Dryblower on the great pre-Christmas clean-out

CHRISTMAS cannot come fast enough for Dryblower. Not because he craves the idea of unwrapping presents under a tree, or indulging in too much food and booze, but because the annual holiday season will break the circuit of gloom which pervades the global mining industry.

Last week was, hopefully, as bad as it gets. Not only did Dryblower’s horse come last in the Melbourne Cup, but the news flow from mine fields around the world was awful.