A long-time commenter on the Web site of the International Violin Society said: “I have a pair of violins in a new, beautiful new box of beautiful black finish that I haven’t touched in over 20 years. The ivory is still good quality. I bought two more violins last month when they were on a good sale at the Goodwill in town.”
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So this week the new box is getting a new, less beautiful ivory finish. And this morning, the old ivory box may have been sold for less than it was worth; it’s in the bargain section at Kmart in Dallas — the price is probably close to the going rate and the new finish should make it even more attractive. I am willing to wait for my box; in a few weeks, I’m sure it will be filled up.
Facts and figures
The UK was the 13th largest economy in the world in 2015.
The UK has the highest number of jobs (11.8 million), number of people in paid work (5.2 million), number of people in paid work but without paid employment (3.6 million) and number with unpaid work in the home (8.8 million).
According to official sources, the government has taken action on the most pressing economic issues for people and businesses. These include:
Public finance in December 2010 saw an effective tax rate drop to 23.2% – lower than any other European country – by the end of 2012.
The UK’s official unemployment rate for January-March 2016 was 6.1% – higher than any other European country.
According to the latest data published by the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS), the net UK deficit for the year ending March 2016 – previously reported at -18.1 billion – was equivalent to 2.56% of GDP – the highest proportion since 2010.
The average number of people employed in each year from 2001 to 2015 was 6.55