Outdoor Focus Spring 2019 - Page 3

JUST A CLICK AWAY... James Forrest takes a look at OWPG’s Advice Notes O ne of my favourite OWPG-related hobbies is emailing obscure and technical questions to Ronald Turnbull. Without fail his answers are not only astute and insightful, but also dripping with quips and wit that leave me in hysterics. Ronald’s dry sense of humour oozes from his email replies. Here are a few examples: James Can I claim mileage expenses on my tax return for trips that are part-business, part-pleasure? And how do you distinguish between business trips and non- business trips? Ronald A trip where you combine climbing a hill with some non-business purposes such as assassinating the Prime Minister is not deductible. If you just happen to come across her on Horsehead Moor and shove her over the edge, the trip is still deductible. James A publisher that owes me £500 has gone into administration – what are my chances of getting my money back? Ronald HMRC get fi rst slice of any assets of the company, then the bank, with remaining suppliers like us ending up with something between a very very small amount or something rather less than that. Don’t expect to see any money, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised when £1.27 arrives in three years’ time. However, on top of his humorous replies, Ronald often refers me to the OWPG’s suite of advice notes, which are published in the members’ area of the OWPG website - www.owpg.org.uk/members-area. (You’ll need your OWPG password to view the members’ area.) These guides – on a plethora of topics including rights of way, publishing contracts, late payments, self- publishing, image theft, fl at rate VAT and many more - have always been a brilliant resource of information for me. They’ve helped me with refi ning and improving my pitches to editors, thus securing me more work; enabled me to fi ll out my self-assessment tax return correctly and effi ciently; supported me to re-negotiate a book contract; and increased my understanding of the business of writing. Why not delve into them yourselves? You might just learn something. Or, if you need cheering up, just drop Ronald an email instead. The Bonners tenner Roly Smith spots a familiar face on a bank note... G uild president and mountaineering legend Sir Chris Bonington may never have had money on his head – but now he has his head on money! Chris is the latest local hero to be featured on the Lake District’s new community currency, the Lake District pound, which can only be spent at local independent businesses. The 84-year-old climber, who lives at Hesket Newmarket, near Caldbeck, appears on the new £10 note in the currency. Three other legends of the Lake District are also featured: Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter (£5 note); National Trust founder Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley (£20), and educational pioneer Charlotte Mason (£1). The notes all feature the work of local portrait artist Rebecca Gill. Chris told Outdoor Focus: “I was obviously delighted and honoured especially to follow Joss Naylor and because of the help it is giving to our local tourist industry.”  The Lake District Pound is a community currency designed to help locals and visitors enjoy Cumbrian culture, support local businesses and help look after the area’s landscapes and communities. Launched last year, the LDP is a complementary currency, which can be used interchangeably alongside Sterling, but can only be spent at local businesses. The aim is to attract more customers to unique retailers, shops, cafés, attractions and other businesses in the area. Ken Royall, founder and director of the Lakes Currency Project, said: “It’s been an amazing year for the project and we’re so happy that tens of thousands of Lake District Pounds are now in circulation. “It’s great to be able to reveal the next set of designs, which will be valid through to January 2020. We can’t wait to carry on pushing the project forward next year, growing the number of businesses and places you can use the Lake District Pound and supporting more and more of our local businesses.” Since its launch, around LD £140,000 has gone into circulation, with more than 350 businesses accepting the currency. Creative director Sophie Crewdson said: “With exciting new designs every year, the Lake District Pound is an amazing creative platform not only to celebrate the endless inspiring people and stories associated with the Lake District and Cumbria, but also to showcase the creative talent that exists in our region. “For 2019, we wanted to delight people with a new and exciting style, and so chose to work with up- and-coming local artist Rebecca Gill, whose bold and colourful portrait elements give an amazing vibrancy to the notes and the characters featured on them.” spring 2019 | Outdoor focus 3