Monday, 10 October 2011

Buying a vehicle is a pain in the bum...and a lot like buying a hamburger...

So we're trying to purchase a new vehicle.  What a pain in the bum.  Decisions about what size you want, 4, 5 or 7 seats?  Do you want a tank or a small car?  What options would you like?  It all adds up  though, of course.  Why is it that options designed to save you money, and help save the environment cost more? When you figure it out it's almost a wash.  The only satisfaction you get is the knowledge that you 'may' have helped to save the environment by having lower emissions.  You pay more for the vehicle, even though you saved some in gas or diesel.  If you want to go truly green, you have to wait months and months to get your car, making it a no-option for those of us who can't wait very long to purchase.  It's like going to the grocery store and noticing that healthy food, organic, less fat, etc options cost MORE money than the fatty, non-organic ones.  Figures.

The Danish have added a 'fat tax' to food, and many other countries are debating on whether to add it as well.  The basic idea being that if food has less than 2.3% saturated fat, it is exempt from the tax and foods containing more will be taxed based on the percentage above that number.  Therefore, I think, the idea is that foods higher in fat will cost more than foods  more healthy for you.  I wonder, however, if that will actually be true.  Say a package of 4 hamburger patties costs  2.03.  a non-fat version  costs 2.54 because it requires more processing than the fat version does.  Taxing the two will put them at roughly the same price, right?  I guess then that if you are poorer, you will now spend the same amount of money (more than what you used to spend) to get the option of choosing the non-fat version.

I wonder if it'll work in the short term.  People used to eating full fat meals aren't going to switch to the non-fat meals just because they can.  I remember that I used to drink full fat milk well into my twenties simply because anything lower in fat content tasted like water to me.  It took almost 2 years before I could drink 2% without commenting.  I think food will be the same; it's going to take a long time for the change to happen.  In my opinion, working on bringing down the costs of food processing would be a valuable tandem project.  If healthy food was significantly cheaper to purchase than fatty food, it would speed up the process...

Friday, 7 October 2011

Book writing...

So, I have all this time on my hands, so I'd better do something productive with it.  I had a book idea this morning, and am trying to figure out if I should write it in pieces and post bits here on the internet, or whether that would be a bad idea.  Should I write it all first, or should I not do the internet thing at all?  What is it about the UK that makes me want to write?  I step foot in this country and my hand begins to itch for my pencil.  My blog starts back up, my writing comes to life...  I even want to finally finish some of those kids books that've been rattling around in my head for years.

Also - I'm trying to learn C - yes the programming language, as I have decided that I want to make interactive books for the three books that I already do have published..  Ipad app here I come!  I'm hoping to get hubby to help with them as he's the C programming genius  !

I also had the idea this morning that while I'm doing that, I can put together a few after school curriculum for parents to do with their kids.  A proper curriculum for cooking, sewing, science, maths and reading.  A structured curriculum that people could download and do with their kids once a week in order to supplement their education where it might be lacking.  What do you think?  

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Wonderful flower photos!






Yes, she belongs to us, she's our 2 1/2 year old golden retriever, Ryla.  She accompanies me on so many of my walks, that these photos would't be complete without her!