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What have you been reading?

What have you read or done this week to escape the world of tax and accounts?

It's been a busy few days in the world of accountancy, starting with the Budget and ending with HMRC sending flowers. But away from all things tax, what have you been reading/doing this week?

It's a bit of a busman's holiday, but something that amused me this week was this Wikipedia page on the Brick tax. Started in 1784 to pay for pay for the wars in the American Colonies, it drove minor brick producers out of business and led to builders using clay, wood and weatherboarding to avoid it. Some innovative types also adjusted the size of their bricks to get around it.

Although reading is mentioned in the title, feel free to add any form of entertainment, hobby or distraction.

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01st Nov 2018 14:19

I'm off to Galashiels tomorrow to watch Scotland and Wales play (more than likely) for the wooden spoon in this year's European Championships.

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01st Nov 2018 14:44

I've been reading Grand Hotel Abyss. It's a biography of the Frankfurt School, who were, basically, a cadre of cranky German cultural theorists.

Okay, there's more to it than that, of course! They're all quite fascinating, enigmatic individuals in their own right and have recently, somewhat weirdly, enjoyed a renaissance of sorts as the online right's bete noire.

In truth, even from a more sympathetic perspective like mine, The Frankfurt School's pessimism can be tiring - but some (not all!) of their thinking retains a sort of magic and feels especially relevant now. They certainly feel more at home in 2018 than Marx does with his scientific rigour and resolute focus on industrial capitalism.

As for the writing of the book itself: it's fantastic. Stuart Jeffries is an experienced, eloquent journalist and it shines through in the text. Drum tight, entertaining and offering a sufficiently critical inspection of a complex cast of characters.

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01st Nov 2018 14:53

A Patrick O'Brian novel in the Aubrey-Maturin series.

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to Red Leader
02nd Nov 2018 18:08

Excellent- the catch is what do you do when they are all read.

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01st Nov 2018 15:09

I rarely read and never watch TV in the traditional sense, however, having seemingly exhausted eleventeen seasons Friends, I've moved onto watching YouTube snippets of The Big Bang Theory. Hilarious!

And Ive been to the movies a few times this month too, as there have been quite a few well rated films released recently.

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01st Nov 2018 15:49

Reading 'If only they didn't speak English' by Jon Sopel. An insight into American culture.

Went to see 'Bohemian Rhapsody' the so so biopic of Queen.

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01st Nov 2018 16:05

Between blowing my nose and sniffing, I have been reading Alan Rusbridger's 'Breaking news'.

The former editor in chief of the Guardian reflects on how we've arrived at this time of newspaper disruption.

And for those who want a post-Halloween fright, Inside No. 9's live special is worth finding on the iPlayer.

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By codling
02nd Nov 2018 10:28

I've been reading a "big brother" fantasy novel about the government making lots more money through compulsory computerisation.
Hang on it's not a fantasy novel it's MTD!!

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02nd Nov 2018 12:12

Any Answers. Not much tax or accounts stuff in here :-p

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02nd Nov 2018 12:16

I have read David Nutt's 'Drugs without the hot Air'. He is the former head of the misuse of drugs policy advisory group. Its facinating to read how the government have ignored evidence from experts on the harm of drugs when deciding whether to criminalise them. Not dissimilar to the way they have ignored evidence regarding MTD.

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02nd Nov 2018 12:16

A rare birthday night with the wife on Saturday took us to see "A Star is Born".

Not my usual type of film but very good.

That Bradley Cooper does have much going for him mind, he is also a decent singer.

(Far better than Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia).

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to Glennzy
02nd Nov 2018 12:51

We have been thinking of seeing this this weekend after seeing the trailer and hearing the weather is going to be a bit on the poor side.

Tonight is our annual bonfire - no party but we save everything in the garden and burn it now so as not to upset the neighbours in the summer.

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02nd Nov 2018 22:04

Sleep sleep and more sleep :)

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By Eliz
11th Nov 2018 18:05

Took a British Dressage List Judges Dressage To Music exam!

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By DJKL
11th Nov 2018 21:34

"The Meccano Super Models" by Geoff Wright has been this week's reading, especially looking at the pictures; have fallen in love with both Nos 33 and 34 but suspect I do not have the wallet for either.

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