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    PERMANENT place of work. And that has a...

    PERMANENT place of work. And that has a definition. Even HMRC's own examples don't support your view - this isn't contentious.
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    I can't believe nobody has picked up on this -...

    I can't believe nobody has picked up on this - firstly, travel and subsistence are pretty well understood rules nowadays, with the 24 month rule being the key. Secondly, lots of permie consultants...
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    Poll: I need to double check I can do this twice, but...

    I need to double check I can do this twice, but last time I signed up to a monthly subscription which also gave me the equivalent of one day in credits. I just cancelled the subscription straight...
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    Poll: I'm probably going to go with WeWork again -...

    I'm probably going to go with WeWork again - enjoyed them last time. Not that I intend to be doing overly stressful amounts of work, to be frank.
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    You can even top that: Amber Guyger: US ex-cop...

    You can even top that:

    Amber Guyger: US ex-cop sentenced to 10 years for murder - BBC News
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    Poll: Where's everybody staying? Think I'll be heading...

    Where's everybody staying? Think I'll be heading up Thursday evening and working somewhere on the Friday
  7. Thread: Weekend Thread

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    Same as every weekend - build a bit more of my...

    Same as every weekend - build a bit more of my extension.

    Got a nice family meal on Sunday, though - rather looking forward to that
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    Absolutely expected and understandable. And...

    Absolutely expected and understandable. And y'know what, I'll even take your call in 6 months time when they've fluffed it right up.



    I've met some great ones too, the problem is those people...
  9. I'm contracted to a large multi-national and I've...

    I'm contracted to a large multi-national and I've had the dreaded invite to the "IR35 Discussion". I don't imagine it's going to be great news, though it's an interesting one because they recently...
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    Haha, I have to confess I'm with D00hg. Used to...

    Haha, I have to confess I'm with D00hg. Used to watch it loads, but don't really watch normal TV now and can't remember the last time I saw it pop up
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    Cheers Spoiler, just popped it on Upwork. I...

    Cheers Spoiler, just popped it on Upwork. I rather like how they approach it
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    Plan B'ers - Web Design Agencies?

    Given what's coming next year, I want to have another push at my Plan B and #1 on the Agenda is getting the website up to scratch. I don't have oodles of money to burn on it, but I'm happy to spend...
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    Sticky: I'm rather bored of Autumn already

    I'm rather bored of Autumn already
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    Cheers, but it's about as straight forward as an...

    Cheers, but it's about as straight forward as an extension can be (not that it stops it being a real challenge for me). We're sand after a few hundred mm, and the old one managed without any...
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    No, I used engineering bricks as I had some...

    No, I used engineering bricks as I had some lintels for drainage to deal with, and a sloping garden so I didn't want to risk exposing the blocks later.

    But the rest is block and render, so it was...
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    You're not wrong! I'll be honest, I'm about to...

    You're not wrong! I'll be honest, I'm about to start the superstructure and the novelty of doing it all myself has worn off a little. Just hope I can get the walls up at a decent pace now
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    TFA Getting a large order of blocks delivered...

    TFA

    Getting a large order of blocks delivered for my house extension, so got some logistical faffing to try and get them near-ish the actual build. Also got a grab wagon coming at some point, so...
  18. I have a vague memory of doing this back in...

    I have a vague memory of doing this back in ~2006, but certainly not recently. As a contractor I really wouldn't want to be touching those buttons, to be honest.
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    Sticky: Afternoon - thought I'd stop in too. Mostly...

    Afternoon - thought I'd stop in too. Mostly alive, randomly started acquiring migraines so I'm officially medically unfit and can't fly at the minute.

    Other than that, I'm mostly pretending to be...
  20. Thread: Go live week!

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    Relax, nobody is going to die. Unless, well,...

    Relax, nobody is going to die.

    Unless, well, they might.
  21. They're crap

    They're crap
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    I think my longest permie job was 3 years :D

    I think my longest permie job was 3 years :D
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    Yeah, but a real contractor can blag the...

    Yeah, but a real contractor can blag the interview and learn on the job.
  24. Thread: Greta Thunberg

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    Maybe she will, but I think "Sit down, shut up...

    Maybe she will, but I think "Sit down, shut up and carry on as normal" is definitely not a strategy that can work. Something has to change.
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    I'm actually becoming quite intrigued by the...

    I'm actually becoming quite intrigued by the amount of posts on social media that are outright blaming the kids - "They're the ones who want air conditioning in every classroom", "When I was a kid,...
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    Relative to that, there isn't a fat lot of...

    Relative to that, there isn't a fat lot of anything that isn't short term - which is why it's such a completely useless comparator when discussing humankind.



    Interesting take - I thought you...
  27. Thread: Greta Thunberg

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    Wait, are you really considering 4.5 BILLION...

    Wait, are you really considering 4.5 BILLION years to be "short term"? A time period many times the period of time that anything resembling humanity has been around, and something like 100,000x of...
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    Right! Imagine being so painfully upset over a 16...

    Right! Imagine being so painfully upset over a 16 year old girl campaigning over climate change
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    Ooh, that was a little close - landed yesterday...

    Ooh, that was a little close - landed yesterday afternoon with Thomas Cook, only because we decided to keep the holiday shorter than usual due to our child.

    Service was great, but you could...
  30. Nothing quite so drastic but I did a **** Off...

    Nothing quite so drastic but I did a **** Off quote for a ridiculous bank holiday weekend (+ days either side) with insane amounts of overtime. Put it this way, even after I worked it I was convinced...
  31. I learnt my lesson - essentially matched my take...

    I learnt my lesson - essentially matched my take home. Money side was exceptional - had a car allowance on top and, to be blunt, at the time my wife was also working full time and we could barely...
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    I genuinely think so - I think HMRC get huge...

    I genuinely think so - I think HMRC get huge swathes of leeway because your average PAYE employee doesn't need to interact with them in any kind of depth. My opinion is that they play fast and loose...
  33. SATA is going to be faster and more reliable than...

    SATA is going to be faster and more reliable than USB3 for storage, for a start. No option for offboard GPU. Slower CPU's, no real room for upgrade.

    NUCs are fine if you want a NUC, and they have...
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    Ignore this imposter, OP.

    Ignore this imposter, OP.
  35. Probably. Further proving that he really doesn't...

    Probably. Further proving that he really doesn't understand the concept - as if the US's contribution has been out of the goodness of their hearts.
  36. Thread: GSK Crackdown

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    Why are you ignoring his main point - currently,...

    Why are you ignoring his main point - currently, tax-deductible expenses somewhat level the playing field and allow us to be mobile. This particularly important to those of us in more niche fields,...
  37. Thread: GSK Crackdown

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    Okaaay? I really don't know what you're trying to...

    Okaaay? I really don't know what you're trying to tell me with this post, or how it relates to mine?



    Oh, you're one of those.
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    Same, I've got a company credit card that I use...

    Same, I've got a company credit card that I use for all "out of pocket" type expenses
  39. Thread: GSK Crackdown

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    Exactly, and the frustrating thing is that this...

    Exactly, and the frustrating thing is that this isn't backed up by HMRC's victories elsewhere. Quite the opposite - because they couldn't win playing fair, and they keep getting their arsed handed to...
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    And this just shows how little you understand the...

    And this just shows how little you understand the changes in April and the ramifcations of such. Obviously none of us know the future, but it seems very clear that HMRC's intentions are not, and have...
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    Add on this too: Excellent!

    Add on this too:



    Excellent!
  42. Thread: GSK Crackdown

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    Well, no, nobody is "missing them". Brexit...

    Well, no, nobody is "missing them". Brexit affects everybody, and dividends and expenses affects all business owners - so there are a lot more people fighting our corner, and more people in the same...
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    Same. I'm trying to be optimistic, but I feel...

    Same. I'm trying to be optimistic, but I feel like my current lifestyle has an expiry date on it - contracting works so well for me, I really can't face the prospect of going back permie. Not to...
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    It looks like that's outdated, because this is...

    It looks like that's outdated, because this is the current legislation:

    Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015

    Which removes it from the 30 year starting point:



    You can see the end result...
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    I thought the legislation said the starting point...

    I thought the legislation said the starting point was a whole of life order?
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    I love it when the headline bears no resemblance...

    I love it when the headline bears no resemblance to reality.



    So the arrest had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the recycling, rubbish or anything else.
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    Because in any country pretending to have any...

    Because in any country pretending to have any kind of just justice system, execution costs far more than prison
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    This is not true - the tarrif (prison portion) is...

    This is not true - the tarrif (prison portion) is given as a minimum - if they get 12 years, then they will serve a MINIMUM of 12 years. And unlike other sentencing, there's no guarantee of release...
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    If they get a murder conviction then a whole life...

    If they get a murder conviction then a whole life order is considered the starting point. Whether they can push murder is another matter, *but* all they have to prove is intent to cause GBH and I'd...
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    I guess I'm not quite following you - whether it...

    I guess I'm not quite following you - whether it was a joke is kind of immaterial, in that it's no more a joke than any other kind of bullying disguised as banter is. Like I say, I don't particularly...
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