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    Have been pound cost averaging into cider. £5 a...

    Have been pound cost averaging into cider. £5 a pint in some pubs. :eek: Others a more reasonable £3. :banana:

    On the lookout for mulled cider now winter is finally here. Seen it in one place so...
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    What a way to go. Just like that.

    Brings back memories of Tommy Cooper dying of a heart attack on stage. There's a video of it on YouTube, apparently from a TV broadcast at the time. They thought it was part of the act at first....
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    Netflix / Amazon recommendations? Yes, cancel the...

    Netflix / Amazon recommendations? Yes, cancel the subscription, they're full of dross. :tongue
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    Smells fishy to me. Has Chris Martin verified for...

    Smells fishy to me. Has Chris Martin verified for authenticity yet?
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    We had a cat that seemed to clear fields of their...

    We had a cat that seemed to clear fields of their moles when we took it camping, discovering all the dead moles under the caravan when time to go home.

    Not sure if it's a common thing for cats to...
  6. Surely the BTL mortgage company would look at the...

    Surely the BTL mortgage company would look at the market rate for the rent when determining whether the loan amount would be covered by expected rent, and not accept some arbitrary dreamer rent...
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    MODS, we need a new sub-forum for all the...

    MODS, we need a new sub-forum for all the royalists v roundheads wanting to cross piss streams at dawn. :bang:
  8. How is Cailin these days. :tongue

    How is Cailin these days. :tongue
  9. Re the VAT, if it's charged and claimable (i.e....

    Re the VAT, if it's charged and claimable (i.e. not exempt like normal books are IIRC) then can claim it. Some get stressed over having proper vat receipts but you just need the vat number (which...
  10. Middle of Lidl...

    Middle of Lidl were selling a smartphone magnifier for £11.99 before crimbo.

    Was tempted to get one as a piss-take present but figured they'd find it too useful so got them something less useful...
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    I dunno, seem to have heard more about them...

    I dunno, seem to have heard more about them deeming their own contractors outside IR35 than in.

    All the hoo-ha about IR35 and the private sector overlooks that the fundamental rules on what makes...
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    The Alistair Sims 1951 version is still the...

    The Alistair Sims 1951 version is still the daddy. Being in black & white adds to the atmosphere.

    Blackadder's Christmas Carol is my favourite colour version.
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    Well she doesn't have a private train, but...

    Well she doesn't have a private train, but probably enough entourage she ends up with a private carriage even if not officially. Yes she does catch the London to KL train each crimbo to go and stay...
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    Yup, seems sane to have at least one cloud backup...

    Yup, seems sane to have at least one cloud backup (fully encrypted of course) alongside the bit-rotting rusty hard drive local storage.

    Been looking into Backblaze B2 which appears cheaper than...
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. :smokin

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. :smokin
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    I made a Ltd dormant purely in case the brand...

    I made a Ltd dormant purely in case the brand (name of the Ltd) was something I wanted to use in future as it had been a plan B that failed.

    I also had another Ltd I was using just for contracting...
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    Try booting from a Windows 10 install or recovery...

    Try booting from a Windows 10 install or recovery disc* and see if it gives you the repair option, which should sort out any issues caused by Windows update.

    *If need to download it then the...
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    Go old skool: Oliver! Wizard of Oz Zulu ...

    Go old skool:

    Oliver!
    Wizard of Oz
    Zulu

    Probably a few others that were on every single Christmas when I was a kid but long since forgotten.

    Got Zulu on blu-ray but still only watch it...
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    Both of my HP Microservers have developed...

    Both of my HP Microservers have developed different faults over the last couple of years. Tried swapping mobos, which is a bit of a faff with how it's all packed into a small form factor, but didn't...
  20. No one has 13 years experience in the latest IT...

    No one has 13 years experience in the latest IT buzzwords. :smokin

    So while the fast paced changing world of IT is usually a disadvantage in terms of having to keep up with the latest skills, the...
  21. The problem with proportional representation is...

    The problem with proportional representation is that the non-voters (i.e. those that don't turnout) will always win so there would be no more MPs. Make it so. :D
  22. Sure, it doesn't matter the gender if the agenda...

    Sure, it doesn't matter the gender if the agenda doesn't get the support of their core voters.

    Labour with about 50% female MPs according to a graph on the BBC, need to be seen to be modern in...
  23. Looks like they need a woman at the helm,...

    Looks like they need a woman at the helm, especially when you see how many female MPs are now going to be in parliament on the red side.

    Surely there's someone more suitable than Diane *******...
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    So what does this mean for IR35 and LTD co...

    So what does this mean for IR35 and LTD co taxation?

    On one hand IR35 in private sector all set for April, on the other no Corbyn divi tax in line with income tax and whatever else he intended...
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    Interesting, it's based on Gecko same as Firefox....

    Interesting, it's based on Gecko same as Firefox. I thought most browsers were getting sucked into being based on Chromium now M$ has given up and gone that way with Edge so good to see there are...
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    Aye, raid is not a backup.

    Aye, raid is not a backup.
  27. Coding by itself is a hobby. For anything more...

    Coding by itself is a hobby. For anything more professional the first thing to decide is what disciplines of the IT world appeal enough that there will be enough enthusiasm to get through the...
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    Probably inspired by Richmond of the IT Crowd....

    Probably inspired by Richmond of the IT Crowd. :laugh

    Personally nothing unusual, a few B&Bs run by creepy people, and the back of a van on a folding bed for an overnighter.

    Often wondered...
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    There's another TV version imminent with Fox....

    There's another TV version imminent with Fox. Seen the trailer while watching The Walking Dead but from what I've seen not sure which version they'll be sticking to. Certainly won't be the UK period...
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    No mention of the cashback offer on their product...

    No mention of the cashback offer on their product page. Note how the other printers do mention cashback.

    HP Printers - HP Store UK

    Yet the £100 cashback you've found is mentioned elsewhere:
    ...
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    Been having a look at the offerings as the plan B...

    Been having a look at the offerings as the plan B I'm currently planning for early next year will need to print invoices and other business related docs.

    Stumbled across the Epson EcoTank inkjet...
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    Also, they will ensure that the workers on PAYE...

    Also, they will ensure that the workers on PAYE (and so those inside IR35) are better off than those running the business (and those outside IR35).

    It's all going to go upside down. Hold on to...
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    There's still a chance they'll halt the IR35...

    There's still a chance they'll halt the IR35 changes as they may well calculate, when all their other tax ideas are in the mix (such as the divi tax becoming same rate as income tax but applied after...
  34. Decide on an iPhone SE 32GB for £118 with 1 year...

    Decide on an iPhone SE 32GB for £118 with 1 year warranty and minimum 80% battery condition via Amazon Renewed.

    Could be a future classic if it ain't already. Last of the 4" screen generation and...
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    Data tracking. Not sure if HP keep a copy of what...

    Data tracking. Not sure if HP keep a copy of what you print to call the fuzz if it sets off their being naughty alarm. :eyes

    HP instant ink delivery service sends data to HP to say you need a new...
  36. ******* 123-reg. :tantrum: They've autorenewed...

    ******* 123-reg. :tantrum:

    They've autorenewed a mailbox I have set up on a soon to be expired domain for my now dissolved Ltd. No notice of pending renewal just an invoice saying it's been paid....
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    Those HP inkjet printers may look a good deal...

    Those HP inkjet printers may look a good deal with the cashback offer, but check out the price of the ink! Extortionate.

    May be better off with a mono laser printer if not needing colour for...
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    One benefit of SSD that is often overlooked is...

    One benefit of SSD that is often overlooked is they generate much less heat than HDDs and are silent, so you can get away with using a silent enclosure. i.e. no fans whirring away.

    This is more...
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    Yes, having had a quick look into how it actually...

    Yes, having had a quick look into how it actually works, it's an alternative DNS server for your network rather than a proxy server as I previously thought. I think I'll add one to my Black Friday...
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    I've though about setting a PiHole up but...

    I've though about setting a PiHole up but wondered as it's acting as a proxy to filter all traffic whether it introduces some latency, or potential bottleneck when streaming high def videos and the...
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    I think there's some merit in getting a personal...

    I think there's some merit in getting a personal makeover if you're struggling to age gracefully.

    For example, the jeans and suit jacket. Looks naff on Clarkson and Cowell, looks great on Ray...
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    £40 quid a month sounds high. If you can get a...

    £40 quid a month sounds high. If you can get a decent Three signal then their budget brand Smarty are currently offering unlimited 3g/4g data, calls, txts for £22/month with only 1 month contract.
    ...
  43. Going from the professionals that advise on such...

    Going from the professionals that advise on such matters, presumably with real life cases to back up their advice (though not sure if we've had any details of such cases from affected contractors on...
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    I use a hosts file (MVPS) that redirects all the...

    I use a hosts file (MVPS) that redirects all the known adservers and other dodgy sources to a localhost IP address, so I just get whitespace instead of the adverts. Presumably the website (including...
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    If ADSL is too slow and fibre too expensive then...

    If ADSL is too slow and fibre too expensive then it may be possible to use a 3g/4g/5g mobile broadband purchased in the company name, and if it works as good as it can (depending on signal and...
  46. IR35 relates to Personal Service Companies (PSC)...

    IR35 relates to Personal Service Companies (PSC) so the liability initially rests with the Ltd and the director(s) is protected by the limited liability nature of a Ltd.

    The caveat is that unless...
  47. There would still be a risk to the Ltd and...

    There would still be a risk to the Ltd and therefore the director(s) if HMRC decided to investigate any previous contracts and decided additional tax was now due.

    If it was me I'd assess the...
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    Negative: First get the work then while in the...

    Negative: First get the work then while in the initial planning phase you can spend the effort getting the resource to deliver it.

    Positive: On face value the approach would be IR35 safe in that...
  49. Obvs. Boris will 'get b****t done' (:rollin:)...

    Obvs.

    Boris will 'get b****t done' (:rollin:) so no worries, trade tariffs all round. :cheers:
  50. Quite. The UK could roll back civilisation to a...

    Quite. The UK could roll back civilisation to a handful of knuckle draggers and the World's climate would barely notice.

    To tackle the real issue the UK should put trade tariffs on the worst...
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