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Looking for more information about my great uncle - James Osenton

I've just posted a request for more information on this great site

The Estate of my great uncle, James Osenton the gold miner: the story continues...

Arawatabaru, Barima River, Guyana

It seems the entire estate of my great uncle, James Osenton, gold miner extraordinaire, comprised a single share certificate. After Treasury Solicitors' costs the final amount from the government office is...wait for it...a couple of thousand pounds! To be divided among his descendants. Me and my cousins have decided to put the money towards some kind of memorial to James Osenton - he deserved that at least!

Just to take the story further: the dear old BBC, in the form of their Heir Hunters programme, have said that they would like to interview me, which I'm more that happy to do - I might then find out more about James Osenton. In fact I will do more than that: I intend to go out to Guyana, go up the Barima River and try and find out a bit more about my great uncle's gold mine. First hand!

Settlements on the Barima River, Guyana

A gold nugget, found in the Barima River

Nokia Stock Investment return - now's the time to GO!

Well! We all made our money on Microsoft's cute move for Nokia (cute for Nokia that is!) didn't we? Didn't we?  I sold mine yesterday at $6.24 as they began to dip (they're still dipping pre-market this morning, 17 Sept 2013). There's a whole load of Nokia IP now sloshing around the world and why, can anyone tell me, are the biggest number of Google enquiries for "Nokia" coming from Pakistan?

Now the good folks of Finland have bought back their fill of their industrial darling I don't think the stock will be doing anything much anytime soon - although I guess they might drift down for a while.

I've taken a punt with part of my profits and bought, as a good friend of mine terms it, a "minnow". Well, I've bought such a minnow I couldn't even buy it online through my broker, Interactive Investor, I had to buy my minnow through them over the phone!

And this minnow is? I hear you ask. It's that well known hidden gem (deliberate pu…

100% gains in two of my stock investments. Complete faith in Nokia. And a share to watch!

I’m feeling pleased with myself! My positions in Cable & Wireless and Thrombogenics shares have both given me a 100% gain. I have a significant stake (for me!) in Nokia, in which I have complete faith, and at the end of this post I’ll tell you about my new position.
Let me explain: in January 2012 I bought Cable & Wireless shares and more than doubled my money when they were bought by Vodafone the following April (more on Vodafone later).
In September 2012 I piled into Nokia at $2.55, for a multitude of good reasons, and watched them climb to above $4. I bought more in December2013 and watched them stagnate (that’s a posh word for “got a bit worried”) but there is now ample evidence that Nokia are really coming up on the rails. OK, I know it's not a Lamia - but I like the picture!
The recent jump in Lamia sales added to all the previously stated reasons (their patent bank, camera and satnav capability, and steady third world market etc.) is enough to justify my faith. Bu…

Rebecca Wait’s debut novel: ‘The View on the Way Down’

I downloaded this after a recommendation from  It wasn’t a straightforward decision because I don’t generally “do” online book recommendations. I needn’t have worried. This is a gripping, intensely moving, evocative and wonderful – I could use more adjectives, but these give you the picture – psychological read. It’s a bit like Joanna Trollope but with barbed wire. I pulled into a layby to listen to the last three chapters and sat there with tears running down my face. It is simply magnificent – and it’s her first novel! Buy it, borrow it, ste** it (maybe not!) – but get it! End of exclamation marks.

Short Story: 'One Dollar Toyota'


James Osenton and his gold mine. Part Three.

My uncle’s Gold Mine and the Milwaukee Journal (1933). A real live Heir Hunter. Part Two