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I had quite a week of setbacks and indignities. My timing was terrible in Textainer and Grindrod Shipping. I got caught on the wrong side of the market’s reassessment of ArcelorMittal and missed Friday’s “no-brainer” rally in Anglo American Platinum.

I eventually looked for solace in Distell. But there was worse to come. Last Tuesday I  had to extricate my hefty Jack Russell/mastiff cross, Dexter, from a milk crate containing my Sinatra and Krautrock records. He took exception to a pigeon pecking at his dog pellets and chased the bird into the sacred confines of my subterranean man cave. Besides my mint copy of Sinatra at the Sands being given an unflattering and messy review by the panicked pigeon, a thrashing Dexter broke my last two bottles of Benguela Cove malbec. ..

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