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    Shipping has been a dirty secret for years. The...

    Shipping has been a dirty secret for years. The problem is mainly with the largest ships like bulk carriers, oil tankers and container ships. One estimate suggested global shipping would be the...
  2. Thread: Brexit betrayal

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    Clearly all part of the cunning plan to transform...

    Clearly all part of the cunning plan to transform Kent from the Garden to the Car Park of England.
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    That's why most returns are made from reinvesting...

    That's why most returns are made from reinvesting dividends. The total return from the FTSE All Share index (including dividends) has been over 10% p.a. 12 times since 2003. Unfortunately 2000-02 was...
  4. Thread: Tier 5

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    Or alternatively start a new Counting Thread but...

    Or alternatively start a new Counting Thread but just for Covid Tiers?
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    What a ridiculous response! There are similar...

    What a ridiculous response! There are similar size houses to where I live in the same school catchment area that cost at least 200k less. If the OP is that worried about his situation then he should...
  6. Thread: Tier 5

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    Why don't we just cut the crap and go full on...

    Why don't we just cut the crap and go full on Spinal Tap and move to Tier 11?
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    The two biggest traditional areas of employment...

    The two biggest traditional areas of employment post-MBA (especially from top schools) have been investment banking and consulting. Neither of those paths will necessarily make you a great manager...
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    When I was in my early 20s I thought I would...

    When I was in my early 20s I thought I would retire at 50.

    When I was 30 I thought I would retire at 55

    When I had kids I thought I would retire at 60.

    Now my kids are in secondary school I...
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    Not sure if you mentioned where you live but can...

    Not sure if you mentioned where you live but can you downsize to a cheaper location/house?

    I'm exploring both perm and contract options at the moment at around £130-150k salary or £900/day but...
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    Sounds more like a perm role? There are a few...

    Sounds more like a perm role? There are a few companies that allow you to set your own holidays and/or working hours. Netflix is one.
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    Yes, that's the article. I love the comparison...

    Yes, that's the article. I love the comparison between major drug gangs' org chart and McDonalds!

    The point I was trying to make earlier (maybe not explicit enough), is that the people at the very...
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    In large criminal gangs, the leaders often sit at...

    In large criminal gangs, the leaders often sit at or near the top of a pyramid structure and are very well distanced from the foot soldiers on the streets. Most criminal gang members who get arrested...
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    Are they assets? If you had bought them with...

    Are they assets? If you had bought them with company money they would have been expensed? Their value must be negligible so I'm not sure why you would bother?
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    Isn't that a condition like Dyslexia with...

    Isn't that a condition like Dyslexia with numbers? Diane Abbot got absolutely pilloried in the press and social media for making a maths mistake but somehow Patel has largely got away with it.
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    Don't think the under-16s will be getting it,...

    Don't think the under-16s will be getting it, that knocks about 20% off the total number. There are an estimated 25m in the priority groups already identified. We don't know what the uptake will...
  16. Thread: GBP-EUR parity

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    I'm so glad that pre-Brexit referendum I moved a...

    I'm so glad that pre-Brexit referendum I moved a large proportion of my portfolio into shares denominated in US Dollars, Euros and Swiss Francs.
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    Many of these gangs coming to light are for...

    Many of these gangs coming to light are for offences dating back many years. It will be interesting to see if the pattern changes in years to come given the high profile nature of the investigations...
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    Councils are funded differently from the NHS....

    Councils are funded differently from the NHS. It's a mix of central government grants, council tax and business rates plus income where services are charged for. The proportion coming from central...
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    Daily Mirror or Guardian?

    Daily Mirror or Guardian?
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    Clearly Catholic priests did get away with it for...

    Clearly Catholic priests did get away with it for a very long time. The UK inquiry report quoted here mentioned 900 individuals (not all were priests, some were church volunteers):

    Child sexual...
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    The vast majority of registered sex offenders in...

    The vast majority of registered sex offenders in England and Wales appear to be white men. In 2015/16, of the 6.200 defendants in child sex abuse cases, 67% were white, 4% were Asian.

    Going back...
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    I think that applies to the whole of the public...

    I think that applies to the whole of the public sector.
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    Some international comparisons of multiple...

    Some international comparisons of multiple countries' healthcare systems have previously identified that the NHS is one of the best performing health services, given the level of spending. Current...
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    Got a call this week from an agency I've worked...

    Got a call this week from an agency I've worked with before for a contract role at around £1,000/day. Full potential scope of work is still a bit unclear but it's M&A related. My CV has gone to the...
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    Never saw that one before but obviously inspired...

    Never saw that one before but obviously inspired by Lawnmower Deth's 'iconic' cover of Kids in America in the early 90s. Worth watching just for the bit towards the end where they start smashing up...
  26. What position do they want you to take on the...

    What position do they want you to take on the Board? Is one option to be a Non-Executive Director (NED) instead?
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    I got my first paper statement in the new format...

    I got my first paper statement in the new format last week, not exactly a great leap forward.
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    T'was ever thus. For an eternity it seemed BMW...

    T'was ever thus. For an eternity it seemed BMW drivers were in a league of their own for driving like complete knobs, then Audi drivers stole the crown for a while.

    Based on the last couple of...
  29. Thread: It's a no-deal

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    What's the point of resuming in the new year?...

    What's the point of resuming in the new year? Would that mean we resort to WTO trade terms from Jan 2021 then switch to something else based on a deal? That surely would be chaos?

    I can't see what...
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    Better weather and lifestyle might be a factor....

    Better weather and lifestyle might be a factor. However, I didn't think Lisbon was a particularly exciting place to work based on my 9 month spell there back in the early 2000s. It might have changed...
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    That's the point for many vegetarians surely?...

    That's the point for many vegetarians surely? Something akin to the taste without the need for killing animals?

    I'm vegetarian and apart from one or two exceptions, I avoid meat substitute...
  32. Thread: Taxi graveyard!

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    I took a taxi from a rank in my local town last...

    I took a taxi from a rank in my local town last week, the driver said he and his colleagues were earning around £25 a day which suggests 3-4 short trips for 8-10 hours work. All his business travel,...
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    The retail sector has been talking about making...

    The retail sector has been talking about making shopping more experience based for at least a decade. For most large retailers, if you're not an essential or 'destination' store and/or have an...
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    LOL :laugh

    LOL :laugh
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    I might have to try that - I normally only do...

    I might have to try that - I normally only do strategy not infrastructure LOL :wink
  36. Thread: Debenhams

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    Post retail - not heard that before but sounds...

    Post retail - not heard that before but sounds about right. The only things that will be left in most high streets in 10 years time will be service based businesses, fast food outlets, bars, cafes...
  37. Thread: Debenhams

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    That's shocking. I know that building and...

    That's shocking.

    I know that building and there's no way I would want to live in it even after conversion.

    A similar thing is happening in places like Harlow in Essex where old offices are...
  38. Good plan. You also need a critical mass to...

    Good plan.

    You also need a critical mass to really be seen as a true supplier/consultancy. It used to be about 6 people, not sure what it might be now.
  39. I thought this was done already (under the soon...

    I thought this was done already (under the soon to be old regime, at least)?
  40. Thread: Hurrah!

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    You need to invest decent money if you want a...

    You need to invest decent money if you want a proper doll (NSFW) :wink

    RealDoll - The World's Finest Love Dolls

    Still works out a lot cheaper than having to find a bride, marry her then pay for...
  41. Thread: #metoo $$$

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    I've worked at one of the UK's so called 'super...

    I've worked at one of the UK's so called 'super major' charities and most of the people I saw in IT worked quite hard and were very dedicated, more so than the private sector.

    If the allegations...
  42. At least it's a good problem to have and in a...

    At least it's a good problem to have and in a long term growth sector.

    A relative of mine has taken 5 or 6 years to get to this stage with several associates (his services are in PR and...
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    It's a system conceived in the 18th century that...

    It's a system conceived in the 18th century that really doesn't seem fit for purpose now. It skews towards smaller (generally Republican leaning) states where 200,000-300,000 votes is needed per...
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    Surprised by some of the comments about Brother...

    Surprised by some of the comments about Brother printers... I've had a wireless Brother A3 colour inkjet MFP for a few years and it's one of the most unreliable pieces of tech I ever bought. It's...
  45. Thread: Debenhams

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    Debenhams lost their way many years ago just like...

    Debenhams lost their way many years ago just like House of Fraser. They don't have the right customer proposition, online offering or in store service. I'm amazed either have survived so long.
    ...
  46. Maybe taking £1.2 billion out as a dividend to...

    Maybe taking £1.2 billion out as a dividend to the owners and starving the group of investment (including technology) over many years wasn't such a good idea after all?
  47. We'll have to agree to disagree then. Yes,...

    We'll have to agree to disagree then.

    Yes, some management tasks are more likely to be distributed to teams these days but there have been plenty of surveys and studies showing that only a small...
  48. That's not my experience, especially with...

    That's not my experience, especially with organisations that have a decent Procurement function. The trend is to move towards a smaller number of suppliers and develop longer term strategic...
  49. This is very true. In the same way that most...

    This is very true. In the same way that most functional specialists (whether IT, finance, HR or any other department) are not a natural fit for being a manager/leader, most contractors and...
  50. Thread: Agency Margins

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    Sounds about right. There were quite a lot of...

    Sounds about right. There were quite a lot of contractors who effectively got the role direct themselves with my recent client but had to contract through Hays. Their margins for contingent perm...
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