Filat's Fox Thoughts


Musings from the Den...


#27. Wednesday 7th January 2015: There comes a time when you deserve a single room.


#26. Friday 7th November 2014: "There is no Instant Pudding..." NT, London.


#25. Wednesday 16th July 2014: "Stamp Trade is like sex - you can’t be IN & OUT at the same time..." AH, Lugano.


#24. Sunday 27th October 2013: "The higher the heels the higher the costs..." IM, JNB.


#23. Monday 30th September 2013: Money, like water, always finds a way.


#22. Sunday 15th September 2013: Reputation is sacred.


#21. Sunday 1st September 2013: "Today is Father's Day so it may be acceptable for me to get something for my sons' father."


#20. Thursday 29th August 2013: Management proclaims this morning: "Everything requires Maintenance (capital "M") - even a relationship."


#19. Wednesday 3rd July 2013: It is good to learn new things but it is better to be good at the old things.


#18. Tuesday 21st May 2013: Pressured months reveal the Test of All: "Is it Life-Threatening?"


#17. Thursday 8th November 2012: "The grass is green, the sky is blue..." AH, Paris.


#16. Monday 10th September 2012: Look at the Mother (or the Father, if you are a She-Fox).


#15. Saturday 30th June 2012: We have watched history happening: the destruction of the financial structure of the Western world.


#14. Tuesday 8th May 2012: Keep the company of people who will benefit your Being.


#13. Wednesday 18th April 2012: When the Rich people depart from an unwelcoming economic environment... the Poor people have nothing...


#12. Friday 6th April 2012: Sometimes it requires an Old Dog to achieve the exceptional.


#11. Saturday 17th March 2012: In volatility lies opportunity. Opportunity has neither legs nor eyes; it does not look for you and walk towards you.


#10. Friday 9th March 2012: The youth need to recognise that short term sacrifice may have long term benefits.


#9. Monday 27th February 2012: If you're an idiot, you can't protect yourself from yourself.


#8. Tuesday 21st February 2012: All the day-to-day sh*!t that happens, someone always wants something. Acts of random kindness or appreciation are infrequently encountered and are thus the more magical.


#7. Saturday 18th February 2012: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" Who will watch the watchers? International Swaps and Derivatives Association ISDA. Turbulent times.


#6. Saturday 11th February 2012: Interpretation costs more.


#5. Tuesday 7th February 2012: Word of the day: INEPTOCRACY (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers...


#4. Sunday 5th February 2012: In the countryside a peaceful symmetry is found in a line of cows making their own way, one behind the other, to their midday milking...


#3. Thursday 2nd February 2012: You have to be a player. You have to be committed. If this is what you do, this is what you DO.


#2. Saturday 28 January 2012: No wonder we see a river of money flowing into select philatelic material providing a store-of-value and pleasure for it's owners: Associated Press reports "(Private) investors holding €206 billion in Greek bonds would exchange them for new bonds worth 60 percent less. The new bonds' face value is half of the existing bonds." The little-publicised tragedy is that the affected investors are not greedy victims of a get-rich-quick scheme but were conservatively seeking returns of <5%pa. It will take them more than 20 years to recover (maybe) their original capital. Suddenly a nice album of stamps is very attractive... Click here for Article.


#1. Thursday 26 January 2012: Today Zurich stops working as the electricity goes out for some hours. Swissness is shaken. The world is an uncertain place.

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