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    Stamp prices rise next Mon - stock up by Sun. On 25 Mar, the price of a 1st class standard letter rises to 70p, 2nd class to 61p. Large letters rise by even more.

    Harold
    The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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    Dunnit!
    sigpicDave

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      Got enough today to last a couple of Christmases so we're all set

      Keith

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        We are still using First Class postage stamps that I bought shortly before the price rose sharply (to 41p IIRC) around 2009 or 2010. I did however invest in 100 Second Class stamps last week as I had run out of those.

        I bought about 450 worth knowing that they would be used, and also knowing that it would be a better and more worthwhile investment than leaving the money in the bank.
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        Naughty Nigel


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          Do you charge the business for the current cost of the stamp to replenish the coffers of Nigel's film fund
          This space for rent

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            Originally posted by DerekW View Post
            Do you charge the business for the current cost of the stamp to replenish the coffers of Nigel's film fund
            I couldn't possibly comment other than to state that they have different nominal ledgers.
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            Naughty Nigel


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              It's too late now.

              Harold
              The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
                It's too late now.

                Harold

                Indeed it is ! Having not paid sufficient attention to the date in your original post, I informed SWMBO the increase was at the end of the month. She trotted off to the Post Office yesterday suitably armed with a wad of cash, only to be informed it was too late.

                Feel free to use your imagination regarding her response on returning home



                Darkroom

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                  Originally posted by Darkroom View Post
                  I

                  Feel free to use your imagination regarding her response on returning home
                  Did she stick one on you?

                  Harold
                  The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                    Originally posted by Darkroom View Post
                    Indeed it is ! Having not paid sufficient attention to the date in your original post, I informed SWMBO the increase was at the end of the month. She trotted off to the Post Office yesterday suitably armed with a wad of cash, only to be informed it was too late.

                    Feel free to use your imagination regarding her response on returning home

                    Darkroom
                    I was curious about the seemingly random date of the price increase, and then it dawned on me. Yesterday was the Feast of the Annunciation, which in medieval times marked the New Year (Edit) and is a Quarter Day.

                    To quote Wiki:

                    Originally posted by Wiki
                    “The date is close to the vernal equinox, as Christmas is to the winter solstice; because of this the Annunciation and Christmas were two of the four "quarter days" in medieval and early modern England, which marked the divisions of the fiscal year (the other two were Midsummer Day, or the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, on 24 June, and Michaelmas, the feast day of St. Michael, on 29 September).

                    When the calendar system of Anno Domini was first introduced by Dionysius Exiguus in AD 525, he assigned the beginning of the new year to 25 March, because according to Christian doctrine, the age of grace began with the Incarnation of Christ at the Annunciation, on which date Jesus Christ is believed to have been conceived in the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.”
                    So that probably also explains why the tax year ends in March, although HMRC's tax year has drifted into early April.
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                    Naughty Nigel


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                      Originally posted by Naughty Nigel View Post
                      I was curious about the seemingly random date of the price increase, and then it dawned on me. Yesterday was the Feast of the Annunciation, which in medieval times marked the New Year.

                      To quote Wiki:



                      So that probably also explains why the tax year ends in March, although HMRC's tax year has drifted into early April.
                      It's also a Quarter Day. when business rents become due:

                      https://www.landlordzone.co.uk/information/quarter-days

                      Harold
                      The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                        Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
                        It's also a Quarter Day. when business rents become due:

                        https://www.landlordzone.co.uk/information/quarter-days

                        Harold
                        Correct; but it originally became New Year and a Quarter Day because of the Annunciation.
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                        Naughty Nigel


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                          Originally posted by Naughty Nigel View Post
                          Correct; but it originally became New Year and a Quarter Day because of the Annunciation.
                          OK. So, how does it relate, on the calendar, to Easter?

                          Harold
                          The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                            Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
                            OK. So, how does it relate, on the calendar, to Easter?

                            Harold
                            That is an interesting question Harold.

                            Some/many Academic Theologians believe that Jesus' Incarnation at the Annunciation and his crucifixion were on or very close to the very same day of the year. Records from biblical times are of course very sketchy, but there were astronomers in those days who probably had a much better idea of the astronomical calendar than most.

                            In the year 325 AD the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon (Pascal Moon) occurring on or after the vernal equinox. Nicea was on the site of the modern-day town of Iznik in Turkey. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.

                            Easter is therefore 'a moveable feast'.
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                            Naughty Nigel


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                              Frightening really, nearly 1 to send a letter 1st class....won't be long before it will be cheaper to drive it there yourself... I don't post many letters now its mainly email, so I suppose I am guilty of pushing the prices up by not using it.

                              Our kindly Postperson (being correct here) says there is no real difference in 1st and 2nd class !!

                              Peter
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