gone with the wind

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

gone with the windAs a country boy raised on Western flicks, old-time values and games of make-believe, the American Civil War always had an inherent attraction.

During the first half of the 1860s the underdog Southerners – much like South Africa’s Boers four decades years later – fought against impossible odds to maintain a romanticized way of life built on honour.

Was that the real reason those under the Stars and Bars defended the apparently indefensible for four long years? And how was it possible these out-gunned, out-resourced troops, rallied only by their Cause and the brilliant Robert E Lee, inflicted casualties far in excess of those they sustained?

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One time gold guru Nick Goodwin - his reputation came to a sticky end in late 2005 when he called a bullion bust that never happened

The call that killed Nick Goodwin, gold guru

One time gold guru Nick Goodwin - his reputation came to a sticky end in late 2005 when he called a bullion bust that never happened

December 1, 2005

For two decades I’ve had the pleasure of working with leading technical analysts and gold commentators Nick Goodwin (pictured left) and Issy Bacher. Both have retained their reputations because of consistency – being right more often than wrong.

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Old Mutual's CEO Jim Sutcliffe hunted Skandia for years. Overpaying for the purchase would eventually cost him his job.

History suggests Old Mutual overpaid for Sweden’s Skandia

Old Mutual's CEO Jim Sutcliffe hunted Skandia for years. Overpaying for the purchase would eventually cost him his job.

December 19, 2005

Old Mutual’s dogged pursuit of Sweden’s Skandia has ended almost a year after talks started last December. The 800 000 South Africans who own Old Mutual shares will be hoping it’s worth the R850m in advisory fees being paid to London-based lawyers, bankers and financiers.

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Thinkpiece: What the Wealth Tax call means for South Africans

bettencourt

Warren E Buffett sure knows how to toss a cat among the pigeons. True to form, in August the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway wrote an op-ed headlined “Stop coddling the super rich” for America’s leading newspaper, The New York Times. It was a full frontal attack on a tax system that favours the wealthy.Buffett’s well-argued and entirely logical proposals have become the rallying call for “wealth tax” agitators around the world.Including here in Sunny South Africa.

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Jannie Mouton

Mouton’s model – The great comeback

Alec Hogg spent a couple of productive hours over the weekend with Jannie Mouton’s autobiography “And then they fired me.”

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Searching for Sugarman

rodriguez

Searching for Sugarman – the Rodriguez movie deserves to be 2012’s “must see”.

One of the advantages of smelling the roses is taking spur-of-the-moment decisions. Like putting the Mall shopping trip on hold for a movie. At 11:30 in the morning. Like we did today. A number of our friends have been urging us to go see the recently released movie about American musician Rodriguez.

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A capitalist’s dilemma – by the world’s top management thinker

Clayton thumbIn this superb Op-Ed in the New York Times, the man rated as the world’s top management thinker, Clayton Christensen, says the winner of the presidential election must face “the capitalist’s dilemma.” Christensen, A professor at Harvard University, is the author of the international bestseller The Innovator’s Dilemma.

In many ways, the answer won’t depend on who wins on Tuesday. Anyone who says otherwise is overstating the power of the American president. But if the president doesn’t have the power to fix things, who does?

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The Star

First shots fired

The Star

First shots fired in the bidding for Independent Newspapers South Africa

Newspapers might be dying, but they still carry enough legacy to attract good money. Warren Buffett has changed his mind and started scooping up US papers. And this week in South Africa bidding began for Independent Newspapers, the willing cash cow that’s kept on giving to its embattled Irish parent.

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maggie thatcher

What SA needs is leaders with the grit of a Maggie Thatcher

maggie thatcherWith a hectic work and social schedule since getting back to Johannesburg, scraping away time for a night at the movies is a challenge. Seems when we do want to visit the big screen, there never seems to be anything available at a convenient time. Thank heavens for Box Office. Like yesterday afternoon when our lazy Sunday afternoon became a special one. Courtesy of Meryl Streep’s brilliant portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

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Cyril’s Mensis Horibilis

cyril ramaphosa

Ramaphosa’s Mensis Horibilis isn’t getting any better

You have to feel for Cyril Ramaphosa. Until Lonmin hosted the spectacular explosion of the festering sore that is mining labour relations, he seemed blissfully unaware of a nasty human trait called envy. Allowing his mind to drift to a thought that his time at the top was coming. The Presidency of South Africa. One day not too far away.

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