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Ministry of Propaganda - 26/Apr/2005: "Catching Up"

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Catching Up

The second load of laundry is in the washing machine, most of the bags are unpacked, all pictures have been downloaded to the laptop, the post has been opened, time to try to catch up. My inbox is still full with unanswered e-mails, for those who also read this here thank you for the birthday wishes, I hope to answer by the weekend latest. Quite a few updates to the Blogging Abroad (Expat Bloggers) page are also waiting to be completed, hoping to get them done within the next few days. I've started to pick up on the news again, here are a few items I found interesting:

I spent a lot of money the last few days (in particular before leaving Islay on Saturday). Among other things I bought a new Port Charlotte Lighthouse at Persabus Pottery (I broke my old one by accident three weeks ago) and a Bruichladdich Octomore Futures. After that spending spree it's time to save again, especially after this reminder. But then again there are few incentives to save: interest rates are very low (good for people with debts, but bad for savers) and then I'm taxed again for any interest on money I've saved. Not very encouraging, is it? But I'll resume saving some money again soon.

Will it really happen? As far as I know the exchanges in Port Ellen, Port Charlotte and Bowmore should have been upgraded to broadband this month. When I was on Islay the latest status was that the upgrade was pushed out to July for Port Charlotte and Bowmore, only Port Ellen was completed. I wonder what the people on Islay still waiting for broadband will think when they read that almost 100% coverage should be achieved by the end of 2005. Will it really happen?

Found both articles yesterday, in combination they make interesting reading: First the BBC reports about oil reserves depleting faster than expected (with a few interesting links), then BusinessWeek lists stocks likely to rise/fall with rising oil prices. There could be some interesting developments over the next few decades...

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