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So Exeter city have reached a final at Wembley. For a long time people from in and around Exeter have dreamt of hearing that, and although it is not the illustrious FA cup final, it is the Vauxhall conference playoff final with the prize to the winner being football league status.

The performance that put city through away at oxford last Tuesday seems to have got the city believing that this year is the year that city reinstate themselves. After over turning a 0-1 deficit in the first leg, city drew 2-2 over the two legs and went through on the resulting penalty shootout.

Now we have a situation where after consistent demand, over 30,000 tickets have been sold, with over 100 official coaches making the eight hour round trip to the capital. One thing is for sure, regardless of the result, Exeter have shown that they have the fan base to justify football league status.

The Goat died!

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Whilst at work today spare a thought for a widow man. The goat a man was famously forced to marry by village elders in southern Sudan after he was caught having sex with it, died after choking on a plastic bag.

The story about the ‘goat man’ was one of the most viewed articles on the BBC news website, and a Google search uncovers more than 1m different web pages, based on the story.

Ethical statements

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The best performing unit trust in the UK last year was the Co-operative Insurance sustainable leaders trust. It came out on top of a list of the 324 all companies UK unit trusts, having avoided casino and tobacco industries that suffered a tough year.

(Read the BBC article here)

This is the first time an ethical investment fund has topped the performance chart, and has helped such investments take a step towards shedding the image that ethical investments are unprofitable. As a result investment funds such as these are growing in popularity.

In the news recently we have also seen Norway change is stance on the vice industries of corporate America. By recently pulling out of Wal-mart and defence contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin for ‘ethical fallings’, Oslo is certainly revaluating where it’s $300 billion rainy day fund is invested.

Could it be as ethical investments grow ever more popular, and prove as profitable as investments guided without any ethical values, that larger institutions will take note and change their position on how their money is invested?

Anyone care to think of the impact of Saudi Oil fortunes coming to corporate America such with investment clauses?

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