Good evening/afternoon, and indeed morning, it's Paul here!  (that sounds like a 1970s TV programme introduction, I like it, let's use that again!)

Tuesday was busy, as I had to interview management of Sosandar (LON:SOS) (which is my largest personal shareholding). As usual, questions were crowd-sourced from readers here - many thanks for lots of interesting questions, and sorry we didn't manage to cover all of them.

Here is the finished article;

Link to Sosandar audio interview


I'm getting ready for an important mission to do some charity work, next week.

As some of my friends here might know, I've become an increasing admirer of a tiny charity called ZANE which achieves a lot of good things, with very little money, helping people who might otherwise die, without medical help, in Zimbabwe.

Many of you already know about it, but if you don't then please do check it out.

To cut a long story short, I have been invited to join ZANE in a trip to Zimbabwe for a fortnight, from next week. The purpose is to experience first-hand what ZANE is doing on the ground, to help people there in desperate circumstances. On my return, I hope to help raise money for the people there, through ZANE.

I will be paying for my own flights, etc., and am already a monthly donor to ZANE, personally. Plus it's nice to bung the occasional £500 to them too, when something goes well on the markets.

Anyway, my feeling is that many readers are already incredibly generous with your own charity projects. So this is very far from virtue signalling. Going to Zimbabwe just seemed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and hopefully when I get back, I might be able to do some good. And maybe appreciate my own, comfortable life, a bit more? (instead of complaining all the time about things that don't really matter).

Let's see how it goes. Graham will be looking after you here, and I'll chip in as I can over the next 2 or 3 weeks. Should be interesting!

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