It was not long after my 22nd birthday that I first spotted my dodgy hairline. Having just left university, I decided to chop away at my shoulder-length mane. It was time, I decided, to sport a close crop and embrace adulthood. Afterwards, the bathroom mirror revealed the bleak truth. Follicles had retreated up my forehead to such a degree that I looked like Mickey Mouse. No matter how warmly one holds Walt Disney’s friendy rodent, his appearance is seldom associated with young, ambitious go-getters. As my twenties rolled by, so my hair and masculinity receded. It became increasingly hard to cover my balding forehead – there is only so much a swooping fringe can conceal. Then, in April 2016, just months before my wedding, aged 28, I finally took action. Vowing that my scalp would not take centre stage on my big day, I followed the lead of James Nesbitt, Wayne Rooney and thousands of others before me, and had hair restoration surgery. I am not a slave to … [Read more...] about Bald ambition: Why I had a hair transplant at 28
Why gold is a bad investment
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY DALRADIAN GOLD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Friday morning. WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: The White House released this viral Twitter clip, because it is just so down with the kids. Delete your account. **A message from Dalradian (AIM:DALR): We’ve found one of the world’s top undeveloped gold deposits in Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Dalradian Gold has sought planning permission to build a safe and environmentally responsible underground mine that will result in $1 billion of spending across Northern Ireland. Find out at www.dalradian.com ** DRIVING THE DAY SO FAR SO GOOD: Theresa May heads to Wales today for the annual Welsh Conservatives conference feeling confident her big move on customs has landed pretty well. The PM’s proposed fall-back plan to stay aligned with the EU customs union has been met with grumblings but not outright hostility by the disparate groups … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by Dalradian Gold: May in Wales — Lewisham countdown — Wedding bells in Windsor
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY DALRADIAN GOLD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Wednesday morning. BREAKING OVERNIGHT: North Korea released a blistering statement attacking Donald Trump’s new National Security Adviser John Bolton and threatening to pull out of next month’s historic peace summit with the U.S. A lengthy statement (read it in full here) from Pyongyang’s foreign ministry accused the White House of trying to force “unilateral disarmament” upon North Korea as it did upon Iraq and Libya, and threatened to walk away from discussions unless there is a change of approach. POLITICO’s Christiano Lima has the latest. Worth your time: This article from last month by U.S. foreign policy expert Jeffrey Lewis on North Korea, Bolton and all the rest looks awfully prescient. **A message from Dalradian (AIM:DALR): We’ve found one of the world’s top undeveloped … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by Dalradian Gold: Kim vs. Trump — Labour’s humbling experience — Carillion in the dock
Sometimes, in life, it doesn’t matter how you get to your destination as long as you get there in the end. And, that’s certainly the case with Middlesbrough as they finalise preparations for their play-off double-header with Aston Villa. Back in August, the wise money was on big-spending Boro taking the first class route to the Premier League, avoiding the stress and worry of a play-off contraflow. Wolves, who also invested heavily, managed a relatively smooth and uneventful journey to the top flight but Middlesbrough’s route to the play-offs included stops at Dejection, Frustration, then Relief, Hope and Excitement. The journey isn’t over but at least the club have made it this far and that’s something that looked unlikely for much of the season. So, we could sit here in the hours before kick-off at the Riverside bemoaning a massive missed opportunity to finish in the top two. And, let’s face, to finish 14 points behind a squad as average as … [Read more...] about 2 main reasons why Boro have made the play-offs under Tony Pulis
When used for ill-gotten gains bitcoin poses a grave threat to national currencies, says Tom McGregor, a Beijing-based political analyst and Asia-Pacific commentator for China's national TV broadcaster CNTV, adding that it is no coincidence that George Soros, the man who "broke the Bank of England," has recently turned to the cryptocurrency. CC0WikiLeaks Might Not Have Existed Without Bitcoin - Cryptography Consultant"And who is in charge of all those bitcoin holdings?" McGregor asked. "When reaching peak supply, the operators of bitcoin can just make a simple click on a mouse and pour all those funds into their personal accounts and they could hide public discovery of the scheme by causing a crash in bitcoin valuations, so the public would think they just made a bad investment, when in reality con-artists had conspired to steal their funds." The analyst warned that if such an incident occurs "that would spark a … [Read more...] about Why Soros, Goldman Sachs, Wall Street Tycoons Embrace Bitcoin?