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by contadino
Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Jobs
Replies: 32
Views: 2462

Re: Jobs

Job? I'm self-sufficient.
by contadino
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficiency and money
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: self sufficiency and money

I'm just wondering what would happen if everyone became selfsufficient and therefore didn't have to pay tax as a result - would there be any healthcare? Any police? Emergency services? These things have to be paid for from somewhere... You're right. If noone paid tax, there would be no state funds ...
by contadino
Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:45 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficiency and money
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: self sufficiency and money

Don't you have to pay any property/community taxes in Italy? You can't get away from it in France - two to pay although one is reduced if you are a low earner and I think both reduced if you are over a certain age and a low earner. 2 years ago we had to pay €10 each for a years council tax, but the...
by contadino
Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficiency and money
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: self sufficiency and money

And so , to be ss as much as possible it means to be as much as far away from the banks and financial system as possible, or am I wrong ? No, you're right. The more SS you become, the less money you need to earn, and consequently the less tax you pay. I'm classed as well below the poverty line, and...
by contadino
Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: How much money is enough money?
Replies: 29
Views: 3138

Re: How much money is enough money?

The cost of living here in Italy is roughly the same as the UK - some things are more expensive, others cheaper, but on the whole it works out roughly the same. We get by on €250/month. There's plenty of food on the table/wine in my glass, we have a roof over our heads, and it's warm in winter. That...
by contadino
Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 2375

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

if it wasn't for the fact that a small minority own the vast majority of the land, every family could have 3 acres of agricultural land each. This would be sufficient to provide most of your food and heating, and you would still be able to do 4 days a week working elsewhere. This is a good statisti...
by contadino
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed
Replies: 23
Views: 2375

Re: Doom. Doooom, we're all doomed

I agree with Keith. The UK is waking up - too late and too slowly - but at least it's something. It should also be noted that in the UK this is largely a politically-driven thing (the Low Carbon Transition Plan, the Food Security Initiative, etc..) Survivalism isn't green, ecological, or ethical. In...
by contadino
Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:37 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficiency an expensive hobby #2 ,or what do you do
Replies: 12
Views: 1693

Re: self sufficiency an expensive hobby #2 ,or what do you do

I still think it is needed to buy in (expensive ) organic food to be as much as possible ss ,that's my opinion though. Well you're wrong. There is absolutely no link between being self-sufficient and buying in expensive organic produce. It's like chalk and cheese. Loads have people have explained t...
by contadino
Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:43 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Eigg Electric...
Replies: 1
Views: 806

Eigg Electric...

http://www.isleofeigg.net/trust/eigg_electric.htm

After the inhabitants of Eigg (Eiggs? :-)) bought their independence, they went on to build their own electricity grid powered by renewables (hydro, sun and wind.) It's pretty impressive stuff, IMHO.
by contadino
Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficient an expensive hobby ?
Replies: 36
Views: 2654

Re: self sufficient an expensive hobby ?

So it seems that the ss way of life , if you want to include organic food , which is bought , becomes expensive , so , it does seem to be an expensive hobby . Hmmm...it looks like you're trying to push an agenda here regardless of the responses you get. Buying organic food does not equal being self...
by contadino
Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Does organic veg really taste better ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1963

Re: Does organic veg really taste better ?

The report has been brought out because the government is worried about the huge increase in demand for organic veg. With the increase in population and loss of land we are more and more reliant on imported veg. Production efficency of organic veg is much lower than intensive chemical, so they are ...
by contadino
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 2030

Re: Rainwater collection

In the garden, I have a solar-powered pump to provide pressure for watering with soaker hoses. I have a timer on the pump so I can set it for however long I want to water, and it will shut itself off. Hi Keith, Nice post. Could you tell me more about your solar-powered pump? Which pump do you have,...
by contadino
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: planning permission windgenerator
Replies: 2
Views: 995

Re: planning permission windgenerator

Similar frustrations here. I've found out that for a 4m-plus tower, I'd need a 24-hour 800 lumens lamp running on top of the mast to help aircraft avoid landing on it. The fact that the landscape is covered with olive trees of between 6 and 8m tall seems to be lost on them. If the mast goes as high ...
by contadino
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: What to do with old mattress?
Replies: 6
Views: 1632

Re: What to do with old mattress?

There is a type of mushroom that grows particularly well on old mattresses. I don't know the name, but I'm sure if you get in touch with a spore vendor they'll be able to help.
by contadino
Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: woodburner
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Re: woodburner

Well, according to manufacturers blurb, our stove in the front room produces 6kw, of which the back boiler takes nearly 3kw to heat the hot water and run the radiators. The range in the kitchen is rated at 6kw too. I don't know the rating of the solar panel, but it provides plenty (too much) hot wat...