Oil certain to hit $200 per barrel

The Big Mac index, the Pants-per-Share index and the Hemline indicator. There are plenty of unusual ways of reading the economic runes.

To this list, we'd like to add the Brockley Central Window Rattle Index.

For if we ever doubted Goldman Sachs' prediction that Oil prices could hit $200 a barrel, that was put to rest by the number of times a day our windows are rattled by boy racers driving pointlessly round and round the streets of Brockley, with their sub-woofers juiced to military levels.

Soaring prices don't seem to have affected the frequency of rattle, which suggests there is still plenty of room for prices to rise.

15 comments:

Do dah said...

Well Nick seeing as you have outed yourself as a Telegraph online reader, I shall do the same, I find 'Dulwich Mum' hilarious and I love Xanthe Clay's 10 mins to table, (Loyd Grossman notwithstanding).

I am not so keen on Jeff Randal mainly because I don't understand half of what he's going on about. It's economics', stupid. Yes I know, but it's so often so unengaging. Has anyone read Freakonomics?

I find going to the supermarket encourages waste in my household. I end up being suckered into purchasing BOGOF's that go off. Whereas if I buy something from SOTH I tend to use it quickly I believe because of the price...

I wonder if Randall has an elegant economic theory for that. I bet the freakonmics could work something out.

Anonymous said...

maybe you'd prefer a middle-class white brockleyite pumping out "the sound of music" from her Prius?

Brockley Nick said...

@danja, "reader" as in I read it, rather than define myself by it... As for dulwich mum, I am obviously insanely jealous. Where's my national newspaper column and inevitable publishing deal eh? ;)

Danja said...

Do Dah, not me - I avoid that stinking rag unless some git drops a link without the decency of a warning.

Brockley Nick said...

@danja - apologies.

The Cat Man said...

Oh..... Economics!! Fab!

Yes, ive read freakeconomixs, very interesting book. The interesting thing about it is that there is an element on truth in the analysis: it all rests on how you define a variable before analysis starts! I.e, is an 'event' conditional on another event? The proof in any economic analysis is in the detail.

If oil prices go up, we should try and identify a product that moves adversely and wait for the certain future drop.

let's get rich and rival hugh for that gaff on wickham road!

I don't get alot of rattles where I am thankfully!

lb said...

I always hoped that 'Dulwich Mum' was the limp satirical creation of a childless male journalist, but sadly she appears to be quite real.

Anonymous said...

Are these music-blaring motorists just deaf or are they trying to educate the rest of us to the joys of their music? Bunch of weirdos should get a life.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that the volume of the sound systems are inversely proportional to the quality of the vehicles ?

Bring on the knackered red Punto's with blacked out windows and massive phat' base tubes. They bring a smile to my face !

max said...

Anybody can blast a sound system whilst driving, the real skill is to do it and speak at the telephone at the same time.

patrick1971 said...

I thought Freakonomics was actually a bit of a con; it was as if the authors had said "oooh, let's see how controversial we can be and then link it to economics". Which may just go to prove that economics is one big con after all...

The Armchair Economist covered similar territory much better, IMHO.

Do dah said...

Ah Dulwich Mum the column everyone loves to hate, that and Bryony Gordon.

The Telegraph isn't half as bad as it used to be and by bad I mean right wing, selfish. It's very humorous.

There's a rather good piece today on that Simon Mann and what a twit he is. I mean what he thought he was doing trying to launch a coup on a sovereign state, are we in the 1970's I ask you?

Xanthe Clay is a great writer, she has more realistic recipes than Nigella, more inspiring ones than recent Delia, she's up there in evocation of food with Nigel Slater and practicality of Jamie Oliver.

As for Freakonomics being 'a bit of con', not really, it's senstationalism and tis the way of the world. I daresay if Marx were writing now, he'd be at it too. Das Krapital anyone?

The Cat Man said...

Yup, read part of that too (its rather lengthy). I particularly enjoyed the communist manisfesto, Marx got carried away with himself and even accused the upper classes of participating in romping sexual orgies!

neanderthal d said...

The youth are already ahead of the game.......

Ladeez 'n' gennlemen i bring you the mighty basszilla:

http://www.madeinqueensfilm.com/bike-basszilla.html#images/bike-basszilla-4.jpg

Way better than trebly, tinny mobile phones serenading you from the back of the bus.

dulwichmum said...

Lovely Ib,

I'll have you know that I am a retired brickie from Penge. You don't actually believe everything you read in The Telegraph, do you???

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