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    Schwierig

    Schwierig
  2. Thread: CUKing

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    I thought I had shared it. Thanks for the help.

    I thought I had shared it. Thanks for the help.
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    That's because they have no concept of a job...

    That's because they have no concept of a job where you actually do something, and so could do it more or less well. Unlike their jobs where you can "manage" for as many hours as God sends. But then...
  4. Thread: overseas rates

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    My experience in Paris is that rates are low. I...

    My experience in Paris is that rates are low. I think it comes from the mindset that social provisions are very high, which may justify lower salaries but that doesn't properly apply to contracting,...
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    CUKing

    CBA. Sorry.
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    Just done Calcutta, Varanasi, Lucknow, Agra,...

    Just done Calcutta, Varanasi, Lucknow, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur. North of Udaipur I went to Kumbhalgarh fort, with its 36km of fortified wall, second only to the Great Wall of China for...
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    The Aussies start Spring on 1st of March, which I...

    The Aussies start Spring on 1st of March, which I reckon is just like all racehorses having their birthday on 1st January. I always used to think of the seasons as being symmetrically distributed...
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    Your ambitions are too small. Work for a life,...

    Your ambitions are too small. Work for a life, not for a house.

    I speak as a Boomer who has bought several houses. I just happen not to own any of them any more, after a couple of divorces. I...
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    I've had it go both ways. One place did the money...

    I've had it go both ways. One place did the money calculation exactly, to give me the same net as I was getting as a contractor. But they only wanted me for another 2 months, that was understood all...
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    I'd rather have a pie and a pint on my own money...

    I'd rather have a pie and a pint on my own money than a gourmet meal that I'm beholden to someone else for. I guess I am NCOTBAP.
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    I hate to be argumentative - no, really - but...

    I hate to be argumentative - no, really - but Spring really begins at the Equinox, so we are still in Winter.

    Well actually I'm not but that's another point, I'm off in the tropics spending the...
  12. Thread: Generation spent

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    In dogged pursuit of your idée fixe, you bundle...

    In dogged pursuit of your idée fixe, you bundle so many different erroneous ideas together, that it is hard to know where to start.

    The country (but not the Boomers personally) did have a windfall...
  13. You are Purple Gorilla and I claim my £50000 and...

    You are Purple Gorilla and I claim my £50000 and Marbella Heating Allowance.
  14. In a free market what should be expected to...

    In a free market what should be expected to happen is that that increased costs to the suppliers (contractors) should lower the supply curve, i.e. make it so that fewer suppliers are willing to...
  15. Yes, and for every British passport-holder who...

    Yes, and for every British passport-holder who crosses the channel, a Boomer retiree will be forcibly returned from the Costa del Sol.
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    Build more houses.

    Build more houses.
  17. If there is a Brexit, it will not take place...

    If there is a Brexit, it will not take place immediately after the referendum. The treaty allows 2 years although even that might be optimistic.
  18. Thread: Generation spent

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    I second that and would hope that people might...

    I second that and would hope that people might begin to realise that Baby Boomers do not have gold-plated final salary pensions. Some public sector workers did, but Boomers in general do not.
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    I told them that I was not prepared to work under...

    I told them that I was not prepared to work under the new contract terms. I offered to leave at any time they wanted, including instantly if they preferred. I also offered a handover period of their...
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    Is this not a direct admission that their...

    Is this not a direct admission that their business model is based on undercutting local workers with imported cheap labour?
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    So what? Then we do the checks at Folkestone, and...

    So what? Then we do the checks at Folkestone, and send anybody that we refuse back to Calais. The cost (and possible fines) to be borne by Eurostar (majority owner: French state railways).
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    There is no legal bar to a Eurozone bank opening...

    There is no legal bar to a Eurozone bank opening an account, except for the requirement to "know your customer", which may just mean a branch visit. If any Eurozone bank will do, luxembourg banks may...
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    I remember one place I worked where they started...

    I remember one place I worked where they started getting punch machines that would key to memory first and only punch physically when the operator said so. In a classic piece of thinking well inside...
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    something to verify: is it actually Amazon who...

    something to verify: is it actually Amazon who charge for exchange when there is no need for exchange, or is it the UK bank? I looked at a UK Euro account once and found that the bank would convert...
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    Old-fashioned printing money was intended to give...

    Old-fashioned printing money was intended to give more buying power to some party, often the government; inflation was an unfortunate side effect. With QE, inflation is the whole point.

    I'm not...
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    That is modern and purely social. In evolutionary...

    That is modern and purely social. In evolutionary terms, it would not be true of females at all. Females in the wild would have little need to compete, since virtually all females would reproduce....
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    You would if you had Suity screaming at you all...

    You would if you had Suity screaming at you all day long.
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    In contracting every month is different, it's...

    In contracting every month is different, it's like the weather.


    January brings the snow,
    Makes your feet and fingers glow.

    February's ice and sleet
    Freeze the toes tight off your feet.
    ...
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    Beautiful!:yay:

    Beautiful!:yay:
  30. in what way would a "Pension ISA" be different...

    in what way would a "Pension ISA" be different from an ordinary ISA?
  31. Thread: NL tax rates

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    Thanks for the advice, Eirikur. Good point about...

    Thanks for the advice, Eirikur. Good point about 65+, I just took that from the web but it may be specifically related to current pension age rather than a fixed 65.

    I will get a good payroll...
  32. Thread: NL tax rates

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    NL tax rates

    I am looking for some knowledge about Dutch tax, and I will take more precise advice if I come to need it, but it would be nice to have an idea in advance.

    My situation would be working in NL for...
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    Baby boomers getting happier

    Because we're worth it!
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    That's my situation too: but until you know and...

    That's my situation too: but until you know and are known, you need to go through gatekeepers who may know nothing about what they are recruiting for.

    As in, "You don't have SQL Server experience?...
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    Well that's my point: if you have upskilled/added...

    Well that's my point: if you have upskilled/added up-to-date experience then you can still get mainframe work, which may well use the Old Testament skills as well as the New; but if all you have is...
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    sounds like the sort of thing that could make you...

    sounds like the sort of thing that could make you the right person for some roles, but that (like actually being good at what you do) doesn't really fit into a few keywords on a CV.

    Oh wait,...
  37. This is a new version of Boolean logic - one...

    This is a new version of Boolean logic - one truth value.
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    It applies to old mainframe programmers too: they...

    It applies to old mainframe programmers too: they will not be getting contracts now unless their mainframe experience is current. I speak from experience: I have 15 years mainframe experience but...
  39. In the Scottish Highlands? Really??

    In the Scottish Highlands? Really??
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    There we go again with the old "contractor's...

    There we go again with the old "contractor's income = hourly rate x 40 hours x 50 weeks".
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    If we read 2015 for 2016 throughout, your...

    If we read 2015 for 2016 throughout, your description of your work days makes sense.

    It is "about the same"? About the same as what?
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    Deutsche Telekom and Bouygues respectively in my...

    Deutsche Telekom and Bouygues respectively in my case, and every CV had a photo, but hiring was done by IBM in both cases so perhaps it was they who insisted.

    But I did once interview with an SSII...
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    Conversely, in some countries such as France and...

    Conversely, in some countries such as France and Germany, CVs without a photo are a no no.
  44. No, of course it's not the only one, it's not...

    No, of course it's not the only one, it's not that good! It must be happening to a lot of us, and I am slightly embarrassed that I never thought of it before. I know something of the extent of...
  45. That's one thing, but these Indian CV template...

    That's one thing, but these Indian CV template sites are selling my CV framework, which is actually my creation. Also they may or may not be selling on the content, which may or may not then be used...
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    It's not at all surprising. HMRC can be very...

    It's not at all surprising. HMRC can be very helpful. They can be very helpful even when that results in your paying less tax. They are not in business to maximise tax take, but they do care a lot...
  47. it was discovered that Porsche 911s of that time...

    it was discovered that Porsche 911s of that time actually got more cooling effect at high power out of the oil circulation system than out of the air cooling system. So it wasn't air cooled all the...
  48. That could well be true. I did once get an...

    That could well be true. I did once get an interview with the CEO of a software house rather than with a grunt agent, because the CEO liked the personal parts of my website and wanted to meet me.
    ...
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    Some years ago I slept in a van (not a camper) on...

    Some years ago I slept in a van (not a camper) on a short contract in Paris, but I parked it on the street. I never parked in the same place 2 nights running, and while I suspect the police may have...
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    BTL: it's NOT the Boomers

    Most BTL wealth is not in the hands of the Boomers, it's owned by Gen X. Next comes the "Late Boomers", born 1959-64. They are not really the Baby Boomer Generation, they got reclassified into it by...
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