The markets are up and down

I can't make head nor tail of it. If only Dave was here to guide me ...

Down yesterday, back up tonight

Dave could paint too

Dave painted in oils, watercolours and he also drew with pastels.

This is one of his pictures that I have at home, his signature says it was painted in 1993.
It was on display at my house in Park Avenue and now I've reclaimed it from storage for my study.

Dave would have been 60 today

Here he is as a baby, with his Gran Hilda, probably in a caravan in Rhyl

We all miss him

You love Everton more than me

Dave loved football esp the Everton team of the mid 80s, Big Nev in goal, Ratters and Mountfield, Bracewell, Tricky Trev and Inchy, Sharpy and the brilliant Andy Gray up front.

Old joke:

Wife: sometimes I think you love Everton more than you love me?

Husband: don’t be daft, I love Liverpool more than I love you!

l-r me, Dave, and Neil

A potted history of Noggers Blog

This week is Dave's birthday week. He would have been 60 this coming Friday, March 26th.

I think way back in 2009 he was starting to think about blogging and market data. Over a cup of tea at my house in Knaresborough, he said to me "Mike, could you write a program to do x?". "x" means collating market data from various sources and make that available. I thought about it and said "yeah probably".

Dave was also keen to try out using my iMac to record some videos; so I think we did his first demo to camera (the iMac) in my small study.

Noggers Blog changed utterly from there. The first version was written in VB, the next in Visual Sudio C#, the third in an automation tool. The current version runs in that there cloud. 

Dave was a pioneer in blogging; he worked hard at it and he played hard too ;-) I think the pinnacle of his success was in the 2011-2015 era when he had his own spot with Bloomberg, he loved that. 

A few years ago after he passed away I had a bash at writing an Amazon Alexa skill that broadcast the contents of the rude Dog's Blog, sadly it was banned by Amazon. Dave would have chuckled at that.

What's really amazes is how we used it still is in the trade. I recently added Google Analytics to the blog and here is a snapshot of today's users. There are folks all over the world who use it.

Dave would be very proud of that - all from a conversation over a cup of tea (he brought the milk). 


Dave as a boy

My word, this is me (left) and Dave (right) taken on the doorsteps of our boyhood home in Toxteth, L8.

Even to this day I worry about his hand getting caught in the door.

The cheeky grin stuck with him all his life. For the record my suit was for a navy captain and Dave's was a cowboy ;-)

Dave Norris - Blogger, Raconteur, Brother, Father, Artist

Over the next week or so leading up to what would have been Dave's 60th birthday on 26th March, I will be posting some old photos and Dave related memorabilia. 

This was taken on lads only holiday in Mijas, with Dave wearing his beloved I am Spartacus t-shirt.

Only Dave could come up with a very sweary blog where his alter ego is a Border Terrier with Tourette's. I think he used to do his normal blog posts on EU and US Grain markets and then cut loose after a few (quite a few) beers and have a good rant.

I know how he feels. Stay woof !

EU Grains Closing Report W/e 10 March

W/e 10/03/17 -- EU grains closed mostly lower on the day, but mixed for the week.

The day ended with Mar 17 London wheat up GBP1.05/tonne at GBP146.65/tonne, Mar 17 Paris wheat was down EUR4.25/tonne at EUR167.75/tonne, Jun 17 Paris corn was EUR1.50/tonne lower at EUR172.50/tonne and May 17 Paris rapeseed fell EUR2.75/tonne to EUR402.25/tonne.

For the week that places nearby London wheat GBP1.10/tonne higher, with Paris wheat down EUR6.25/tonne, corn EUR4.25/tonne firmer and rapeseed down EUR6.50/tonne.

A weaker sterling this week has supported London wheat, in addition to tightness in old crop supply.

"The vast majority of GB arable crops have come into the spring in good condition, according to the latest ADAS crop report. The relatively dry and mild conditions during the autumn and winter allowed pesticide applications to be made as planned and there are few weed, pest or disease issues to report at this stage in the season," said the HGCA.

They did however report a drop in overall winter plantings, including an English and Welsh wheat area decline of 5% to 1.612 million ha, along with a 2% fall in barley sowings and a 1% decrease in the area given over to winter OSR (to 538k ha).

Many pundits say that the actual sown area is even lower, especially for OSR where Origin Enterprises this week came up with a figure of only 500,000 ha for the UK as a whole, "a reduction of approximately 10% on last year," they said.

"Farmers have been deterred from sowing the oilseed by heavy losses in many areas to cabbage stem flea beetle, following the introduction of EU curbs on neonicotinoid insecticides," reported Agrimoney.

In other news, Brussels reported 235 TMT of soft wheat exports this past week, taking the season to date total to 16.5 MMT, down 13% on 19.05 MMT this time last year.

Cumulative EU barley exports so far this season stand at 3.2 MMT, down 59% from a year ago, whilst cumulative EU corn imports of 7.4 MMT are down 24%.

On the international stage, we can report a 720,000 MT hard wheat tender from Saudi Arabia.