Like many AW readers, I like to keep abreast of the latest developments in the accountancy profession. I can't say my day at Accountex exactly opened my eyes to anything new, but it was a handy snapshot of where the profession is at the moment.
Life is tough on the front line of accountancy. For more than five years, our intrepid correspondent has been bringing us news and views from a typical West Country practice.
A week after Accountex and I'm just about catching up. Now I remember why I don't travel up to London very often - it's exhausting for us provincial types!
Sometimes I can't help thinking HMRC could show a little more common sense.
I have been wondering whether I should make the trip up to London to the now annual Accountex show, and this year I have decided I will.
So just in case any readers have been similarly indecisive I will let you know what you missed in my diary next weekend.
Although it would be nice if you could!
I'm talking about new clients. Those tentative introductory meetings and requests for quotes and proposals. Wouldn't it be nice to win them all!
A new tax year has begun, it's too soon to make much progress on 2014 tax returns yet, so the tax team is focused on what must be one of the most thankless tasks we have to undertake every year - P11Ds.
With Easter fast approaching, there's an unseen killer stalking businesses and offices across the land.
I suppose this diary post is in part a public service message then.
That's the question. Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence - and are you prepared to take the risk in case it's not?
That time of year again when our thoughts turn to this week's Budget speech and the accompanying press releases.
I have just spend a rewarding couple of days helping with a project in the local secondary school to provide mock job interviews for the whole of year 10 (14-15 year olds).