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Where, John? I could be interested!
I guess it's no picnic in any country at the moment, but in the medium to long term (as Britain continues to rapidly decline) I would expect Australia, New Zealand, Canada etc to be better options. Or Germany - they tend to get it right more often than not and she is very much enjoying learning German at school.

Since having several holidays in Ireland she has often said she'd like to move there when she's old enough, but economically I don't think that's a very promising option!
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I only wanted to tell you that the price of stamps were going up.
And if you buy books of first or second class stamps they'll still 'work' even after the increase

I remember being advised, years ago, never to discuss religion or politics with friends - so I won't say any more.
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And if you buy books of first or second class stamps they'll still 'work' even after the increase

I remember being advised, years ago, never to discuss religion or politics with friends - so I won't say any more.
Exactly. I am a real scrooge when it comes to paying extra money to the tax/vatman. Already got myself two books of first class.
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Exactly. I am a real scrooge when it comes to paying extra money to the tax/vatman. Already got myself two books of first class.
First and second class stamps are probably one of the best and safest invertments right now. Where else could you get a 12% return overnight?

We use loads of stamps, so I bought around 500 worth before they went up the time before last. We ran out of that stock a little while ago so I will be buying more before the April deadline.

It is not widely known that these stamps can be used for any postal service, not just first and second class letters, provided that the total current value is sufficient.

Ordinary letter post is currently exempt from VAT, but the government sneakily added VAT to other 'services' such as Signed For and Special Delivery when the VAT went up in January.

And, it cost me over 100 for the first time to fill my car up yesterday. As if that were not bad enough, the pump cut out at 100, and they wouldn't let me put any more in until I had paid for it.

People like to tell us that road fuel it is cheaper on the continent, but when I visited France last week I reckon it was about the same, if not slightly more.
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First and second class stamps are probably one of the best and safest invertments right now. Where else could you get a 12% return overnight?

We use loads of stamps, so I bought around 500 worth before they went up the time before last. We ran out of that stock a little while ago so I will be buying more before the April deadline.

It is not widely known that these stamps can be used for any postal service, not just first and second class letters, provided that the total current value is sufficient.

more.
Can they be used for buying currency I wonder?
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Can they be used for buying currency I wonder?
I'm not sure but I think the Post Office will buy back unused stamps. I daresay retailers will be stocking up before the price rises, but I seem to remember that there are some funny rules regarding the sale of stamps.
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Can they be used for buying currency I wonder?
I take it it's Yuan you want! I reckon, if you could do it, you'd get around 4 1/2 for a first class stamp (less commission!). How many stamps would you need for a rickshaw ride? All travellers to China need to know this.
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I take it it's Yuan you want! I reckon, if you could do it, you'd get around 4 1/2 for a first class stamp (less commission!). How many stamps would you need for a rickshaw ride? All travellers to China need to know this.
It's academic now, we got our Yuan the other day, but worth getting in some for the next trip.
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