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Posts posted by Martlet

  1. 2 hours ago, Pete said:

    Having said that I have noted more newcomers simply using the forum to advertise their stuff.
    Since there is no cost to do so, perhaps the administrators should only permit new members to list their coins on the forum after having been registered for X - months with a suggested minimum of 3 months ?

    If newcomers want to sell items cheap, not good to discourage or prevent them.  If they want to sell high thats up to the other side to recognise the price and not accept a deal if too high.  It would be daft to buy for more than ebay (with protection they offer), unless maybe something specific that doesn't come up there often. 

    I'm surprised that people here would over pay, i thought the problem was they other way with threads on how people expect unrealistic bargins. 

  2. On 10/03/2019 at 12:14, ilovesilverireallydo said:

    I have a stupid amount of diddlers, here is one partially filled box...


    Where do you gather such a quantity from?  Ebay?  I rarely see lots with low enough premium to beat regular bullion, a few here and there in very poor condition.  Would like a stack of these sorts of coins, more interesting, not a whole box though.

  3. 6 minutes ago, MickD said:


    Aye, so any stacker/collector who has gross income of over £1k has to theoretically file a self assessment. Sell a couple of ounces of gold and there you go............

    Then you are into CGT territory, because gold/silver are assets and not income.  If you make less than £11700 gain (profit) within the year, across all assets, no self assessment. 

  4. The source gov.uk site makes clear mention of "gross income".  Revenue, sales, not profit. 

    This makes sense, to realise a profit you need to be tracking costs and getting into deductions, starting to look a lot like trade.  The objective of the rule was to allow hobbiest to ignore tax, so you dont have to file a tax return to say you made a couple hundred quid selling rope on eBay. 

  5. 10 hours ago, UKStacker said:

    For normal domestic quantities it's not worth it, your car will be worth more than the contents.

    What i was thinking.

    4 hours ago, JaggyThistle said:

    Hi thanks for the reply @sovereignsteve firstly I'm. No that daft to leave anything valuable in in my car... As for bring hijacked that is a possibility but not concerns me as 12 years in the Royal Marine commandos did teach me a few thing on how to deal with that

    I think the safest place might be in your pocket :ph34r: 

    But other than that, seems some sort of secure tool box is best option.  Or a easy access, concealed compartment in a panel, speakers for example, probably only good for small volumes though.  Trouble is cars aren't particularly tough and a "safe" could be easily removed, so i'd reckon you are looking for concealment. 

  6. 2 hours ago, vand said:

    I'm not moaning about nursery fees; they are what they are, and having children is a choice.

    But is it worth discussing why they are so high, and more importantly imo why they are continually increasing at a rate wayyyy above inflation. 

    Clearly a society that increasingly makes it less and less financially viable to raise children is not a society that is destined to prosper in the long run.

    I would suggest its because more people are going back to work rather than have one parent remain at home.  It used to be something thought about, now it seems everyone does it, and while children younger. 


  7. East India Company is a historic company long since defunct and anyone can use the name.  

    The re-strike of the classic British (and now US) trade dollar was licenced as St Helena coinage, with the proofs very confusingly licenced as Niue.  Who knows how these licences are agreed and what conditions attached.  Some sellers still refer to the proof as St Helena trade dollar as thats what the original design was (or perhaps haven't noticed Niue on the observe of the proofs?)



  8. 39 minutes ago, AgCoyote said:

    In my eyes it's not logical at all to have a state safety net. The need for state funded welfare is to benefit kleptocratic politicians who want to maintain power. 

    That sounds like objection and argument about governance and accountability, a problem that occurs in social groups, charities, and churches too. 

  9. 1 hour ago, AgCoyote said:

    There is a safety net. It's called a family, a community, social clubs/fraternal organizations,  charities and churches. These units organically provide for the less fortunate in times of need when you don't have a welfare state.

    No, they dont, otherwise there would be no need for state funded welfare.  They try to, but its patchy, inadequate and dependent on the affluence of the local area.  Once you accept there is a need for a safety net (as you have), is it not logical (and moral) to have a uniform service, and have all contribute as they benefit directly or indirectly?  In a prosperous, liberal society the debate should move to what should be covered and how much to spend on welfare (and indeed other public services).  We should reserve our ire at taxes for purpose of social engineering and punitive taxation.

  10. 5 hours ago, Oldun said:

    The Times leads on its own investigation which it claims reveals that parents are being asked by state schools to donate thousands of pounds to pay for teacher salaries, textbooks and equipment - as well as building repairs. It also finds space on its front page to mention new rules issued by the royal family to abusive social media users.



    The Times leads with an investigation which it says has revealed the extent to which schools in England are relying on donations from parents to buy textbooks and pay staff salaries.

    It says more than 200 schools asked for money in the past year, with about half specifying amounts - and one asking for £1,200 per child per year.

    The paper also found that head teachers were cleaning toilets and washing dishes because of staff cuts. 

    Its editorial says this is not a sustainable way to fund the kind of world-class education system that the younger generation needs.


    Wow, things really are going badly...ordinary parents being asked for money in state schools....1,700 a month (doesnt cover summer and holidays) for nursery school....

    I really feel for the original poster let alone others in much more difficult situations.

    I think you are being caught by sensationalist tabloid journalism, drawing upon isolated incidents to paint a picture across the country.  The article doesn't name the single instance asking for £1200, i expect there is much detail to that being brushed aside. 200 schools out of ~32000 is about 0.6%, on the other hand i wouldnt be surprised by 100% of schools asking for money.  they are always fund raising for something or other and always have done, so scope of the story its a very messed up.

    There will be some schools with poor management facing difficulties as funding allocations are adjusted, and this will be blown up into a crisis of funding, while vast majority of schools carry on.  Overall funding to education has been static, with some movement between types of schools and change of focus affecting some more than others.

    The £1700/mth childcare sounds like an outlier, multiples above typical childcare costs (which are high, because we have quite high ratio of carers to children). 


  11. The two most likely outcomes currently are accepting the deal or revoking brexit.  In either scenario, nothing will change for medium term.  Hard brexit with duties on imports seems increasingly unlikely.