Tuesday, 27 April 2010
A good friend of mine asked me if I was on Skype today, and I am not, so I had a look at their website, and as usual they never answer the vital question. What is Skype was not well explained, and what you have to do and how much it costs was not covered, so I am suspicious!! I think not at the moment. Anyway my spell checker has not heard of it!!

And talking of websites, our wonderful government has decided that if you turn over £100k a year, you have to pay your VAT on line. There is a help line, however no one answers it, I stayed on it, at a premium charge I might add, for 25 minutes before hanging up, the music was dire, and when they say they are taping the call I really really hope they were, because the air was blue with curses waiting for the dipsticks to answer. So I went on line to see how to do it, well all I can say is that as usual our tax payers money has been wasted, the complete dickhead that designed the site should be hung drawn and quartered and by the end of trying to find out what to do, which I failed to manage in a spectacular manner, I could happily have been the one to do it.

The complete idiots running the site, should go to the person who designed the DVLC one, he or she deserves a medal, getting your car taxed online or put on a SORN is a joy, well OK not a joy, because its bloody expensive, but it is understandable, easy, works and was obviously done by a person with a brain, which can’t be said of the people who did the VAT site. So consequently I am going to have to pay someone else to do it. Thanks government, yet another supportive way of helping businesses. (And anyone who does not know what SORN stands for it is Sodit Off Road Now, which is when your car doesn’t need taxing as you can’t drive it! I believe we are now looking for a long engine for mine, whatever that is. I hope they are very cheap.)

The weighing room is coming on a treat, Gordon a friend who came on a course has helped us out enormously with bits and pieces for it, including a water heater, which is amazing, I have such good helpers here. Mike has been brilliant in getting it looking good and it will look very good. Richard has been doing in the electrics and has lent us his quad bike to water all the beech plants.

I have nearly finished painting the front of the shop black, plus myself, my clothes and the floor as I dropped the paint container this evening damn it. The new sign is going up tomorrow which is exciting. Greeves the Kestrel decided not to hover today, but instead to hang on my face, I am only glad she was not an eagle! No damage done though. The Bald Eagle is Very exciting, and did her first turn today – at about 30 feet up in the sky! She was very spectacular, the new Brahminy Kite – new to the team – is rather less exciting, but will be fine eventually. All the other birds are doing fine and we have had some superb weather and great customers over the last couple of weeks and no rain for over a month. I never thought I would say this, but we could do with a little, but only at night!

The anti wrinkle cream is not having a measurable effect, especially after the Kestrel and some very exciting news, the same number of socks that went into the washing machine came out again!! Life is full of wonders.



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An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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