Saturday, February 03, 2024

We Will Count Them - Poem

Why do women travel more than

Rare white penguin spotted at scientific base in Antarctica NY Post. I suppose the spots made it visible?

Poets . . . Robbie Burns excise officer … Wordsworth was comptroller of stamps for Westmoreland 

Morrissey worked for HMRC 

Welcome to the latest episode of the Tax Justice Network’s monthly podcast, the Taxcast. You can subscribe either by emailing naomi [at] or find us on your podcast app. All our podcasts are unique productions in five languages: EnglishSpanishArabicFrenchPortugueseYou may have noticed we’ve rebranded all our podcasts, the new podcast website is here.

On the Taxcast this month: People power for tax justice is on the rise like never before. We kick off 2024 with inspiring stories on campaigns for tax reform from around the world: strategies, successes, limitations, and what we can learn from the first in-depth studies of their kind by International Budget Partnership.

Plus: Malawian poet and Senior Tax Investigations Officer Robert Chiwamba pays tribute to tax collectors everywhere. You can watch him perform We Will Count Them here.

Transcript of the show is here. (Some is automated)


After four weeks of Christmas (!) with three sets of grandkids in Desert Dream, we’re heading out for a week of peace and quiet in an old favourite of ours, Belmond’s La Samanna in St Martin.

My reading list – Black Gold by my NZ Rugby World editor Gregor Paul, Grit, Rigour & Humour:  The INEOS story and the ninth Orphan X thriller – Lone Wolf.

On my iPad:

  • The Gold:  A brilliant Apple TV drama series from BBC/Paramount+ about the biggest gold bullion robbery of its times – the Brink’s-Mat – an iconic true story.  A seminal event in British policing/criminal history and the birth of large-scale, international money laundering.  November 1983, I remember it well.  The series brings back the cars, fashions, class system, Thatcherism, the birth of the mobile and the computer.
  • Berlin:  The Netflix prequel to the brilliant Casa de Papel (Money Heist) with the charismatic Pedro Alonso playing the eccentric dreamer Berlin.
  • The Engineer:  A Netflix movie about the real life manhunt of the terrorist bomb-maker Yahya Ayyash.  Feels like Fauda – a great series.
  • Suburraeterna:  The sequel to one of my favourites – Suburra – the gritty, powerful story of the chaos/corruption in today’s Rome – the Vatican, the City and criminals are all at it – again.  On Netflix.

And from Apple:  Season Five of Fargo, and Idris Elba in Hijack.

Whilst Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher make for muscular, nuance-free watching for tired, escapist minds on Amazon Prime.

Here comes the sun.