In which the ‘exciting content’ meter hits a new low

Accounting isn't a topic of wide general interest. Nonetheless, accounting professor Prem Sikka's CIF piece on the International Accounting Standards Board is one of the more bizarre and surreal things that I've ever read. The point of International Accounting Standards is to ensure comparability of accounts of companies that report their financial results in different … Continue reading In which the ‘exciting content’ meter hits a new low

The system isn’t the problem

From the BBC website's article on this year's A-level results (yes, I know - we're always first with the news here): Twin sisters Tania and Mahua Bhaduri from West Malling, Kent, both got five grade As. But unlike her sister, Tania has not got a university place. Their father, Dr Bim Bhaduri, said his daughter … Continue reading The system isn’t the problem

Booze and weddings

I've got a new piece on the Sharpener, which I appear to have annexed (if anyone, especially Sharpener contributors, fancies contributing to the Sharpener, then by all means go ahead). It's about the latest bizarre Youth Gone Feral moral panic, and how we really shouldn't worry about That Sort Of Thing. Also, if anyone tries … Continue reading Booze and weddings

NHS food ‘OK, considering’

From the Observer: Of 377 National Health Service and private hospitals surveyed in England, 173 - 46 per cent - were found to have poor cleanliness in their kitchens, or canteens or cafes used by staff, patients and visitors. Nine of the 377 were private hospitals, of which six were found to have at least … Continue reading NHS food ‘OK, considering’