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    I think this is where you being somewhat...

    I think this is where you being somewhat "business minded" is very very important, because there's no easy answer.

    I've done both - played hard ball and ended up with days at home, and I've worked...
  2. I can go and do almost the same role as a permie,...

    I can go and do almost the same role as a permie, on pretty much the same money,

    In fact - I did. And, in fact, for 12 months I took home more than I did contracting*. After 12 months, I finally...
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    It's a fine line to tread, and while I'm cocky...

    It's a fine line to tread, and while I'm cocky enough to admit I've only ever had two interviews (One official where I fell out with them and argued with them, the other was a pre-chat for an...
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    Forgot to add, my real big and genuine concern is...

    Forgot to add, my real big and genuine concern is no long being able to compete for away-from-home contracts. If I can't make London worthwhile, then I'm not in a good place to say the least.
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    This is still pretty much where my vague optimism...

    This is still pretty much where my vague optimism lies. They can change all the rules they like, but the desire for high quality people isn't going to go away, nor is the desire for temporary/project...
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    Little bit dramatic, eh Scooter, given that the...

    Little bit dramatic, eh Scooter, given that the engine is designed and tested specifically to contain blade failures? Stating it like that as a fact implies that's what happens when they fail, which...
  7. Thread: Weekend

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    Standard 600mm trench - 100mm cavity plus the...

    Standard 600mm trench - 100mm cavity plus the inner leaf gives you 300mm of wall + 150mm each side (ish). Not BC specced, but they've signed it off for me.
  8. Thread: Weekend

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    I'll be carrying on with the brick work on my new...

    I'll be carrying on with the brick work on my new utility room:

    https://i.imgur.com/4NMFZaHl.jpg

    (And happy 2006, Brillo!)
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    I'm partial to a bit of Windows for Submarines...

    I'm partial to a bit of Windows for Submarines myself
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    I did one, small, piece of work with HCL (Not...

    I did one, small, piece of work with HCL (Not for, thank God) and I've never ever met a team of such incompetent, arrogant and useless pricks.
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    Poll: I'd love to meet Maurice one day, but christ,...

    I'd love to meet Maurice one day, but christ, eccentric is putting it mildly.
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    Poll: Or landing somewhere like Schiphol which is...

    Or landing somewhere like Schiphol which is slightly below sea level.
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    Poll: I've found it to be a mixed bag, but for the most...

    I've found it to be a mixed bag, but for the most part, when operating on smaller short term projects as a consultancy I've generally used my own device. In fact, when doing 'proper consultancy' (As...
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    Poll: The law is non-gendered, but for the n'th time...

    The law is non-gendered, but for the n'th time the entire legislation around assaults/self defence/offences against the person etc is centered around words like "reasonable", "proportional". The...
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    I have to say, loads allow me to be honest. (He...

    I have to say, loads allow me to be honest. (He says, typing this on a ClientCo laptop!)
  16. Poll: Alright mate, calm down!

    Alright mate, calm down!
  17. Poll: Probably the best way forwards given the...

    Probably the best way forwards given the situation they're in.

    Of course, what they should have done is properly manage their stuff, but what's done is done.
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    Poll: As you've chosen to be all very clever and just...

    As you've chosen to be all very clever and just move into ad hominem when I've tried to have nothing more than a genuine discussion, I'm just going to go ahead and ignore you. :winker:
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    Poll: Was she any of those things, though? You can't...

    Was she any of those things, though? You can't just make up hypotheticals and use them in your defense. Yes, there's an element of what he genuinely believed, but that is tempered by the legal...
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    Poll: I'm honestly not sure what you're arguing. Look,...

    I'm honestly not sure what you're arguing. Look, I've been in scraps - I'm not saying that it's easy to contain somebody. What I'm saying is that, for me, there's probably a case to be answered as to...
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    Poll: Really? Here's the CPS guidelines: ...

    Really? Here's the CPS guidelines:

    Self-Defence and the Prevention of Crime | The Crown Prosecution Service

    Note these points:
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    Poll: Depends what CPS would like to go with, but I...

    Depends what CPS would like to go with, but I personally believe there is a case to be answered for something along the lines of Common Assault/Battery etc. Personally, I think it could be argued...
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    Poll: I genuinely disagree. I don't think a well...

    I genuinely disagree. I don't think a well trained Police officer would have approached that with so much force at that point - it didn't look proportional to me, and I don't think he was genuinely...
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    Poll: I think he should be. I think he's got a...

    I think he should be. I think he's got a potentially reasonable defense, but I personally think this is a case which should go to court.
  25. Thought I'd update! I signed up to WeWork...

    Thought I'd update!

    I signed up to WeWork online using their monthly subscription. The monthly cost gives you credits, which are equivalent to a desk for a day at one of their locations. You can...
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    Office 365 - the professionals choice ;)

    Office 365 - the professionals choice ;)
  27. Ooh, neat idea!

    Ooh, neat idea!
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    I do like a custom wedding vow.

    I do like a custom wedding vow.
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    I dunno - so embarrassed by it, that she chucks...

    I dunno - so embarrassed by it, that she chucks it all over the Internet and does an interview with a tabloid. I suspect shes not easily shamed.

    Though PC could still be pushing that, of course.
  30. I did have a quick look but couldn't see anything...

    I did have a quick look but couldn't see anything - i remember neardesk from before. But I found a 20 percent off code anyway.
  31. Cheers all - found a voucher for WeWork so I've...

    Cheers all - found a voucher for WeWork so I've signed up to their monthly subscription for £30 quid or something I think, which includes a free day. Will try it out and cancel!

    Would usually be...
  32. Hotdesking for one day in London recommendations?

    Looking for somewhere professional-ish to work for a one off day in London. Need guaranteed decent internet, coffee and to make calls. Ideally near/in The City

    Anyone got any recommendations?
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    Can't see why being self employed is a particular...

    Can't see why being self employed is a particular issue?

    What issues are you having, precisely? Is it the fact you're residing elsewhere - in which ase, I guess getting some kind of ex-pat...
  34. Thread: Building survey

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    Agree 100% with this, though do take it all with...

    Agree 100% with this, though do take it all with a reasonable pinch of salt because they can only check things they can see/get to etc.



    Should I tell him about that time we brought a 30's...
  35. Thread: Hotel costs

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    Maybe he'll feel differently now he's had a few...

    Maybe he'll feel differently now he's had a few years to mull it over.
  36. I'm on Business Premium - you can add 'unlimited'...

    I'm on Business Premium - you can add 'unlimited' (I'm assuming there's a limit!) domains to your account. You can then add aliases to a user account, or create a shared mailbox. Shared boxes don't...
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    Sticky: Well done MS! Haven't watched todays yet, but...

    Well done MS! Haven't watched todays yet, but will grab it on 4OD when I get a chance.

    Seriously impressive work.
  38. There's only a couple of reasons to avoid VAT: ...

    There's only a couple of reasons to avoid VAT:


    Avoid extra hassle and paperwork (This is frankly minimal if you have a proper accountancy service)
    If most of your trade is to other non-VAT...
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    Absolutely outstanding. Cognitive dissonance at...

    Absolutely outstanding. Cognitive dissonance at its best (worst).
  40. Perfect timing.

    Perfect timing.
  41. Likewise. I totally get why people don't like it,...

    Likewise. I totally get why people don't like it, but I've had some really really fun times contracting in London - it's definitely something a career driven person should try at least try once.
  42. I love working in London, but expect to spend...

    I love working in London, but expect to spend some cash. Like, real, serious cash. Seriously.

    I've done stays in both hotels and AirBnBs. Personally, I take the view that life is too short to...
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    Sticky: Never watched so much bloody countdown in my...

    Never watched so much bloody countdown in my life. Come on MS, I signed up to watch one or two episodes- not a whole season!
  44. Well, RAID protects you (mostly) from disk...

    Well, RAID protects you (mostly) from disk failure - but little else. You're still going to be boned if you break something on a VM, or accidentally delete a critical file etc.

    Biggest limitation...
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    I've been given the green light to start a DIY...

    I've been given the green light to start a DIY extension, so need to do lots of prep for that before I can knock down the existing one.
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    Edit: I was wrong, sorry - got confused with...

    Edit: I was wrong, sorry - got confused with having to destroy the paper counterpart.
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    Mate, you posted the bloody thread - don't come...

    Mate, you posted the bloody thread - don't come the innocent party here. You've gone out of your way to find what she posted and put it here - in general - what did you think was going to happen,...
  48. Bloody Hell NLUK, I'd get that mounted on the...

    Bloody Hell NLUK, I'd get that mounted on the wall.
  49. I've given quite a bit to Ronald McDonald and the...

    I've given quite a bit to Ronald McDonald and the Childrens Hospital via my Ltd Co. I just make it clear it's from a company and don't do the gift aid thing.

    I'm not particularly fussed by the CT...
  50. Yeah, it's a UK entity with a UK VAT number. ...

    Yeah, it's a UK entity with a UK VAT number.

    And to be honest, part of this is if UK VAT is being applied then I want to claim that back!
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