Forgive the false advertising, but puppy pictures seem to work on my fewĀ Facebook followers šŸ™‚

I have read about it, done the research, even chuckled to myself as I have heard of other peoples accounts of it happing. Joseph Jenkins explains that it happened to him from 1993 to 1997; thatā€™s four years that he knows of whilst he was monitoring!

Even still, theĀ proud feelingĀ from the construction ofĀ my poor mans composting thermometerĀ meltedĀ away as I checked the core temperature of my humanureĀ pile a couple of weeks agoĀ when I visited the land, I had hitĀ 0Ā°C and IĀ am left with a pile of shice!

Further reading allays my fears andĀ thankfully itā€™s nothing to worry about, as time goes by itĀ will stopĀ happening altogether, as long as I keep the faith and keep piling on the poo!

Off course I have sprung to action and I sprinkle the pileĀ at every opportunity as and when I visit the land;Ā a valid reason for my copious tea consumption. All I need now is some unadulterated child fec ā€¦ there’s a stroke of luck! Yet another incentive to get the house habitable as soon as possible:)

Talking of child benefits we visited the local national insurance office today (CRUZ) to put in our claim for sleepless nights and nappy changing. Unlike the UK you receive a one off payment and depending on your earnings you may be entitled to a little bit extra and reduced national insurance contributions for the next five years; seems reasonable?

I have to say I was impressed by the officials stance; questioning us, checking our plans, motives and if we were already claiming money from the UK government. They assured us that there is an agreement between the nations and that they would find out if we were the recipients of multiple benefits; I wonder if claimants in the UK are asked similar questions or made aware of the consequences of claiming twice? As it happens I checked up on this and in the UK you are left to make a declaration on the form you have to fill in to claim child benefit; hardly the kind of small print even an English native speaker would bother to read!

I may have mentioned before that I am in the habit of downloading podcasts from Radio 4 to keep me entertained whilst walking the dogs, unfortunately The Archers omnibus only keeps me going for one decent walk and so I have taken to listening to various other broadcasts. One that IĀ favour is More or Less (behind the stats) ā€˜Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround usā€™

One program that struck me more thanĀ most was about immigration, theĀ hot topic in the UK that politicians seem to skate around as they donā€™t know how to separate EU immigration from other immigration for fear of it becoming a racial issue (in my humble opinion) Have a listen here.

TheĀ  fact, if you believe what is said in the program, is that EU immigrants have made a net contribution to the British economy since 1995. It is only when you include figures for all immigrants that this figure becomes a negative. An EU immigrant puts in about Ā£6k a year, where as a non EU immigrant takes out about Ā£21k, and as for the UK nationals then we take out about Ā£11k a year. No wonder the country is in so much debt!Ā Well worth a listen if you have the time.

And time is the one thing I have run out of; itā€™sĀ time to collect some compost šŸ™‚

Just for those who couldn’t see the puppy picture, here it is šŸ™‚

Taking it easy after a feed
Taking it easy after a feed