On Tue, 7 May 2002, Ms N Saidova wrote: > And so did I. Haven't had the time to do all conversions to local > (South African) *variables* yet, but it seems to be one hell of a > tutorial! Thanks, Ben. Well, I'm fairly certain at this point that I'm going to be writing full copy for the site on this subject (waiting to hear back from the mods on the approach that's best to take). For that reason, I'd like to get some offlist feedback on: - Costs unique to Commonwealth subjects, etc. - The variables introduced when the independent is also guardian to others in their household, which as a single fellow I know little about (I've participated in childraising but have never been a full guardian) - Cost of living in major international markets (Greater London, Manchester, Toronto, Calgary, Singapore, Johannesburg, Sydney, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Prague, [and perhaps] Adelaide, HK SAR, Bangalore, Paris, Moscow, and Kiev come immediately to mind) - Common (income, payroll, property, excise) tax rates in the abovementioned areas I originally had a Commonwealth bias in mind when I wrote these points of request (since evolt is after all an English-language forum) but hell - why not make it genuinely world wide? *grin* Also, for the purpose of any analysis I might report (using my long post as a baseline), the following would be considered part of other classes of liability: - VAT/ST - Private and postsecondary education fees - Educational loan payments - Car payments (perhaps restated as mileage?) - License fees comparable to the TV license fee levied in the UK -- Ben Henick Web Author At-Large Managing Editor http://www.io.com/persist1/ http://www.digital-web.com/ persist1 at io.com bmh at digital-web.com -- "Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?" "I think so, Brain, but... (snort) no, no, it's too stupid." "We will disguise ourselves as a cow." "Oh!" (giggles) "That was it exactly!"