Another load of old (Chinese) bulbul bull

More dazzling light and more posers in the garden today so why not have another look at the Chinese Bulbul. Again no sharpening. As they were taken.

ChiBulAdult ChiBulAdultpreening Chinese Bulbul juv Chinese Bulbul Juv2I regard these as my pay-off for having to spend time in a supermarket today. We had gone to Central for Mrs. Ha to finish her dental treatment, for me to pick up Lulu’s dog food treats and for both of us to have a celebratory lunch at Island Tang with a friend, whose wife has just given him a lovely baby boy. Their first child. As we had parked at IFC we had to negotiate all the fashion boutiques (failed) and the supermarket entrance (failed again). It took the lovely serving lady 25 minutes (I timed her) to do the ham, salami and cheese for us.

Then the drive home was beset by traffic jams due to the illegal taxi queue that seems to be permanent now along Convention Avenue. If it isn’t illegal it ought to be.  A curse on all of them. Let that curse be HSBC, whose shares I bought pre-results today only to see them fall 4.2% on release of the numbers. Oh well, just tuck them away for 10 years and they’ll be fine and we only bought 4,000 so its not going to kill us. Curiously the yield is exactly 4.1% so after the annual divi we will break even unless they fall further. In which case I shall buy more. I am a sucker like that. Never catch a falling knife, they say. And that is probably why I am so badly scarred. Still I have two shares in the fund today that are up over 5% and that’s why you have portfolios. Good old Tommy Cook. I bought in at 26p (not adjusted for the rights issue) and they know stand at 169.7p, a very nice multi-bagger.

And so I wind down another day and prepare for another assault on Mai Po tomorrow with John H. The alarm will be set for 5am. What will the future hold? Do I care? What will SCB’s interim results be like tomorrow? None of these questions will be answered in tomorrow’s blog. If there is one.



17 thoughts on “Another load of old (Chinese) bulbul bull

  1. Lovely as always Andrew, I particularly like the third image with the gray sky behind. Beautiful contrast of colours!! I completely sympathise with your hatred of traffic, I struggle to deal with it in my small country city, let alone somewhere as crowded as Hong Kong!!

    • Thanks Jayde. There seems to be minimal thought about traffic management here. It just gets worse and worse and the government does nothing and the police hide behind bushes hoping to issue speeding tickets. Hopeless the lot of them.

      • It’s ridiculous isn’t it. Don’t worry, the police hide in the bushes here too, yet they always seem to catch the person doing 5k over on their way to work rather than the goons doing 40k over to impress their friends!!

  2. Beautiful bird. Is that tree a Hawthorn? I remember our alpacas being very keen on the leaves and just eat those sharp thorns as if they were a delicacy on their own. Nature at its best.

  3. Once again, cracking photos.
    You’re a brave man buying shares in any bank, should I ever have money to spare *dreams* banking is the last investment I’d make.

    • AV, I think with banks you have to a) know them pretty well and b) prepared to take the rough with the smooth. I only hold 3 and all ones I feel I know well enough. They also yield pretty well. I am surprised at the market’s reaction to rising profits – the management has flagged a slowing global economy but that’s hardly news. I guess that’s the difference between traders and investors.

  4. All the photographs I post on the Internet are greatly reduced, and therefore softened somewhat, so in Photoshop I often apply Smart Sharpen with a radius of 0.2 or 0.3. Is there a reason that you chose not to apply any sharpening here? (An obvious possibility is that you felt the pictures didn’t need it.)

    • Steve, they might benefit from a little sharpening but no, I didn’t see much wrong with them for the web. If I were to sharpen I would firstly use LR’s own tool and if I wanted sth more I’d import to CS6 and run an action, then adjust the opacity sliders to taste.

  5. Maybe you should accompany Mrs. Ha shopping more often if this is how you are rewarded. Simply a bunch of very nice images, Andrew. My favorite is number three…both for the delightful head turn and glint in the eye and the Bulbul’s fine use of the thorn rung on the branch. 🙂

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