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  1. Not to mention that if he's got any tech savvy...

    Not to mention that if he's got any tech savvy and you tell him what you've done, he'll find a way around it. Kids are amazingly resourceful when there's a barrier to them doing what they want.
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  2. I agree with the others. In your position I would...

    I agree with the others. In your position I would stay perm, and get as much flexibility as you can from your current position. Use this to spend as much time with your child as possible, because the...
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    Basically :hug:

    Basically :hug:
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    Supposing this was a remotely serious question (I...

    Supposing this was a remotely serious question (I see the OP is banned now...), I've holidayed a few times as a single and it can certainly be done without the aid of dedicated package providers. Key...
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    Poll: Didn't see the point, I live in a massive Labour...

    Didn't see the point, I live in a massive Labour stronghold and that's not how I would vote. :wave:
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    I'll give you great odds that it was. Let's face...

    I'll give you great odds that it was. Let's face it this will be a combination of:

    - Management enforcing a deadline when the work clearly wasn't done.
    - Developing with an "Agile" approach in...
  7. Thread: Are You Obese?

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    I've never tried this, but it seems rather prone...

    I've never tried this, but it seems rather prone to error depending how much effort you put into pinching the skin? I used to have electronic scales that would estimate bodyfat (I think via...
  8. Thread: Are You Obese?

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    Mine's 23 :banana: But then I'm a competitive...

    Mine's 23 :banana:

    But then I'm a competitive swimmer and gym 3 times a week. I'm 35 and according to that page, my BMI is lower than 69% of men in my age group.

    It does make me sad how fat...
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    For some sense of balance I have to say both...

    For some sense of balance I have to say both myself and a colleague use them and they've been great, so I would take this with a pinch of salt.
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    Yeah this sounds like a situation where actually...

    Yeah this sounds like a situation where actually talking to the client human-human is going to get this solved. They must realise you can't just magically start working somewhere else without it...
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    Amen.

    Amen.
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    I love Bosch. Hardly watch any TV these days but...

    I love Bosch. Hardly watch any TV these days but somehow I got hooked quick. Can't wait for season 4 to turn up. I started reading the books after seeing the first two seasons, and was pleasantly...
  13. Thread: KFC Closures

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    Yet another example of large companies making...

    Yet another example of large companies making poor decisions to 'save money' and yet it'll cost them more in the long run. It's the same in IT when firms outsource thinking it's more cost effective...
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    To be honest this is the first I've heard about...

    To be honest this is the first I've heard about that! I'll definitely look into it but my accountant hasn't mentioned any changes or administration.

    I've got a friend who uses Crunch as well and...
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    You'll get several recommendations on here no...

    You'll get several recommendations on here no doubt. I switch to Danbro last year after being dissatisfied with my local accountants for a few years, and they've been great so far. I was paying...
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    I used to fret a lot about these hypothetical...

    I used to fret a lot about these hypothetical situations. In reality the only way the client is going to take legal action is if the cost of such action is less than they stand to gain from forcing...
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    Excellent thanks, sounds like we should be fine....

    Excellent thanks, sounds like we should be fine. :happy
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    I suspect this could be part of it though I'd...

    I suspect this could be part of it though I'd hope they would be more professional than that, especially because we both us the same accountancy firm! His contract finishes a few months before mine,...
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    Between £50 - 150k so a decent amount. The issue...

    Between £50 - 150k so a decent amount. The issue with leaving it open is the accountancy fees. Could ditch the accountant but would then mean filing annual accounts etc. myself which I don't really...
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    Qualifying for Entrepreneurs Relief

    I've done some research online but can't seem to find clear guidance on what allows a contractor to close his LTD and claim ER on the capital reserves in the company?

    Both myself and a friend (who...
  21. FTFY

    FTFY
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    There was an interesting video interview with...

    There was an interesting video interview with Pamela Anderson yesterday available via BBC News, in which she defended (quite well) her comments that women who agree to 'interviews' or 'meetings' with...
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    I graduated some 14 years ago now with a CS...

    I graduated some 14 years ago now with a CS degree. Even before I started I didn't expect to learn much during the course, I only knew it was a required stepping stone to get me the job I wanted. At...
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    You say that, but how many times do you see hot...

    You say that, but how many times do you see hot women with ugly (or average) guys? Okay a lot of the time it might be money, but in all seriousness you have to make the best of what you've got. I'm...
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    I'm not even sure what the definition of "banter"...

    I'm not even sure what the definition of "banter" actually is: it seems to range from "good conversation" to "verbal roastings" and "dirty talk". I always ignore anyone who mentions the B word on...
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    Exactly. Worse still, plenty of them want witty...

    Exactly. Worse still, plenty of them want witty "banter" from the opening line, so if you go for something cheeky based on your interpretation of their photos, sometimes you get lucky but equally you...
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    You've probably never used Tinder then......

    You've probably never used Tinder then... sometimes photos is all you get, so what are you supposed to infer from them. People need to accept that how you dress absolutely does affect how people view...
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    It's funny (but not) how true this all is. I...

    It's funny (but not) how true this all is. I separated from my stbx about 18 months ago, so am now well versed in the highs and lows of online dating. It always made me laugh on Tinder seeing...
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    This is exactly the problem with (some) women. I...

    This is exactly the problem with (some) women. I don't see how we can survive as a species if there isn't some fairly objective agreement as to what constitutes acceptable flattery/interest and what...
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    I'd like to know what scientific studies have...

    I'd like to know what scientific studies have proven this. When I was growing up, although I was never especially naughty, I did get smacked on the odd occasion (not hard enough to bruise or...
  31. Thread: Golden Globes

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    To be honest the whole saga winds me up more than...

    To be honest the whole saga winds me up more than it probably should. I would never condone rape or harassment, but there is a huge difference between being raped and giving out sexual favours in...
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    These two things seem incompatible to me :laugh....

    These two things seem incompatible to me :laugh. Why not try the Greek Islands instead? Far less chavvy (assuming you avoid Faliraki etc), nicer locals, same (or better) weather, good food, similar...
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    Here's a more friendly reply: The confusion...

    Here's a more friendly reply:

    The confusion here is whether you've been put on "garden leave" by the end client, or by your Umbrella company? If it's the former then this seems like a red flag...
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    Hardly seen anything good so far. I think...

    Hardly seen anything good so far. I think retailers are struggling with margins and shoppers are bound to get more savvy about how good a deal really is, now we've had Black Friday deals for several...
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    My call blocker is the best: the only thing the...

    My call blocker is the best: the only thing the phone line's connected to is my broadband router. I almost never get nuisance calls :laugh

    My Galaxy S8 on the other hand has a nice feature where I...
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    It's not really a problem though, is it? My...

    It's not really a problem though, is it?

    My current client always furloughs a fortnight over xmas and I enjoy having the break (though have in the past been given exemptions due to project targets...
  37. To be honest I'd echo his sentiments and I'm only...

    To be honest I'd echo his sentiments and I'm only just at the Form E stage of what has - so far - been an amicable separation. No kids (luckily) but being the higher earner is sounding more like it's...
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    IANAA but I believe if the standard 25%...

    IANAA but I believe if the standard 25% depreciation rules apply then if you buy an iPhone now for £500 then sell it to yourself in a year, you'd have to pay your company £375 for it as that would be...
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    It's pretty simple really: if it's not proven to...

    It's pretty simple really: if it's not proven to be illegal then it's avoidance, otherwise it's evasion. There is no room for morality in taxation, something is either legal or it isn't, and if it...
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    I have a real issue with all this tax "avoidance"...

    I have a real issue with all this tax "avoidance" in the news today. The BBC article even admits that the "vast majority" of those implicated are acting in a perfectly legal way, therefore they are...
  41. Exactly, I don't see the problem with this. I'm...

    Exactly, I don't see the problem with this. I'm contracting with a large UK insurer and they have just announced the same furlough dates. (Funnily enough we use DXC (unfortunately)). I look forward...
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    Good luck! If it works out and you need a .net...

    Good luck! If it works out and you need a .net developer... :wave:
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    So all of the UK then? Sadly the obese are taking...

    So all of the UK then? Sadly the obese are taking over pretty much everywhere I go these days. :eek
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    I feel like the only silence that should be...

    I feel like the only silence that should be observed is the one on Remembrance Day. I'm not trying to diminish the significance of what happened last week but the point of the national silence is to...
  45. Thread: Greek Islands

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    Cycling in Greece, I like it! So I'm flying...

    Cycling in Greece, I like it!

    So I'm flying into Athens too, but getting a bus to Rafina which is the smaller ferry port on the east coast. From Rafina you can still get to lots of islands -...
  46. Thread: Greek Islands

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    Snap! I've got time off in July and have booked a...

    Snap! I've got time off in July and have booked a 17-night island hopping expedition through the Cyclades and finishing on Crete.

    Now I've been to Greece many, many times. If I was going to...
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    Done
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    Well there have been lots of threads about the...

    Well there have been lots of threads about the financial pros and cons of contractor vs. permiedom, which usually boil down to you being worse off in a permie role (unless you're *very* fortunate or...
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    Personally I would say yes if you're happy that...

    Personally I would say yes if you're happy that it is related to your work and would be happy arguing with HMRC. I suspect there are those more risk-averse who will say why bother to save 20% but IMO...
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    Surely the most important thing here is whether...

    Surely the most important thing here is whether you want to relocate to a different country? It's quite a big life decision and I would put that ahead of any contract vs. permie choice.

    I'm...
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