[Updated 23/03/2013 - with a response from Bournemouth Council, and a correction]
Bournemouth Borough Council recently published their new page turner ‘A guide to your Council Tax 2013/14′. Now I know it doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but it’s an important document for those living in Bournemouth – it’s the main way the Council communicates how it is spending their money and why it needs to collect Council Tax from them. With Council Tax bills ranging from £999 to £2997 per year this is no trivial matter – indeed the publication is required of local authorities by law.
Prominently on page 3 of this year’s guide there is a bar chart which “shows the Council Tax elements”:
Except it isn’t really a bar chart because it is grossly inaccurate. In 2013/14 the actual Bournemouth Borough Council element of the Band D tax is 83.4%, but in the ‘bar chart’ the yellow section is only 57.4%. Really the 2013/14 bar chart should look something like this:
Spot the difference
OK – So I have been getting carried away with things, and not made any postings… so I thought I would warm myself back up into blogging by posting a new (old) photo from my Top Photos collection. This was taken driving into the Masai Mara, Kenya.
Just been going through some of my ‘starred items’ in Google Reader – things that looked interesting but I didnt have time to read when I first saw them. What has stuck out is this honest, and genuinely useful advice on career options from my friend Sameer Vasta.
Originally posted here
So with Switzerland and the conference in Windsor I haven’t been paying much attention to my blog.
Here is the latest installment in the top photos series. Taken off the west coast of Barbados.
As I am just about to leave in the car for Switzerland I am posting today’s photo. It was taken just above St. Luc in Switzerland – the same area I am about to visit. In the photo are my grandparents who sadly passed away last year.
I think it is a beautiful photo that shows that captures the experience of the snow in that part of Switzerland. Hopefully I will be updating Flickr with more photos of scenery like this over the next week or so.
PICT0487, originally uploaded by silentthinker.
I’ve been to Barcelona a few times. It’s a beautiful city – and the Sagrada Familia is something that you will remember if you ever explore it. Each of the towers has a staircase like this – and when you climb up it the thought does enter your mind, “What will happen if I fall down the gap in the middle?”.
New York is famous for it’s hot dog vendors… this photo was taken in December 2007 and shows a different type of ‘hot’ dog! Somewhere in Soho I think. I just think it is funny.
And yes – those are little shoes on the feet!
After posting my quick photo of the beach tonight I thought I would take the time to sort through my 3000+ photos on Flickr and pick out a handful that I especially like.
Today’s post is now the beginning of a new series of blog posts here at silentthinker.com . Most days (when I have time and don’t forget) I will post one of my favourite photos from my Flickr collection – I look forward to hearing your comments!