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    There is one way to avoid tax from the company...

    There is one way to avoid tax from the company account - pay it into a pension. Personally I have a good war chest and can access my pension in 8 years time, so that's what I am doing - it also...
  2. Thread: Exten-shun!

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    Exten-shun!

    Another 6 month renewal. Happy days.
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    I’ve been lucky with Spare Rooms before. ...

    I’ve been lucky with Spare Rooms before.

    Download the app, and search to include En-Suite.

    I stayed with a family - mother was a uni lecturer and her two kids were polite and well behaved. No...
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    Personally my gigs are usually in central London...

    Personally my gigs are usually in central London so I use the military hotels at £42 a night - the perks of being classed as a veteran from being in the TA as a youngster!

    As said, get a good deal...
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    Are all your ducks lined up?

    Are all your ducks lined up?
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    What’s your motivation?

    What’s your motivation for getting through a tough time in the client site? Mine is calculating the money I will earn by the end of the next month and adding it to the current war chest. All the...
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    Good Morning Britain

    In BCN business lounge enjoying a continental breakfast. She is very obliging....

    Popped over to the apartment in Perpignan at the weekend so on my weekly commute to London. It’s a hard life...
  8. Thread: Euro

    by Wilmslow
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    Euro

    I have a dilemma.

    Was going to transfer £20k this morning to my French account for a purchase completing on Friday. Exchange best for a long time. Selfishly the Brexit secretary resigned wiping...
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    Thanks for the reality check... I think!

    Thanks for the reality check... I think!
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    Does contracting cause loneliness?

    Okay, the post about depression got me thinking. I am needing to be in the office 5 days meaning early morning train and 4 nights in a hutch all week. It is a nice hutch in a military hotel with well...
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    Santander Investment Service

    Interesting advert for the new Santander Investment service - which gives you advice for £25.

    How does this work, and has anyone used this?

    I have around £30K I am thinking of taking a punt...
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    I scared a lady...

    I was happily minding my own business on the throne, when suddenly the door opens.

    A lady I had not yet met turned on her heels distraught clearly not knowing where to look.

    It turned out that...
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    I've also had a lightening strike but nothing...

    I've also had a lightening strike but nothing happened - we had to divert as policy to inspect for damage, but an hour later we were back in the skies. Had a few aborted landings which were a little...
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    Attached on a flight...

    Coming back from the French apartment back from Girona last night. Most of the passengers were on a package holiday, it was like something of a sitcom - crew ran out of seatbelt extenders trying to...
  15. Thread: Nutters

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    When I worked in the Isle Of Man there were loads...

    When I worked in the Isle Of Man there were loads of flat earthers about. Something to do with being able to see Liverpool and the island proving no earth curvature apparently..... Strange place.
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    Currently on the bench so flying to France this...

    Currently on the bench so flying to France this afternoon....

    When back, I live in Cheshire and will be working mid-week in Central London living in a military club hotel enjoying a good...
  17. I sew Jeffrey at his Ed Fringe show about Rainbow...

    I sew Jeffrey at his Ed Fringe show about Rainbow when he did that a few years ago. He is a very bitter man...... We left feeling traumatized after he stole our childhood. Someone cried out 'You...
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    I'm a member of a military club as an ex...

    I'm a member of a military club as an ex serviceman which is also a hotel. Hence club-hotel. Members only to keep out the riff raff.
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    Best value hotel in Ilford?

    Long term gig coming up in London. Thankfully I have a good club hotel to use for most of the time for a mere £40 a night, but there are a few dates I need to book elsewhere.

    Ilford seems to be...
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    1. 400 2. Peanuts :)

    1. 400
    2. Peanuts :)
  21. Finally getting the hang of this contracting lark....

    Gig ends today, next gig offered to start me on Monday. Decided some much needed re-charge time is needed in the south of France before the old working away all week malarkey so had no qualms about...
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    Insurance renewal time....

    Before I get the usual fleecing from my accountants, where else is good to get a quote from?

    The requirements for the current gig are £1 Million Public Liability and £1 Million Professional...
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    No squirrels will be harmed - I have polecats in...

    No squirrels will be harmed - I have polecats in this area instead......
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    The dark side....

    Current gig coming to an end. Warchest bursting at 6 figures, mortgage £300 a month, happy days financially.

    I cant seem to land contracts with my skill-set locally, they all seem to be in central...
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    I was deeper than that - I was wondering who was...

    I was deeper than that - I was wondering who was trying to kill who!
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    Okay, Who was it?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-45079207
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    As just said above. Slow, stops at every...

    As just said above. Slow, stops at every lamp-post, seats are rows of 5 so cramped. Essentially a local commuter train being used for long distance. No trolley, no shop, so you cannot buy anything....
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    My cunning test has worked, I now know who...

    My cunning test has worked, I now know who Gricerboy is.....

    Thanks for the link, just what I am after. I will be using the fixed trains so no worries on the wrong ticket for the journey - perfect.
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    Train Ticket Splitting

    Just wondering if anyone has actually done this, and the sites to use and to avoid?

    I need to have a changeable day once a week in London - I am looking for trains from Crewe to Euston which is...
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    An innocent mistake to make.....

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-44818546
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    You know how to live.

    You know how to live.
  32. Thread: Solo Holidays

    by Wilmslow
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    Two ideas: 1. Mini cruise. I did that as a...

    Two ideas:

    1. Mini cruise. I did that as a solo passenger this weekend - sooo nice to chill and do my own thing. there were a couple of singles meet-ups if I wanted to go, but I was happy...
  33. Yep. It is a start - Knowing Macron it will soon...

    Yep. It is a start - Knowing Macron it will soon be ooomphed up somewhat!
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    TV advert for cannabis oil?

    Saw an advert on TV last night for cannabis oil, but it just called it three letters and not advertising as cannabis as such.

    Options are to drop oil into your mouth, or to vape - intriguingly...
  35. I am in favour of it. His version is more public...

    I am in favour of it. His version is more public service focussed as opposed to military focussed and it is only for a couple of weeks or so. It is a good thing to give young people this kind of...
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    Why not accept a gig you like, on condition of...

    Why not accept a gig you like, on condition of taking a month off to resume in August as a thought?
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    Has this been covered yet?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44605904
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    In a four hour meeting....

    With rambling geeks. 5pm finish.

    I can do this..........
  39. Good advice - I have no qualms about going to...

    Good advice - I have no qualms about going to meetings I am needed for, none at all. My beef is that the PM is asking me to work in South London for the sake of it, as opposed to having planned...
  40. Micro-managed in terms of working location

    Agreed when I started current gig that I would be in South London occasionally for meetings, but usually working around my area – North-West.

    However, a rather slimy and shockingly bad at planning...
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    A little late, but, the Escape lounges at...

    A little late, but, the Escape lounges at Manchester Airport have a good cooked breakfast buffet these days with fresh fruit, pastries etc as well. I have Priority Pass so can use any airport lounge...
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    Hopefully getting home, flights and roads...

    Hopefully getting home, flights and roads permitting.......
  43. Thread: Caravans

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    Yes - Have a look at the Freedom Microlite. There...

    Yes - Have a look at the Freedom Microlite. There is an all singing version with a toilet but takes a lot of space away from the cabin - you are best off with a porta potti and outside toilet tent.
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  44. Thread: efen drivers

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    I put socks on my car..... ...

    I put socks on my car.....
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    Island fever....

    The only crumb of comfort I have about working on an island in the middle of the Irish Sea all week in this weather is the flight home on the Friday afternoon. It is not looking hopeful this week -...
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    Thank you Fred, Very informative and useful,...

    Thank you Fred, Very informative and useful, appreciated.
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    Thanks, that helps and is a lot clearer than my...

    Thanks, that helps and is a lot clearer than my accountants have been. Question on the back of this - Do I need to be in contract working from the end of January 2019 to 5th April 2019, or just not...
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    Thanks for the heads up. My contract is January...

    Thanks for the heads up. My contract is January 2018 to January 2019, so how does this impact me? Would my split year be January to January, or two splits of January to April, and April to January?...
  49. I hear you brother.... I left a good local...

    I hear you brother.... I left a good local contract for travel - Also regret it, but I guess it is something we need to get out of our system!
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    Split Year Taxation

    I have a question about Split Year taxation and IOM – Been contracting in UK for around 6 years and taken on a 12 month fixed term role with payroll through IOM tax, so the IOM funds hitting my...
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