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EnDhowment fund

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Seeing as nobody understands the financial market, it might be an idea to keep an eye on the small-traders, to get some idea of what is actually going on in the world of trade, ie dhows.

I propose a system to monitor dhows and their cargoes in order to get some idea of which way the world economy is going, probably best off-shored to Wales, where it might be called the Dhow-Jones index.

As some kind of real-time monitoring between nations would be good, a P2P network might suffice. After a quick trial in the House of Lords, it does seem to work and will be rolled out at relevant piers.

Predictably, dhows themselves will become another market, and so EnDhowment funds will be created.

Being a dhow owner seems like being a pirate, but with more curry and no actual piracy, but it can't be helped.

not_morrison_rm, Jul 23 2014

Pun in search of an idea... https://www.google....gws_rd=ssl#imgdii=_
[normzone, Jul 24 2014]

Dhows and the Colonial Economy of Zanzibar, 1860-1970" by Gilbert, Erik http://eh.net/book_...zanzibar-1860-1970/
[not_morrison_rm, Jul 24 2014]

Tracking already solved with AIS transponders https://www.marinetraffic.com/
Enforce cargo declaration and data mining this [piluso, Jul 24 2014]

Basil Brush..for those fortunate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Brush
..to have not come across him before.. [not_morrison_rm, Jul 25 2014]

Boum...what's with the lateen sails... http://en.wikipedia...iki/Boom_%28ship%29
thought it'd all be translated in Arabic by now.. [not_morrison_rm, Jul 25 2014]

rope's sadness http://anti-joke.co...-here-the-rope-goes
The long story [wjt, Jul 27 2014]

Pun Dhows Removal Surgery http://www.poundhousepractice.co.uk/
[pashute, Jul 30 2014]


       What [normzone] said.[-]
Voice, Jul 24 2014

       If this idea were extended to cover Chinese shipping, would it constitute dealing in Junk bonds ?
8th of 7, Jul 24 2014

       Early documents about dhows sail arrangement are a little hard to follow, being in lateen.   

       As for junk bonds, be your own guest...   

       As a formal treatise on the economic of dhows I refer you to "Dhows and the Colonial Economy of Zanzibar, 1860-1970" by Gilbert, Erik   

       For example "Ironically, the mangrove trade peaked in the 1950s with the first flush of the oil wealth in the Persian Gulf. Up to a quarter of a million mangrove poles were exported from Zanzibar alone in a single year, presumably to build traditional houses there, most of them shipped in the monsoon dhows."   

       Which was good business until concrete came along, so the dhows acted as microcosm of the greater global economy, fuelled by the oil wealth in the gulf states, classic case of boom and bust market....   

       I did an economics degree (very badly).
not_morrison_rm, Jul 24 2014

       //Seeing as nobody understands the financial market//   

       Bun for that bold insight alone.
doctorremulac3, Jul 24 2014

       // I did an economics degree (very badly). //   

       Hey, look on the bright side - at least you're consistent ...
8th of 7, Jul 24 2014

       To take this idea any further you'd have to be dinghy. But then you canoe I was going to say that.
normzone, Jul 24 2014

       Mast you keep on with this sheet? Or am I mizzen something? Perhaps that was too stern.
pocmloc, Jul 24 2014

       Inspired, [poc]. Take a bow.
8th of 7, Jul 24 2014

       There's a whole raft of these puns available you know. A hull lot of them.
normzone, Jul 24 2014

       Yes, but most of them are pretty ropey. We'd rudder you didn't repeat them, even if there are moor where they came from - we anchor after something better.
8th of 7, Jul 24 2014

       I sea what you mean - some of these are strong enough that you can bilge on them, while others some people just tack on to what's already here.
normzone, Jul 24 2014

       If I could just stick my oar in...some of these ideas need a pier review. If knot, they could just be a load of rowlocks.
Ling, Jul 24 2014

       This idea hit me like a punt in the junk.
bungston, Jul 24 2014

       I'm bailing out.
pocmloc, Jul 25 2014

       Flagging, are you? Maybe you didn't ensign up for this? Nevermind, you'll be running before the wind with an even keel before you know it.
Ling, Jul 25 2014

       //I'm bailing out.   

       Are you Shu'ai about that?   

       As Basil Brush said when he saw two medium sized dhows "Boum Boum" and that's how he got his catchphrase.   

       Ironically, he was talking to a dhowager duchess at the time, truth is stranger than fiction sometimes.
not_morrison_rm, Jul 25 2014

       painful.....I raise you one dhowery..   

       //Hey, look on the bright side - at least you're consistent   

       <whoop, whoop, whoop> paradox alert...</whoop>   

       Agh, just woke up at 5am on a Sunday morning....unspeakable.
not_morrison_rm, Jul 26 2014

       // Are you Shu'ai about that?  //   

       I'm afraid not.
Ling, Jul 27 2014

       A piece of rope walks into a bar...
normzone, Jul 27 2014

       Thought it was a piece of string trying to get into a nightclub?
not_morrison_rm, Jul 27 2014

       A frayed knot.
normzone, Jul 27 2014

       So, am I let's go for a cup of tea
not_morrison_rm, Jul 27 2014

       The name is Aryeh,
- Aryeh Shur.

       A piece of soap walks into a bar...
pashute, Jul 30 2014

       I'm sure we passed the fire limit on how many are allowed in this bar some time ago.
not_morrison_rm, Jul 30 2014


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