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21 Dec, 2022

Musk: Twitter to break even in 2023

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Musk explains Twitter’s financial situtaion during a Twitter Spaces chat, saying that after cutting staff and costs, Twitter is now on track to bring in around $3 billion in revenue in 2023 – roughly $2 billion less than the $5.1 billion reported at the end of 2021, while the company has $1 billion in cash on its balance sheet. He in part blamed the $12.5 billion in debt tied to his April agreement to buy the company, as well as the Federal Reserve’s recent interest rate hikes.

[It was like being] in a plane that is headed towards the ground at high speed with the engine on fire and the controls don’t work…With the changes that we’re making here on massively reducing the burn rate and building subscriber revenue, I now think that Twitter will, in fact, be OK next year, I think we will be…roughly cash-flow break-even — that’s what I expect for next year.

He says advertisers have been asking “sane” but “tough” questions about their return on investment,

[Decisions] may seem sometimes spurious or odd or whatever. It’s because we have an emergency fire drill on our hands. That’s the reason. Not because I’m naturally capricious. Or at least, aspirationally, I’m not naturally capricious.

Elon Musk Discusses Twitter Tech Stack, Free Speech and Looming Bankruptcy in Twitter Space 12/21/22

14 Nov, 2022

Musks says he has ‘too much work on his plate’

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In a videolink interview for the B20 Indonesia conference in Bali, Musk, who is wearing a traditional batik shirt sent by the event’s organizers, says that has too much work:

You know my workload has recently increased quite a lot. I mean, I have too much work on my plate that is for sure. No doubt about it

When asked about his thoughts on other business leaders in Asia who wish to become the “Elon Musk of the East” the Tesla CEO says:

I’d be careful what you wish for. I’m not sure how many people would actually like to be me. They would like to be what they imagine being me, which is not the same thing as actually being me. The amount that I torture myself is next level, frankly.

Musk also noted that longer video content is coming to Twitter.

Twitter for sure, I think it’s gonna be a lot more on video… And it’s kind of a no-brainer to enable longer video and also enable content creators to make a living with content on Twitter

Elon Musk 🔴Full Live Interview at B20 Indonesia 2022 | G20 di Bali

7 Oct, 2022

Proposes China-Taiwan peace plan

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In an interview with The Financial Times, Musk talks about his plan for China-Taiwan relations

My recommendation … would be to figure out a special administrative zone for Taiwan that is reasonably palatable, probably won’t make everyone happy. And it’s possible, and I think probably, in fact, that they could have an arrangement that’s more lenient than Hong Kong.

3 Apr, 2022

Ferry engine fears

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Concerns are growing about engines purchased for the two Calmac ferries more than five years ago. Despite costing four million pounds, the state run Ferguson shipyard has never tested them. The process of testing allows ships engines to be both assessed and prevented from losing condition. It has been revealed that the first time this will be done is late summer 2022 which may be too late and they may seize up. Dr Spyros Hirdaris a head of Maritime Safety:

There is a high possibility that the ferry engines won’t work and it seems very high risk to expect everything will go according to plan. If you have a car for a long time and never switch on the engine it’s probably not going to work. It’s extremely important the engines are tested on board so it’s not a good thing that they haven’t been tested for all this time. They should have tested the functionality of the engines. There could be problems because the engines have been there for a long time. The engines could halt, there could be malfunctions in some of the sub-systems, there could be problems with lubrication and corrosion of engine components.There are a number of things that may not work, for example the dual-fuel system may not operate properly because it’s such a long time since it has been tested.

8 Feb, 2022

Sturgeon: Johnson should resign, says she nearly resigned

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In an interview with Sky Sturgeon says that she had considered quitting her job last year whilst she was being investigated for breaching the ministerial code. She said that the position of First minister like that of Prime Minister was a privilege not something to be taken for granted and where you are found to have broken the standards required of the job, you have to be willing to step aside.

My own personal experience this time last year – I was being accused in a completely different context, of having breached the ministerial code. I should say I was found by an independent adviser, and in an independent report, not to have breached the ministerial code. But when that was ongoing, I had within myself to ask myself some serious questions and I had came to the conclusion in my mind, that had I been deemed to have breached the ministerial code – I didn’t think I had – but if an independent person had said I had, then in the interest of the office I hold and in the interest of the country, I at that point would have resigned.I’m sure it would have been really difficult and I’m glad that didn’t come to pass. But these responsibilities are heavy responsibilities, and they require all of us in these offices to contemplate things that perhaps others might think is difficult to imagine.

She also says Boris Johnson should resign.

I think if Boris Johnson has decency and integrity, however difficult it may be, he will reach the conclusion that the time is right for him to step aside.

25 Jan, 2022

‘I feel a responsibility to talk about menopause’

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In an interview with The Shift podcast, Sturgeon says she is ambivalent about discussing the menopause in public:

We talk about the menopause much more, and I’m very conscious of being a woman with a profile and a platform, a fair degree of influence, so I feel a responsibility – given that I’m at that age – to talk about it myself. And yet even talking about it like this, I am so far out of my comfort zone, in terms of the intensely personal nature of it. That tells me no matter how far we’ve come in this discussion, we still have a long way to go that somebody like me still feels kind of uncomfortable with it. ven though there is more information available than there has ever been before, there’s still a massive amount of guesswork about it. We’re still all feeling our way through it.

Asked how she might deal with a hot flush during a work meeting:

I would like to think I would be open about it. If you look around the world, there’s not been that many women leaders … I guess Angela Merkel must have gone through when she was in office, Hillary Clinton … so if you’ve got that platform, then I would like to think I would use that positively, but I’m also a human. So I’ve got windows open in the depth of winter, my poor husband is shivering. I’ve thought to myself: what if that happens when I’m on my feet in parliament in the middle of first minister’s questions? What would I do? That could happen any time. I’m not sure I will know the answer to that question until it happens. Maybe male opposition leaders should be thinking about what I will do, as well

She says that she has already had a conversation with her doctor about taking hormone replacement therapy.

‘I often think the world would be a much better place if it were ruled by women’

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Sturgeon, speaking on The Shift podcast, says the world would be a “better place” if it were ruled by women and that females are still forced to work “twice as hard” as men to be taken “even half as seriously”.

I went through periods in life – and still go through periods in life now – where that sense of [ambition] is challenged and I doubt it more. I have spoken to a lot of women who feel this, friends and other women who would articulate exactly the same thing here…You really have to work so much harder to prove yourself so much more, to be taken probably half as seriously – particularly in the profession I’m in – as your average man. It can be tiresome are wearisome that we still have to do that but I’ve come to the conclusion in my life that it’s actually quite a good thing. Because you end up being better [than the men], because you work a lot harder and you have to really go so much further to prove yourself and be taken seriously. I have to be careful that doesn’t sound like an argument for women always having to struggle more to be taken seriously, because it shouldn’t be like that…But when you see women, and I’m not talking about myself here I’m talking about other women in senior positions: by and large, they’re better than their equivalent man and, more often than not, they’ve had to push themselves a lot harder to get to where they are. I often think the world would be a much better place if it were ruled by women.

15 Jan, 2022

Brown: Irish independence led to 50 years of austerity

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In a podcast interview called Finding Common Cause Online, hosted by Our Scottish Future, Brown talks about 50 years of austerity and division after Irish Independence.

He also says that although Ireland was now financially better off, a great deal of its wealth was insecurely based on offering lower rates of taxation than other countries a situation that could change quite easily.

10 Jan, 2022

Scotland Tonight: How do we learn to live with Covid?

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Sturgeon is interviewed on Scotland Tonight, where she suggests the Scottish Government was planning for a long-term shift away from extensive curbs.

Sometimes when you hear people talk about learning to live with Covid, what seems to be suggested is that one morning we’ll wake up and not have to worry about it anymore, and not have to do anything to try to contain and control it. That’s not what I mean when I say ‘learning to live with it’. Instead, we will have to ask ourselves what adaptations to pre-pandemic life – face coverings, for example – might be required in the longer-term to enable us to live with it with far fewer protective measures.

I would say that, but for the protective measures we introduced before Christmas and but for the very responsible behaviour of the public, I think we would be in an even more challenging situation right now…Some of our projections pre-Christmas have not quite come to pass because we’ve managed to mitigate to some extent what the Omicron wave would otherwise have presented for us.

Leitch doubts effectiveness of Sturgeon lockdown

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Leitch confirms that Sturgeon’s stringent lockdown measures, which have financially affected Scottish football clubs and nightclubs, have made no difference to the spread of Covid. Scottish football is losing £2 million per week in lost revenue whilst Scotland maintains a similar level of infection to England.

If you want to do the comparison, Northern Ireland’s number is much higher than ours. Wales is higher. England and Scotland is very similar. We were lower than them, now they’re catching up a little bit.

Despite this, he maintains it is correct to continue in a similar manner on the basis that the weekly figures are just a snapshot and that in the longer term, Scotland will begin to see the benefits.

Should we still be protecting the public from these case rates if they are just going to go anyway? I think ‘yes’ is the answer to that. I think the protections reduce the size of the wave and potentially also elongate the wave to allow more people to get vaccinated and spread the hospitalisations and intensive care cases out over a longer period.

14 Mar, 2021

Scotland on Sunday interview

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Mark & Mary are interviewed in Scotland on Sunday about The Majority and the #ResignSturgeon campaign.

We represent the silent majority of people in Scotland, who are angry and frustrated by Nicola Sturgeon’s shenanigans bringing international shame on Scotland. When we left that time, the SNP were just 5 per cent in the polls and just a nutter and cranks, or rightly viewed that way. To some extent the big question was ‘how did this happen?’. We talked about the boiling frog, the frogs in the pot that don’t realise they are being slowly boiled. The casual nationalism and seeing that is quite disturbing – this rise in anti-English sentiment, a rise in centralisation of power in Edinburgh, just things that people in Scotland might not notice as much…The response was very positive and it’s clear people are looking for something, and I think that’s why we’ve grown quickly, to 14,000 followers on Twitter and 25,000 on Facebook.

On the Scottish Parliament, Mark says:

The nature of constitutional arrangement should be something that should be looked at at all times. There should be more discussion on what alternatives there are to a Scottish Parliament and is the Scottish Parliament delivering for the Scottish people? For the last 14 years it hasn’t delivered. Does that mean it has to be abolished? I don’t know. If you have a system that can be taken over by nationalists and used as a vehicle for separation, then I think it doesn’t fit the purpose or intention of what it’s for.

30 Sep, 2018

‘I fell out of love with the game for a bit’

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With less than a week to go before McGregor’s big return to MMA against Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, McGregor talks about his displeasure with the UFC over how they stripped him of his belts:

I fell out of love with the game for a bit, went off on to my own thing… Had many things going on. Now I’m back. I’m hungry to compete…Making weight, handling the media obligations. And that’s it…I spent my entire life’s work to win those two UFC world titles…Then as soon as I win the second world title…the featherweight title was taken off of me and handed back to a man that I had a crazy history with….And then like, what, about a month, a month or two, the lightweight belt is stripped from me also…So these kind of things irritate me. Especially seeing what way it goes, who the belts are given to, who the people are that are challenging the belts… Many things irritate me in the game, and just watching it unfold, I just became more hungry to come back and show who the real king is.

10 Sep, 2018

The Manc Meets interview

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Aaron and James are interviewed by The Manc, for The Manc Meets interview series. On the Manchester scene:

AS: It’s good. In the early days it was tough, because there’s a big shadow you have to operate under. But now, with bands like The Blossoms, Cabbage and ourselves, breaking through and doing decent sized shows, there’s something happening again in the city.

JR: There’s loads of venues opening up now…The music scene’s good, but starting out, back in the day, sometimes it was hard to get away from that big, old Madchester scene. If you’re from Manchester because people will automatically think, “I’ll compare them to a Manchester band”.

9 Sep, 2018

MCR Live interview

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Aaron and Kurt are interviewed for MCR Live about their upcoming acoustic album, For All Here To Observe. Aaron:

We’ve done a few radio sessions and acoustic stuff, as well as supporting James at Albert Hall at the end of last year. We figured we’d just get it recorded.

Kurt:

When we’ve done radio sessions before, me and Aaron normally turn up with an acoustic guitar and now and then we’ve had Jim on acoustic bass so we decided to mic up the drums and use brushes. It really gave the whole thing a different texture.

3 Sep, 2018

The National Interview

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Mark is interviewed by The National, a daily newspaper in Scotland.

Our aim is to summarise all of the world’s news – past to present. We distribute our news through partners, such as social media fan pages and share advertising revenues with the page owners. People can sign up to be the next set of contributors. They tell us what they are interested in and we help them produce a timeline along the way. Anyone can come in for free and read the timeline or edit it…Facebook used to do a lot of news but now its model has changed where do people go for unbiased news? People can get a left-wing view in the Guardian and a right-wing view if they read the Telegraph but where is the unbiased reference point?

28 Jul, 2018

Nurmagomedov: ‘I want to change his face’

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Nurmagomedov says he is ready to fight McGregor.

I can’t belive we are going to  really want this guy. Make him humble. Tech him But not only smash, but change his face. Not only face, but also to change his mind too. Of course [it’s personal]…I am little happy he [got off] because if he go to jail how can I catch him?…I am relaxed. I know we are going to fight…If they say October: I am here, September: I am here.

26 Jul, 2018

Radio X session and interview

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The band records a three-tracks live session for Radio X [Link to Session], including LunaticSupernatural, You Opened Up My Heart, and I Saw A Ghost. In an interview, Aaron talks to Kennedy about the band’s progress.

We’ve got a strong commitment to memorable melodies…We’re ‘all killer no filler’…I spent a lot of time when we first started out, trying to sound more like everybody else, trying to sound more indy. But I’ve got a reasonable range and as I’ve developed and become more confident in what I’m doing it’s become more honest and truthful. It seems to be working.

30 Jun, 2018

Coach Roddy: I’d love to see McGregor-Khabib by end of year

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Speaking at the opening of his new SBG Charlestown facility in Dublin, Ireland, coach Roddy talks about McGregor’s return and the potential of a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

There’s been no specific training. But it’s brewing nicely…It seems to be what the fans want, the fight the fans are looking for now. Conor loves to fight. Khabib is potentially the No. 1 contender. I see flaws in his game that we could capitalise on. Id’ love to see the fight happen before the end of the year…I don’t know how far along it is. I don’t know if there’s negotiations. But I can feel it in the air…[Conor] is always in the gym…Nerves affect some people, but Conor embraces it. He’ll go in there and it’ll be like he never left.

29 Jun, 2018

Manchester Evening News article

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The band are profiled in Manchester Evening News. Aaron talks about playing Manchester’s Apollo on their upcoming tour:

It’s a venue we’ve always wanted to play. There’s something special about the Apollo. There aren’t many places bigger in Manchester. Except the
arena – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

On their rising profile:

When you hear the likes of James, The Charlatans, and Clint Boon talking about you in positive terms, to get their
backing, it’s awesome. It makes it all worthwhile when you’re playing the Roadhouse to 20 people and you think maybe you’re mad for sticking with it…It feels a bit mad to be
honest. This is always the nervy bit. Just as tickets are about to go an sale and you wonder if you’re going to get that extra boost. It’s squeaky bum time. But we’re just going to enjoy it…We’re just so grateful to [our fans]. They’ve really driven it. They’ve dragged their mates along to shows or shouted about us on the internet. This gig is as much about them as it is us.

12 May, 2018

Rock City interview

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The band are interviewed before their show at Rock City, Nottingham. On the crowd reaction on the tour:

Aaron: We’ve had good crowds everywhere. There’s one in particular that the crowd have really got on top of, and bouncing around. Manchester’s probably the first gig we had when we had people on people’s shoulders. The energy in the room has been fantastic…On the TV in particular, it’s got a really strong riff from Kurtis and a very direct chorus. The first few days on the tour the album wasn’t actually out, but you could see that people were getting on it in the moment. People were singing the riff through the tune, and before we came on for the encore.
Kurtis: My take was that when we first did the first couple of gigs before the album came out. I thought Supernatural was getting the best reaction. But it’s changed since the album came out.

THE SLOW READERS CLUB INTERVIEW (2018)