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The luxury of dithering

So here I am, back from my summer writing retreat, and normal blogging has resumed.  It was quite a relief to be out of the country – in Switzerland, to be precise – and get away from all the Brexit … Continue reading

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Taking money laundering to tusk

It never ceases to amaze me, the lengths that people will go to and the atrocities they will commit and tolerate in order to make money.  In recent training sessions I have been updating people on wildlife trafficking (you know … Continue reading

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Me first, no, me first

And so the battle to appear whiter than white begins – and not before time.  As British politicians fall over themselves to publish their tax returns, the UK government has announced the launch of a new taskforce to investigate the … Continue reading

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Hints from Holmes

One of the anticipated highlights of my Christmas telly viewing was the new episode of “Sherlock”.  As it turns out, it was a huge disappointment – with all the time-travelling, I had no idea what was going on and soon, … Continue reading

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You say potato

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am a big fan of “Poldark”.  No, not the ridiculous chest-baring modern remake, but the 1970s original with Robin Ellis (who did his scything fully clothed, as any gentleman of his … Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2015. If it were a … Continue reading

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Exposed to scrutiny

As an author myself, desperate to understand the vicissitudes of the book-buying public, I devour any articles on the publishing industry.  In the Economist recently there was a piece about the growing demand for children’s books in China, now that … Continue reading

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Double-duty SARs

Ever since some hunter in ancient times pulled back his slingshot and managed to kill two birds with one stone, we humans have loved achieving two (and if possible more) ends with one action.  For instance, it is helpful to … Continue reading

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Muzzle those compliance watchdogs

I went on a Grand Day Out to London last week, and on my way home avoided catching up with emails by reading the (now free) Evening Standard.  My eye was caught, of course, by a story about compliance, because … Continue reading

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It’s the taking part that counts

We’ve all been rather obsessed with the Fourth Money Laundering Directive.  Well, we have in my house.  Well, I have – the cat’s not that bothered.  And as a result the UK’s new Serious Crime Act 2015 has slipped into … Continue reading

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