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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This one's for Lizzie 888.

Sometimes a SparkFriend gives you the laugh of the day. I've just seen Lizzie's comment on my feed:

'I think it's about time you won an unpopular blog award... Can you write one about tax returns or something!'

Hm, tax returns. Nope, we have PAYE in the UK. That's 'pay as you earn' . . . through the nose, of course. I haven't done any freelance work for a few years, used to have the headache of filling in tax returns for that and the amount of headache far outdid the amount of money I was getting. Sorting out the tax took me as long as doing the actual freelance job in the first place.

Mind you, you could call fat the tax on eating well rather than wisely. Sooner or later it catches up with you and the Fat Inspector comes knocking at the door. Then it's Payback Time, and you start counting the cost of all that chocolate, hot buttered toast and (in my case) confit duck.

Ah, confit duck. On Christmas Day I'm having eggs benedict for breakfast (home-made Hollandaise sauce with a quarter pound of butter in it), and for lunch parma ham with figs followed by confit duck, a cheese board, Christmas pudding and a quantity of chocolates. I'm fairly confident that after all that, I won't be able to eat much else all day. Indeed, it will take me all day to eat it.

I'll be back on the banana-yellow Ferrari you call the wagon on 26 December, with an image of myself as Claudia Cardinale to spur me on. With any luck, the Fat Inspector will be too busy collecting his cut from everyone else to notice little me having two days off.
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SHANNONY84 12/12/2012 9:10AM

    Thats really cute! emoticon

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NIKKIJ55 12/12/2012 9:10AM

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DEBLYNN323 12/12/2012 9:02AM

    LOL...nice try, but you still got the popular vote!

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INGMARIE 12/12/2012 8:58AM

    Ha Ha funny girl, you probably could not writ an un popular or boring blog even if you tried.
This was a great one, Think i hop on that ferrari with you, i would like to look like Claudia too.
The 2 of us after february. emoticon emoticon

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HLOCHRIDGE 12/12/2012 8:55AM

    LOL

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WALLINMW 12/12/2012 8:52AM

  Great blog!

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ILOVEROSES 12/12/2012 8:46AM

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NICOLED40 12/12/2012 8:41AM

    Love the blog!

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LIFETIMER54 12/12/2012 8:35AM

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OFGREENGABLES 12/12/2012 8:31AM

    good plan about that ferrari/wagon

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TDEMAIO2 12/12/2012 8:27AM

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MIMIDOT 12/12/2012 8:17AM

    Again, your blog left me smiling. Fat Tax...what next? Enjoy! Enjoy! enjoy!
I hope you have as much fun writing your blogs as I do reading them. Have a great day!

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DJSHIP46 12/12/2012 8:15AM

    We pay as we go too... then do the returns and pay a little more or sometimes get some back, but you way... just going through it once sounds ducky!!! Enjoy you Christmas celebration emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 12/12/2012 8:11AM

    I agree with many of the others here -- you couldn't write a bad blog if you tried! Mmm. Your Christmas feast does sound delish!!

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DESERTJULZ 12/12/2012 8:04AM

    You have succeeded in making me laugh once again. Fat Tax emoticon

Reading your blogs makes me want to go back to college and take a creative writing class. Perhaps that will be my New Year's gift to myself!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/12/2012 7:46AM

    Taxes are, after all, a disincentive to do better, especially with an oppressive graduated tax scale. Planning for the Christmas pig-out is great, knowing what you are going to do on that day gives to the opportunity to pre=plan the days leading to and following the big day rather than to just dive in on Christmas as most of us do without any planning.

Make Today a Great Day!

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KELLYPAQ 12/12/2012 7:40AM

    We all have to go off the deep end every once in awhile! I just try to make sure it's a quick dip and not a week long soaking!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/12/2012 7:33AM

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CFMOSS 12/12/2012 7:06AM

    Snort - snicker - LOL. Like the eggs benedict for Christmas - I have a b&b and tried to develop an eggs benedict pizza for breakfast - tasted great but didn't serve well at all. Enjoy!

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THEIS58 12/12/2012 6:34AM

    Great!

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KRISUA 12/12/2012 6:24AM

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SUSANK16 12/12/2012 6:09AM

  Excellent -- the FAT tax

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FARIS71 12/12/2012 6:07AM

    Ha! Love it!

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TRYINGHARD54 12/12/2012 5:42AM

    lol. as always, great blog

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DIXIECAP79 12/12/2012 5:33AM

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NCSUE0514 12/12/2012 5:29AM

    WTG

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MRE1956 12/12/2012 5:10AM

    I don't think you could *possibly* do an UNPOPULAR blog - you simply have waaaay too much talent to pull that off!

Thank you for sharing!

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LRSILVER 12/12/2012 4:52AM

    Funny. Thanks for sharing.



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AMANDACOETZER 12/12/2012 4:48AM

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MRS.DOYLE 12/12/2012 4:11AM

    Wow. You are so organised. I haven't even thought about the Christmas food yet.

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NEW-CAZ 12/12/2012 2:53AM

    Anne I ADORE your blogs....keep em coming! emoticon on your popular blog awards- well deserved!

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POPSY190 12/12/2012 2:00AM

    You will enjoy your Christmas Day! emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 12/12/2012 1:13AM

    If only the fat inspector would claw back the fat the way the government claws back ones earnings! Sorry! You have more fat than you need. You must share with the skinny people. I could live in a world like that!
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I'm with the rest of your fans, you can't write an unpopular blog.


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REGILIEH 12/12/2012 12:29AM

    There is absolutely nothing else to say about you and your blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREN91 12/11/2012 11:22PM

    I dont think you can write a unpopular blog. You have a writing gift and a great sense of humor! emoticon emoticon

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DNRAE1 12/11/2012 10:07PM

    Love it! The Fat Inspector, Christmas Day meal, and the banana-yellow Ferrari (wagon) are dancing around in my head.....not sugar plums! emoticon You've done it again, friend! I'll be seeing this blog in the Popular Blog posts in the morning!! Love you and your blogs. Thank you for your humor and laughs.


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COUPONS0216 12/11/2012 10:02PM

    Yummm...Your Christmas feast sounds wonderful, need company? emoticon

Love your blog as usual!
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EABL81 12/11/2012 9:23PM

    If that FatTax guy shows up, just invite him to dinner. He'll be so distracted by all those lovely delicious dishes, he'll forget why he was there.
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FALLNTENN 12/11/2012 9:08PM

    I think you might be the first sparker to get a Popular Blog award for writing a blog about winning an Unpopular Blog award.
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Your Christmas meal plan sounds wonderful.

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/11/2012 9:07PM

    What an idea! :)

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JULIA1154 12/11/2012 8:36PM

  I hope the Fat Collector takes Boxing Day off as well!

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KIPPER15 12/11/2012 7:24PM

    LOL! I will be on the look out for the Fat Inspector. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/11/2012 7:18PM

    There is federal income tax, then state income tax, then social security tax, you are taxed up the ying yang.

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MARYJEANSL 12/11/2012 6:59PM

  I want to have Christmas dinner at your place! Ours won't be nearly as delectable, especially as I will be cooking it.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/11/2012 6:48PM

    Mmmmmm...sounds great. You wouldn't think of inviting me would you? LOL

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LIZZIE888 12/11/2012 6:40PM

  Thank you very much but clearly not unpopular!

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DOVESEYES 12/11/2012 6:20PM

    Love it... just as good as a walk but with more calories. ha ha

Mmm confit duck now you're talking

sounds like a plan

I don't mind paying taxes but it irkes me when the gov has nothing to upgrade roads, hospitals, help the poor etc and leaves it to non profit orgs to pick up the slack. Uh oh I'm on my soapbox. Nuff said.

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SENIMMO 12/11/2012 6:01PM

    You-unpopular? Not likely! Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your treats. I will be getting my second knee replaced Christmas Eve (just found that out a few hours ago!) So I won't be enjoying much THIS year, but next year will be fabulous!

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