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The historic slave trade: This is morbidly fascinating.

 

'Of the more than 10 million enslaved Africans to eventually reach the Western Hemisphere, just 388,747—less than 4 percent of the total—came to North America. This was dwarfed by the 1.3 million brought to Spanish Central America, the 4 million brought to British, French, Dutch, and Danish holdings in the Caribbean, and the 4.8 million brought to Brazil.'

 

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/06/animated_interactive_of_the_history_of_the_atlantic_slave_trade.html

 

In the USA there has been a push in some school districts to drop the term "slave trade" and replace it with "triangular trade." The boats sailed from Europe to Africa to load slaves then to the Americas to unload slaves then load tobacco and sugar then back to Europe, hence, a triangle.

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In theory:

Recycling is a financial con on the respectable public. People spend at least £1 on petrol and spend an hour to load and deliver recyclable waste with a value of  50p to a household waste site. Then they see disrespectable traders dumping commercial waste in the skips to avoid paying the correct disposal fee.

 

In practice:

Most of those members of the respectable public, particularly the retirees, actually love going there. It gives them a feeling of being a good citizen and is something of a social outing. They all talk among themselves about the dodgy traders and meet up with people they haven't seen for yonks.

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Yesterday I got a letter from HMRC telling me I had paid too much tax and a second letter with a refund cheque.

 

Today I get a third letter from HMRC telling me I owe them tax as I have not paid enough. This letter was dated 27th July.

 

The amount they think I owe is a hell of a lot more than the refund cheque.

 

Now on hold hoping to speak with someone at HMRC who can explain what the hell is going on....26 mins and still waiting.....

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Yesterday I got a letter from HMRC telling me I had paid too much tax and a second letter with a refund cheque.

 

Today I get a third letter from HMRC telling me I owe them tax as I have not paid enough. This letter was dated 27th July.

 

The amount they think I owe is a hell of a lot more than the refund cheque.

 

Now on hold hoping to speak with someone at HMRC who can explain what the hell is going on....26 mins and still waiting.....

Be very, very careful what you tell them.  Stick to hard facts.  P60, P11D, their letters, etc.  Volunteer nothing beyond that as anything will give them the opportunity for a fishing expedition if there's anything they don't like.

 

Be also careful that the lovely current government has introduced the rule that you can be given a demand to pay any outstanding tax before you get a chance to appeal, if you win then you get a refund.  Even if it's a clear mistake, they'll take the tax and tell you to claim it back by appeal.

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Be very, very careful what you tell them.  Stick to hard facts.  P60, P11D, their letters, etc.  Volunteer nothing beyond that as anything will give them the opportunity for a fishing expedition if there's anything they don't like.

 

Be also careful that the lovely current government has introduced the rule that you can be given a demand to pay any outstanding tax before you get a chance to appeal, if you win then you get a refund.  Even if it's a clear mistake, they'll take the tax and tell you to claim it back by appeal.

I will if I ever get to speak with someone.

 

I am on PAYE (and always have been) so not sure where all this unpaid tax could suddenly have come from.

 

They want to change my tax code to recover what they think is owed but it's not exactly a small amount.

 

Earlier this year they did write to me telling me that as they expected my income to exceed £120,000 and that I would receive no personal allowance.....which was something of a surprise unless they are expecting me to get a enormous pay rise that I know nothing about.... I did call them then and they corrected my tax code.

 

45 mins...and still on hold

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I will if I ever get to speak with someone.

 

I am on PAYE (and always have been) so not sure where all this unpaid tax could suddenly have come from.

 

They want to change my tax code to recover what they think is owed but it's not exactly a small amount.

 

Earlier this year they did write to me telling me that as they expected my income to exceed £120,000 and that I would receive no personal allowance.....which was something of a surprise unless they are expecting me to get a enormous pay rise that I know nothing about.... I did call them then and they corrected my tax code.

 

45 mins...and still on hold

Be aware that there is a known thing around multiple use of NI numbers that triggers this type of thing.  You might have one someone using your NI number for an identity fraud thingy.  Most likely not but bear it in mind.

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Hooray got to speak with someone after an hour on hold.

 

Apparently when I started my new job earlier this year their system assumes I will also continue to receive the previous salary too so they based the tax code on that....sadly my previous employer stopped paying me when I stopped working for them. Is that not normal...?

 

So HMRC assume when you change job you get paid by both companies moving forward......makes perfect sense....

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Hooray got to speak with someone after an hour on hold.

 

Apparently when I started my new job earlier this year their system assumes I will also continue to receive the previous salary too so they based the tax code on that....sadly my previous employer stopped paying me when I stopped working for them. Is that not normal...?

 

So HMRC assume when you change job you get paid by both companies moving forward......makes perfect sense....

That's your old company's fault for not closing you down on PAYE.  New live PAYE system is confusing a lot of people, including some of the biggest companies in the UK.

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That's your old company's fault for not closing you down on PAYE.  New live PAYE system is confusing a lot of people, including some of the biggest companies in the UK.

 

That would make sense as despite being a reasonable sized company the payroll folk were mostly trained chimps who were only there because it was warm and there was free unlimited coffee.

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In theory:

Recycling is a financial con on the respectable public. People spend at least £1 on petrol and spend an hour to load and deliver recyclable waste with a value of  50p to a household waste site. Then they see disrespectable traders dumping commercial waste in the skips to avoid paying the correct disposal fee.

 

In practice:

Most of those members of the respectable public, particularly the retirees, actually love going there. It gives them a feeling of being a good citizen and is something of a social outing. They all talk among themselves about the dodgy traders and meet up with people they haven't seen for yonks.

Recycling is a con. It is the easy face of joe public environmentalism. Very much down on the scale of responsible environmental solutions.

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I think I may get a good bit of reading done tonight.

 

Lair of the White Worm?

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Low Moor Railway Station will open next year. It will be a one-mile walk from there to the mighty Odsal Stadium.

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Low Moor Railway Station will open next year. It will be a one-mile walk from there to the mighty Odsal Stadium.

 

Wolers, any plans for a real ale pub on the station, or nearby to attract the users of the Caldervale line including rugby supporters?

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Two real ale pubs right opposite the station: The George and the Black Horse.

One real ale pub right opposite the ground: The Top House

 

One halfway to the ground, but it doesn't sell real ale ... the Chapel House

One next to the ground, but it doesn't sell real ale ... the Cue Gardens

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Two real ale pubs right opposite the station: The George and the Black Horse.

One real ale pub right opposite the ground: The Top House

 

One halfway to the ground, but it doesn't sell real ale ... the Chapel House

One next to the ground, but it doesn't sell real ale ... the Cue Gardens

 

Should be enough for the thirsty wanderer, provided the quality is good.

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This sheep was found yesterday on the outskirts of Canberra and yielded 40.45kg of wool. The previous world record was a NZ sheep found wild in the bush named Shrek, which yielded 27kg.

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This sheep was found yesterday on the outskirts of Canberra and yielded 40.45kg of wool. The previous world record was a NZ sheep found wild in the bush named Shrek, which yielded 27kg.

Shrek even made it into the news in the UK.

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I used to get about 4kg from each of my sheep and about 1-2kg from an Angora goat. 40kg, even 27, is a lot, maybe 7 years worth or more.

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I used to get about 4kg from each of my sheep and about 1-2kg from an Angora goat. 40kg, even 27, is a lot, maybe 7 years worth or more.

Bet the whiff from a 40kg fleece would make a glass eye close.

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My car passed its MOT today.  No advisories.

 

Are you still driving an Audi, Craig? And did you sort out the problem you had a year or two ago?

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I strongly believe the road maintenance crews on British roads are unqualified, inept and responsible for untold woe and whoever signs off on their work needs to be fired and prosecuted. It is a race to the bottom for these salary robbers.

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Are you still driving an Audi, Craig? And did you sort out the problem you had a year or two ago?

Yes, but a different one, I have an A6 now.  Old one has gone to the great car maker in the sky, gearbox spectacularly dead and beyond any economic repair or replacement.  Car scrapper paid me a very good price for the car as broken down for 2nd hand parts it still had a good few thousand pounds of value.

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