Monday Message 30th September 2019

“The man on top of the mountain did not fall there (he took many twists and turns on the windy upward trail)” – anon

Last MM for a few weeks. I’m off with 2 buddies this weekend to Tanzania, mainly to climb the dormant volcano called Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m). Should be a good challenge and create a memory or three…

Back Labour Weekend, update then.

Monday Message 23rd September 2019

“The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness”

– Pierre Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada (for 14 years between 1968 and 1984)

Monday Message 16th September 2019

Some figures to keep us grounded at this time of international uncertainty:

– USA is the largest economy on earth (by a large margin)

– Public term debt per USA citizen is USD68,090 (lower than both Greece and Japan; and many other countries) and far higher than for NZ at USD7,715

– China and Japan are the major lenders to the USA

(source, US Federal Treasury, collated by Pita Alexander)

Monday Message 14th January 2019

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019.

In this age of uncertain Presidential behaviour it’s worth observing that 76 years ago on this day in 1943, the first ever flight on US Presidential business landed. A significant, risky 4 day event which enabled Franklin D. Roosevelt to meet a cautious Winston Churchill and foot dragging Charles DeGaulle in Casablanca. (Stalin declined to come, blaming the ongoing seige of Stalingrad).

The TWA Boeing 314 flying boat departed Miami via Trinidad (now independent) via Brazil and Gambia (now a republic). The final leg used a Douglas C-54 (military version of a DC-4) 4-propeller aircraft to land at the French Protectorate of Morocco (now a Kingdom).

Three generations later the change in technology and geopolitics is scarcely believable. Thus we remain optimistic of continued positive change, the trend is our friend.