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    I feel like I got it quite easy... 10mg of...

    I feel like I got it quite easy...

    10mg of Ramipril and 5mg of amlodipine. Just about holding at 130/72 - down from a high of 200/140 , average of 160/95 (white coat hypertension for the lose)
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    I think you have to apply the SD curve to each...

    I think you have to apply the SD curve to each client, not a career....
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    I wouldn't touch worldpay with a bargepole. We...

    I wouldn't touch worldpay with a bargepole.

    We use Stripe for online, and Izettle for payments/invoices. But Izettle have just started doing online too so need to have a look. Our webmaster likes...
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    yup

    yup
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    Judge rejects CEST assessment

    Can't find reference to this yet.... very interesting?:

    CEST assessment rejected by judge as contractor recoups unlawfully deducted tax

    Shout99 : CEST test rejected by employment tribunal
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    Agreed, Extensions listed on my CV certainly...

    Agreed, Extensions listed on my CV certainly helped and was mentioned in at least 1 interview. Some companies don't understand the BA role, or even why they want one, they just decided they needed...
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    I use witchcraft, and some of my BA skills, and...

    I use witchcraft, and some of my BA skills, and apply a healthy amount of luck.

    I upload my CV to Jobsite every other day, making a small change, until I get something. Usually applying for...
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    The main problem my clients have complained about...

    The main problem my clients have complained about contract BA's is weeding the wheat from the chaff, and finding someone who can do stuff as well as their CV promises.

    The biggest problem I have...
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    My first choice is usually the staybridge suites...

    My first choice is usually the staybridge suites in stratford :)
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    I stayed at the Newbury Park HIEX,...

    I stayed at the Newbury Park HIEX, https://goo.gl/maps/8x8AVviCozH2.

    handy for central line
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    Just had a phone call about this, Walks like a...

    Just had a phone call about this, Walks like a duck, Quacks like a duck.
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    Back when I was a permie, I went through a...

    Back when I was a permie, I went through a similar issue, and had a terrible time trying to get it taken into account, I was quite open about it, and a number of my colleagues opened up (privately)...
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    Interesting blog article, seems to be more new...

    Interesting blog article, seems to be more new car / old car

    I swap my car every 2 years (take a 2 year lease) because I like to do so, I still don't bother pushing it through the company and...
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    Office Lens works quite well and will upload...

    Office Lens works quite well and will upload straight to onedrive, also straightens them and trims them...
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    perfectly doable, just the average journey time...

    perfectly doable, just the average journey time doubles.

    I did just that for a couple of weeks in the mid 90's (until the site i was using closed for winter), I was working on a huge site at the...
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    You have to work through a swiss brolley, and...

    You have to work through a swiss brolley, and have dual taxation to worry about, potentially at the £100k+ level. Thats what eats it all up...
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    That's the conclusion I came to 3 years ago, and...

    That's the conclusion I came to 3 years ago, and declined the interview. In favour of a less hassle, less travel UK Contract for the same sort of residual money after expenses.
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    I thought we all had new cars, and swapped them...

    I thought we all had new cars, and swapped them before they needed an MOT?
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    It was never your money to start with! It's just...

    It was never your money to start with! It's just on your horse on the money-go-round for a few months until it moves on.
  20. I think someone already did the sums on this, it...

    I think someone already did the sums on this, it uses less electricity to power an EV car than it does to refine the oil into petrol. or something like that.
  21. I dropped the FRS earlier in the year, due to...

    I dropped the FRS earlier in the year, due to spending 300-400 a week on hotels/subsistence and doing about 300 miles a week.

    If I was in a local contract I would have probably not bothered. I...
  22. about a mile in a Y shape (3 stations),...

    about a mile in a Y shape (3 stations), eventually we are hoping for about 5-6 miles which is about optimal for a heritage railway. We will ultimately be operating a heritage park and ride into the...
  23. Telford Steam Railway...

    Telford Steam Railway (telfordsteamrailway.co.uk), we are small with big plans :)

    we are in the process of planning our extension down into the Ironbridge Gorge (long time planning, but needs a...
  24. I'm still getting clag out of my hair after the...

    I'm still getting clag out of my hair after the weekend! I don't feel quite so bad about the state of the toilets in our Mk2 coaches after seeing that :)
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    I find it fairly painless. I only reclaim big...

    I find it fairly painless. I only reclaim big ticket items like hotels though rather than all the small stuff.

    It's an extra box to fill in for each VAT transaction which with NW is no problem,...
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    Blockchain, Coinify and coinbase. all says the...

    Blockchain, Coinify and coinbase. all says the same
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    I managed to buy some BTC a couple of weeks ago...

    I managed to buy some BTC a couple of weeks ago on my Tesco Debit card, tried again since and says that they are not taking payment from tecso now. Anyone else having the issue?
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    ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget - Discover our...

    ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget - Discover our subscription program ibis BUSINESS
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    Slightly off topic, i joined the accorhotels...

    Slightly off topic, i joined the accorhotels business thing, Gold status and a discount on food/rooms too. £60(ish) for the year, saved that on my first week
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    From experience I would never own anything from...

    From experience I would never own anything from JLR that isn't either cheap enough to throw away if it fails, or still under manufacturers warranty.

    90k is probably just at the expensive point of...
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    As a temporary resident in Cambridge I find the...

    As a temporary resident in Cambridge I find the sense of entitlement at owning and riding a bike there overrides any common sense to have lights, wear reflective/hi-vis clothing, or behave as if a...
  32. Don't do it for the money. Have 6 months war...

    Don't do it for the money.
    Have 6 months war chest before you start.
    Expect to have to be away from home Monday-Friday - be surprised when this isn't the case.

    BA Roles seem to hugely over...
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    Sticky: I've just discovered the Ibis Business scheme,...

    I've just discovered the Ibis Business scheme, gives 10% discount on rooms/food/bar bills (not on all of the Accor Brands though) and Gold Status. Costs £55ish a year, but I saved that within 2 weeks
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    LHH do these (under the guise of "starting your...

    LHH do these (under the guise of "starting your own company"), was led by a contractor funnily enough.

    I got it for free as part of a VR Outplacement package.. Was 2 days of fun and hilarity, 50%...
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    £550 a day though, which is a little higher than...

    £550 a day though, which is a little higher than a lot of BA adverts I have seen recently
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    I agree with the sentiment, people seem to forget...

    I agree with the sentiment, people seem to forget the bottom line cost difference between hiring a permie and a contractor isn't that much, companies should expect to pay extra rather than it being...
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    I am sure I read somewhere that someone had...

    I am sure I read somewhere that someone had converted lord of the rings to XML or JSON :)
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    I am about 6 hours into the game of thrones audio...

    I am about 6 hours into the game of thrones audio books.
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    I am waiting for Acknowledge a request to come...

    I am waiting for Acknowledge a request to come off FRS as of start of current quarter. My book keeping is falling behind waiting for NW to change Vantage over... I think it is about 5 weeks since...
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    I am FD for a local charity, and last quarter we...

    I am FD for a local charity, and last quarter we had a £17k Vat refund due (usually pay £2-3k), I was expecting an Inspection.

    In the end we just got a "can you explain, please show workings,...
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    Without seeing the final logic table, it appears...

    Without seeing the final logic table, it appears the the travel costs would be an "Outside" rather than "Continue", of course it depends if you get a definite "Inside" flag in an earlier section.
    ...
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    Seems Outside would also seem to be the case if...

    Seems Outside would also seem to be the case if you have to travel to other sites (assuming you are working at a fixed sites) but had to pay for your own travel/hotel costs.
  43. Mainly Quality of life. The balance between...

    Mainly Quality of life.

    The balance between earning more, not getting complacent in a career, and being able to have as much time off in a year as I want, rather than 25 days.

    The realisation...
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    you should have a nice big warchest too?

    you should have a nice big warchest too?
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    Totally agree, but you have to play the game. I...

    Totally agree, but you have to play the game. I always dress down for telephone interviews though.
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    Only on Fridays (trousers as opposed to jeans or...

    Only on Fridays (trousers as opposed to jeans or chino's or a pair of leggings)

    :tumble:
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    I always suit up for interviews and first days...

    I always suit up for interviews and first days unless I am 100% sure not required in office, even then shirt and trousers for week 1.

    Current clientco is very casual, but I am smart chino's and...
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    Be an Eccentric Millionaire is my stock answer

    Be an Eccentric Millionaire is my stock answer
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    "If you would compare yourself to a car, what...

    "If you would compare yourself to a car, what make and model would it be, and why" :ohwell

    that was after 2 telephone interviews, and they had called me in for a face to face, then decided I...
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    This Exactly :) I made comment to one of the...

    This Exactly :)

    I made comment to one of the tame permies at my last client that I had no idea how many days I had off in the year, as I just booked them when I felt like it (he was trying to use...
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