Friday, February 28, 2014

Income Tax Year End - Odometer Reading


Do not forget to record your odometer readings for motor vehicles for Income Tax purposes as at 28 February 2014 if you will be claiming tax deductions thereon.

Another tax year gone.

Another coming.

I CAN’T WAIT – MORE TAX TO PAY

Greg Beykirch
Finance Director
28 February 2014

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Oddly positioned and somewhat disjointed!


Habitat 67, is a model community and housing complex in Montreal Canada, designed by Israeli–Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. It was exspected to revolutionize affordable housing and launch a wave of prefabricated, modular development. Built as a pavilion for the World's Fair held in 1967, it is regarded as both a success and failure.

The apartments look oddly positioned and disjointed, but Safdie says there's actually a purpose behind the design: Habitat 67 is made from 354 cubes, stacked so that no window faces toward another window to provide privacy. "It's unusual-looking," Safdie says, "but it's user-friendly."

The development was designed to integrate the benefits of suburban homes, namely gardens, fresh air, privacy, and multilevelled environments, with the economics and density of a modern urban apartment building. It was believed to illustrate the new lifestyle people would live in increasingly crowded cities around the world.

Originally financed by the federal government, it is now owned by its tenants who formed a limited partnership that purchased the building from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in 1985.

Safdie himself, owns a penthouse apartment.

Reference: Wikipedia

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manage

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Jailbird Snitch


A somewhat comical account of a man whose own parrot notified police of his misdeeds, recently appeared in the online media. The story gained traction and even featured on 5FM’s morning drive show, much to the amusement of all who was listening in.

A gentleman by the name of Guillermo Reyes was driving his vehicle in Mexico City when stopped at a routine police checkpoint. The police, while conversing with Mr Reyes, heard a voice inside the vehicle blurt out, “he’s drunk, he’s drunk”.

Police initially suspected that there was another person in the car, what they found instead was the man’s pet parrot dutifully reporting his owner for drunk driving. A sobriety test followed and as it turned out, the parrot was indeed telling the truth.

Police placed Mr Reyes in Mexico City’s drunk tank to sober up and since it was feared that the bird might die if separated from his owner, the parrot accompanied Reyes in the jail cell and one can’t help but speculate, as to what new words he may have learn't that night.

So why did he rat his owner out? Was the driving so bad that jail seemed like the less life threatening alternative or was it a lame attempt to gain street cred by laying claim to jailbird status?  

I believe it was simply a case of “friends don’t let friends drive drunk” so if you are somebody who does, it may help to know that somewhere in Mexico, there is a bird who is smarter than you are.
 
Ernest Roper
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