Category Archives: General thoughts

Going against the currency

A few posts ago I wrote about the Florida judge who did not consider bitcoin to be money in part because “it cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars”.  Then I came across this BBC story … Continue reading

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The forgotten victims

Sometimes, what with all the law and policies and procedures, it is easy to forget that every money laundering or white collar crime case is about people.  Whether they are the perpetrators or the victims, the laundering or other crime … Continue reading

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More or less?

This morning’s post is going to wax rather philosophical, so you should either (a) stop reading now, if you’re not given to such ponderings, or (b) get an extra chocolate biscuit for your elevenses to prolong the ponderings. It all … Continue reading

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Tweet to who?

I’m not an early adopter.  I still watch “Poldark” (the original series) on videotape.  I do not have a smartphone or anything beginning with an i, and I drive a 26-year old car.  And so I was always going to … Continue reading

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Rich pickings

Due out on Sunday is the 25th edition of the Sunday Times “Rich List” – a list of the thousand wealthiest individuals or families in the UK.  For inclusion, they do not have to be British, but they do need … Continue reading

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“Airport 2012” – a disaster movie

I’m by no means a busy traveller – I’m not one of those people who can take their entire family to the moon and back on the AirMiles they collect in a year – but I do fly at least … Continue reading

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Island life

As you read this, I am winging my way overhead, on a sleazyJet flight from Southend to Jersey.  I normally go from Stansted, but timing was against me and so I am sampling the delights of one of London’s smaller … Continue reading

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A taxing check-in experience

At the risk of opening a very vermian can, I have been thinking a lot this week about tax avoidance. Yes: avoidance rather than (or, more realistically, as well as) evasion.  It all started last Monday when I was in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to, well, me

As regular readers and long-time friends will know, I’ve been hanging around the AML locker room for many years now.  I started out as a self-employed person, and then in the same fortnight in 2003 two potential clients said that … Continue reading

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Sitting pretty

In my line of work, I visit a lot of offices – small companies, large ones, fancy banks, tiny estate agencies, regulators, police, the occasional casino.  And as I was sitting in a very grand foyer last week, leafing through … Continue reading

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