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by Zech
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Sell out UK
Replies: 24
Views: 3202

Re: Sell out UK

If true... seems a little short of specifics ! The specifics are here: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/corporate_tax_reform_complete_document.pdf See pages 87 and 88: "Under the present rules, UK companies are subject to CT on the profits of their foreign branches, with credit given for foreign tax...
by Zech
Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Sell out UK
Replies: 24
Views: 3202

Sell out UK

This is just utterly depressing. I generally avoid the news as it gets me down and there's nothing I can do anyway, but friends passed this on: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/07/tax-city-heist-of-century?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fcomme...
by Zech
Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Whats age got to do with it???
Replies: 25
Views: 1980

Re: Whats age got to do with it???

are there any things you are very proud to have done "at the so called "wrong age"? I was talking to a colleague about my plans for leaving work and trying a more self sufficient lifestyle and he said, "Aren't you a bit young for that?" Apparently 36 is a bit young to retire and tend my garden :lol:
by Zech
Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Bee petition
Replies: 10
Views: 1735

Re: Bee petition

How does this... ...a plethora of recent studies... equal that; There is no evidence that authorised pesticides pose an unacceptable risk to the health of bees. :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: I think the key word there is "unacceptable," as in, "There's plenty of evidence for risk, but we're will...
by Zech
Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Hearth cooking! It worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 3201

Re: Hearth cooking! It worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Much as I'd hate to promote consumerism, I have one of these
http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/diablo-sandwich-toaster/
and it's great for cooking little pies over (or ineed under - I haven't tried it that way) the fire.
by Zech
Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Anyone use vodka for anything other than drinking?
Replies: 24
Views: 2163

Re: Anyone use vodka for anything other than drinking?

:lol: :lol: :lol: It's always puzzled me that ten minutes or so is reckoned to be enough to drive off any amount of alcohol, whereas raising a pan of water to 100 deg C for ten minutes would only drive off some of it - it would take quite a while to evaporate the whole lot. My guess is that the stro...
by Zech
Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Anyone use vodka for anything other than drinking?
Replies: 24
Views: 2163

Re: Anyone use vodka for anything other than drinking?

I've been researching the possibility of using horse chestnuts as a local alternative to soap nuts, and have learnt that the best solvent for extracting saponins from the nuts is a mixture of alcohol and water. Not sure what vodka would do to the laundry, but I may give it a go in the autumn.
by Zech
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: How far would you go?
Replies: 18
Views: 1544

Re: How far would you go?

At the moment, not very far. A friend gave me John Seymour's self sufficiency book, and I was very taken with his advice not to try to do everything at once. To start with, I'm focusing on gardening and cooking - in time I hope to go further. I do try to use less electricity but I don't think I coul...
by Zech
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Do you get excited over free composting material?
Replies: 12
Views: 3387

Re: Do you get excited over free composting material?

I got pretty excited when I saw a sign up a few miles from where we live saying, "Free horse manure" :iconbiggrin:
by Zech
Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Moral support for crap gardeners
Replies: 66
Views: 5702

Re: Moral support for crap gardeners

Can you tell me if this is fine as well? Is it ok to get someone else to replace fencing? I am having this guilt that I ought to be out there doing something clever with a hammer whereas realistically I would have no clue how to do it and no-one to help me. I know the feeling! I had grand plans abo...
by Zech
Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: "Imperial Leather" Flavouring for Soap
Replies: 18
Views: 4269

Re: "Imperial Leather" Flavouring for Soap

(Actually, just googled, and they say their fragrance was originally a blend of 'Turkish Rose, Lavender, Cumin and Precious Amber', I can see the cumin but I'm not sure about the rest, anyway shows you how much I know! ;-) ). Evidently much more than I do :oops: Maybe it was because I grew up with ...
by Zech
Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: "Imperial Leather" Flavouring for Soap
Replies: 18
Views: 4269

Re: "Imperial Leather" Flavouring for Soap

I have a bar in my bathroom, kindly left by the previous owners of the house. We've been using it for three months and I'm desperate to finish it so I can start on my first bar of homemade soap which, funnily enough, smells like the soap my grandma used to use! I can't help with the scent, but I don...
by Zech
Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Over use of Anti depressants?
Replies: 49
Views: 4406

Re: Over use of Anti depressants?

I wonder just how much blame can be laid at the door of the sheer range of choices we are presented with as part of modern living. I think you have a point, here. I've heard of some psychology research finding that people who were given a choice between two nice things were less happy with what the...
by Zech
Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I knew I was no longer a bright young thing when...
Replies: 49
Views: 5388

Re: I knew I was no longer a bright young thing when...

... I find it vaguely offensive that my recipe book has weights in grammes only, not ounces :angryfire:
by Zech
Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Over use of Anti depressants?
Replies: 49
Views: 4406

Re: Over use of Anti depressants?

misslizzy wrote:I think you'll find that the libido limiting side effects are clearly stated on the information leaflet you get in the packet.
Along with a list of most of the symptoms you're trying to treat! :scratch: