Since housing is, economically, a luxury good, why not tax it more?

An exchange in comments on a recent blog by Jolyon Maugham about the difficulties of structuring a sin tax SOME TENTATIVE THOUGHTS ON A SUGAR TAX reminded me of a posting I made in June 2014 on my local forum, but which is now only visible to registered users.  Jolyon’s blog showed the normal regressive pattern… Continue reading Since housing is, economically, a luxury good, why not tax it more?

A conversation in Birmingham Museum

I had 45 minutes before rejoining family members in the Edwardian Tea Rooms. I can’t say I like Pre-Raphaelites much, but their presence in Birmingham Museum felt like a clue to imagining how life felt in the Chamberlains’ era of high civic pride.  It was Art, intense, and obviously with a meaning. Looking at Holman Hunt’s portrait of Rossetti a complete… Continue reading A conversation in Birmingham Museum

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Astana waste ground flora

Maybe just because I’d never been in Central Asia before, I was amazed at the bio-diversity of some waste ground between our flat and the major road nearby in Astana.  I’ve had a go at identifying the genera at least, but I’m not up to this for most of the grasses. Was this recently turned… Continue reading Astana waste ground flora

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Charyn canyon geology

To help make sense of the geology, the best source I can find on line is this Geology of Charyn Canyon / Dolina Zamkov area, Kazakhstan and also this series of diagrams illustrating the geological history by the same author, Dr. Stefan Lang Geologic history of Charyn Canyon which include links to some more photos.  From… Continue reading Charyn canyon geology

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Charyn canyon flora

I’ve never been in a place like the Charyn Canyon before, and all the flora was new to me.  I think I know the genus for some, but that’s about all.  I avoided the plants near the campsite, since these were obvious introduced, but I suspect some others are as well – one looks like a… Continue reading Charyn canyon flora

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