Since many of you are likely to have a break over Easter for a least four days and potentially longer, here are a few ideas to take your mind off the day job.
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.
In this democratic age, it is easy to offend accidentally when writing or speaking to a client or prospect.
The decision in Mehjoo v. Harben Barker last year sent shockwaves through the industry. The question is whether the Court of Appeal's reversal should change our attitudes to risk?
While some might suggest that it was politically motivated, the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget bombshell will change the country's perception of pensions for ever.
Without wishing to give undue offence to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Budgets have become increasingly dull in recent years.
Getting hooked on tablets is generally not a good idea. However, if you write about technology, it is almost inevitable.
Is second place a fantastic achievement or an unmitigated disaster? Whether in the sports arena or the office, context and character will decide.
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.