Nowadays, when everybody seems to have a Bluetooth device, this tiny pair of wireless stereo speakers, which transforms into a speakerphone is just the thing.
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.
Not so long ago, most smaller accountancy practices were built on friendship, while even partners at larger firms would regard personal relationships as the building blocks for successful careers. Now, ethics can intrude.
Thanks to the ingenuity of English Touring Theatre, we will soon know the title of the most popular ever play in English. The mouth waters at the prospect.
We should be grateful to Chancellor George Osborne for pointing out that the recession is over, a fact that has seemingly passed the rest of the country by.
The news that Gareth Bale will be receiving £300,000 a week from Real Madrid must make even we highly paid professionals wonder whether we are underselling ourselves.
2013 has already seen two high-profile mergers and acquisitions between pairs of accounting firms and it would be a surprise if no more are on the cards.
Each year, there seems to even less business transacted in this country during August than before. Perhaps we should follow the Parisians and close down for the month.
With the Fringe and International Festivals in full swing, here are a few ideas for visitors or the nosy.
A long holiday used to mean filling case after case with means for entertainment. In the micro age, IT has reduced the load beyond our imaginings.
After a least a couple of decades of occupying cubicles of various sizes and degrees of comfort, this columnist has just been introduced to the brave new world of Open Plan working.