Re: "However this strategy has completely failed
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31 posts • joined 11 Sep 2013
1. Having a custodian hold shares is generally speaking a good thing. UK unit trusts (leftponders: what you call mutual funds, not, as Spock said, unit trusts as you know them) and various other institutional investors are not allowed to hold securities directly; custodian banks hold them on their behalf.
2. There are reasons why an at first sight surprising proportion of large US companies are incorporated in Delaware. These include the state being the US's onshore tax haven and the state's corporate law being exceptionally favourable to company managements rather than their owners (aka shareholders).
You're a sucker for their propaganda.
Knowledge of health and hygiene issues is impressive: during my four years in Cuba several times I was in a vliĺage with mud roads and no electricity where water was dragged back from the river to houses by an ox - and then run through a filtration system using ever smaller gravel and sand to produce safe drinking water. But the health service is shit.
Hospitals, apart from those for foreigners and the elite, are dirty and uncaring about patients' wellbeing. Doctors can prescribe drugs but Cubans can't get them; even if they've got hard currency they're not allowed into the foreign currency pharmacies. And the drugs that the useful idiots of Cuban Solidarity collect go to the hotels for sale to tourist patients.
My diabetic wife was charged $400 for a night in a clinic for foreigners, where her own glucometer was used to measure her blood sugar and she was offered sweetened juice and a sticky bun for breakfast. A Cuban friend worked in another dollar-earning clinic; for lunch she was often given what the Cubans call "chicken soup", which is actually warm water with sugar dissolved in it.
Polish - "dog's bollocks" = "psia jaja", literally "dog eggs"; like the Thais Poles term "gonads" "eggs", so "hung like a stallion"'s equivalent is a reference to "eggs like balloons". The meaning of "dog's bollocks" is conveyed by "zajebisty" = "exceedingly good", a word, like "f'ing good" incorporating a popular expression for sexual congress.
You can drink to your new knowledge of Polish in a charming bar in the fine city of Bielsko-Biała that calls itself The Dog's Bollocks.
There at least two Samsung Stores in Poland. The first opened not far from where I live in Warsaw in April lasting year. Its staff are well-trained and it has a service department. On my last visit they sorted out on the spot and without charge a software hiccough on my Note II that I'd been unable to fix with any tool or download available on Sammy's site.
... and try doing it for a card that's registered outside the country of issue. Every time failing memory requires me to set a new password on my UK-issued HSBC Visa card my Polish postcode - which is shown on my account statements - is rejected and I have to endure all the pleasures of the voicemail system and ask some callcentre slave for help.
I'm a user, not in IT. I regularly use five different layouts - US English, UK English, Polish, French and Spanish - often using several while working on a single document. I also use some financial and translation software that's written only, or updated first, for Windows Effect = I'm locked to Microsoft. For the record I'm running Win7 on three machines, including an Atom netbook and an i5 desktop, and I've no intention of moving to Win8.
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