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Postage Stamps to Go Up Next Week

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.

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Re: Postage Stamps to Go Up Next Week

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Re: Postage Stamps to Go Up Next Week

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

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Re: Postage Stamps to Go Up Next Week

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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Do you charge the business for the current cost of the stamp to replenish the coffers of Nigel's film fund
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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
I couldn't possibly comment other than to state that they have different nominal ledgers.
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It's too late now.

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It's too late now.

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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



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Did she stick one on you?

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That may have been preferable to the Po Face Treatment. Not to mention beans on soggy toast for the evening meal !

If Harold had put the date in the header non of this would have happened

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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.

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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.

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“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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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.

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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

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It's also a Quarter Day. when business rents become due:

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

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

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OK. So, how does it relate, on the calendar, to Easter?

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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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