Clearing the Fekola decks

NOVEMBER 12: GROUNDHOG day it was most evidently not! In stark contrast to the scene 12 months ago, there...

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11 NOVEMBER 2012

Blackthorn questions ... and answers please

AS FAR as rhetorical questions go, the one or two about Blackthorn Resources and the Australian investment...

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Spark will light Panoramic outlook

WHAT the devil is wrong at Panoramic Resources? Or, what the hell is the problem with investors? One...

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Hot Fekola could get hotter still

THE “most desirable deposit in West Africa” owned by a junior is what some are calling it, and while...

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05 JULY 2012

Globe lights up in mining's gloomy world

FOR those of brave persuasion who haven’t given up entirely or been forcibly institutionalised, Globe...

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13 JUNE 2012

Build it, and they will come

THE mine in the Philippines that many said would never be built is being built, and with investors and...

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31 MAY 2012

New door may be opening for Berkeley

WHEN the ubiquitous and apparently hugely successful Ian Middlemas gets involved in a company, it’s often...

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24 MAY 2012

No easy streets in wild West Africa

LIKE bees to the honey pot, mining entrepreneurs continue to see big opportunity in the emerging West...

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09 MAY 2012

Mirabela meter continues to run … but where to next?

THE old adage about the dangers of catching a falling knife may come to the mind of some nickel bears...

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03 MAY 2012

Energy kicks in … long after the start

MURMURINGS about the latest renaissance for uranium (this time in relation to post-Fukushima) have been...

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05 APRIL 2012

Pssst … silver's the word

LIKE silver? Have the means and wherewithal to invest on an exchange outside of Australia? Want some...

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29 MARCH 2012

Straight talker

I've decided to call it a day, so this will be the last Fifth Column I'll write. And, looking back over...


16 DECEMBER 2011

Faith in exploration

Very few young geologists get the chance not only to be involved in the discovery of a world-class orebody,...


09 DECEMBER 2011

Continuing to trade up

Back at the beginning of the 1980s, Brian Hinchcliffe (pictured) was a trader at J Aron and Co when he...

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02 DECEMBER 2011

Rothschild on war path

There's an enthralling bust-up between Nat Rothschild, the aristocratic billionaire financier, and the...


18 NOVEMBER 2011

Doing own thing

Chris Fraser says he decided to take his career in a different direction after being lead adviser on...

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11 NOVEMBER 2011