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Dryblower on the weird world of Julia in Wonderland
(Monday, 20 May 2013)
IF Lewis Carroll had not already written the story of Alice in Wonderland,
would not be surprised if someone else created a similar tale using Australia as the weird Wonderland while casting the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, as Alice.
Dryblower on the return of the boom (perhaps)
(Monday, 13 May 2013)
THE boom is back! Well, not really but if you had been asleep for a while then
might be able to convince you that the Australian mining industry is enjoying boom conditions because that’s what you call a week when the mining component of the stock market rises by almost 10%.
Dryblower explores the link which puts Forrest and Palmer in the same boat
(Monday, 6 May 2013)
APART from a future cruise together on a replica of the Titanic which Clive Palmer is proposing to build,
cannot think of much that Palmer has in common with Andrew Forrest, except a claim to being very rich and a surprisingly deep commitment to nickel.
Dryblower and the power in the “oilman’s lament”
(Monday, 29 April 2013)
MOST mining people think there is little to learn from the oil world, though, as
has seen in past downturns, there is a lesson for tough times to be found in an old oil industry saying: “Please, Lord, let there be another boom and I promise to not piss it up against the wall this time.”
Dryblower and the death of confidence in the gold world
(Monday, 22 April 2013)
REED Resources did well last week pocketing a windfall $A27 million from closing out its gold hedge book but
knows that for every win, like that posted by the Meekatharra miner from the turmoil in the global gold sector, there would have been at least one big loser.
Dryblower on the bust we need so we can have another boom
(Monday, 15 April 2013)
IF THE big fall in the price of gold late last week wasn’t enough evidence of the mining boom becoming a fading memory then
suggests you look at a few more examples, such as a plea for government exploration incentives and an expanded policy of royalty discounts.
Dryblower on the obstacles awaiting Wiluna
(Monday, 8 April 2013)
DIRECTORS and staff at Toro Energy had every reason to pop the corks on a few bottles of champagne last Tuesday when the Australian government provided environmental approval for its Wiluna uranium project in Western Australia, though
hopes it was just Jacob’s Creek and not Moet.
Dryblower finds a way to help the nickel mining business
(Tuesday, 2 April 2013)
LOW prices have made the past few years very tough for nickel miners, but if
understanding of a recent chain of events is correct, then one source of supply may soon be curtailed.
Dryblower wonders why Friedland chose to make the same mistake as Cutifani
(Monday, 25 March 2013)
WHEN you’re sitting on a fortune estimated at $US1.8 billion ($A1.7 billion) and rank as the world’s 831st richest person, which is the monetary status of Robert Friedland, even
has to admit that your words carry weight – despite some of the things you say being wrong.
Dryblower on the nation more important than China
(Monday, 18 March 2013)
CHINA, naturally, is the focus of the Mines and Money conference that kicks off in Hong Kong today. But as Dryblower was trawling through the speakers and their topics, he spotted an omission – no one seems to be speaking about a country that is more important than China – the US.
Dryblower on falling iron ore prices, which are coming, ready or not
(Monday, 11 March 2013)
THINGS that we now do publicly we once did privately.
is not talking about anything pornographic, but the way in which iron ore prices are fixed and forecast, with some recent pricing remarks verging on the obscene – for the miners, anyway.
Dryblower on merger dangers
(Monday, 4 March 2013)
IF YOU believe what investment bankers are saying, the junior sector of the mining market is about to be hit by a wave of mergers.
suspects this will produce more losers than winners.
Dryblower on the “Australianisation” of the global miners; it is good or bad?
(Monday, 25 February 2013)
LAST year, no Australians held the chief executive’s job at the world’s four big mining companies, a curious imbalance given the importance of the country to all four. This year, three of the four will be led by Australians. The fourth will be a Scot who is moving here to live, though whether that’s good news for Australian mining is a question worrying
Dryblower on impending money-power dynamics in mining
(Monday, 18 February 2013)
PREPARE for a very odd week in Australian mining when people such as
will be looking at a string of profit results while people with an eye on politics will be looking at the same documents to judge whether a power shift will occur in Canberra before or after September 14.
Dryblower on the high cost of boasting
(Monday, 11 February 2013)
BOASTING is never attractive, but
suspects most readers will be surprised to learn it can also be expensive.
Is South Africa waiting to blow its top?
(Monday, 4 February 2013)
A LIFETIME ago, well, 30 years to be precise,
asked the late Harry Oppenheimer in his Johannesburg office whether South Africa was a pressure cooker and how it was possible to gently ease that pressure, avoiding an explosive release simply by ending apartheid.
Dryblower on the six weeks which will change the global mining industry
(Tuesday, 29 January 2013)
FASTEN your seatbelts. Practise the brace position, and remember that your nearest exit might be behind you. That’s the advice passengers get in case of a bumpy landing and
reckons it applies equally to the mining industry which is facing six weeks of revolutionary change.
Dryblower on the mighty mess when geology meets money
(Monday, 21 January 2013)
IT will be cold comfort for departing Rio Tinto chief executive Tom Albanese, but he is not the first to be blamed for a botched deal which, in the case of a coal purchase in Mozambique, throws up eerie similarities to the famous Lady Bountiful sale of 25 years ago.
Dryblower on the Mission Impossible awaiting Cutifani
(Monday, 14 January 2013)
HEADS he loses, tails he loses. Whichever way the coin lands for Mark Cutifani as he takes on the mining world’s equivalent of
with the revival of Anglo American,
reckons he cannot win, even if he succeeds in restoring the finances of the battered giant.
Dryblower watches magnetite boom on ASX, but wonders how long it will last
(Monday, 7 January 2013)
NO ONE likes to start a new year with a speeding ticket, but
suspects there were whoops of delight in the magnetite iron ore sector last week when Grange Resources copped a “please explain” from stock exchange officials and Gindalbie Metals came close to a similar inquiry.
Best of Dryblower 2012
(Monday, 31 December 2012)
WHILE our wise and often controversial columnist takes a well-earned break, we take a look at
most popular columns of 2012.
Dryblower on the Anglo American trap
(Monday, 17 December 2012)
WINNERS can sometimes turn out to be losers, a point
suspects will be demonstrated painfully should a successful raid launched on troubled South African-focussed miner Anglo American.
Gold miners cop a lashing from Evy Hambro (and Dryblower)
(Monday, 10 December 2012)
NO ONE likes to be told he is fat and lazy because life has been too easy but when
thought about the criticism of gold miners by two fund managers last week he realised that’s exactly how some people see the gold mining industry.
Dryblower sees light at the bottom of the magnetite barrel
(Monday, 3 December 2012)
AUSTRALIA’S accident-prone magnetite iron ore industry, which
has watched lurch from crisis to crisis, could finally be reaching the bottom of its long decline after a final horrid month of legal disputes, a government hand-out, a fresh capital call and a light dusting of mothballs.
Dryblower examines the Christmas shopping list of Ivan Glasenberg
(Monday, 26 November 2012)
CHRISTMAS shopping for
, and most other people, consists of a simple list of gift ideas for friends and relatives, though not for the new king of world mining, Ivan Glasenberg, who has a shopping list topped by the names of Anglo American and Fortescue Metals Group.
Dryblower on a forgettable mining record
(Monday, 19 November 2012)
THERE are some records you don’t want to know about, which is why
will be delicate in explaining why last week’s record of 39 mining stocks hitting 12-month share price lows has set the scene for wholesale change.
Dryblower on the lonely (and short) life of a CEO
(Monday, 12 November 2012)
LIFE at the top is never easy, as the chief executives of the world’s biggest mining companies are finding out. Unless
is misreading his tea leaves, quite a few lesser leaders will soon discover this as an industry-wide “chief executive cull” begins.
Dryblower on the warning signals blowing off Africa’s mining industry
(Monday, 5 November 2012)
IF foot shooting was an Olympic sport then
reckons the gold, silver and bronze medals would be won by African countries.
Dryblower sings a farewell song for Cynthia, Tom and Marius
(Monday, 29 October 2012)
IT’S time for a
sing-along, which today will be to the tune of
Bottles Standing on the Wall
but, because we’re short on time and space, we’ll start at four green bottles – and call the first one to fall Cynthia.
Dryblower on problems caused by slow drivers
(Monday, 22 October 2012)
SLOW drivers can be as big a nuisance as speeders, delaying deliveries and forcing other road users to change lanes. This may not appear to have anything to do with mining, but it’s the image in
mind as annoyance grows over go-slow projects.
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