Coincidence

One of the major tests of how well the UK is going to fare on its own is how well it adjusts to and accommodates its trading partners – after all, trade is, in its most basic format, an accommodation …I’ll give you 3 of this if you give me 3 of that. It appears that, instead of being able … Read More

Bloomberg Interview re: Coronavirus Concerns ***PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT***

Good afternoon from Canada – so that there be no misunderstanding, I state unequivocally that the following and the attached are not political in any way, shape, or form. There has been an enormous amount of misinformation disseminated through various media worldwide, partially because no one anywhere has a handle on this virus – what caused it, how it came … Read More

Gimme Another Beer; Make It A Corona!

This is NOT going to be my ‘regular’ column about an irregular world. Instead, I beg your indulgence in that I want to solely address what has become the major news item worldwide (no, Donald, sorry but it’s not the immensity of your intellect (sic) or the size of your, er, hands 😊) – but the ‘Wuhan coronavirus’. It’s bad … Read More

Who Let The Rats Out?

On Saturday, according to the Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Rat (although some people are now translating it as ‘mouse’) – I guess it depends on the lobby, LOL According to tradition, the zodiac rat (and all born under this sign) is smart, shrewd, and lucky – there are a lot of comments that I could … Read More

No Doubt!

As we close off this decade, I have come to the conclusion that logic and common sense in today’s world are, far from being attributes, quite probably more in the nature of currently being liabilities than anything else. We evidently live in an age where respected economists such as Mohamed El-Erian (Project Syndicate, December 16, 2019) warn that “(The) Global … Read More

The Turkeys are a-Clucking

My wife has suggested, make that strongly suggested, that I make these articles shorter….I replied that our name is Little but there is lots of news! 😊 All kidding aside, this column is starting to have a serious impact on my time. I don’t think any of you realize exactly what it takes to collect apparently important material, winnow it … Read More

Lest We Forget

Well, we are heading into the retail season – Singles Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas – but it has been a long time since I have seen a mood less exuberant. Almost everywhere one looks it seems that the inmates have taken over the asylum. In Hong Kong, the protesters are doubling down with increasingly strident demands underscored by unabated violent behaviour … Read More

Canadian Thanksgiving

It is very hard to believe that we have already hit 30 editions/episodes/epistles– hopefully you believe that it has been quality as well as quantity 😊 First and foremost, a shout-out of thanks to the reader (yes, there are some!) who brought to my attention that GG#29 gave the impression that I am in favour of the protestors’ directed violence. … Read More

Stand With Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is not just a city – it is a state of mind. It is hard to believe that just 74 years ago this modern beautiful of Hong Kong city was, for the most part, rubble and bok choy fields populated by the emaciated survivors of the Japanese Friendship (sic) Sphere. Just 4 years later it was over-run with … Read More

Who’s Laughing Now?

It’s now the day after China’s National Day – 70 years since Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung) oversaw the raising of the flag of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st, 1949, at the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen) in Beijing. So much has transpired in this iteration of China that for me to even attempt a synopsis, less … Read More