Sunday 31 March 2019

"Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics"

Friend-uber-special and I have recently been discussing price rises in the UK and USA.  I was therefore especially amused by the arrival of my rates (local council tax) bill.  There are five sections with increases of  3%, 3% , 13.5%, 0% and 0%.   

 Wait a minute!  Those two 0% increases are two new items on the bill.  Therefore last year's totals were Nil and Nil as opposed to this year's £107.31 and £19.00 respectively   So £126.31 increase on last year is 0%.  Had they been a penny each last year we would have been talking about increases of 12,631 % and 1,900% or something like that.  I'm no mathematician so apologies if I've got that wrong but the idea is sound...

Interestingly State Pensions are to go up in April up by 2.6% in line with average earnings growth - that's less than any of the five sections of the rates bill.  And local government pensions are only going up in May in line with the Consumer Price Index  which is 2.4%.  This rather suggests that everything else consumers pay for are less than 2.6% but I think that's because the cost of televisions and phones is always going down and it's only the inessentials like gas, electricity, fuel, food and the like?

As Mark Twain said "Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics"

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Comment moderation

As you will be aware if you've ever commented on this blog I moderate the comments.  Fortunately most of the ones inviting me to partake of 'cheap viagra', even cheaper Eastern girlfriends or simply attacking me in vile language for being disabled have reduced in recent times. 

I was even amused by today's contributions...

I'm glad they are offering to save me time and petrol by travelling to me.  Trips to California to consult a notary would rather dent my finances.

Monday 25 March 2019

It's a hard life...

I tend to use instagram a lot more than my blog nowadays.  For those on instagram my address is @cjohnedwards   For the benefit of those not on instagram I'll try to get back to doing some more #blog posts.  Here are a few recent pictures of the Annabel and Mac...

It's a hard life...

Can you turn over please, I've finished that page...

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil...,

Wednesday 20 March 2019

The mice are back

The mice are back in our kitchen.  Time to get out the traps that capture them without hurting thrm.  There's a nice hedgerow a mile away just waiting for some new inhabitants.,

Friday 15 March 2019


Monday 11 March 2019

Last week's incoming mail

From Germany, Russia, Scotland, USA, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Portugal.

Sunday 10 March 2019

As I get older...

Friday 8 March 2019

Look into my eyes

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Do you remember?

I assume there was a Schoolgirl's equivalent of this.  I think the Schoolboy's one was first published in 1953 and for a couple of years in the 1950s it was my version of the Encyclopedia Britannica....

I don't know if there was an American equivalent.

Monday 4 March 2019

Last week's incoming mail

from Scotland, Germany, Russia, Latvia, USA, Australia, Portugal, and The Netherlands. Such a great selection - thanks to all concerned. . Lucky me.

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