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Catullus 101

Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas

advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites

ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death

et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,

Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh

Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,

nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors

tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites

accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.

atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.

Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tax Diplomacy

About the Book 

In the Foreword, Bruce Zagaris, Esq, a partner at Washington, D.C, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP, author of six books and a well-known and highly regarded expert in the area writes: ‘Media reports daily document the controversies about international business and tax policies resulting from double tax treaties. Ms. Hendy Yarde has done a masterful job of showing how a small jurisdiction, and particularly Barbados, has developed tax diplomacy as a means to attract foreign investment, and to export goods and financial services.

The breadth of coverage is impressive. A useful feature of the book is its discussion of tax treaty policy as a critical element of foreign diplomacy.  Even though Barbados is a relatively young country, becoming independent on November 30, 1966, the book illustrates the sophistication of Barbados’ financial services and tax treaty policy.

The book is a highly readable account of Barbados’ economic policy as well as how Barbados has developed its model income tax treaty in its tax diplomacy, and the influence of both the OECD and U.N Model income tax treaties.  The book also provides a discussion of the policies of Barbados with respect to the various components of its income tax treaties.

The book draws on the increasingly proactive initiatives by international organizations, such as the OECD, and informal groups, such as the G20, in tax diplomacy, including their responses to the financial crisis. Tax, financial service, and international business professionals as well as diplomats and students of international relations, economics, and international tax will find the book an important work in understanding efforts of small states to develop their economies and relations with the rest of the world.’ 

About the Author 

In her signature style, International Treaties Negotiator and Attorney-at-law, Françoise Hendy Yarde, draws on her twelve years' experience as Head of the Barbados Tax and Investment Treaty Negotiating Team, to demonstrate the role of tax treaties in modern, free market economies.  Now representing Barbados on the Steering Committee of the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information, as one of its Vice-Chairs, this former University lecturer in International Economic Law, and New York-based Foreign Legal Consultant, continues to be at the forefront of the global dialogue on tax diplomacy, especially as it relates to International Business and Financial Services Centres.

Françoise examines the form and function of tax diplomacy; making this largely obscure area of foreign relations finally accessible to all. 

ISBN 9781490310466

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Terror Go to France

About Isis
And Al Qaeda
The news say this: 
Paris attack
These townspeople
Office ransack

They killed twelve men
Charlie Hebdo
Holding his pen 
Written lampoons
These brothers two
Hate their cartoons

Dress in war gear
These two baboons
Spread dread and fear 
With Yemen skill
And Allah chants
They maim and kill

Each infidel
From western world
Blast them to hell 
Please hear our call
Al Qaeda foal
Love conquers all

 (January 9, 2015)

Monday, January 05, 2015

Chaotic World

Zero tolerance, you hate USA!
Yes, for goodness be gentle as a lamb;
Xmas brings joy and that is terrific;
With killing robots they lay waste the land;
Vault those infidels, they chant without shame;
Upmost, they bow in cap and silky scarf;
Tarnish the minds of folks under the gag;
Social and political unrest high;
Riotous crowds were seen beyond Bali;
Quickly he replaced on his head his taj;
Pepper those mad dogs, yelled Officer Kirk;
Officers scrambled down the grease-based poll;
Now the once quiet state is in mayhem.

Mouth opened wide on a body so worn.
Leaped forward fast and smashed the video;
Killed the feline in the door of the shop;
Jabbed the cat whose tail was straight as a q;
Inbound dead leave files in mailbox at rear;
He howls each time the letterman appears;
Grant you, the cur’s vocal sounds are tacit;
From a blue moving van in Beaulieu,
Ed the villain he threw a large maltav;
Dare not watch the action from the window;
Can’t stop mopping weapy eyes with kleenex;
Blown to hell bloody frame such a pity;
America destroyed them in the blitz.

                                                                                (January 4, 2015)

Thursday, January 01, 2015



At break Chambers Dailey  enters front gate holding
 important journalized  ketchup laced manuscripts
 numbering objections;  political questions
 risen several times ukuleles’ voices
With xenophobia yelling  zoophobia

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Turbulent Times

(Double-Reversed Abecedarian)

Ameria brought the hound from the blitz;
Brown with fawn on its frame such a pretty
Contrast, from nature’s genetic zerox;
Daringly the canine watched from the window,
Eyed the villain who threw a maltav,
From a blue moving van in Beaulieu.
Grant you, the cur’s vocal sounds are tacit;
He howls each time the letterman places,
Inbound dead leave files in mailbox at rear;
Jabbed the cat whose tail was straight as a q;
Killed the feline in the door of the shop;
Leaped forward fast and smashed the video;
Mouth opened wide on a body so worn.

Now the once quiet house is in mayhem;
Officers scrambled down the grease-based poll;
Pepper the mad dog, yelled Officer Kirk;
Quickly he replaced on his head his taj;
Riotous crowds were seen beyond Bali;
Social and political unrest now at an all time high;
Tarnish minds of folks under the gag;
Upmost, they bow in cap and silky scarf;
Vault those infidels, they chant and protest, without shame;
With their killing robots they lay waste without dread;
Xmas turns grief to joy and that is so terrific;
Yes, hear ye all! Christ showed mankind how to be gentle as a lamb;
Zero tolerance on terror unites the USA.

© Paterika Hengreaves



He got up one morning on Saturday;
Squirted minced trash, onto the other side,
As nervous trees waving in the cool breeze;
A fall leaf struck him in the eye, he cried:
"Such a mishap never happened before,
When I clipped green grasses, and pulled up weeds.

© Paterika Hengreaves
April 2006/Ohio, USA


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When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride was sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
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Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

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Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
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Māu e whakaahu kē,
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Tōna kaha kia ū;
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Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū e tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai

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Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau

Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Anthem 2

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The Queen.

Note: The second verse of 'God Save The Queen' is commonly omitted.

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