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Purple haze

Those artily named pension consultants, Purple Circle may be very proud of their abstract branding but the Diary wonders if they are aware they have taken the name of the US’s “premier junior livestock magazine”.

The magazine says: “Attention is focused on producers and show persons of championship cattle, hogs, sheep and goats: hence the ‘Purple’ in our title. The ‘Circle’ in our title proclaims the unity and solidarity that livestock people share as we aim for excellence in our enterprises.”

It’s all a load of old bulls to us.


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F&c faces a fight against the flow

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Ami warning on idds in bid to improve record-keeping

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Tax-free gains? That can’t be right, can it?

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne made several changes to the way in which income is taxed. Personal allowances were increased significantly above the rate of inflation; a starting rate band was introduced for savings income and, with effect from 6 April 2015, this was assessed at 0 per cent. In addition, […]


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