Posted tagged ‘India’

All that glisters is not Gold

November 7, 2009


The news that India’s central bank bought 200 tonnes of Gold has sent the price of the precious metal soaring to record prices. India’s decision to exchange $6.7bn for Gold has sent the message that Asian countries have had enough of the US currency.

I tried to obtain an interview with the country’s Finance minister but his burly bodyguard Oddjob threw me a wicked stare. Warily I watched him tinker with his metallic razor sharp bowler hat and decided that all the Gold in the world wouldn’t entice me to raise a finger against this chap. I was shaken and stirred, I tell you.

Why has Gold always been the number one gemstone? Platinum is rarer and more expensive but Gold has an affection all of its own. She has a heart of Gold, not a heart of potassium. Silence is golden, not silence is zinc. And as for the myth about finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, sodium to that. I journeyed to rainbow’s end one day and bungled upon a zippy rugby ball and a pink hippo called George.

If you buy Gold why does it have to be coloured Gold? If I bought a pair of football boots I could get them in a kaleidoscope of shades. I can dye my golden hair into Angus Ancient tartan if I so wanted. A lick of paint on my golden Labrador and he’d be…down boy, I’m only kidding. My bone of contention is why can’t I buy Gold in, for talking’s sake, blue? I love blue.


(Angus ancient Tartan)

The ascent of Gold shows no sign of abating. Shiny, lustrous and superficial the big bullion has decimated his poor cousins Silver, Bronze and Nickel. The recent upsurge in Gold stocks could also be attributed to my karaoke renditions of Spandau Ballet’s Gold. After a few McEwan’s Export’s my golden tongue wraps itself around the AUsome lyrics.

Gold
Always believe in your soul
you’ve got the power to know
you’re indestructible