Wry & Dry

Miscellany

Last words...

"She's a bloody difficult woman."

 - Kenneth Clarke, UK Conservative Party elder, speaking of the new UK Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Nothing wrong with that, old son.  The last four UK PM's were decent men, but soft.  Give W&D a PM with steel, female or male.

First Samuel client events calendar

Date 
Event
Description
Venue
Wed-27- Jul Art Series Degas: A New Vision.  Reception and private viewing National Gallery of Victoria
Tue-16-Aug Investment Forum & cocktail party

Saul Eslake.  

"The New World of Economic Disrupters: From Brexit to Trump"

Presentation by leading economist and First Samuel client

Leonda by the Yarra
Aug - Nov (dates TBC) FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series A series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer Various restaurants in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney

Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

A leading Chinese orthopedic surgeon continues to believe that "full-body" transplants are the next big thing in medicine, despite worldwide skepticism about both the science and the ethics.

The plan for Dr. Ren Xiaoping of Harbin Medical University calls for removing both heads (the deceased donor's and the live recipient's), connecting the blood vessels, stabilizing the new neck, and "bath[ing]" spinal-cord nerve endings chemically so they will connect.

Critics say it is impossible to "connect" spinal-cord nerves.  According to a June New York Times dispatch, doctors regularly denounce China's ethical laxities.  But Chinese officials term such denunciations "envy" at China's achievements.

(New York Times)

The good doctor just needs to get a volunteer...

Judicial reasoning

District Attorney Jerry Jones in Monroe, Louisiana, dropped drug and gun charges against college football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones (who play for University of Alabama).

He declared that the "main reason" for his decision is that "I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning."

(Times-Picayune) 

The fact that Robinson and Jones also come from the DA's hometown had nothing to do with the charges being dropped.  

Get me my lawyer

The ex-boyfriend of Nina Zgurskaya filed a lawsuit in Siberia after she broke up with him for his reluctance to "pop the question" after a two-year courtship.

The man, not named in a dispatch from Moscow, demanded compensation for his dating expenses. The trial court ruled against him, but he is appealing.

(UK Telegraph) 

W&D see that a successful appeal would mean the courts would be packed with claims for dating expenses where the, err, expected outcome of the date,as it were, did not materialise.

Have a wry and dry weekend

Anthony