The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...
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Monday 05 November 2012
HMRC chief denies turning blind eye to global giants avoiding massive UK tax bills
Monday 05 November 2012
Apple paid less than 2 per cent tax on its overseas profits after slashing the amount foreign taxmen receive.
Friday 26 October 2012
Communities should have the right to go their own way, rather than being the plaything of multinational corporations.
Wednesday 24 October 2012
David Cameron hinted at fresh moves to claw back extra taxes from major companies such as Starbucks, Apple, Google, Facebook and eBay which are alleged to have avoided £900m in payments to the Treasury.
Sunday 21 October 2012
The auction website eBay has become the latest major company to be accused of tax avoidance after an investigation found it had paid just £1.2m in corporation tax, despite British sales totalling nearly £800m.
Wednesday 17 October 2012
Starbucks may face an inquiry into its UK tax affairs after a senior MP called for an investigation into how the company could avoid paying tax on £1.2bn of sales since 2009.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
Probe shows coffee chain used clever accounting to minimise bills – despite UK sales of over £1bn
Monday 15 October 2012
Pringles has released a triumvirate of festive flavours in the US. This Christmas there will be pumpkin pie, white chocolate and peppermint – and sugar and sodding cinnamon.
Sara Mingardo/Accademia degli Astrusi, Wigmore Hall, London, ***; Amore, Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, **
Monday 01 October 2012
The Venetian contralto Sara Mingardo is one of a kind, and the nearest approximation to her clarion sound is to be found in the recordings of countertenor James Bowman in his prime; down in the baritone register her voice has masculine firmness, and when she opens up at the top her timbre is thrilling.
Thursday 09 August 2012
Wednesday 27 June 2012
Wednesday 06 June 2012
The lure of Starbucks is almost alchemistic. However much anyone tells you it's an evil conglomerate peddling so-so beverages on a mass scale, you somehow can't shake a smug little feeling of rightness as you settle into its "third-space" shops and nod along to the strategically selected soundtrack.
Saturday 02 June 2012
Charlotte Church and Katherine Jenkins have done wonders in changing classical music's reputation as stuffy. But will British operatic group Amore succeed in putting the fun back in opera and be the next big opera band?
Sunday 20 May 2012
Starbucks UK has blamed high rents and a hefty royalty payment to its US parent for its fifth consecutive year of losses.
Saturday 28 April 2012
Ofcom puts cap on cost of stamps
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
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