Is second place a fantastic achievement or an unmitigated disaster? Whether in the sports arena or the office, context and character will decide.
The Philip Fisher column
The world is overrun with blogs and tweets. While they serve a purpose, this column is something slightly different. You will not find out what the author had for breakfast or the colour of the socks he is wearing. You will not be pestered with tedious listings of every film, book, play etc that your correspondent has ever seen or his latest success or otherwise on the golf links.
What readers have come to expect from a writer who has been associated with AccountingWEB almost from its inception are objective but on occasion quite possibly opinionated articles about topics that might be of interest to accountants as people. The intention is to be simultaneously challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining.
Since the writer is a partner in the Human Capital team at BDO LLP these columns will frequently take on issues relating to taxation, business and government policy. For light entertainment, he is also London Editor of British Theatre Guide so there will be plenty of hints and tips about what to see and not to see.
He also regularly writes about technology for London Accountant and almost anything else under the sun for a variety of publications so there are always going to be odd surprises in store. Travel, art, books, theatre, sports and consumer issues are all likely to receive consideration in coming months - but so are taxation issues, thoughts on the latest technology and, inevitably, the activities of the Chancellor and HMRC.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer's mooted decision to ditch National Insurance Contributions and introduce a so-called Earnings Tax in its place begs many questions.
The annual survey of TV watching suggests that the average person spends over 27 hours a week glued to live TV. How do they manage it?
It is to be hoped that no readers of this column are currently taking part in their own personal disaster movies but across the country, many of us will now feel threatened by floods and gales.
Sometimes life can get exciting even on a weekday in the offices of a large firm of chartered accountants.
A recent survey suggests that accountants are increasingly embracing social media. However, it stops short of investigating whether they are achieving anything with it.
It is that time of year. Most readers of this column will probably currently be obsessed by their clients' inability to deliver tax return information as deadlines loom.
A couple of weeks in New York without immediate access to Wi-Fi is a quick route to insanity.
The New York Arts scene continues to delight with opera, musicals and art on the agenda including Vermeer’s most iconic masterpiece.
Spending the New Year break in the Big Apple is always thrilling. This year with art and theatre high on the agenda promises to be special.