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Photo article: it's grim up North as Lucian ramps up the training

It is slowly dawning on Lucian Miers that 100 miles is a long way to walk and thus he is cranking up the training as you can see below. Having moved to the grim North (Yorks) there is much bleating about the cold, rain and wind. But it is for a good cause.
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BREAKING: 88 Energy has been trying to get a A$20 million placing away - City Source

I noted last week that at 0.45p 88Energy (88E) was capitalised at c£250 million which was insane. Natch scores of gerbils knew better than old TW@! A week later the shares are at 0.194p, still a £100 million market cap and I speculated today that an equity placing was needed. A source familiar with the situation has come forward. They say:
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Mind Gym – emphasises “significantly improved second half performance”, but sufficiently improved for the valuation?…

Behavioural science-based business improvement company Mind Gym (MIND) has issued a trading update commencing that it “has delivered a significantly stronger performance in the second half” and including that its “opportunity… in the large and highly fragmented Learning & Development market remains strong”. How “strong” though in relation to a currently up to 38.5p share price?
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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: No Comrade Brian Basham you are a crackpot commie and wrong about capitalism

I start with the champagne socialist and his take on the scandal at Critical Metals (CRTM). Then it is on to Aferian (ARN), Revolution Beauty (REVB), Technology Minerals (TM1), DCI Advisors (DCI) and 88 Energy (88E).
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The London Stock Exchange bats for More Lesbian Visibility or is it less?

When I say that some of my best friends are lesbians I really am not kidding. The lovely Abbe who broke my heart in 1986, my best friend from Oxford Elaine and the only one I did not proposition but whom my Godfather had once married, Olaf’s old headmistress. All out and proud so I have no issue with Lesbian Visibility Week. After all, barely a day goes by when we all don’t shout at the BBC for not having more members of the Lionesses talking about their g/fs, Claire Balding, Alex Scott et al on that day. So I am delighted that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) where I am a loyal shareholder, supports #LesbianVisibilityWeek..
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Made Tech – “awarded £19.5m new contract”. Is it to be £19.5m though and should it could command a near 46% share price rise?…

Describing itself as “a leading provider of digital, data and technology services to the UK public sector”, Made Tech Group (MTEC) “is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a new contract with The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, worth up to £19.5 million revenue to the group over a 24 month period with a 12 month extension option”. Is it though ‘pleasing’ enough for a current approaching 46% higher to 13.5p share price?
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Technology Minerals hooks up with a right Wanke – smoke and mirrors disposal, $10m my arse!

Technology Minerals (TM1) claims to have sold its exploration licenses in Leinster, Ireland for “a gross consideration of $10 million.” Of course it has not. This is more smoke and mirrors turd polishing masterminded by evil PR genius Harry Chathli, a man who wants to be a director of a company whose CEO was suspended today over alleged insider dealing. Harry: you sure do pick ‘em!
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Aferian – “positioned… on the strongest possible foundation for the future”. Er, what about the trading warning, maturing banking facility & upcoming lack of CEO?!

B2B video streaming technology company Aferian (AFRN) has issued “Trading Update” and “Board Change” announcements, including Chairman Mark Wells stating “our 24i video streaming business has made good progress this quarter and I am confident that the timely management actions taken in the last twelve months have positioned the group on the strongest possible foundation for the future”. So what of a share price currently 30% lower to below 9p in response?
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Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast: the chatroom gerbils rush to defend bent CEO Russel Fryer of Critical Metals

I spell out in precise detail why Fryer should be sacked and why a failure to sack him, let alone to try and jail the £200,000 a year scoundrel, is so damaging. I look at how brain dead gerbils rush to defend him, by attacking an article they have not read and ignoring the truth. I ask if broker Fox Davies and PR firm St Brides care about the rules and their tawdry reputations or just about making money.
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Keep Selling Petrofac, the Shoe is Dropping this is free money!

I wrote recently here that Petrofac (PFC) would be the next shoe to drop after Superdry (SDRY) and observed that the bond market is invariably better at pricing risk than the stock market.
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Chill Brands CEO suspended on insider dealing allegation but is this all it seems?

Say what you wish about Chill Brands (CHLL) but at least, as it destroys the wealth of its investors, the company never ceases to entertain. In today’s episode of nicotine free CBD enhanced beer and popcorn, it has been announced that CEO Callum Sommerton has been suspended on the basis of allegations of “the use of inside information.” But is this what it seems?
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Why is Russell Fryer not being fired as CEO of Critical Metals PLC?

After hours on Friday came an RNS from Critical Metals PLC (CRTM) which shows that its CEO Russell Fryer is a crook who has dumped shares and actively misled investors. And he is still doing so. Why has he not been fired? With Fryer in charge this company is utterly uninvestable. Let’s be clear Fryer should, at least, be fired and not allowed to run a listed company again. If I was running the FCA I’d be looking to see if he could be jailed.
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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: DCI Advisors - dirt cheap shares or a £42m big fat Greek zero?

Eleven years after my last lawyers letter from what was then Dolphin Capital I discuss what is now AIM listed DCI Advisors (DCI). KPMG, what was FinnCrap, Greek litigation, it has the lot. Enjoy. The Kilada photos are HERE. There is also a good news update on the cat.
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The View From The Montana Log-Cabin As Gold Presses $2,400 Again

Gold closed the week at $2,391 – up on last week’s $2,344 and again pressing the apparent barrier at $2,400. After a week in which the market reacted first to Iran’s strike on Israel and then the Israeli response, followed by signs that Iran is holding back on further escalation this appears to suggest, according to Tom Winnifrith, that the Gold bull could well have legs.
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Just how stupid are some shareholders in Ben’s Creek? Words fail me

They ignored numerous red flags and warnings on this website. They insisted they knew better than old TW. And now with its subsidiaries in Chapter 11, Ben’s Creek (BEN) is clearly a zero. But for the deluded this is all some great conspiracy to deprive them of vast wealth. And so they have started a petition.
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Sunday Long Reads: Rich People Don’t Eat, Smuggling into North Korea, Making of Modi, Woke Radio

Sunday is a good time to sit back, read, and forget about shares. Put the kettle on, find a comfy chair. You have the time, don't you?

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The ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz #237

It's time for the ShareProphets Sunday Pub Quiz. There are still no prizes! And remember, no Googling!


Visual Aid: Top Countries By Forest Growth Since 2001

Reforestation is tricky business: it’s expensive, difficult to plan, and even harder to execute. And this is without all the associated environmental obstacles: weather, pests, and natural calamities.


Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 20 April

Here are the most read articles and the most listened-to Bearcasts over the past seven days. The most read non-Tom article last week is Nigel Somerville with The View From The Montana Log-Cabin As “Mr Slammy” Hits Gold Before Iran Strikes Israel at No 4 or No 12 including Bearcasts. 

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