first come first served basis thanks to a kind sponsor. You can bag your free copy while stocks last HERE

Best wishes

 

Tom Winnifrith

 

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The Greek bird, Alex Giachetti, Evil's mate, Jim Mellon's PR man - what a total blur

2101 days ago

I am smashed. 36 hours on the lash has taken its toll. Tomorrow Jim Ellerton will be leaving Sefton in abject disgrace. Seven months of corporate bullying is at an end.

Today has seen an alocohol fuelled blur of activity.  Jim Mellon's PR man was here boozing at 8.30 AM and also at 11 PM, a mate of Evil's popped in and an ex RSH PR head honcho was on the lash as well. There were some very cute models hanging out at RMPC tonight  and some Australian bloke tried to get a bit too friendly with me but got no joy. I enjoyed extensive table dancing with a Greek bird. Champagne, martini, lager, bitter, red wine, lemoncello, ouzo, whiskey, and now it is New Order blasting in my ear. I am not in a good state. Do not tell my deluded lefty's parents'!

Tomorrow we discuss the damages Sefton/Pinsent Masons owes to me & the Rebel Alliance and the deluded lefty bird arrives in London so due to hangover/a need to focus on what really matters (i.e. the deluded lefy) it will be light/zero blogging.

 For now, off to bed. I win. Fuck you Jim Ellerton. Fuck You Pinsent Masons.

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Port Erin Biopharma - Jim Mellon delivers the goods, but...

2223 days ago

http://www.shareprophets.com/analysis/89/port-erin-biopharma-investments-jim-mellon-delivers-the-goods-but

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February SpreadBet Magazine now out with me on Port Erin Biopharma

2307 days ago

The February issue of SpreadBet Magazine ( a free e-publication) is now out and contains – amongst other things – an article by myself on Jim Mellon’s AIM listed Port Erin Biopharma Investments (PEBI). You can download it for free by clicking on the image below.

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I am officially a friend of Albania at last – Madlands, Murderlands on the way

2437 days ago

You may remember that I was evicted from the LinkedIn Friends of Greece Group for saying that Albania was a better value holiday destination than poor old Greece. This mortified me, as a long standing Hellenophile, but I know when I am not welcome and so two months ago applied to join the LinkedIn Friends of Albania group. This morning, in a frightening display of efficiency my application has finally been accepted.

I see that the trending discussion is on how to combat drug and alcohol abuse in Tirana. I am ready to contribute my two lekke worth.

I wonder how many other folks on LinkedIn are Friends of Albania but also participate actively in the Friends of Israel and West Ham United supports groups. I suspect that a Venn diagram of these groupings would show me all by myself but if there are any bubble blowing Zionists out there in Tirana who want to strike up a dialogue, I am here now.

Meanwhile another e-book heads towards the production line from Tom Winnifrith. Not me but the silver surfer himself, my father. Following on from the classic “Badlands Borderlands, a history of Southern Albania and Northern Epirus” the follow up “Madlands, Murderlands, a history of Northern Albania” is on its way. It should be available for purchase at a bargain £9.99 before Christmas and covers the period 1200 BC (the fall of Troy) to 2012. King Zog was from Northern Albania and it is the area known for blood feuds. But you knew that already. My father loves the country and having worked with him over the weekend on a short article on this topic I know that this will be a rip roaring read.

Historically I buy relatives and folks like Jim Mellon a Yarg cheese for Christmas. This year there may be an alternative…

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The Love that Dares to Speak its name all the bloody time

2449 days ago

http://sharecrazy.com/beta/daily/7473/the-love-that-dares-to-speak-its-name-all-the-bloody-time

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Goodbye Port Erin – No fallout with Jim Mellon

2535 days ago

Another day, another non job junked – I have quit the board of AIM listed Port Erin Biopharma Investments (PEBI). Why? I hope that I have made clear that going forward I shall only work a) with people I like and respect, b) where I earn a decent wedge and c) where I enjoy what i am doing. Port Erin fails 2 of the 3 tests.

Being a director of a PLC is a pain in the neck. I once thought that I really wanted to do it. Now I question my sanity for having such an aspiration. You spend hours and hours filling in forms; talking to overpaid and – generally – pretty thick advisors; ensuring that rules are followed which serve no purpose other than being rules, talking to shareholders, the list goes on and on. Is any of this fun? No. I would rather build up a private business than go anywhere near a quoted vehicle again. I would rather spend a whole day wiping Tony Blair’s posterior than re-enter PLC land. And as it happens Port Erin paid me a salary of £0 and that does not qualify as a decent wedge in anyone’s book.

Port Erin exists to mirror Jim Mellon’s personal biotech investments and it is his baby. I was happy to help get it off the ground but it is his show. Jim is a very likeable man and has always been highly supportive. We were chatting the other day at length about weddings. He is not planning one but insisted that if I were to be remarried (nothing imminent to report) he would like to attend. Of course he would be more than welcome. He is funny and interesting. As long as he did not try to give a speech plugging his next book we would be fine. Port Erin has been fun in some ways but – where i am now – it is just an unpaid drag on my time.

I expressed a wish to resign some time ago but wheels turn slowly.
There is more to life than sitting in meetings for no reward and without having any real passion or interest in what is going on. Right now this blog does not earn me a penny but at least it is fun writing it and I enjoy working with those who assist me. More serious business matters are on the horizon but pro tem I just sit and write.

Good luck to Jim. The last stated NAV at Port Erin was c9.6p as at March 31st having risen steadily since IPO. I do not know what it is today but surely a quarterly update for the period to June 30th cannot be far away. I have faith in Jim so do not expect NAV to be heading the wrong way. The shares are just 7p. It strikes me that they are probably rather cheap.

I should declare that I own a few shares and warrants in Port Erin.

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