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More on #EUVAT – Hannah’s Bananas – a #VATMOSS analogy | Hannah Kate

Anyone who is still wondering why I keep talking about EU Vat and VAT Moss PLEASE spare a couple of minutes and read this post by Hannah Kate.  It is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

Now my banana stall’s future looks bleak, and I can’t seem to get any answers from Mr Moss. Apparently, an apple stall from Green Street has been told the new laws don’t apply to them, and the man who sells strawberries on Red Street hasn’t heard anything at all. I think the cherry-seller on Blue Street has just buried her head in the sand and pretended this has nothing to do with her. I’m currently being bombarded by people offering to take people’s fingerprints for me (for a price), and the powers-that-be just won’t accept that banana stalls like mine actually exist.

Is there any future for my little stall?

via Hannah’s Bananas – a #VATMOSS analogy | Hannah Kate.


UPDATE: How Not To Let EU VAT Ruin Your Christmas – Or Your Business

This is a very useful article detailing the progress being made on our behalf regarding #EUVAT.
I cannot thank the EU Vat Action group enough for what they are doing to help tiny businesses.
Please keep sharing and spreading the word. Thanks 🙂

It’s Not ‘All Ears’, It’s Action Too In The European Commission On EU VAT

New EU VAT laws will affect small businesses & their customers massively!
The EUVat Action group – – has been working tirelessly to find some solutions for small business owners like myself and I am VERY grateful. There is some progress and some positivity and it appears some people in the EU are listening. Hopefully they will act soon to stop many businesses form closing down or changing how they currently work.

We will be at the Wansford Dog Show « Jewellery By Shalini

Do come along to the FUN DOG SHOW At Wansford Horticultural Society’s Annual Show Saturday 23rd August Haycock Hotel Wansford. £1 entrance.

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“if everyone else around you is getting paid, you should be too.”
Another very good article by Mr Dan Thompson.
@artistsmakers on twitter.

If you want a job doing, you should pay somebody. It’s a statement that seems perfect, doesn’t it? Except of course it’s not. We all, to some degree, rely on barter and exchange; you help me do this, I’ll do that in return. In times of austerity, particularly, that sharing is especially important; it’s been part of British life for hundreds of years. Meet anybody that lives and works in the country, and you’ll find it’s very strong – eggs for book-keeping, meat for clearing drains, and so on.

Sunny WorthingAnd this sharing is particularly true in the ecology of the arts. I’ve been immersed in this world since I was 13, when I started working at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre. And at every level, there’s reciprocity – together, we can make this thing happen, and in doing so we all prosper and profit.

But like any ecology it’s a fine, balanced…

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Burghley through the seasons

Lovely, informative post about Burghley House Stamford.

Little Miss Adventures

Burghley House in summer Burghley House in summer

We’re very lucky to have Burghley House about 15 minutes’ drive from us, and we do spend a lot of time there  – in fact it was my number 1 day out in 2013! Burghley House is set among 2000 acres of gardens and parkland just on the outskirts of Stamford. The house itself is an amazing sight – it’s been used in filming, including The Da Vinci Code and Pride and Prejudice. The house and gardens (Gardens of Surprise and the Sculpture Garden) are open from March to November. But the best thing, I think, is that the parkland is open all year, and it is free to visit – no charge for car parking either.

No matter what time of the year you visit, there is plenty to do with kids. Lovely smooth, wide paths make for safe bike-riding or scooting. There’s…

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Who pays?

Another great post by Dan Thompson (@artistsmakers)

20140120_162056 Somebody asked me ‘who funds your work, Dan?’ on a Facebook thread about fair pay for artists and funding for the arts.

So, I think maybe it’s time to come out and tell the truth. Nobody does.

I’m self-employed – I’ve pretty much always been self-employed, from working as a freelance technician for Brighton venues and touring with garage bands after 6th form college, through to setting up Revolutionary Arts, about thirteen years ago. I don’t have a regular wage, or an independent income; I work from project to project. I’m either commissioned to do a piece of work, or raise the funds I need to make my own projects happen. I’m currently working for Bedford Creative Arts, the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, The Shell Grotto, a joint project between the Powell-Cotton Museum and the Dreamland Trust, and writing a piece for publication in New Zealand.

20140120_162323Wherever possible…

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