The pictures in the post were a quick run around my bookshop with the mobile phone camera so are probably not very good.
Google "RiverOak Investment Corp" and it only comes up with about 2,000 web pages compared with around 13,000 for "st peters village shop" and around 42,000 for "michaels bookshop" "british airways" bring up around 42 million.
With Manston I guess the business of shooting
messengers has reached the point where there really isn’t anyone much left to
shoot. I guess the penny that really doesn’t seem to have dropped is that this isn’t
so much about being against the airport as being about being able to find a
company with the money to fund an airport there.
I guess what was surprising was that there weren’t
more contenders as indemnity partners.
Personally I can’t see how anything other than
either a major UK company with three years of good reputation and a full UK bank account
or a major multinational could have fulfilled the criteria as indemnity
I guess that really does rather beg the question
of who knew this to be the case and how much political posturing went on.
With Discovery Parks and as the council leader
has said that they already have planning applications in the pipeline, we move
into the area where if the council turn down any reasonable application the
planning inspector is likely to override their decision.
I say this particularly with respect to
environmental restrictions, where there is sometimes a much better case for approval
with strict environmental regulation rather than rejection only to be
The trick is always to try and get on the right
side of the balance which goes something like this: On the one hand any
significant industrial or commercial activity – airport or discovery park –
produces pollution which reduces life expectancy. While on the other hand any
significant industrial or commercial activity increases affluence which increases
Coming back to earth in the bookshop, I guess
the pictures in this post show the problems related to online book browsing,
here I take book browsing to mean going into a bookshop and looking at the
books there in order to discover and possibly buy books that you didn’t know
Nearly all of those spam emails and a great deal
of advertising is trying to achieve getting people buy something they didn’t
know existed before. Shops have been doing this for years. But although I buy
quite a bit on the internet I virtually never buy something online without
knowing exactly what I want before I start.