NWW Photo Prompt – The HSBC Stradivarius

When a rich investor comes to HSBC to ask how to shelter their money in a certain European country, beginning with an ‘S’, ending in a ‘D’, and containing the word ‘wit’, the tax adviser immediately calls the company musician, whose previous role was lead violinist with a famous orchestra. She takes the Stradivarius out of the velvet-lined safe and proceeds to the tax adviser’s office with its marble-lined walls, teak furniture, and paintings by 17th-Century artists. Standing under the Lalique chandelier, she sits on a Chippendale chair and plays excerpts from well-known violin concertos as the investor and adviser discuss the best strategy over canapes, cigars, and champagne. Once the sheltering has been agreed the investor makes a tax-free contribution to a music school of their choice. When the investor leaves, the Stradivarius is returned to the safe.

You only get the highest class of fiddling at HSBC.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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