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    Gonna take time to get used. 30 mins in and they...

    Gonna take time to get used. 30 mins in and they were annoying me and ears were itching....
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    Went to Amplifon yesterday. Much better. Still...

    Went to Amplifon yesterday. Much better.
    Still not so keen on the way they price things. i.e. nothing on website.

    Trying to get me to go for a pair that cost £2400. As opposed to ones that are...
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    Actually, if I'm going to boast, you should see...

    Actually, if I'm going to boast, you should see the size of my..... ok I'll stop there.
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    Why? Its hardly like I've got a massive amount...

    Why? Its hardly like I've got a massive amount that I'm boasting about.....
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    HL SIPP - £125K EX-employer pension - £25K...

    HL SIPP - £125K
    EX-employer pension - £25K
    Current Umbrella pension - £42K
    NEST - £2

    Not brilliant....
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    not forcing anyone to answer its not compulsory

    not forcing anyone to answer its not compulsory
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    so how big are everyones? pots

    so how big are everyones? pots
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    OK. Say for the sake of argument I've got 3 old...

    OK. Say for the sake of argument I've got 3 old pensions, 1 SIPP with nothing going in, and one active pension with loads going it. Can I take 25% out of each?

    For the SIPP, nothing else is ever...
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    wtf?

    wtf?
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    Pensions/drawdown etc

    OK. Getting to that age now.... Yeh really.

    At 55, I can withdraw 25% tax free yeh? BUT, after you've done this there are limits as to how much you can contribute.

    I've currently got a SIPP,...
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    Sticky: but you lost a month there....

    but you lost a month there....
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    Sticky: You are probably going to have to lay yourself...

    You are probably going to have to lay yourself off and get a P45..... you have been employed.

    I think they ask this because periods of unemployment within 6 months are counted as "linked"
  13. OK but even at home, you're not looking for...

    OK but even at home, you're not looking for something else, or working for something else. You're losing billing time waiting for them.
  14. OK its slightly different because I guess a lot...

    OK its slightly different because I guess a lot of people are starting off gigs working from home these days.

    In over 20 years I can count on one finger the number of clients who've got things...
  15. Well yeh = agent would go nuts if you decided not...

    Well yeh = agent would go nuts if you decided not to bill. They don't care they just want their cut.
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    well complicated it seems

    well complicated it seems
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    Made me think of the weight loss stuff I had off...

    Made me think of the weight loss stuff I had off the GP a good few years ago.....

    I think I shat myself about 3 times in the first week. Never again...
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    Good idea about the nhs ones.... Yeh I saw...

    Good idea about the nhs ones....

    Yeh I saw specsavers did about 5-6 different "ranges". Did wonder what the difference was?
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    so how much did those of u have one pay for?

    so how much did those of u have one pay for?
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    ok. Worth a go. As with most things with him its...

    ok. Worth a go. As with most things with him its "cant be bothered" so it'll be a fight...
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    Well to be honest, the mrs used to moan I had the...

    Well to be honest, the mrs used to moan I had the TV too loud so thought better had....
    No chance I'm getting the NHS ones so its a case of what to pick now.

    My old man whos in his 80s has got...
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    Yeh specsavers I went for the hearing test. ...

    Yeh specsavers I went for the hearing test.

    They gave me the leaflet with prices for standard, elite, premium etc etc. All confusing.....
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    Bugger I must be getting old!

    Had a hearing test Saturday. Failed.... Minor/Medium hearing loss.

    Must be getting old. Not cheap these hearing aids mind are they?
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    To be honest, I was naughty last week and visited...

    To be honest, I was naughty last week and visited Bristol twice since we were locked down. Next week with wales open again and England locked down theres no need for me to bother.

    This talk of...
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    Did a gig on their client site for a few years...

    Did a gig on their client site for a few years with sopra steria.

    Bog standard outsourcer. Nothing special. Plenty of offshore staff...
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    Standard recruitment lies I'm afraid.... Many...

    Standard recruitment lies I'm afraid....

    Many years ago I went for an interview for permie job. About 10 times the recruiter assured me it was in the south west just the interview was in london....
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    Complete waste of time.... Power has gone to...

    Complete waste of time....

    Power has gone to the First ministers head. Its all political games now and trying to do the opposite that westminster does.
    And hes totally out of his depth and got no...
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    Could paint a 3 legged donkey red and they'd vote...

    Could paint a 3 legged donkey red and they'd vote for it in the valleys.....

    I'd agree. I'm contracting in the public sector in wales. Its like a country club - they've NEVER had redundancies...
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    Is it really? Got to be fair trekking to the...

    Is it really?

    Got to be fair trekking to the jobcentre and wading past all the losers outside was the worst bit. Then, some times they'd be 30 mins behind and you'd have to wait. Another day,...
  30. check if u want - its not me assume the mods...

    check if u want - its not me

    assume the mods can check IP to prove this.... crack on
  31. Eh? nah not me.

    Eh? nah not me.
  32. Well.... I know you shouldnt have to do it with a...

    Well.... I know you shouldnt have to do it with a 17 year old who, ultimately, can decide whether to stay in school or not.....

    In the past, we've tried giving him as much space as possible. Many...
  33. yeh checked his history on his phone a few years...

    yeh checked his history on his phone a few years ago too. Ewwww.
  34. Yeh thats one idea.... Hes not dull, I'll get...

    Yeh thats one idea....

    Hes not dull, I'll get "but I need to get to this website and its blocked. I want to look up stuff". Then he'll be on a mission to piss me off as much as possible.
  35. Hmmm yeh.... I wondered also if there is a way...

    Hmmm yeh....

    I wondered also if there is a way to see what sort of traffic is coming from his PC. So I can see if hes gaming or doing his homework.
    Something like snoop but easier to use and less...
  36. Chinese keyboard would do it.

    Chinese keyboard would do it.
  37. 1st day of remote schooling - already hes trying to dodge it

    No stupid comments please. Despite being 17 and in 6th form, son does have Aspergers.
    In terms of maturity, hes years behind though. Especially consequences, he just does not have the ability it...
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    I like to be naked from the waist down so I can...

    I like to be naked from the waist down so I can play with my bits during the interview.....
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    and I'd go again no problems at all....

    and I'd go again no problems at all....
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    Just saying those of you trotting out the...

    Just saying those of you trotting out the official line and the same old crap (no-ones mentioned killing your granny) yet....

    Its not facebook, no-one knows who you are on here, there is no need...
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    Someone talking sense....

    Someone talking sense....
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    Yeh make it up to suit your own argument..... ...

    Yeh make it up to suit your own argument.....

    At the time the mandate was not "non-essential travel only".

    Tell you what - stay home for the rest of your life, and put your head under the...
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    To be fair when I flew there was no quarantine...

    To be fair when I flew there was no quarantine required. This changed while I was there....

    It was hassle but I didnt complain about it. Stupid way to do things but hey ho, it was always a risk....
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    Deffo my contract record. I did have a perm job...

    Deffo my contract record. I did have a perm job for 5 years once.....

    At contract rates, easy role in public sector, WFH until march 2021 earliest, I aint going nowhere....
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    I did nothing wrong at the time. It was all...

    I did nothing wrong at the time. It was all allowed by our government etc. No problems.

    Perhaps the difference is I'm able to think for myself and not follow the "trendy" opinions of the masses.
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    Same old same old. If you even give a slightly...

    Same old same old. If you even give a slightly different opinion on how Covid is handled you get called names.

    Its now trendy in this country to stay with the pack and not have an opinion I'm...
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    Yep still glad I went to Spain. And I'd do it...

    Yep still glad I went to Spain. And I'd do it again....
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    no worries there

    no worries there
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    Taking precautions at the border does not cause...

    Taking precautions at the border does not cause people to miss out on cancer treatment or top themselves.....
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    I'm not saying its not been a real tough time and...

    I'm not saying its not been a real tough time and so sad that many people have died....

    I just think we as a country are neglecting everything else now. I don't know anyone whos died from Covid...
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