Good morning, it's Paul here!

Mello London

A reminder that the Mello Trusts & Funds event is taking place today, at the Clayton Hotel in Chiswick. I had a quick chat with organiser David Stredder yesterday, and he's very pleased with the calibre of speakers, and some excellent panel discussions lined up. Should be another great Mello event!

Mello's "three-day investor-fest!" continues at the same venue, this Thursday & Friday, with the main Mello Investor Show. Here's a 2 minute video from our friends at PIWorld, of last year's event at the same venue.

I'm starting to panic about my small caps presentation at 14:00 at Mello London this Friday. I've got some ideas in my head, but no slides or script yet. Unfortunately, this clashes with one of the 2 presentations from Sosandar (my largest long position).

I also want to talk to Mello attendees (and Stockopedia subscribers) about my recent charity observer trip to Zimbabwe, with ZANE, which was a trip of a lifetime in some ways, although also very upsetting, seeing such desperate poverty, and the sheer scale of the problems there.

After discussing things with David Stredder, he's suggested I give a 5-minute snapshot of Zimbabwe in my 14:00 talk this Friday, then invite Mello delegates to a more detailed (and hopefully interesting) 30-min talk (with photos, and hopefully some audio clips too), starting c.17:15. Then it will be Peroni time, with great hilarity all round no doubt ensuing! Mello events are tremendously social, with a great community feel, I find them enormous fun, as well as being so interesting.

Incidentally, I've just had this email from ZANE about donating old spectacles. I wonder if any readers here could help too?

ZANE donors helps many people to see again and to see better in Zimbabwe. Cataract operations restore the sight of many pensioners and veterans.

Some cases are not suitable for cataract operations. In these cases the patients are provided with spectacles. However, there is a shortage of spectacles frames in Zimbabwe, making them very expensive.

If you have any old spectacles, would you consider donating them so that even more people in Zimbabwe can be helped? If you would like to donate an old pair of spectacles, with or without lenses, please send them to;

ZANE Spectacles, PO Box 451 Witney OX28…

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