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The Garrulous Jay – Deputy Dog

Hello! George is on holiday at the moment, so he’s asked me to step in and write this week’s edition of The Garrulous Jay. For those of you who don’t know me I’m Dudley and, along with my cockerpoo colleague Flo, I’m in charge of on-site security and client...
The Garrulous Jay – Lucky Lucky England

The Garrulous Jay – Lucky Lucky England

On Sunday evening England got lucky. If Italy had managed to retain possession of the ball until the final whistle Gareth Southgate would have been unable to bring on substitutes Marcus Rashford and...

The Garrulous Jay – The Final Countdown

The Garrulous Jay – The Final Countdown

At around 10.00pm on the 26th June 1996 a football player with one previous penalty miss for Crystal Palace three seasons previously, made the long walk from the halfway line at Wembley to take the...

The Garrulous Jay – Savaged

The Garrulous Jay – Savaged

BrewDog is a business whose success owes much to a carefully cultivated image of controversy and rebellion. This is evident in the name of their best-known beer, Punk IPA, and in the fourth element...

The Garrulous Jay – Hair Today…

The Garrulous Jay – Hair Today…

On Wednesday I did something for the first time in 2021: I had a haircut… I had wanted to darken the doors of 6 Upper Goat Lane in Norwich for some months, but when I called Flint Hair in March to...

The Garrulous Jay – Planner To The Apes

The Garrulous Jay – Planner To The Apes

Mission accomplished! The Norfolk Fellaton completed their nine day Odyssey from Land’s End to John O’Groats at 4.50pm on Sunday and, after succumbing to a virulent case of FOMO, their team sponsor...

The Garrulous Jay – Forecourt Conclusion

The Garrulous Jay – Forecourt Conclusion

“Five pounds of four-star, please!” Readers of a certain age may remember making such a request of a garage attendant, or at least hearing their parents doing so. I can recall sitting in the back of...

The Garrulous Jay – The Fellaton Of The Rings

The Garrulous Jay – The Fellaton Of The Rings

At George Shippam Financial Planning we are delighted to be sponsoring 'The Norfolk Fellaton': six foolhardy souls who have decided to undertake the Tolkeinesque challenge of cycling from Land’s End...

The Garrulous Jay – Vinsanity

The Garrulous Jay – Vinsanity

Last week saw the annual Bordeaux ‘en primeur’ season get into full swing. This is when an elite group of the world’s most prestigious vineyards release the prices of the latest vintage of their...

The Garrulous Jay – Engine/Oil

The Garrulous Jay – Engine/Oil

Engine No.1: the name may not be familiar to you, but this small activist fund manager with a quirky name is at the epicentre of what could be a watershed moment for the investment industry. All...

The Garrulous Jay – “Built On A Lie?”

The Garrulous Jay – “Built On A Lie?”

"Built On A Lie": like so much to do with his subject, the title of Owen Walker’s excellent book about Neil Woodford is ambiguous. It suggests that Britain’s most notorious fund manager might owe...

The Garrulous Jay – Pitch Perfect

The Garrulous Jay – Pitch Perfect

I’m a massive fan of the BBC’s “Dragons’ Den”. Most of the time this is for the bloodsport of watching would-be entrepreneurs’ ideas for 5-speed electric toilet brushes, beauty products made from...

The Garrulous Jay – Own Goal

The Garrulous Jay – Own Goal

“If you’re going to be wrong, be wrong slowly.” So said a wise old salesman who took me aside during my first week as a stockbroker. How the would-be founders of football’s ill-fated European Super...

The Garrulous Jay – Copycaterpillar Thriller

The Garrulous Jay – Copycaterpillar Thriller

Cuthbert the Caterpillar has butterflies… Arch-rival Colin is claiming he’s a copycaterpillar cake, and his legal team at M&S want Cuthbert banned from the shelves of Aldi. Down at ASDA Clyde’s...

The Garrulous Jay – Crash On Delivery

The Garrulous Jay – Crash On Delivery

Deliveroo shares had fallen 33% from the price at which they listed on the 31st March when the market closed yesterday. Some commentators have chosen to frame this as a catastrophe for ‘shareholder...

The Garrulous Jay – Three Fishermen And A Chemist

The Garrulous Jay – Three Fishermen And A Chemist

So, there were three fishermen and a chemist talking over the catch of the day in the Lancashire port of Fleetwood. But there was a problem: try as they might to relate their tales of ocean-going...

The Garrulous Jay – Broken Promise Machines

The Garrulous Jay – Broken Promise Machines

All businesses are promise machines. The contract between seller and buyer effectively involves the giving and receiving of a promise, whether the enterprise is manufacturing pins, leasing...

The Garrulous Jay – Health Warning

The Garrulous Jay – Health Warning

Health Warning – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that 1 in 500,000 people who receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be struck by lightning. Politicians are now...

The Garrulous Jay – Shippam vs. Tyson

The Garrulous Jay – Shippam vs. Tyson

“Everybody has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.” So, famously, said Mike Tyson ahead of his fight with Evander Holyfield in November 2006. This oft-quoted line was intended by Tyson to...