A Cobalt-Blue Swan

I vividly remember that lavish but gaudy five-star hotel at mid-day under the high African sun on the banks of a glittering Niger River. It was built with petro-dollars from Gaddfi’s Libya. I was sitting at a big round table which was shrouded in white linen.  It was mid-day and I was dining with an influential man from … Read more

Auld Lang Syne

The year passed as a first draft, no rewrites just like life itself.  Some parts are good when the juices flowed, some parts could have been better and some so bad you find it hard to recognise it as your own.   But there is no re write. No Flaubert obsessing over Madame Bovary here. It … Read more

Snaring the Monster

Are we running out of metals?  Peak metal?  Like peak-oil it might seem as Mark Twain remarked that “the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”.  My view is that we  must do something soon or we will be past the tipping point.  Another view is that we have plenty of metals to sustain our … Read more

Peace on Earth

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. One could say that it has been a “lively” year. It has been a relatively peaceful year by most historical measures. No World Wars, no Korean, or Vietnam wars in this slice of history.  No plague on our house such as world-wide epidemics. Terrorism is wanton and tragic … Read more

Is Ireland becoming MAGnetic?

Good news today! Group Eleven Resources (G11) our private Irish exploration company has a new partner. G11 got a shot in the arm with half of its second-round financing of CDN$1.5 million coming in from MAG Silver Corp (MAG). The financing was over-subscribed. If anyone knows what it takes to make major discoveries it must be … Read more

Out of the West

There was hail today and this morning it was three degrees Celsius. It is almost the end of April. Even though days get longer as the sun rises higher above the horizon I am now convinced that Ireland does not have a climate. This little island, adrift on the north Atlantic edge of Europe, has just … Read more

Shipwrecks and Polar Explorers

The iron ore price had its biggest single one-day price gain in history on Monday. What happened over the weekend? A sudden supply shortage? More likely irrational exuberance in response to an aspirational plan for the Chinese economy? Gold is back above $1,250, the zinc price has gained 20 per cent and copper 15 per … Read more