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Old 09-18-2015, 04:20 PM
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I disagree. People that are selfemployed are the ones that mostly write it off as buissness. Like the family car because you also need the car for work etc.
What I meant is that, if he wrote it off to his business, he would ultimately be charging his expenses to himself as he is actually his own business. It is not like "perks" that big corporation employees have where their companies actually pay their rent, or give them a car, etc.

I must admit though that, since I am just an academic, I don't understand much about the corporate world.
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:46 PM
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What I meant is that, if he wrote it off to his business, he would ultimately be charging his expensives to himself as he is actually his own business. It is not like "perks" that big corporation employees have where their companies actually pay their rent, or give them a car, etc.

I must admit though that, since I am just an academic, I don't understand much about the corporate world.
True, but they get tax cuts for it. At least here. If you buy through a company you don't have to add the taxes.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:57 PM
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Good grief, The man's finances should be his own and private He is not a public figure, just married one. Yes he did inherit money from family, no one's business [except his wife's] As long as he can pay bills and not asking for public hand-outs, good for him. Don't know anything about the man personally, but he seems to be doing well and the way he and wife wants it. Hope they are both happy, healthy and content.
I think Chris and perhaps even the SRF itself were more than a little unprepared for the gross intrusion into Chris's life and, in particular, his private finances. I think that naivety was the final nail in the coffin of living happily ever after in Sweden, After all, who wants every man and his dog knowing his private affairs. Certainly here and in many other countries, such an intrusion would be deemed utterly disgusting and not a little vulgar.

Chris doesn't strike me as an overly gregarious sort of person but rather a very private man with a somewhat reserved manner. To such a person, having your private business headlining the scandal rags must have been deeply humiliating and that is not because he is or was hiding anything or was up to some nefarious financial skulduggery, but just because his family's privacy was violated on all levels.

As to those still hung up on "the breadwinner" comment, take it as it was meant, namely that he and Madeleine were not primarily royals and he was going to continue working and Madeleine, who has never even had a job let alone a career, was lucky enough to stay home with the children.
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What kind of a weird article was quoted here? With "pompous" windows in their living room? How do the reporters know what kind of wallpaper and curtains are in their apartment?

To clarify, it is much better to have an expense billed to your company, like a car, than to write it off if you are self employed, that simply reduces your tax burden to the percentage of your income that is taxed. If you are in the fifty percent tax bracket for example, fifty percent of the item would be deducted from your taxes, not 100 per cent
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:51 AM
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What kind of a weird article was quoted here? With "pompous" windows in their living room?
I saw that, too. Huh?
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:06 AM
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How do "pompous" windows look, as opposed to, say..demure ones?

Anyone can sketch us some photos??
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:09 AM
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How do "pompous" windows look, as opposed to, say..demure ones?

Anyone can sketch us some photos??
It is funny. Maybe they were trying to say 'prominent windows'.
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:35 AM
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Lady N., I'd like to give the author the benefit of the doubt. But knowing the snide, accusatory tone the European press seems to customarily take with Chris and Madeleine, I tend to believe there was no gaffe.
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:03 AM
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I wrote that "pompous" windows. I would like to kindly remind everyone, that english isn't everyone's native language here and our text isn't perfect. I have to use a dictionary sometimes when I write in english. Like I used this time when I read that swedish article and wrote that then in english. Maybe my choice of word wasn't perfectly correct, but perhaps that window thing wasn't the most important thing at the article.
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:33 AM
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I don't believe and it might be my being niave LadyFinn that anyone meant to criticise your translation. I have always found your post's interesting and insightful and I doubt I am alone. However I suspect that some posters myself included would like to have a word with some journalists and tell them to write better print. I suspect the posters thought it was a direct quote from a journalist and not a fellow poster. I have to thank you or the translator for the 'pompous windows' quote however as it did make me smile :)
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:37 AM
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While not being a first language English speaker myself I must say that your English always looks very good and correct to me Ladyfinn. I always enjoy reading your insightful and spot on posts so keep up the good work.

Btw I just read the article in SDT and I'd translate the windows as being "grand" or "imposing" instead of pompous.

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Old 09-19-2015, 04:40 AM
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I also should have said LadyFinn that part of one of my first degrees is in English Literature and it is my first language. I believe your English is excellent. Please don't keep going because I would miss your posts immensely.
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:18 PM
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I wrote that "pompous" windows. I would like to kindly remind everyone, that english isn't everyone's native language here and our text isn't perfect. I have to use a dictionary sometimes when I write in english. Like I used this time when I read that swedish article and wrote that then in english. Maybe my choice of word wasn't perfectly correct, but perhaps that window thing wasn't the most important thing at the article.
Had not been aware that you are actually doing the translations, LadyFinn. As some posters mentioned, I was one who thought it was a direct quote in English. Sorry about that. The vagaries of language! And thank you for your translation!!!!

BTW, the translation of pompous would be along the lines of 'self important', basically describing someone who thinks they are better than others, but in a very stuffy way. A blowhard. So as you can see the choice of that word conveyed a lot of baggage.

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Btw I just read the article in SDT and I'd translate the windows as being "grand" or "imposing" instead of pompous.
So when I suggested 'prominent window' I was close to the mark.
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:28 PM
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LadyFinn is a legend and goes out of her way to post interesting and unusual things that I know living in England that I would never know about if it was not for her.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:04 PM
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Off topic, but some of us for whom English is a first language have problems with composition. UK grammar and US grammar do not always agree. Heaven knows about other countries that choose English as a first language and their choices about gerunds, participles, spelling, etc.

And I for one (there are others) cannot type to save my soul. So there is a lot potential for error and for us to be generous toward one another and our posts. At least I hope so.

Post away politely, all and a hat off to all of those you brave enough to put yourself out there in English.


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Old 09-19-2015, 06:07 PM
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I also think you have very good English, LadyFinn. Even I as a native English speaker make mistakes every now and then.
I am impressed that you translate all the articles you post yourself, most of the time I have no trouble in understanding them. I think it is nice when our members do this as it's more accurate than Google Translate and other internet translations, which I often use.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:26 PM
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Maybe slightly off topic but may I say how proud I am off of being on such a respectful discussion board? Ladyfinn as well as non-other native English speakers put themselves out there and take risks so we can learn new and interesting things and posters are supportive of that? We really are a good bunch on here. The best, in my humble opinion.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:45 PM
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I wrote that "pompous" windows. I would like to kindly remind everyone, that english isn't everyone's native language here and our text isn't perfect. I have to use a dictionary sometimes when I write in english. Like I used this time when I read that swedish article and wrote that then in english. Maybe my choice of word wasn't perfectly correct, but perhaps that window thing wasn't the most important thing at the article.

I understand Lady Finn, and you are right. I didn't realize you had written it yourself and I apologize for making fun.


And right you are Honeybees! I am in awe of non-native English speakers who are brave enough to post here. I would never do it if the situation was reversed!
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I am so sorry but didn't realize that you were translating for us, I also thought it was a direct quote from the English version of the publication. Thank you so much for all of your work and interesting posts.
I have done translating and know how difficult it is.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:15 AM
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I understand Lady Finn, and you are right. I didn't realize you had written it yourself and I apologize for making fun.


And right you are Honeybees! I am in awe of non-native English speakers who are brave enough to post here. I would never do it if the situation was reversed!
Personally speaking Moonmaiden, I don't believe you came across as making fun of a fellow poster. As I said I to believed the phrase which I admitted made me laugh out loud came from a journalist and that is why I laughed. That and the thought of windows having personality traits.
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