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This blog has a simple purpose. We want to be speaking to you and connecting with you on a regular basis. It’s going to be eclectic at times – we'll grant you that. This is no ‘off the shelf’ business blog. It is about a dream: The dream of having a business in and maybe some day living and working in the US of A. So expect random thoughts alongside the latest news on the business climate in Texas and elsewhere from the other side of the Pond.

Remember What it Takes to Succeed
Sebastian's Musings

Remember What it Takes to Succeed

There is much talk of business failure, even more talk of unemployment. The world economy is tanking, for now at least. A lot of people are worried I hear it in most conversations. They are worried about their livelihood, about the bills, about just about everything. Now what I’m not going to say is that everything is going to be all right. It... [...]
Digital Nomads Head to Mount Bonnell
Sebastian's Musings

Digital Nomads Head to Mount Bonnell

There is on the rise a new tribe post Covid-19, namely, the Digital Nomads. This tribe has been around for a while – decades, in fact – but its number has increased significantly in the last months. The characteristics of this tribe are that they shun the 9-5 grind and work from wherever they chose – more than likely not an office. They may be found on beaches or in city... [...]
The Mount Bonnell Mindset
Sebastian's Musings

The Mount Bonnell Mindset

Mount Bonnell has been picking up a lot of new clients and many of them are United Kingdom based. Perhaps this is not so surprising as just yesterday the UK had some bad news on the jobs front. The UK’s Office for National Statistics revealed the biggest fall in employment since 2009 – a drop of 220,000 people in work. Add to that the fact that there has also been a... [...]
US Economy: A Sinking Ship?
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US Economy: A Sinking Ship?

So the bad news is finally out. The US economy shrank at a 32.9% annual rate between April and June 2020. In these momentous days during the pandemic, as the United States grapples with lockdowns and spending cutbacks, this was the deepest decline since records began in 1947. The previous record set in 1958 was a mere 10% in comparison. Latest figures since the outbreak of... [...]
The 747 Just Landed – For Good
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The 747 Just Landed – For Good

This just announced: British Airways is retiring its fleet of Boeing 747s, the largest such fleet remaining in the world. This is old news for the United States though as both United and Delta retired their respective 747 fleets three years ago. BA had continued to have flying these aircraft for longer than most, largely due to a combination of British sentimentality and not... [...]
US Economy has a Large Slice of Pizza
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US Economy has a Large Slice of Pizza

Stop the presses!! Some shock news just in. After taking one almighty pounding for the last two months the restaurants and cafes of the United States are back, open once more and guess what? They have started to witness an upside on the sales front. June 2020 saw the second-straight month of growth in restaurant sales totalling $47.4 billion, which comes after the record low... [...]
Is the United States economy in recovery?
Sebastian's Musings

Is the United States economy in recovery?

Is the United States economy in recovery? Or is it in terminal decline? Has Covid-19 shattered it, or simply caused it to stutter? Looking at the Markets over the last months it is impossible to tell whether we are in for a Bull or Bear Market. One minute it seems to be going one way and then, well, you know, it flips the other. Just this week, the third largest airline in... [...]
The Sandwich: a Symbol of a Workplace Revolution
Sebastian's Musings

The Sandwich: a Symbol of a Workplace Revolution

Whatever else you can say about Covid-19, it is an equal opportunities nightmare. It has affected companies, their stock prices and customers across the globe and across all business sectors. And no one really knows what’s going to happen next as we become more aware than ever that our inter-dependability is also our chief weakness in scenarios such as this. Don’t believe me?... [...]
Good News Stateside for Independence Day – But With a Hint of Caution
Sebastian's Musings

Good News Stateside for Independence Day – But With a Hint of Caution

Now we know the Markets are not the economy and vice versa. And, in recent weeks, the U.S. Stock Market has been going up and down faster than a piston on a steam engine heading West during the Gold Rush. Just this week the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged. At times like this, I fear the worst. The Crash of 1929 may be history but it is one that is engraved in the minds... [...]
Sunshine in the News From Britain
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Sunshine in the News From Britain

Still, in lockdown I’m still in Scotland. Which, last time I looked is still part of the United Kingdom. Thus far I have watched this pandemic and its consequences unfold from a very British perspective. And the latest news seems to suggest that things appear to be changing, and mostly for the better. In the House of Commons this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told us all... [...]
The UK Government Makes UK Tourism Travel Sick
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The UK Government Makes UK Tourism Travel Sick

“Following the science” has been the mantra of the British government throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Although there is an ongoing debate as to what that actually means, it remains a good sound bite and – sort of – rings true. Where it seems utter nonsense, however, is in regard to the 14-day quarantine rule for visitors that came into effect across the United Kingdom last... [...]
Is the UK Economy Showing Signs of Tentative Recovery?
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Is the UK Economy Showing Signs of Tentative Recovery?

Having written last week about the dire economic choices facing Italy I find myself heartened by news coming out of the United Kingdom, perhaps the European country worst hit by the Covid-19 plague. As reported in the Financial Times this week, there appear to be signs, albeit tentative ones, that the UK economy is not doing as badly as should be expected at this point. Now... [...]