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[7 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Kate Adie’s 4 Golden Rules For Good Journalism

In early February 2016 I was fortunate enough to meet Kate Adie OBE, a well known BBC journalist.
Addressing a room of about 200 people, Kate gave an excellent account of how she progressed from being a relatively ordinary student, to her role in BBC local radio and then BBC regional television, before securing her mainstream position at BBC News. On moving from BBC local radio in the North East to what she thought was another radio job with BBC West, she was astonished to learn (on day one at BBC …

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[25 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
iPhone app developers and the VAT question!

VAT law is weird – it talks about “supplies”!

How do you account for VAT?
I’ve had this question a number of times recently. The problem applies to all suppliers of downloadable software, so I’ll give you the general picture, and then at the end, there’s a bit specifically for app developers who get paid by Apple.
You’re in business right? And you’re based in the UK, with a UK VAT number? If you just said “yes and yes” that’s good, read on, otherwise contact a local accountant in your part of the …

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[16 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

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Use your imagination

I’m working on a new Wiki at the moment, and Benjamin Ellis has given me a useful idea! In a tweet from SXSW – that’s a big conference for geeks (and others), held every year in the USA – Benjamin said:

Now, whilst he was probably thinking in broader terms than I, it made me think a bit more about the nature of the Wikis which I’m running. …

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[7 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

For some time now I have been keeping track of my business affairs on a Zoho wiki. It’s a great tool, and it allows me to check procedures and update my “scribble pad” from any computer that has internet access. At least that was true until last weekend. I was planning to do some work on the Wiki last Sunday morning (when things are quiet and there are no distractions) and unfortunately, Zoho had the same idea at the same time. The wiki engine was unavailable for 3 hours. Both …

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[5 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

World Affairs on Sunday
The G20 summit came to London this week and apart from some disruption to the traffic, there is little tangible evidence that anything is happening. There is just anecdotal advice about the things that they say they are going to do, and an ever sceptical public is not yet convinced.
However, for the first time, a group of 20 heads of state have met to explore what is to be done about the global financial malaise. What happened to the G7 and the G8? And will the …