Sunday, 26 March 2017
"He distrusts daffodils
and is especially wary of crocuses. Traitors of hope, he says,
they promise spring
and callously deceive you
From "Never trust the daffodils", Imtiaz Dharker, The terrorist at my table, Bloodaxe Books, 2006.
For complete poem, click link above
‘If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker.’ Carol Ann Duffy.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
From MSN/FT - ‘Non-dom’ tax change to hit thousands of returning expats
"Thousands of British expats face significant bills if they return to the UK after new “non-dom” tax rules come into force in April. The finance bill published this week will pare back the tax perks offered to people whose permanent home or “domicile” is outside the UK, imposing new limits on their ability to keep offshore income out of Britain’s tax net. Permanent non-dom status will be abolished for anyone living in Britain for at least 15 of the past 20 years. Non-dom status for Britons who return to the UK but claim to have a permanent home abroad will also be removed".
I am posting a link to this article by Pankaj Mishra because it was sent to me by a Greek friend in Corfu. I am studying it with interest and thinking about the ways in which some of the observations may also apply to Greece and other countries. This piece first appeared as the introduction to The Time Regulation Institute.
I haven't read the novels of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar. Here's a New York Times book review of The Time Regulation Institute. One for reading this summer.
THE TIME REGULATION INSTITUTE
By Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe, Penguin.