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The Fool: Describe your fitness programme.
angussb: Currently doing a lot of long-distance walks, training for Kilimanjaro- www.kili2012.com
The Fool: What seemingly insurmountable challenge did you meet and defeat?
angussb: The last year in the Philippines, but that's a long story
The Fool: Did you ever do something as a child that you look back on now and say, 'Wow, I'm lucky even to be alive after that!'
angussb: There were so many incidents in my childhood that it would be difficult to pick just one.<br /><br />While we were in Singapore for a couple of years, the local hospital came close to giving me a plaque for regular attendance at the x-ray department
The Fool: If you had to pick an existing song title that best describes your life, what would it be?
angussb: "I'm Going Slightly Mad"- Queen<br />(Just ask anyone who knows me)
The Fool: Are we alone in the universe? If not, where is everybody?
angussb: We? Who's this we?<br />I think, therefore I am, I think?<br />Definitely not sure about anyone else ;-)
The Fool: If you could go back in time and witness one event in history, what would you go back and see?
angussb: Wall Street, 1929, to watch events unfold
The Fool: Your most heroic moment in life?
angussb: Sorry, I tend to be stupid, not heroic.
The Fool: What's your biggest pet peeve?
angussb: People who pretend they know more than they do- me, I know less than most suspect ;-)
The Fool: What other financial products or services do you use?
angussb: Broker, bank, penny jar.
The Fool: What's the strangest thing you've ever seen?
angussb: People making me a "Favourite Fool".<br />(The blind leading the blind comes to mind)
The Fool: What's one of your special talents?
angussb: Realising that I've said something stupid the second that it's too late to do anything about it.
The Fool: What's the best restaurant you've ever been to? (Include name, location, and average bill for two.)
angussb: I believe that it's called the "Udny Arms" in the village of Newburgh, about 13 miles from Aberdeen, Scotland. First place I ever found sticky Toffee Pudding. Meal for 2, about 40 pounds (maybe, some time since I've been!)
The Fool: Does ethics or 'socially responsible investing' have a place in your investment approach? How so? How not?
angussb: My problem with ethics in investing is working out where to draw the line- 2 people can see the same company in very different ways. Being a simple soul, I just look at the fundamentals on the basis that I don't think any company is as pure as the driven snow, but at the same time, no company will be financially sound without finding a balance.
The Fool: Is there someone to whom you'd like to say 'Thank You,' but never had the chance?
angussb: My grandfather, for trying to teach me LTB&H even though I wasn't listening at the time.
The Fool: If you could be the CEO of any public company, which one and why?
angussb: Berkshire Hathaway: The way that WEB has it built, it can keep growing whilst I learn to do things properly; it has good managers running the wholly-owned subsidiaries; it has a great portfolio already.<BR>The saying goes that you should invest in foolproof companies- Berkshire Hathaway might even be proof from this Fool!
The Fool: What's the best advice you've ever received?
angussb: Pay yourself first.<br />TANSTAAFL- There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.<br />Trust but verify.
The Fool: Briefly review your favorite book.
angussb: Financial- Peter Lynch, Beating the Street. My first investment book, it helps me to focus on where to get investment ideas.<br />Non-financial- Katherine Kurtz & Deborah Turner Harris, The Adept. A novel by an established Fantasy author and one that is up-and-coming, set in modern Scotland, it follows an occult group as they battle an evil organisation. Flowing plot with nicely drawn characters and wonderful attention to detail with the settings. First of a series.
The Fool: How'd you find out about the Fool? (Make your answer as colorful and truthful as possible.)
angussb: Pure chance, was new with computers and the internet, trying random addresses.
The Fool: Your greatest fear? Any neurotic ones (agoraphobia, triskaidekaphobia, etc.)?
angussb: Retiring on a pension.<br />Falling (not heights)- I remember standing on the observation deck of the World Trade Centre with no problems, but can be terrified 3 feet up a ladder.
The Fool: Have you had a brush with fame, the proverbial '15 minutes'? Tell us about it.
angussb: http://web.archive.org/web/20000304234418/http://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/1999/rulemaker990615.htm<br />A big "thank you" to the Fools for the honour.
The Fool: What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?
angussb: A PC and internet fees, they have saved me a lot of money on bad investments.
The Fool: List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)
angussb: www.fool.com - obviously.<br />www.fool.co.uk - as I was a UK ex-pat, it's good to get views on the UK markets.<br />www.edgar-online.com - I need numbers to crunch<br />www.icbinc.com/cgi-bin/ft.pl - free UK company annual reports.<br />www.ft.com - UK equivalnt of WSJ<br />www.moneypaper.com - for DRIPs<br />www.stockfever.com - good links page for stock info.<br />www.ultimatetv.com - everything I need to know about TV<br />www.midwinter.com/lurk/lurker.html - I'm a Babylon 5 fan, and proud of it!
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