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Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 13 May

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 14 May 2023


The most read non-Quiz, non-Tom article last week was is by Steve Moore, My share tips of the year 2023 – a May bank holiday update, at No 3 or No 8 including Bearcasts.

The most read ShareProphets stories this week were:

  1. Visual Aid: How Smart is ChatGPT?
    ChatGPT, a language model developed by OpenAI, has become incredibly popular over the past year due to its ability to generate human-like responses in a wide range of circumstances. So, how smart is ChatGPT? As usual, courtesy of Visual Capitalist.

  2. BREAKING: Karma hits Flip Flop Ben Turney, Kavango Action Group want him out & slate his troughing
    You live by the sword ...

  3. My share tips of the year 2023 – a May bank holiday update
    In December I offered up two share tips of the year for 2023. Now at this May bank holiday, how’s progress?

  4. Tintra and its bust up with its death spiral provider: yet more red flags for you vicar
    On the Friday before the Coronation, mid morning so that fewer folks would notice, came a bombshell from Tintra (TNT), an apparent bust up with its death spiral provider.

  5. Eurasia Mining: Cash now almost exhausted, no bidder – time for a full fess up statement, £82m market value a total joke
    During the past three years, Eurasia Mining (EUA) has pretended that it is in receipt of srrtious bid interest for its cash guzzling insignificant PGM assets in Russia, assets where the cost of mining is, per oz, greater than the price metals are sold for. Using this ruse to push up the share price it has managed to get away three placings at share prices which are a multiple of where the shares trade today. But now the money has almost run out.

  6. Will I be exiting my remaining shares in Wood Group and Rolls-Royce soon?
    I have got a busy hour or two from midday with the latest thoughts from the Bank of England as well as a conference call presentation from Airtel Africa (AAF), but before I get there I need to have a think about my remaining shares in two big winners I have had this year: Wood Group (WG.) and Rolls-Royce (RR.).

  7. Ariana – Earn-In News From Kosovo
    AIM-listed Gold-producer in Turkey, Ariana Resources (AAU) has announced that the previously announced deal for Western Tethyan Resources (WTR - 75% owned by Ariana) to buy in to the Slivova Project has now progressed to an executed earn-in agreement under which WTR will cough up EUR 1.8 million and get 75% ownership.

  8. KERBOOM: Ouzo at Sheriff Towers – it is essentially game over at Purplebricks
    Neil Woodford and Thirsty Paul Scott took the knee at the disruptive potential of online estate agent Purplebricks (PURP). In latter years the deadwood press blew smoke up the arses of the CEO and CFO as they were both women. Girl Power! More ESG vicar? Of course, the numbers never stacked up and the fundamental business offering was dire so shareholders and customers both got screwed. Those of us who do actually look at how a business runs and at hard numbers may be sexist old dinosaurs for doing so but we have another win. Today’s fess up from the birds in charge is grim.

  9. BREAKING: Lawyers Harcus Parker slams FCA Link Woodford deal as grossly misleading and inadequate in Private Letter ( which we publish natch!)
    The FCA claims that its £235 million deal with Link, the administrator of the Neil Woodford funds, secures a 77.5p in the pound return for investors. Lawyers Harcus Parker claim that is a lie and, acting for thousands of victims, says it will fight on. The private letter making this claim has fallen into our hands and we publish it in full below.

  10. Ooops Red Rock did it again: - Andrew Bell needs to explain a suicidal value destruction as he places once more
    I told you all to sell but have kept my shares in Red Rock Resources (RRR) as a reminder of what a prick I can be but perhaps also so that I can attend the AGM and give boss Andrew Bell the roasting he deserves. Gold is at a near all time high. The last time gold was at today's levels, Red Rock shares were at a consolidation adjusted c400p. Today Bell has placed, yet again, at just 0.1425p. Bell makes excuses but there can be no excuses for such an abject performance.

The most-listened to Bearcasts this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I was wrong, PL is right, should you fill your boots with Fox on Tuesday
    To be fair, I was urging folks to buy shares in Fox Marble (FOX) last week but it seems I was a bit wrong about the maths and our in-house BB savant PL was right. Does that make Fox a raging FYB buy on Tuesday? I then look at ScotGold (SGZ) and yet another scandal and finally at Flip Flop's Kavango Resources (KAV) as per my earlier piece HERE. Tomorrow I really am on a training walk so please, as I aim to do 15 miles, consider a donation to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: as Eurasia tells a palpable half truth or outright lie, the 2 shares I bought today
    My two share purchases are discussed at the end of the podcast. Before that I discuss Eurasia's (EUA) latest porky, Guild ESports (GILD), Cellular Goods (CBX), retail inflation especially relating to cat food, and then Asos (ASC) - in detail.

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - madness at the Dublin Marathon, why has Ariana hired a second broker and what does Andrew Bell really earn?
    In today's Bearcast i start with madness at the Dublin marathon. I then cover Red Rock Resources (RRR), Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX), Cellular Goods (CBX), where the seaweed shite does not add up - Marechale (MAC) and Ariana Resources (AAU). 

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: taking the good name of Dominic Frisby in vain & 6 lessons from the collapse of Purplebricks
    I start with discussing how my late Dad would have been fired had he still been a lecturer at Warwick University today. I am sure that I'd be getting a P45 in the corporate world in the wake of a new survey on workplace alcohol use. Then I move onto Frisby, a star speaker & also singer at ShareStock 2023, and Argo Blockchain (ARB), Versarien (VRS), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Supply@ME Capital (SYME) and in depth lessons from today's collapse at Purplebricks (PURP), one i did get right. I also discuss the weather and, in that vein, urge you to donate to a great cause HERE.

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Which is more diverse, the Lionesses squad or the THG Board? And who bloody cares?
    The reference to the England women's soccer team is explained HERE. I talk about Mike Lynch of Autonomy and why it is right that he has been extradited, THG (THG), nanosynth (NNN) ICG Longbow (LBOW), Aquila Energy Efficiency Trust (AEET), and Predator Oil & Gas (PRD).
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