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Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 15:20 pm
by Chris Bass
Didn't want to call this seemingly trivial things you have recently learnt but that is kind of what i am pitching this as!

I recently learnt when to use less or fewer when talking about percentages - it depends on the thing you are taking a percentage of, if that is countable then it is fewer otherwise it is less!

for example:
there were 10% fewer children according to Mr Johnson
There was 10% less water in the bucket

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 15:28 pm
by KingstonGraham
What a cashew nut plant looks like.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 17:03 pm
by Robert88
That excess profits duty could be reduced by investing the profits in the business. Also corporation tax was invented by Austen Chamberlain in 1921.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 17:56 pm
by orraloon
Robert88 wrote:That excess profits duty could be reduced by investing the profits in the business.

My dear chap, the taxable profit number is what you want it to be. Don't even need taxdodger666 to tell you that. Cash however is a real number.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 19:41 pm
by evil_breakfast
KingstonGraham wrote:What a cashew nut plant looks like.


I know, mad isn't it?
I will no longer internally object to the price now, as it must be fairly labor intensive.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 22:41 pm
by Chris Bass
evil_breakfast wrote:
KingstonGraham wrote:What a cashew nut plant looks like.


I know, mad isn't it?


nuts you could say

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 08:01 am
by Stevo 666
orraloon wrote:
Robert88 wrote:That excess profits duty could be reduced by investing the profits in the business.

My dear chap, the taxable profit number is what you want it to be. Don't even need taxdodger666 to tell you that. Cash however is a real number.

Maybe it's not so recent, but how little most people know about tax :wink:

At least Robert88 is trying to educate himself about what tax was like in the last century.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 09:02 am
by Chris Bass
Stevo 666 wrote:
orraloon wrote:
Robert88 wrote:That excess profits duty could be reduced by investing the profits in the business.

My dear chap, the taxable profit number is what you want it to be. Don't even need taxdodger666 to tell you that. Cash however is a real number.

Maybe it's not so recent, but how little most people know about tax :wink:

At least Robert88 is trying to educate himself about what tax was like in the last century.


I would agree with this - the amount of people I have spoken to who seem to be relatively well educated otherwise who are adamant that if they get a small pay rise that puts them into the next tax bracket their net pay will actually be lower is quite amazing!

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 09:18 am
by Robert88
Stevo 666 wrote:
orraloon wrote:
Robert88 wrote:That excess profits duty could be reduced by investing the profits in the business.

My dear chap, the taxable profit number is what you want it to be. Don't even need taxdodger666 to tell you that. Cash however is a real number.

Maybe it's not so recent, but how little most people know about tax :wink:

At least Robert88 is trying to educate himself about what tax was like in the last century.


I am researching a well-known company that rose and fell last century and how it met its end. It's interesting because the main character was a chartered accountant and also a vocal right wing politician very much like we have today. Its history is almost non-existent on t'internet as if it had been wiped. In its last days shareholders rose in revolt because of the way in which its assets had been grossly undervalued by its accountants and only revealed by chance. By that time the main character was long dead and its youngest director had met his end in mysterious circumstances. None of this can be found with a search engine.

On its collapse lots of manufacturing jobs were lost in two towns and you'd think the internet history of those towns would record something but there is nothing at all almost as if they had been hosting the Mafia. Indeed in the company's heyday it practically ran the town where its HQ was. When it was wound up (it was sold to a foreign buyer) there was a lot money from asset sales but it is very hard to discover what happened to it but it was certainly not reinvested in the places the company had once operated. Capital knows no borders since exchange controls were abolished.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 09:45 am
by bonk king
I very recently, just now in fact, learnt some fascinating new stuff about %'s, cashew nut plants and tax. Carry on.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:04 am
by thistle (MBNW)
That Google recognises facial expressions in pictures.

I was playing around with their cloud based OCR thing and came across the face detection part. I guess that cameras that take the picture when you smile use a similar principle.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 17:22 pm
by Wayne Plunger
I discovered recently that I am not related to Bobby Crush.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 18:27 pm
by Robert88
I need to get the cars filled up.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 19:12 pm
by Kingstonian
The sun is 150 million kilometres from Earth

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 19:43 pm
by Shirley Basso
That time is measured by the distance light travels not the other way around.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 04:54 am
by Mouth
That the average North Sea cod is 53kg when caught.

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 05:29 am
by briantrumpet
That I've been mispronouncing the musical term 'adagio' all my musical life: an Italian speaker told me that the 'i' merely softens the 'g', so that the pronunciation is "adajjo", not "adajjeo".

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 07:16 am
by diamonddog
That me ‘Living the Dream’ isn’t always Living the Dream
(Spanish Floods)

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 09:04 am
by Chris Bass
briantrumpet wrote:That I've been mispronouncing the musical term 'adagio' all my musical life: an Italian speaker told me that the 'i' merely softens the 'g', so that the pronunciation is "adajjo", not "adajjeo".


is this always the case in Italian? so would the footballer Roberto Baggio be pronounced Roberto Bajjo - If so I have been saying his name wrong my whole life - not that I have said it that often in fairness!

Re: Things you have recently learnt

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 13:08 pm
by Veronese68
Chris Bass wrote:
briantrumpet wrote:That I've been mispronouncing the musical term 'adagio' all my musical life: an Italian speaker told me that the 'i' merely softens the 'g', so that the pronunciation is "adajjo", not "adajjeo".


is this always the case in Italian? so would the footballer Roberto Baggio be pronounced Roberto Bajjo - If so I have been saying his name wrong my whole life - not that I have said it that often in fairness!

Yes, also in Italian an h after a c hardens the c sound so it is like a ck in English.