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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    I could get from NL to the South of England quicker than getting from the North of England to the South.
    Why do you think I was and am happy to fly around Europe - it was less hassle than getting to sodding Reading... I used to be able to get to Copenhagen for lunch at 11:30...
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    I joined 15 years ago

    I used to drink vodka but learned to drink gin. I've had 18 contracts (one of which was with 4 different agencies!) Bought my car in 2008. Dropped a partner in 2012, picked up the current one in 2016. Went for a recce to NZ in 2013 with a view to moving away for a few years but decided it was too quiet for me. Instead I moved to London in 2014, selling a ropey house in Sussex and swapping it for a rental in Kensington. I am now on my second rental and very happy I moved. I joined PCG, it became IPSE, I joined the CC, was sad to see it disbanded, left IPSE. I am grateful to IPSE/the CC for introducing me to HWMBO

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    I joined 15 years ago

    I used to drink vodka but learned to drink gin. I've had 18 contracts (one of which was with 4 different agencies!) Bought my car in 2008. Dropped a partner in 2012, picked up the current one in 2016. Went for a recce to NZ in 2013 with a view to moving away for a few years but decided it was too quiet for me. Instead I moved to London in 2014, selling a ropey house in Sussex and swapping it for a rental in Kensington. I am now on my second rental and very happy I moved. I joined PCG, it became IPSE, I joined the CC, was sad to see it disbanded, left IPSE. I am grateful to IPSE/the CC for introducing me to HWMBO
    So we finally have 2 good things from IPSE - Arctic's S660 validation and your relationship...
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    I was old, miserable and a bit of a when I joined.. What's changed? A lot more people know I'm old, miserable and a bit of a .. HTH
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    Since August 2007...

    One sprog married, left home and provided two grandchildren so far.
    Two other sprogs became adults and Swiss, and still in further education.
    Went from one full-time contract to multiple concurrent clients on part-time basis for each of them, developed a product for a client for a share of gross sales income for a few years, worked for a monthly (large) stipend for another client, back to one client, then one client 50% and employee, and come January will have closed my company down (After fifteen years) and be a full-time permie.
    Had cataracts removed
    Was disenfranchised from UK elections
    Visited as a tourist around 12 different countries.
    Learned German
    Learned Swiss German
    Got good at skiing.

    Other than that, it's been dreadful!
    Down with racism. Long live miscegenation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    I joined 15 years ago

    I used to drink vodka but learned to drink gin. I've had 18 contracts (one of which was with 4 different agencies!) Bought my car in 2008. Dropped a partner in 2012, picked up the current one in 2016. Went for a recce to NZ in 2013 with a view to moving away for a few years but decided it was too quiet for me. Instead I moved to London in 2014, selling a ropey house in Sussex and swapping it for a rental in Kensington. I am now on my second rental and very happy I moved. I joined PCG, it became IPSE, I joined the CC, was sad to see it disbanded, left IPSE. I am grateful to IPSE/the CC for introducing me to HWMBO
    We all did drink a hell of a lot then
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    Turns out I have been loitering in general since 2008!
    In that time, still not done any IT work or become a contractor

    But I have:
    Got married – to BGG
    BGG & I brought our 1st home, after renting for a decade or so
    Celebrated 30yrs of being with BGG
    Finished my degree
    Got chartered x3
    Gone as far up the corporate ladder as I want to go
    Learned many new crafting skills
    Discovered WGT in Leipzig & been every year since
    Lost both parents & got diagnosed with cancer..

    So all in all, apart from that last one, it’s been a good time
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonMac View Post
    A recent thread saw the conversation turn to how long some have been on this site, I've just hit 10 years on CUK when I started contracting to get myself out of a hole I had gotten myself into with debt.

    When i signed up my son was 6 months old, 10 years later we are in the process of applying for his place in High school, I have got married and moved house twice. I have lost a very dear family member, and had 15 contracts (as well as two very short unsuccessful attempts are permiedom). I've visited 4 countries (one with a few good denizens of this parish, I have learned to drink and love gin and bared my arse on Bishopgate.

    Most importantly I've made some bloody good friends
    Just checked and I only signed up Dec 2014 - I know I referred to the site when I first went contracting late 2007 so I must have been just reading for the first 7 years Some might say that I should have remained that way

    Soooo, since joining I've ...

    - Had 6 contracts
    - Now work 2 days a week
    - With work I was lucky to travel to USA, Germany, Oz in this period
    - Fell in love with Tim-Tams
    - For fun travel only included Kenya, Spain, France
    - Moved out of London to the sticks
    - I've owned a lake
    - I've done the man thing and driven a small lawnmower tractor (great fun the first few times ... but mowing the lawn is always a chore!!)
    - Seen my wife's health drop off a cliff
    - I've learnt what being a carer means and I have so much more respect now for people who choose this as a career
    - Lost contact with quite a few people as I struggle to get wife out the house now. I've missed the last 3 boys catch-ups in London
    - Learnt how to catch mouse/vole/shrew that my lovely cat has a habit of bringing in (always alive!) - hint, shoe along the wall, they like to stick to the wall and hide in the shoe!
    - Found a passion for cycling and lost quite a bit of timber (I blame the Tim-Tams). Who knew cycle racing in the virtual world of Zwift could be so much fun?
    - Annoyed a lot of people on CUK
    I am what I drink, and I'm a bitter man

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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    Why do you think I was and am happy to fly around Europe - it was less hassle than getting to sodding Reading... I used to be able to get to Copenhagen for lunch at 11:30...
    You must have worked at the highly successful nordea digital transformation. You know the one they spent nearly 1 billion euros on before writing most of it down

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    Since I joined I have watched DimPrawn, SAS and ScooterScot become overnight millionaires by shrewdly investing in gold, bitcoin and sledges. I ignored them as snake oil salesmen and have remained a poor contractor scratching by on day rates while they are smoking cigars on a yacht somewhere.
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