Month: December 2012

VAT Reclaim – VAT rate history

So at last I'm looking at the VAT reclaim on the barn again. I think the last time I seriously discussed it here was back in 2009 when I very foolishly stated 'My own VAT reclaim will be due soon – by early Summer at the latest' -- ahhhh, the innocence of my (relative) youth! The first thing I was struggling to get straight was what the VAT rate has been over the period of the conversion. So here's a summary I assembled from across the web, in reverse chronological order: On 4 January 2011 VAT was raised to 20%…
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Energy policy, smoke screens, fracking, confusion and big bucks

There seems to be only one thing that is certain in the world of energy policy and that is that costs will rise annually above and beyond anything that inflation can currently throw at us. Beyond that, smoke screens & confusion seem to reign. Take the recent news for example... It's reported today that the governments current favoured gas powered path to the future will actually cost us more than greener alternatives. According to the Guardian reporting today on findings of the Committee on Climate Change (one of the governments own advisory bodies) "Household energy bills will be about £600…
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Building Progress November 2012

The weather, time & family illness have pretty well shutdown progress this month. One thing I've managed has been sealing the wooden kitchen furniture. After some research Danish oil seemed to be the best option. I didn't want a hard varnish or anything too unnatural on the worktops so I was happy with an oil based finish and of those on offer Danish oil seemed the best. I sanded out 'most' of the stains - one particularly stubborn red wine stain wouldn't give in to my sanding & cleaning efforts and so remains embedded in the wood as my kind…
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