Today the markets looked so mixed, I decided to take a stroll to the town and popped in at a bookstore.
There is something a bit forlorn about the carpets, and so many shelves looking emptied during open times gave me the impression that they are either going to lay on the decorations for Christmas or close down. I hope not the latter, for there were half a dozen people browsing, in the 50 plus group, at one glance, so the type of people who enjoy books and likely have the spending power also.
I couldn't see any books on technical analysis, nor on social media. Perhaps that's what the empty shelves are for.
My eye fell on a seductive book, The Mystery Method...a glance through it made me cheer up.
It says use women's perfume instead of aftershave! and the man seen with women at a bar finds more attraction, just like the house just sold or the girl just engaged gets envious glances.
The writer of that work on etiquette for the lothario or would be Casanova must know a few things, as he has even coached people to sit at a pub with him and directed them to go and chat up the woman of their fancy. Certainly some willpower is necessary to go and chat the gorgeous woman no-one else seems to go up to. That's what the Mystery Method teaches. It's somewhat like giving someone the courage to trade.
The book gives fresh amusement, such as seems to be absent in some of the oh-so-direct books that people probably buy in a hurry then wish they hadn't. But this book liked like a nice cuddly cat.
Remembrance Day at the Ilford chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was marked by the Bishop and congregation paying respects to the memories of the heroes and heroines who gave their lives in the quest for freedom from tyranny and injustice.
How great a freedom we enjoy today as citizens of England is all due to the heroes and heroines who laid down their lives, as well as those valiant men and women who helped negotiate peace and brought forward this day into being.
Brother Jeremy Boyden : "We remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, like our Saviour, and we mark this day when peace was first agreed between all nations, on 11th November 1918".
The President's wife Sister Saltzman read a poem about Flanders Fields.
The Bishop's son, Brother Michael Onaolapo Jnr : "Greater love hath no man then He who gave up His own life so that others may live."
Sister Shannon Pickering, who was baptised in the Ilford ward two weeks ago, spoke a few words about the loving atmosphere that prevails in this land, thanks to people like her gransparents who did their bit during the war.
Sister Joanne Boyden read a famous poem, starting The glory shines upon my tears....She read the bit about hopes and expectations and stars and then became very emotional. (I asked her later; she explained that her Mother lost two brothers in the war). (For the Fallen, Robert Laurence Binyon).
Brother Michael Lighten paid tribute to the great example of Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, recounting events in the Captain's life in the Royal Army Medical Corp, who had to combine civilian with military duties at the front, where he saw within a few hours 189 casualties out of 600. Captain Chavasse worked behind enemy lines for four hours, just 500 yards to safety. On another occasion just 25 yards from enemy trenches. Altogether, Captain Chavasse saved the lives of approximately 20,000 men.
On another occasion, he worked with protection against an attack of mustard gas.
Noel picked up his torch, and rose up in his time, working against impossible conditions of mud, blood and water. Captain Chavasse was decoated with a rare second Victoria Cross. Such men are rare indeed, and we all recall his courage with awe and celebration.
"For their tomorrows, we give our today" John Maxwell Edmonds. That was the spirit of the unknown solider, great soul who's memory we salute today.
We stood and paid our respects to the memories of the men and women who have won the freedoms that have greatly contributed to the enjoyment of peace and peaceful life that England enjoys today.
Bishop Onaolapo made these closing remarks : "We are here because of the sacrifices the soldiers, male and female, have made for us. That is why the great atmosphere of stability and safety, friendliness and love prevails in this nation. I am sure this country will go from strength to strength because of that, and I am proud to be a citizen of this great country of ours."
I believe this sums up the congregations sentiments on this day, when we salute those whose lives were lost, as well as those who brought about peace.
May God's blessings be upon all.
(written by Duru-darshan
LDS Ilford ward)
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My blogs being read overnight are as follows :
- The ECB's 25 basispoint cut
- Stephanie Ruhle, CNBC interviewer
(She's actually an anchor for Bloomberg, working in New York)
- This is time for buyers to support Bangladesh factories
(American companies have done so, may blessings be unto them)
- Thomas Sugrue's review of The Last Great Prophet
- The Bank of America share price.
Yesterday I heard the news that China has experienced good growth and far from a hard-landing which people feared it is experiencing very sound growth, with PMI figures up and increasing.
One commentator has stated that China has several trillion dollars of reserves for investment, so I imagine the worldwide boom can continue. Today I heard that 80 percent of visas being taken for visits to Portugal are for Chinese property investors. This way, all economies with an open-door policy to encouraging property ownership and immigration would benefit from the Chinese wherewithal to sustain growth and Recovery.
If the Chinese sources are suggesting U.S. is looking for $561 Billion for next six months, it augers well for the U.S. that the jobs numbers were pretty good and growth potential is inherent in America, and it would be very probable that China would support such borrowings and support, as they have done in the recent past.
The luxury sector may start to rebound in China, who continue to buy Rolls Royce cars and jets as never before, and with the refocus on domestic consumption and increasing exports from China, it is apparent that the Honourable Xi Jinping is inspiring policies that will help the Chinese people achieve higher standards of living.
For stability and optimism into the near future, what more could the world wish for?
The announcement of the 0.25 percent cut in the European Central Bank's benchmark rate is an indication that the economic Recovery still needs a great stimulus, and this was EU's way of getting it.
Only the day before I read that Adecco, the temporary staff specialists, were seeing increased signs of hiring of staff, and European economies are showing a sign of strengthening Recovery. It seems the services sector is growing, which is a good sign. As more people are out and about and travel, they need to sit down and eat.
The U.S. "shutdown" which at one point affected between 700,000 and 800,000 workers, who were told not to turn up for work and others who were furloughed i.e. had their hours reduced to only attend at peak-demand times - that "shutdown" saw reduced demand in travelling and catering across the pond. Here in London I have noticed a few cafes and restaurants mostly used by tourists close. And that was the effect of just a lull in a few weeks of trading.
At the moment, although there is a positive buzz, the uncertainity of the debt ceiling raise pending for 7th February is bound to weigh down on sentiment. It seems Senator Paul has indicated that Dr Janet Yellen will see confirmation of her nomination to the Federal Reserve's chairmanship, and the administration of the spigot can continue.
Feelings on this question are mixed, as the Chinese sources suggest that the U.S. is seeking about $561 Billion over the next six months. This would equate to roughly $93.5 Billion a month. That definitely suggests a phase of monetary expansion bigger than before, as the quantitative easing was running at some $85 Billion a month, cut by 1/12th with the Sequestration. If the stimulus could be so increased,
then that would definitely improve the picture of Recovery for next year. But in terms of reality, perhaps the $85 Billion a month will need to be restored, as suggested by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. No one liked the Sequestration, with scholars being sent home due to non provision of a mid day meal, not to mention problems with funding necessary upgrades to fleets.
It is good news that housing in the U.S. registered positive gains in 44 States last month, and when a stable situation arrives after the debt ceiling issue is resolved, better gains may be expected.
In the meantime, a stable and happy scenario is expected up to Christmas and New Year worldwide.
Chinese PMI data suggests a growing strength in the domestic re-focus as well as exporting sectors.
The United Kingdom is registering positive growth in housing numbers and GDP growth, greatly helped by the introduction of the Help to Buy scheme. Hopefully speculators and buy-to-let landlords are not assisted so much that the property market may become a bubble, causing soaring rents, homelessness and reliance on the social welfare system.
A mixed picture of optimism, with the Twitter IPO yesterday providing some amusement. The market seems to manufacture some euphoria, with the underwriters making good profits.
That's it for now. Very soon I'm off to the World Money Show, at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre not far from Big Ben.
It appears the Obamacare rollout has had teething problems, especially with the website interfacing.
Perhaps they should have stuck with their initial design, just to guage peoples interest without putting them off by asking comprehensive personal details. It's like me asking you for your personal details before allowing you to read my blog.
Good news comes from Professor Gruber's analysis of the figures that would need or benefit from Obamacare, and provided provisions have been pencilled in for the expenditure, the launch should be quite successful, after the rationale is accepted by Joe Public.
It seems that about 14 percent of the U.S. population would need Obamacare, the other 86 percent are adequately catered for.
Of the 14 percent, Obamacare seeks to enlist the young working people, who don't have any kind of health care provision. Once these people start to sign up in numbers, I presume the premium costs would start to come down. It has to be attractive for people to sign up, not a cumbersome figure that people would be unwilling to pay and indeed may not see the immediate necessity to pay if they are currently in good health. Everything being equal, most people would expect to continue to enjoy good health, and it seems a foolish waste of money to buy an insurance policy for health to most young people. However, good health carries no guarantees into the future, and it is against this that people need to have cover, seeing how people's lives are sometimes marred by ill-health and their careers written off. It is against this realistic look that young people need to consider taking up a policy to safeguard their future.
(In Britain it is straightforward enough. Everyone is levied what is termed National Insurance, which is a fixed percentrage of one's income, and universally everyone gets medical cover under the National Health Service. Some out of personal preference for quicker or better service decide to take out additional policies with private health insurance companies. Side by side, the NHS and organisations such as the not-for-profit BUPA and Simply Health serve the population very well, in practical terms.)
If lot more people show an interest in what Obamacare offers, presumably the insurance premiums would start to come down and encourage more and more people to sign on, so it would actually deliver what would become affordable health care.
As the issue is debated and considered, I guess it will gather acceptance, if not straight away then over a number of years. Good health brings great benefits in enjoyment of life and work, creating a happy atmosphere and bringing prosperity to all, a welcome place.
"I know for a certainty that He is coming back"
"Where there is peace, there will be prosperity".
#Business Show, Excel, 18th May (today) Docklands.
1st E-Mail Campaign
A 385 Billion Euro Plan for Greece - the Jucker Plan
A crunch point for Greece and the Euro Area.
A 'damage limitation' excercise after Brexit.
A further pierod of economic Recovery in the Euro Area,and Europe.
A method to help Swollen legs
A sensible arrangement with Greece would be best
A stockmarket correction before resumption of the bull trend?
Abenomics, Mr Kuroda.
Acts of Nature
After the bitter pill, good times ahead for Greece?
Ah so....Mr Abe's economic stimulus, authorized by Guvnor Kuroda.
Appeal for peace and help for Ukraine
Ayurveda - Jobs in voluntary sector
Bangladesh building collapse
Bank of England rate unlikely to be raised just yet...
Baptism to be born-again.
Basil leaves tea.... for reducing diabetes, soothing cancer
Batman, comic books, turn ons.
Best in the Industry
Brexit - a lesson for positive changes?
Brexit? Oh no, I believe it would be a bad idea.
British Airways - lost property - missingx.com
Budget for the Enterprise culture.
Burma - Nobel Laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi
Business Show, Olympia 22-23 Nov London
Can Dr Yellen delay hiking the rate for some time?
Cheers to the pre Christmas spirit
Children dying of measles in Larkana, Sindh.
China - positive signs
China is still very rosy, with re-focus of the economy
Chinese stockmarket fall
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Clarity will help the Euro develop into a strong Reserve Currency.
Climate Change, make furniture
Climate change? Unseasonally warm
Continuation of Recovery.
Corporaate Social Responsibility
Corrections : CBoC rate and Stephanie Ruhle
Could Mr Kuroda taper the Stimulus?
Creating employment, the challenge facing Europe
Cyberattack? or just some hiccup?
Cycles and the stockmarket
Debate about the £26,000 benefits cap.
Debt Ceiling II
DEmonitisation may have a flaw
Developments in Orissa, Bengal, Meghalaya
Diamond Jubilee and Olympics
Diamond Jubilee Year and Paralympics
Do you care about the young doctors?
Donald Trump shall be a good great President
Donald Trump would be good for a King, but not as President
Drink a Pinta Milk a day.
Drought, and shortage of drinking water, in India.
Durudarshan for Prime Minister of India, May 2014
ECB 20 Billion additional stimulus,
Eike Batista, 10th Richest Man in the World.
Enhanced ECB Stimulus would be an Act of Faith.
Euromillion Lottery Winners
Europe hopes Britain will remain In.
Exciting times ahead for the world economy.
Expansion the key, to avoid recession in midst of plenty.
Extended Stimulus by the E.C.B. and a 10 basis point cut seems good news.
Facebook - my blogs on Facebook
Fathers Day - some heartwarming words
France, Germany, Brazil, India, Russia.....greetings!
Free Money and grants for U.S. citizens.
From Recovery to Prosperity
Further peace, lessen war and conflicts.
Gifts...for Christmas and all year round
Go ahead, ask the banks for a business loan.
Good days ahead for India, with the Acheh din Budget.
Good evening, Greek friends....
Good times ahead
Greece - an act of faith is necessary
Greece - In or Out of the Euro system?
Greek Debt Situation
Greek national dance in celebration.
Growth for Europe
Gurdas Sidhu - Knowledge to Action
Hacking a problem on blog - please connect via Facebook
Happy Birthday, Grace!
Happy Fathers Day
Happy New Year!
Health - Diabetes
Heavenly Father, where art Thou? Can people share God's Umbrella?
Help for Indebted Farmers in India
Help save High Street stores in Britain
Herbal and Ayuvedic medications
Hillary Clinton needs all the support in New York and California...and Redmond,Kentucky...
Hillary Clinton odds-on favourite with the bookies, no wonder.
Hillary Clinton, The Donald, the Tea Party?
Hillary for America = America for Hillary
Hillary for America. The Democrat faithful can make it so today.
Historical blogs - of current interest.
Hopefully, the ceasefire can lead to a greater Peace in Syria.
Housing - Social and Improvements.
How can the symphony of Recovery and Prosperity resume?
How can we perhaps have the miracle of Inflation?
How does money get to the real economy?
How would a Greek 'default' affect us all?
I believe Japan should reduce their Stimulus
I pray for Venezuela, now suffering poverty due to fall in Oil price.
I would appreciate your comments
India - The Lokpal Bill
India, shortage of water a national emergency?
India's 14th 5-Year Budget.
Inspiration from the Master Mariner
Interest only Mortgages
Interest Rate and the Economy.
International Women's Day
Investment Analysis and Management
Iran, a new era of peace
Is Brexit likely? Will Hillary win the Presidential race?
It would be just wonderful....The Queen's Speech
It's looking good for Hillary Clinton.....and for Donald Trump.
Japan - Prayer for continued recovery
Jesus, the Heart of Love for all Mankind
Job creation for youngsters in U.K.
Jobs and growth
Jon Bon Jovi, Rockstar, Humanitarian, a Heart of Love.
Kimberley Davis, Sarsaparilla
Light a candle....to Prosperity
London Business Show - 7th June 2013.
London Business Show, 28-29 Nov, Olympia.
London Housing Market
Loves and blessings for Christmas
Manoj Bhargava - Billionsinchange
May Allah bring Peace
Micro and macro - chocolate, fruits, money.
Money for 18-24 year old Entrepreneurs
Money, money, money
More libraries, free books.
Mountain of $57 Trillion, and a family worth 700 Trillion?
Mr Maponya, a dream city in South Africa.
Mr Tsipras makes impassioned plea for help for Greece
Mr Wilson, Yoga Masseur
Mrs Clinton holds Mr Trump on form. I believe she will win.
Mrs Hillary Clinton for President
Musical Christmas celebration, by the Hyde Park Choir
My sentiments are to vote IN on 23rd June 2016.
North Korea's Mini Bomb....let us view it as comic relief.
Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the Party.
Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Bengal
Oil price and Recovery
Oil price far too high
Oil Price, Interest Rates and Recovery
One day for God.
Over half a million new jobs with a Brexit?
Painting and Art.
Pakistani treatment of Indian prisoners
Peace between Russia and Ukraine
Peace and Prosperity ahead for 2016?
Peace and Understanding.
Peace helps us not to fall short of the glory of God.
Peace in Syria - something must be done to arrange this.
Peace, as a rose upon stony ground.
Personal three wishes for 2012
Please, can they consider amending the Myanmar Constitution?
Poor inner-city areas a breeding ground for terrorists?
Pray, and avoid the tragic occurences
Prayer for Peace in Syria
Progress in harmony, not disruption.
Promoting on www.durudarshan.co.uk
Raise a glass of bubbly to Greece
Ratings and Opinions
Read the Scriptures with spirit, and you will find the answers.
Real life supermen!
Real life Super-woman
Recovery in the Eurozone now likely to continue
Redmond - Blessings of peace unto you.
Remain connected, improve connections
Renewed Recovery for the Euro Area now possible.
Right selection of business
Right to Work, Obamacare, competitive wages.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. A celebration.
Saudi Arabia proposing some welcome cuts.
Save the Leopards - WWF
Security - Police
Shadow boxing? The night is yet young in the contest for the highest office in the world.
Sister Akunne's good news...her exam pass, and continuity to work as a teacher.
So much money!
Social enterprise, Micro-finance for UK entrepreneurs.
Social Issues - Commentary
Somalia - books, handbags
Some thoughts for the New Year.
Some thoughts on Christianity
Steady growth for Europe for the next 18 months, by grace of God.
Stimulus in Europe?
Suggest Japan should taper their Stimulus.
Swami Baba Ramdev
Swami Ramdev, Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, India.
Swaminarayan Temple, Neasden
Syria Peace Talks to be arranged for 9th March 2016
Tata Steel - could they find a buyer soon?
Testimonies at the Latter Day Saints church, Ilford, UK
Testimonies of a Christian family
Testimony at the LDS Church after the Blue Moon
The Church of Latter-Day Saints
The Affordable Health Care Act - great news.
the British steel industry - and the E.U.
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement
The Digital Economy
The Euro Area Stimulus to commence very soon
The future is bright, very bright
The future looks rosy. I believe we shall avoid a recession.
The God Particle.
The Golden Plates and the Inspired Translation of the Book of Mormon.
The Himalayan tsunami
The love of Christ - a strong enough foundation.
The magic of chemistry - partnerships.
The Mystery Method
The Panama Papers
The price of Gold
The price of Oil
The Queen visits Ilford.
The Queen's Speech 8th May
The Queen's speech to Parliament
The refugees from Syria - help for them, please.
The Republican candidates
The Third Industrial Revolution
The Tools for te nut
The U.S. Presidential elections
The U.S. Presidential race
The U.S. Property sector, creating $2 Trillion to the good.
The US Housing Market
The Yuan adjustment
To Alexis Tsipras and the Greek nation - growth, Recovery and Prosperity.
Tolstoy would have been as Christ.
Tolstoy's bread crumbs
Touker Suleyman, who bought an ailing company for a £1 and turned it into a £27 Million tu
Trillion dollar coin?
Truth shall prevail - a spiritual musical
U.S. government funding till November 2016, please.
U.S. should extend the Debt Ceiling, Japan should taper, India should cut the rate, U.K. doing fine
Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.
Vegetarian food in Las Vegas
Website traffic streams
What can Mr Putin not do?
Who will win the Presidential race?
Why don't the stockmarkets like prospect of a Republican win?
Why I feel optimistic about Greece
Will the DOW reach 18500, or even 19000?
Winds, be thee still.
Wish you a Happy New Year...Prunay le gillon, Oxford and New York.
Wish you a joyful weekend.
With high energy prices, how can British steel industry survive? Yet survive it must.
Work hard, and work for peace....that way may be the noble, dignified way forward.
World Money Show, 8th & 9th November
Worldwide Economic Recovery
Would you borrow from your bank?
Year of the Monkey.
Zimbabwe - may it continue with fair policies