Update, 14 Mar: For two days, nothing. Then this idle entry spreads like wild fire today thanks firstly to FTAlphaville and two Dutch sites (no names but it would make a great posting). Who would have thought little Bear would have become a star so soon?

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Plot: Asterix and Obelix (and their very stern small pet dog named, with typically Gaulish irony, 'Bear') head for the Federal Reserve leaving their village in turmoil – local banker Bonushistrionix and his three sons Caius Creditsclerosis, Odius Toxicvapours and Felonius Cleverdix have over-indebted themselves and the entire village! Local builder Pointlessedifis is in a particularly bad way but hardly anyone is content and tension is running high.

Asterix pleads with Fed Chieftain Benafixus Bankerspensionplanix who immediately confers upon him 200 million litres of Magic Potion against the deeds of a few empty and dilapidated stone outbuildings from the village.

Potion in hand, Asterix and Obelix (not forgetting Bear) speed back to Gaul to bail out the village, the Bonushistrionix clan and pay off stroppy Phoenician energy merchant Opekus Ekonomikrisis.

But will they make it before either the dreaded Caesar Deflaticious and his legions, or the equally feared renegade Roman general Magnus Inflationasaurus, arrive?

And still none of them know if the evil druid Dodgyresultus has spiked the potion…

NB: Profound boredom with the string pushing, as well as shopping for children, will eventually do this to you too.

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  1. "Cassandra" // 3/13/2008 12:54:00 PM

    Sestertii are being vaporized faster than Fed Chairman Heliocopterus' policies can replace them.
    And core asset prices - real estate and equity are dropping like menhirs. So while he is lowering the rate of discount on sestertii, the only people that want to borrow are precisely the people who, if you have sestertii, you certainly have no desire to lend to. This will eventually kick the stuffing out of the commodity specs, and inflation.

    Indeed one wonders, if this is truly a modern day realization of the heretofore mythtical pushing-on-a-string, what the devil will happen Aurafix, Argentarius, as well as Copperrunamokius Molybendamarkitus (not to mention the Balticus Fratiicus) when the panic slows capex and American consumption to a treacle of its former self ??

  2. Anonymous // 3/13/2008 01:16:00 PM

    Shopping for children? They're on special at Lidl next Monday.


  3. RJH Adams // 3/13/2008 02:49:00 PM

    Lidl now traffics kids too?

    Where book bargains are concerned eBay seems to be king.

  4. RJH Adams // 3/13/2008 03:00:00 PM


    gulp - holding out some hope here that China continues to prop up iron and copper through summer...

  5. "Cassandra" // 3/13/2008 04:18:00 PM

    I was just in London ... sky-cranes galore; half-completed projects in marginal locations conjured over a Martini in bullish times, while newly-completed buildings and last-cycle peaks white elephants (like "the Ark" in Hammersmith as you arrive by M4/A4) remain eerily empty. In the UK this hasn't even begun to get ugly yet. I don;t know who've been the big the development lenders, but there must be a temptation to simply halt work, rather than throw more good money after bad and have to jettison it for 30p on the pound.

    With core assets (residential commercial property and global equities , in addition to anything "fixed" with credit risk) plunging, the desire to hide in commodities, rather than say, a manufacturer of consumer non-durables with a whistle-clean balance sheet, is more absurd with each tick. There is an element of feedback trading run-amok here, and it won;t end pleasantly when the American consumer, forced to choose between food, or gasoline or a NEW pair of trainers from China goes for the former.

  6. RJH Adams // 3/13/2008 05:04:00 PM

    How strange you mention China-made footwear. I too was in London end Feb (really should have checked your whereabouts) and dined with a couple of old school mates the first the physics/ratings guru whom you may recall; the other a top globe trotting exec with one of the v large sports apparel manufacturers.

    He had great China stories incl the surprising (to me given we were talking sneakers albeit pricey ones) news that neither his firm nor any of his big 3 competitors are making money despite each of them opening between 2 and 8 stores per day. All investment for the day domestic demand blossoms and comes to fruition.

    Perhaps I will get around to a post at some point checking this (over?)investment and optimistic anticipational activity.

    Passing over the commodities talk as you are seriously depressing me.

  7. Jim Donovan // 3/14/2008 11:29:00 AM

    Wow! Mentioned in dispatches in the FT. Forget the analytics - the parodies are obviously working for you.

  8. RJH Adams // 3/14/2008 11:41:00 AM

    Jim, just what I was thinking this am whilst looking at the traffic fly thorugh the post!

    Hope all is well.


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