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Rolf is an Oxford-educated British IFA, now retired. Rolf has been a bear from the late 90s on, hence the byline "Sackerson" (a famous 16th century bear on London's animal-baiting circuit). Rolf runs the Broad Oak Magazine blog; originally named "Bearwatch", it was set up ...more


The Digital World - Not All Good!
Running parallel to my recent move was the horrendous amount of time and effort required to inform all parties of new details, address, phone etc.
A Move Too Far, By Wiggia
I have been meaning to write on the subject of moving house for quite some time, but simply never got round to it as the whole process depresses me so much.
Coronavirus: China’s Perfect Storm?
The new coronovirus is more transmissible than the SARS outbreak of 2002 and early indicators show that more people are dying than recovering. The epidemic has struck during the developing trade war with the US complicating matters for China.
National Economic Salvation: The Task Before Us
Free trade of the sort the new UK government has vaguely encouraged us to welcome is potentially ruinous.
The Electrification Of China
Only internal factors are going to stop China (and India and eventually Africa) electrifying to the full.
Why Inflation Protection Doesn't; Gold; Hyperinflation; Cataclysm
Inflation hits hard. At the start of the Seventies, if you were a retired company director on a fixed pension, you might well have been driving a car. By the end of the decade, you might have been on the bus, instead.


Latest Comments
Coronavirus: China’s Perfect Storm?
3 years ago

The HIV connection is odd.

Coronavirus: China’s Perfect Storm?
3 years ago

Obviously I don't know and viruses can and do mutate. But you bet our scientists are on it. The biggest worry must be for the poor Chinese - all those millions in the sticks. Thanks for your appreciation.

Coronavirus: China’s Perfect Storm?
3 years ago

When they reviewed the stats in 2003 the overall figure was higher, esp. for the over-65s: www.cidrap.umn.edu/.../estimates-sars-death-rates-revised-upward

But in the current case there is concern that this virus seems more transmissible (the doctor who handled the first cases has come down with it, and presumably he will have taken all possible precautions); and the delay in tackling the problem has allowed millions of potential carriers to move out of area. The timing is terrible - imagine an outbreak in the US around the Thanksgiving homecoming period.

The Reunification Of Britain & The Struggle Against Empires
6 years ago

LBJ's tent comment on Hoover was apt in more senses than one, if you know the alternative British meaning of "camp"!

UK In Chaos Post-EU Referendum
6 years ago

Hi David, and thanks for your comment.I think we will eventually see that the escape was worth it. Imagine if Blair had actually managed to get us into the Eurozone. This is not going to be cost-free, but many of the bad things that will happen were on their way anyway, because of longstanding economic mismanagement - Conservative as well as Labour. The EU is about to tighten its grip on the remaining members and the disparities between them will worsen, perhaps to the point of major crisis. As to buyer's remorse, people have had years to consider their position, and must take responsibility for their actions.

Economics And Migration
7 years ago

Thanks for your comments, Kelvin, and the historical perspective. The argument that seems wilfully misheard, especially by the Remain camp, is that we need controlled immigration - not none, not all. The immoderate passion on both sides makes one doubt the value of direct democracy, but on the other hand our representatives appear not to represent us.

I also think that while education is important, we also need a national economic plan so that our deals are not so one-sided: we buy x from you, you buy y from us. I don't see many in Parliament who have the capacity to be deal-makers. They watch from the sidelines as iconic and strategic British businesses are broken up, sold off or off-shored; unless we stop the haemorrhage, this will not end well economically or socially.

Economics And Migration
7 years ago

Hi Gary, thanks for commenting. I just thought the fiscal arguments might not stack up. And should a nation care for its people?

Employment: Non Credo
7 years ago

Mistake: the gap between the two green lines in the second graph is two percent, not three. Sorry.

Seriously Big Batteries
9 years ago
Please note that the above article was written by my co-blogger "AK Haart", always worth reading - his own personal blog is here: http://akhaart.blogspot.co.uk/ - Rolf Norfolk
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Latest Posts
Where Childcare And Education Can Make A Difference
Yesterday we looked at university-'educated' nitwits - should the collective noun be 'u-nits'? Now, here's how, further down the ladder, daycare and schooling can make a huge difference.
Energy And Liberty
As the statue-rollers do their bit to help capitalism collapse under its self-contradictions, one should have thought the PC response to energy issues is 'renewable/small is beautiful'; but it seems Greenery has its own conundrums.
Long Or Short?
Americans prefer their reading to be longer than in the UK which prefers brevity and conciseness. I explain as Americans liking to 'get their money's worth' but more seriously wonder if there may be a couple of other factors at work.
Brexit Sprouts
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Fighting Talk: Brexit And Civil Disorder
Two years after the 2016 EU Referendum, the political class continues to fight agauinst the result, while the EU continues on a dangerous expansionary course. If a severe cyclic economic downturn happens, there is potential for civil disorder.
The Contradictions Of US Education
Throughout 200 years of public education, it has been given a sequence of demands, and has responded by adapting organically.
HEALTHCARE USA: A Guide To "Obamacare" (the Affordable Care Act)
A quick guide to US healthcare insurance and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act
EU-GB - A Parallel-Universe Story
If Britain had joined the Eurozone and the EU had succeeded in "ever-closer union"...

Work Experience

Broad Oak Magazine
May 2007 - Present (16 years 3 months)
A multi-blog on investment issues including gold and energy.
Broad Oak Financial Services
January 1993 - December 2012 (20 years 3 months)