Screen copy of percentage-calculator.xlsx spreadsheet used for calculating cost/benenfits of EU membership |
The cost of EU membership to the UK
mention had been made of the daily and weekly cost of EU membership. figures quoted are £55 million daily and £350 million weekly. According to the data provided by The Institute of Economic Affairs, the cost of EU membership amounts to 3 to 4 percent of our GDP. This figure was quoted in a government briefing paper: House of Commons Briefing Paper Number 06091, 19 January 2016. The paper has a summary. The relevant paragraph is:
"Various studies have attempted to quantify the benefit or cost to the UK of its membership of the EU. This is a very difficult exercise and depends on a wide range of assumptions. Estimates vary significantly. For example, a 2005 study by the Institute for Economic Affairs found a cost of between 3% and 4% of GDP while a 2013 study by the CBI found a net benefit of between 4% and 5% of GDP. A 2015 study by Open Europe found that the cost of the 100 most burdensome EU regulations was £33.3 billion a year"
I have added two calculations for both 3 and 4 percent into a spreadsheet that make calculations of large numbers, trillions easier to calculate. A letter was written to the prime minister querying our apparent loss of sovereignty and the cost of our membership of the EU. http://www.lettertothepm.co.uk/sovereignty-eu-membership.htm
A reply to the correspondence has been published.
Since that letter was sent the Briefing Paper has been republished with the Summary that contains the reference to the Institute of Economic Affairs's estimate of the cost of EU membership removed. The government are now suggesting that far from there being a cost other than purely membership to the EU no other cost is to be entertained.
People can make what they will of this. The figures show that if we are faced with even a 3 percent cost of being a member of the EU the weekly cost far from being £350 million is in excess of one billion pounds. To be precise: £1,203,746,062 per week.
A copy of the spreadsheet can be downloaded from www.xyzweb.co.uk/percentage-calculator.xlsx
Users may use the spreadsheet to check the figures and explore other scenarios.
Healthy Diet ExcelTool update 2016v15
Version 15 adds some useful comment and calculation for Sugar consumption. Sugar content of all listed food and drink was present but I had not included a calculation for assessing the amount of sugar that the user would be consuming and a figure for helping to take control of sugar consumption. My calculation takes into account what each user needs based on a percentage of the daily calorie requirement which itself is based on: level of activity, age, gender, present weight and height. I have found that a figure of 5 to 15 percent of our daily requirement of sugar is advisable. I have set the percentage to 5 percent. I have also added Beetroot. Excel based Healthy Diet Tool update 2016 v15
I have been advised that if you experience slow broadband to reset your BT hub. This is easy just press the Power On/Off button and press again after a short while eg. 30 seconds. I do not know whether this is a local issue or not but it does work.
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A Freshford wall -a masterpiece
Excel Chutney Calculator
I have produced an Excel based chutney calculator. Chutneys often have several ingredients and it is time consuming to work out the quantities required for a larger quantity than the recipe. I have allowed for the cook's pan size and for very large quanitites I have allowed for the calculation of batches. Calculator
Excel Healthy Diet Calculator
I have been using my Healthy Diet Calculator since 2008. The calculator has been published under forums Local Food and Healthy Diet: Calculator
The calculator which is a Microsoft Excel workbook will calculate your weight and whether you are eating enough food that has enough protein and fat content. The calculator will also work out how many Portions of your Five a Day a day you are getting. It is very easy to use and could be used for meal planning.
The calculator also calculates alcohol consumption in units. A pie chart provides an easy assessment of the variety of food consumed.
Freshford rainfall and Freshford Mill
Freshford Mill is situated in a flood plain. Since the floods of 2008 I have measured rainfall close by. The rainfall chart to date does not indicate more rainfall but does indicate greater variation in rainfall read more
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Freshford Somerset: an Introduction
Freshford is in 2011 a village dating back a thousand years or more.
Some of the property in the village is located in Wiltshire and some in
Bath and North-East Somerset (known as BANES). This affects the choice of
secondary school for parents, and splits up children who have grown up
together in their primary school.
The children should be able to continue their education together when
they leave the primary school where they have grown up together.
Unfortunately, this division of Freshford between Wiltshire and Somerset
(B&NES) is not the result of some recent skulduggery, yet its affects
extend into the 21st Century. The ghosts continue to extend their
influence into the time when people are free to use their intelligence,
rather than witchcraft or be bound by land divisions created by the
church, or the Normans. And guess what; it is the ghosts that rule. Why
can't parents choose the nearest school to where they live?
Parental Choice of School Apart from the educational issues
which are important to Freshford, the village is arguably the finest
village in this part of the west country. This website includes many
photographs that record the attractive nature not only of the village but
also its beautiful setting. The parish website is:
Freshford Village The new
village shop and post office has its own website:
B&NES have published an excellent appraisal of Freshford and the
neighbouring hamlet of Sharpstone.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Nuisance phone calls beware new scam
Anyone calling from a "withheld" number offering to stop nuisance calls is a nuisance caller! If they had half a brain they would realise that "withheld" numbers are the ones that people don't answer. The people offering a "service" to stop calls for a fee, usually can do no more than TPS, which is free. They cannot stop International calls, Withheld calls, or Unavailable numbers, which are the bulk of callS these days. Those offering a unit which you can used to stop calls, again for a fee, are slightly better, but you have to watch out for hidden annual fees. There is also now a 'phone on the market, the BT6500 which, at about the same price as a call blocker, does an extremely good job of stopping the above mentioned calls, plus 10 individual numbers. With the blocked calls, the 'phone doesn't ring and they can't leave a message. source of article
Bradford on Avon town bridge video survey of traffic
The essential problem for the beautiful mediaeval market town of Bradford on Avon is the amount of traffic that goes through the town. I have filmed two minutes of traffic on a Thursday night at 9:30pm. and also by day. view video
A36 to A46 link road is not necessary
Once again we read mention of the A36 to A46 link road as being a solution to through traffic in the World Heritage City of Bath. Traffic from the south coast ports will be comsiderably reduced when The Port of Bristol's Deep Sea Container terminal (DSCT) is completed. The reason being is that it will be far cheaper to ship the containers to Bristol than transport them by road from the south coast. The full argument can be read at: complete article: A36 Link road to A46 is unnecessary
Is it sustainable to buy non-stick pans?
Gender-bending chemicals found in non-stick pans and food packaging are linked to early menopause, scientists say.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1369366/Gender-bending-chemicals-saucepans-linked-early-menopause.html#ixzz1HWEQqAgH
I think that it is not a good idea to buy non-stick pans as they don't last very long. Once the pan is failing people usually buy another one. The existing pan is either shoved to the back of a cupboard or hopefully recycled. I decided to stick to, excuse the pun, cast iron enamelled cookware. My pride of joy is a cast iron wok from Lecreuset that has a flat bottom and so can be used on any cooker, including induction hobs. Unless I drop it, it will last for hundreds of years :) It is expensive, costing over £100, but is a pleasure to use and will pay for itself in time. The article in the Daily Mail is another very good reason to avoid non-stick pans. Sustainable is safe! Geoff Edwards
Are car drivers mugs?
Looking at sustainable transport and the use of the car vs the train I have not found any reference to the fact that all public tranport is subsidised by the taxpayer. Read more
Road safety? Cyclists and the car 30 mph limit but 21 deaths in London!
London had 21 deaths in 2008 and over 350 cyclists were seriously injured. London is subject to a 30 mph limit and either that limit is ignored or more likely it does not make any difference a three quarter ton car will kill at less than 30 mph there is also a problem with HGVs seeing cyclists who are stopped at traffic lights or turning . So what can we do? spend millions on road signs and painting the road, in London's case blue? Read more?
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What more can we say?
Diesel UK £1.47 a litre diesel USA $4.12 a gallon, USA $1.09 a litre: Rip-off UK!
Using the current exchange for the GB pound and the US dollar ($1.60 =£1) we are paying £6.27 a gallon. In US dollars this would be equivalent to $10.03! (Except that one UK gallon is 1.2 US gallons.) So the USD price equivalent to what we are paying for our diesel is $8.36 a gallon. We are paying twice what US drivers pay for their fuel. Published date 6h July 2011 Headline updated 17th march 2012 The price differential is almost constant so no updates needed
Find that book! Search Biblio.com
I have found that I can find out of print, and other books by using biblio.com. Biblio is a Worldwide service for bookselllers and book buyers Biblio enables a user to find a book that is for sale from several thousand second hand booksellers and private sellers Worldwide. If I need to buy a book then I will use Biblio to find that book.
Also, there are many books that can be bought second hand that are still in print. Save trees buy secondhand first if you can. You can also sell your own books on Biblio.com.
This may or may not be a cheap service! I paid over £45 for one book but also bought a classic technical book (dated 1949) for almost less than it cost to post from the USA -which was not expensive anyway! But if you would like to buy a book that is out of print then go for this service.
And this is for real, don't waste time! As others may be looking for the same book.
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