## Losing our marbles.

How much can we still trust prices and statistics? As pre-teen kids one of our favourite schoolyard games was marbles. We would draw a circle and each player would place some marbles in it and then take turns in pitching a bigger marble or "goon" at them. Those struck out of the circle would be claimed by the pitcher. The initial marble supply would be bought from the local “keffie”, a mining town store that sold anything from stale chicken pies to bicycles. Soon a secondary