Dressed to kill

Faroe Islands coat of arms

‘So I buy it. The most perfect little cardigan in the world. People will call me the Girl in the Grey Cardigan. I’ll be able to live in it. Really, it’s an investment’. (Sophie Kinsella, ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’)

I’ve just got back from a few days in Copenhagen and while I was there I invested in The Jumper.

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Christmas crackers

Dog kennel

Tis the season for end-of-year lists so here’s mine, the highlights of 2011 for a tax warrior.

Firstly, the personal ones:

In July I received confirmation from HMRC that investors in my friend’s gym could claim tax relief under the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

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Red Queen Syndrome

Red Queen and Mad Hatter

‘Well, in our country,’ said Alice, still panting a little, ‘you’d generally get to somewhere else – if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.’

‘A slow sort of country!’ said the [Red] Queen. ‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!’

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Tax and taxis

Miniature model cars

I had that Christopher Marlowe in my boat once.’ (Taxi-Boatman in ‘Shakespeare in Love’, screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard)

It seems from an article in the Daily Telegraph that the story of London black cabs really did begin on the Thames.

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