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    kaBoomed

    2 months extension till the end of August. Plenty of work in the pipeline, this gig has been my best gig to date due to the project, people and professionalism.

    Long may it continue! Plan B still...
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    That's an R of 4.0.....

    That's an R of 4.0.....
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    CoronaMap

    England: are coronavirus cases falling or rising near you? | World news | The Guardian

    Very interesting/useful to see how cases in your area are going up or down.... not looking so good in my area...
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    I say this as a non-white person who has faced...

    I say this as a non-white person who has faced racism.

    There is an etiquette and morality when it comes to protesting. Even violence has some rules. Those who piss on public property in that way...
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    That's your problem not mine.....

    That's your problem not mine.....
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    What you laughing at? I commute to work daily,...

    What you laughing at? I commute to work daily, here is my routine:

    Get up in the morning
    Get changed
    Get on my bike
    Cycle around the block
    Go into my home office
    Work
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    The UK system may be ok for those living in the...

    The UK system may be ok for those living in the UK but oppression isn’t just what you inflict on your own people. When you support countries like Israel and Saudi then you are part of their...
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    Expenses and benefits: bikes for employees -...

    Expenses and benefits: bikes for employees - GOV.UK
  9. Bojo and Trump both joked about Coronavirus early...

    Bojo and Trump both joked about Coronavirus early on. Trump mocked it as fake news and that it's "totally under control". Bojo said "Wash your hands and sing happy birthday". Had lock down started a...
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    Definition: Tyrant a cruel and oppressive...

    Definition:
    Tyrant
    a cruel and oppressive ruler.
    "the tyrant was deposed by popular demonstrations"

    Perfect fit if you ask me.
  11. Do you deserve to die from Covid19 if you voted for Trump/Bojo?

    I've been pondering about this and the below quote.

    If you decide to vote in somebody like Trump then why should you not expect to face the consequences? Similarly many anti Corbyn voters thought...
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    I think we should encorage this and give him a...

    I think we should encorage this and give him a free reign on the meds he wants to take. Maybe one will kill him off and save 100s of 1,000s of lives in the process.

    You got to say though: For...
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    I would have.... if there was one available. Got...

    I would have.... if there was one available. Got burnt slightly with the price but you only live once and I should get my money's worth during lockdown. Lot's of cycling planned now.
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    Not interested in second hand... Called...

    Not interested in second hand...

    Called Halfords and nothing in stock at any store locally. They said it's worse than Christmas x 10. Literally no bikes left.

    I managed to find one 50 miles...
  15. Nothing wrong with using easyjet. A lot of...

    Nothing wrong with using easyjet. A lot of destinations only have easy jet and to be honest their seats are more comfortable than a lot of the “premium” airlines.
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    Genuinely looking for a bike but got a bit side...

    Genuinely looking for a bike but got a bit side tracked as I was writing the thread and realised I have lost the price of a bike whilst looking for a bike. 1st world problem indeed....
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    Getting a darn bike

    I could have billed £1,000 for the amount of time I’ve spent searching for a bike (not that long to be fair). But it’s enough to get annoying...

    Looking for a Boardman and even the bikes that are...
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    Correct. And the elsewhere is miles better as...

    Correct. And the elsewhere is miles better as well, not even on the same planet.
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    Boomed..... For being Lazy

    Seems this country is rewarding laziness these days.

    I've been too lazy to switch from RBS for a number of years now - despite a horrific service and terrible banking system. I kept getting these...
  20. Thanks! Just bought it from there!

    Thanks! Just bought it from there!
  21. Thanks for this. Will look into it to see if it's...

    Thanks for this. Will look into it to see if it's what I need....

    Much appreciated.
  22. KVM Switch for HDMI + wireless keyboard/mouse

    Anybody come up with a good solution to this?

    I have 2 laptops and I'm finding it a pain switching between them - one for client and one for my own personal project. All I need is a simple...
  23. Unfortunately no mechanism to change bank details...

    Unfortunately no mechanism to change bank details in their portal and no contact details that work anywhere. All just end up at dead lines (no answer machines even).

    Want to mention that they are...
  24. Harvey Nash

    Harvey Nash
  25. Have agencies gone into hibernation?

    Trying to get in touch with somebody in any of the 10 UK offices of the agency I'm currently working through. No answer anywhere.....

    I have opened a new bank account with Starling and need to...
  26. Depends how much value you attach to education...

    Depends how much value you attach to education and if you feel it is an investment in it's own right. Comes down to what the school actually offers and the experience of parents past and present....
  27. I can certainly afford a 3 bed semi in that area...

    I can certainly afford a 3 bed semi in that area but not the kind of house I have now... for one I have a client next door to me who I do some work for on the side (been doing that for years), that...
  28. If you have that option and/or are able to afford...

    If you have that option and/or are able to afford the houses in that area. For practical reasons this was difficult and the schools we looked into had such a large waiting list for those extremely...
  29. Absolutely. I don't believe in paying for the...

    Absolutely. I don't believe in paying for the sake of it. It's about doing research on all options and deciding whether it's worth going private or not. A bit like an assessment on NHS vs Private...
  30. We are doing. We are not paying for having to...

    We are doing. We are not paying for having to home school though!
  31. Yeah we have a tutor on top. Will look at private...

    Yeah we have a tutor on top. Will look at private school options as a backup. Our view is that primary school is the foundation so secondary school doesn't have to be of the same standard.
  32. I'm not a private school snob (I went to state...

    I'm not a private school snob (I went to state school myself) but your post shows quite a high level of ignorance. There are state schools that are better than private schools and vice versa. We have...
  33. Actually I'm working to try and get them into the...

    Actually I'm working to try and get them into the best local grammar schools but that plan is a few years away yet....
  34. Precisely. It has to be said that the cash...

    Precisely. It has to be said that the cash balance for the schools is well into 7 figures.....
  35. We have taken the approach that we don't want...

    We have taken the approach that we don't want them to be out of pocket but they would be expected to make a small contribution. a 20-30% reduction would be the minimum that should be offered given...
  36. Private School Fees - School refusing to reduce fees during summer term

    Was wondering if anybody else has their children and private schools (it's not a luxury for me as state schools in region are not up to scratch) and has had to deal with a school being completely...
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    That's exactly my point - it's a balancing act....

    That's exactly my point - it's a balancing act. On one end you let it rip through on a massive scale which would be at a tremendous cost, on the other end you completely shut down for 6 months which...
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    Despite the inhumane way the OP introduced this...

    Despite the inhumane way the OP introduced this topic, there is definitely a harsh truth in that logic.

    It's a balancing act - how long do you shut down the economy for and at what cost should the...
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    I'd have grinned at what you said maybe just a...

    I'd have grinned at what you said maybe just a few weeks ago.... now not so funny. World is about to go into a serious depression. Rioting, burglery and theft of loo role all to ensue.
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    What an astonishing waste of time, money and...

    What an astonishing waste of time, money and resource. Nice one :winker: government
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    Sonic Boom

    Tough times ahead but some good news amongst the misery.

    2 month extension for current project till end of May with more work in the pipeline. Outside IR35 post April, so this is the biggest Boom...
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    Plan B is generating revenue for me, but it's...

    Plan B is generating revenue for me, but it's still a long way off replacing gigs. Having said that, if I am on the bench I'll be generating more revenue in Plan B so it's not a bad thing to fall...
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    without doubt this is the worst Jan i've seen in...

    without doubt this is the worst Jan i've seen in terms of contract roles since I started contracting in 2010. I'm in contract until March but the number of colleagues and friends looking is...
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    Have a friend with the same skillset also...

    Have a friend with the same skillset also benched. And his skills have been hot for a number of years.... market isn't great for a lot of the generic skillsets at the moment. DevOps, Big Data,...
  45. Harry Divorces Meghan, comes crying back to Queen. Custody battle ensues

    <<Placeholder>>
  46. Ok so roles clearly inside there is not much you...

    Ok so roles clearly inside there is not much you can do. I'm talking about the instances where the client is just risk aversed.
  47. So this is my predicted scenario for high in...

    So this is my predicted scenario for high in demand skill sets:

    Client: We are not taking the risk, make sure it's inside IR35 and we will increase the rate by 20p a day to make up for it
    ...
  48. erm it's not up to them though. It's the end...

    erm it's not up to them though. It's the end client that determines it.
  49. They don't want it, but skills shortage may force...

    They don't want it, but skills shortage may force their hand. I've warned current client I will be walking if they don't clarify the situation and they came back pretty quickly clarifying it would be...
  50. Most contracts being advertised as Outside IR35 - Azure/Cloud Consultant

    I'm finding that the majority of contracts being advertised now are Outside IR35 contracts for my skill set. My skillset is predominantly around Azure Data Platforms (Azure Architecture, Dev, Big...
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