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  1. How 7 years contracting led me to attempt to take my own life....

    I’m fifteen weeks into a perm gig after 20 years of contracting.

    My dilemma is that there’s barely any work within 90 minutes of home, and due to elderly relatives, relocation is not currently an...
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    I’ve just been rung by an agency I’ve used...

    I’ve just been rung by an agency I’ve used multiple times. The little scamp (recent starter, I guess) got his words muddled and ended up asking if I was in a relationship.
  3. Ooh really? Where's that, then? I'm scouring...

    Ooh really? Where's that, then? I'm scouring the BBC website with only the tenacity an apathetic programmer can muster, but cannot find it.

    EDIT: Ah, got it. Cheers.
  4. You cynics. Russia has barely recovered from...

    You cynics.

    Russia has barely recovered from our robust reaction to the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. I don't for a second doubt Boris will have them groveling in the dirt by the time the World...
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    efen drivers

    They’ll need a run-up. Driving in snow isn’t BMWs’ strongest suit.
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    Mortgages are for wusses. Why don't you just pay...

    Mortgages are for wusses. Why don't you just pay cash?
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  7. Thanks for asking. Tonight father-in-law,...

    Thanks for asking.

    Tonight father-in-law, fresh out of hospital, is coming for his tea. He has his arm in a cast/sling for the next month. I've got cooking duties (leaving my wife to sort out...
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    I’m debuting at park run. Followed rather too...

    I’m debuting at park run. Followed rather too closely by a boot camp session.

    Weather looks foul on Sunday so may just mooch around the shops looking for trouble.
  9. Those beans are, ahem, imported.

    Those beans are, ahem, imported.
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    I've been contracting 20 years, during which time...

    I've been contracting 20 years, during which time I have owned two cars (Audi A6, 250K miles, BMW 3 series, 220K miles not out). Total capital outlay has been sub-£30K. BMW is still a joy to drive....
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    It's a longshot but I'd guess "commonsense".

    It's a longshot but I'd guess "commonsense".
  12. Ultimately in small claims court it comes down to...

    Ultimately in small claims court it comes down to who the judge believes. So you’re a punter, he’s a builder. If you can convince the judge using photos / text messages then you could win.

    Having...
  13. I quite liked her sweet idea. Not sure I'd have...

    I quite liked her sweet idea. Not sure I'd have invested in it. But giving 0.25 million to that lad was barking mad. It was only when previous winner Rikki mentioned security during the final that...
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    TFA. No holiday for us this year. at least...

    TFA. No holiday for us this year.

    at least not until the last of the oldies has snuffed it.

    I'll be down on the beach for my regular Saturday morning bootcamp. I am keeping the afternoon free...
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    TFA. Tonight: me and Mrs I’s first gym trip in...

    TFA.

    Tonight: me and Mrs I’s first gym trip in years. Tomorrow we’ve friends visiting so will take them biking and (gulp - they’re hardcore) swimming in the sea.
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    Is that: Five sets of tyres for your Mrs? Or...

    Is that:
    Five sets of tyres for your Mrs?

    Or a set of tyres for your fifth Mrs?

    Or have I missed a third possibility?


    Anyway, TFA.
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    That’s good (the notice - not the bored bit). ...

    That’s good (the notice - not the bored bit).

    I’m too cowardly to ever give notice. Prisoner of conscience.
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    Boom!

    I hope you really like it there.

    I suppose it comes down to attitude to risk. If my current lot waved a twelve month extension in my face I feel sure I’d accept but internally I’d be screaming in...
  19. WFH feels a bit like retirement. I get to stare...

    WFH feels a bit like retirement. I get to stare at a screen all day, experience feelings of isolation, and spend far too much time watching what the neighbours are doing.

    The money's better, mind.
  20. WFH feels a bit like retirement. I get to sit...

    WFH feels a bit like retirement. I get to sit here staring at a screen all day, I experience feelings of isolation, and I spend far too much time watching what the neighbours are doing.
  21. Ah gotcha. I didn't read the spec properly. ...

    Ah gotcha. I didn't read the spec properly.

    Still, flying for a 3 day break isn't my bag, unless there's something specific to go for, like a gig or a sporting event. If I had to fly from South...
  22. Taking a young child away with you rather reduces...

    Taking a young child away with you rather reduces your options, I’d have thought. Under two, I assume?

    I’d bin the flight plans and go somewhere in the car, taking care to avoid the half-term...
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    TFA. Boot camp this morning (aka rolling...

    TFA.

    Boot camp this morning (aka rolling around in wet sand fighting for breath, trying not to chunter). Football on telly later. Cycle club ride tomorrow.

    Anyone else?
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    Port Talbot’s rating is presumably down to the...

    Port Talbot’s rating is presumably down to the [splutter] steelworks.
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    Agree with this. Though I’ve never really...

    Agree with this.

    Though I’ve never really found General to be a nice place. There’s more bickering arseholes in here than I’ve encountered in twenty years of contracting. It’s genuinely remarkable...
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    Ah, this is utterly ridiculous. I'm on a...

    Ah, this is utterly ridiculous.

    I'm on a furniture shop's mailing list. Every so often they send news of sales/whatever and always include limited-time offers at their in-store cafe.

    Well, the...
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    Mostly country lanes / shared paths. It's all...

    Mostly country lanes / shared paths. It's all pretty pedestrian (ha) stuff. Fifty miles over about 5 hours.

    I'm unusual in that I keep my speed down when I'm around other path users and...
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    Thanks for asking. Working Saturday. Pah. ...

    Thanks for asking.

    Working Saturday. Pah.

    Biking Sunday.
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    TFA. A mate's wedding bash tonight in...

    TFA.

    A mate's wedding bash tonight in Altrincham.

    Sunday will be spent recovering / pondering handing in my notice*.

    *This gig, I find it helps.
  30. It's the Weekend (well, soonish)

    So, what you cats got planned?

    Mrs IJNTTI reckons we've another moth infestation so when I get home we have to move furniture and vacuum everywhere.

    Eye test on Saturday morning.

    Surfing on...
  31. A quick ? for the landlords

    Legionnaires Disease. Let's face it - we've all contracted it at one time or another, but as long as they pay their rent on time we don't want our tenants to catch it.

    Hence the need to complete...
  32. Never heard of Morson. I've had six contracts...

    Never heard of Morson.

    I've had six contracts via Square One and never had a problem.
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    TFA. One of the litter is home for the weekend...

    TFA.

    One of the litter is home for the weekend and he wants help to choose a "new" car, so that's Saturday probably written off. Sunday we're getting the surfboards out.
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    Largely bickering tosspots.

    Largely bickering tosspots.
  35. http://www.alapark.com/sites/alapark.com/files/sty...

    http://www.alapark.com/sites/alapark.com/files/styles/large/public/fishingQuickLink_1.jpg?itok=N_7Ipi-O

    Owlhoot clicks on Post New Thread.

    He doesn't have to wait long....
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    Bastard Radio 4. I was alright listening to the...

    Bastard Radio 4. I was alright listening to the politicians repeating the usual platitudes about "thoughts and prayers" but when they started interviewing some of those at the scene and the parents...
  37. You couldn't make it Wednesday could you? In...

    You couldn't make it Wednesday could you?

    In errm Manchester?
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    You remind me of me - losing concentration before...

    You remind me of me - losing concentration before reading a post in full. Here it is, again. :)

    "I thought the verb meant to hint or say subtly. I'm surprised (and a bit disappointed) to find it...
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    I thought the verb meant to hint or say subtly. ...

    I thought the verb meant to hint or say subtly. I'm surprised (and a bit disappointed) to find it means that AND it means to state.
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    Sorry to hear about your incident. A total PITA....

    Sorry to hear about your incident. A total PITA.

    Fingers crossed you don't insure using Admiral.

    How drivers see their insurance costs soar after no-fault accidents even if they don't claim |...
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    Eh?

    Eh?
  42. I went up to that London with a bunch of family...

    I went up to that London with a bunch of family members to support one of the litter who was running the marathon.

    I'd expected it to be a tedious day, but it was a bloody great day.
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    As much as I empathise with oliverson (I'm in a...

    As much as I empathise with oliverson (I'm in a similar position after all) I celebrate the miracle of having wound up as an IT contractor. What other role exists where, for minimal stress, you can...
  44. Replace him with me. I've just been benched and...

    Replace him with me. I've just been benched and think I can transition seamlessly.
  45. Not sure if my irony detector is playing up.

    Not sure if my irony detector is playing up.
  46. The people who were actually doing a decent job...

    The people who were actually doing a decent job that I've been really pleased to see the back of all had one thing in common. They stank to high heaven.
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    I worked alongside them once. I found it...

    I worked alongside them once. I found it fascinating. On day one there was 1 of them. There were 3 by the end of the week, ten by the end of the next week and there were over 20 of them a week...
  48. Stockport versus Stoke-on-Trent? Oof. Both...

    Stockport versus Stoke-on-Trent? Oof. Both stations have taxi ranks, Stockport has better transport links, though Stoke-on-Trent has better weather and nicer outlying areas. Plus it's got two...
  49. Has he retired? I once tried to PM him but he...

    Has he retired? I once tried to PM him but he wasn't having any of it.
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    That fee does include business insurance, so...

    That fee does include business insurance, so isn't as exorbitant as might first appear.

    I've been with Clearsky since when they were Quay Accounting, and while I do feel there's been quite a big...
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