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  1. SQL. BASIC. Visual Basic. Rational. XAML....

    SQL. BASIC. Visual Basic. Rational. XAML. Business Objects. I have lost count of all the new technologies I have lived through that were intended to be so simple the end users could make their own...
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    Pretty rare how he's taken this on the chin. The...

    Pretty rare how he's taken this on the chin. The usual script in this situation would be for him to say he's been "battling some demons", apologise, and be back at work within the year.
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    It is just a tick in a box, but if you're just 22...

    It is just a tick in a box, but if you're just 22 and starting out, it helps to get as many ticks in boxes as you can, because you won't have much experience to make you stand out yet. No harm in it,...
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    The more professional-consultancy-style approach...

    The more professional-consultancy-style approach is to do the formal schmoozing at the start of the contract.
  5. Trouser press bacon.

    Trouser press bacon.
  6. I used these, and would recommend: Office Space...

    I used these, and would recommend:
    Office Space & Virtual Office Services | Your City Office


    I used to use Regus but would not recommend them at all. Mainly for their small print that requires...
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    Thanks for those suggestions. I can also ask my...

    Thanks for those suggestions. I can also ask my main company's accountant for advice on the startup loan, so I'll do that too.
    Have been reading up a bit more. What confuses me now is bank charges....
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    Winding up company - prep

    Good evening folks,
    I want to close down a nonprofit limited company that has been ticking over for a few years. I've read the high-level stuff on the .gov website but could do with some advice on...
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    as has been suggested earlier - the best starting...

    as has been suggested earlier - the best starting point for making this work out in your favour is to have a quiet word with the client, asking them what is going on from their point of view.
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    I closed mine down in the 2000s when I noticed...

    I closed mine down in the 2000s when I noticed that the interest I got on my £80 in the year I opened it was less than I got on the £2000 it had ended up with.
  11. I am sure that at least the past year of...

    I am sure that at least the past year of buy-to-let boom has been entirely fuelled by BoE's steady stream of vague threats to make it a bit less profitable for people who don't get their skates on...
  12. That's about £1000 per house. Does she mean that,...

    That's about £1000 per house. Does she mean that, instead of her tenants buying her 17 houses for free, she's actually contributing that amount each year over, what, a 25 year mortgage? So she's...
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    (a) I'd call that 33%. I don't know why they...

    (a) I'd call that 33%. I don't know why they think it's 38% but I'm sure that is why they are property millionaires and I'm not
    (b) even if it is 38%, that's back to, what, 2014 prices? They can...
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    because of, or despite, the pornographic murals...

    because of, or despite, the pornographic murals in the toilets? (if memory prevails)
  15. Try asking some banks. hth tl

    Try asking some banks.

    hth
    tl
  16. Meanwhile, I am finding it hard to imagine the...

    Meanwhile, I am finding it hard to imagine the agency having the same "oh well, better walk away" attitude to the money they thought they were going to get off the client.
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    Don't be rushed. That is giving you 0 working...

    Don't be rushed. That is giving you 0 working days to review and take advice on your contract before starting. The agent will be keen to get you on site ASAP, because he wants a done deal ASAP. This...
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    Isn't the client thinking that the contracts will...

    Isn't the client thinking that the contracts will go [your vendors] -> [your company] -> [agency] -> [client]?. That would be the simpler and more normal way of handling this since there is already a...
  19. Thread: Warchest

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    This is CUK. Of course I expected insults. I was...

    This is CUK. Of course I expected insults. I was just thinking those terms in particular sound stupidly macho and unprofessional.
    I don't post here much since I moved most of my wittering to...
  20. Thread: Warchest

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    oh, and "permie".

    oh, and "permie".
  21. Thread: Warchest

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    Warchest

    Please could you stop saying "warchest"? You are not Genghis Khan. You are a middle aged Surrey IT man with thirty grand in the NatWest.

    Same with "gig". 6 months migrating the B&Q stock database...
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    The end client is the only one that really knows....

    The end client is the only one that really knows. Maybe they really have changed preferred supplier - in which case they should have worked out some agreement for moving contractors over. Or maybe...
  23. You are already on site with the client - so why...

    You are already on site with the client - so why are you contacting the agent? Surely your first approach should be to the horse's mouth as it were.
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    That's fortunate, because if you ever do decide...

    That's fortunate, because if you ever do decide to leave them, you need to remember their "contract rolls another year unless you cancel it 3 months in advance" clause, meaning if you pick a bad time...
  25. Thread: Earworms

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    "I Wore My Elbows Down to the Bone" - Ivor Cutler

    "I Wore My Elbows Down to the Bone" - Ivor Cutler
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    http://www.style.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/20...

    http://www.style.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2013/07/patrick-grant-350x350.jpg
    "Hi... your mother and I have had another argument. Is it OK if I stay here for one or two nights until I've sorted...
  27. A couple of things: (1) "a week", to most...

    A couple of things:
    (1) "a week", to most reasonable people, can mean "at least a week". So if you take the initiative and say your last working day will be the Wednesday after Easter, I'd be...
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    OK but I preferred this one: ...

    OK but I preferred this one:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigeonhips/5252298501/
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    Thanks, I shall look into both of those. Probably...

    Thanks, I shall look into both of those. Probably would be trading a couple of times a quarter.
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    Need an alternative to HSBC InvestDirect

    Hello! Bringing this thread back from the dead because I need a new investing-via-the-web solution. HSBC InvestDirect was OK until it stopped supporting exchange traded commodities funds, and...
  31. The best way to find a well-suited webshop is...

    The best way to find a well-suited webshop is simply to find a website that has a similar scale and functionality to what you need, and look at the small print at the bottom to see who made it....
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    I would guess: (1) the slightest hint of a...

    I would guess:

    (1) the slightest hint of a requirement for an expert has arisen
    (2) Accenture have gone ahead and engaged the agency and interviewed you, in the hope they can add you to their...
  33. If you tell the Optimus man you'd never given the...

    If you tell the Optimus man you'd never given the other agent your permission to put you forward, and put in writing that you want Optimus to represent you, it might get your app out of the bin....
  34. I agree with GillsMan. Interview is for deciding...

    I agree with GillsMan. Interview is for deciding whether you both want to go ahead subject to sorting out paperwork, and that is part of the paperwork. Plus, the bit between the interview and signing...
  35. If that's the case, then just make sure both the...

    If that's the case, then just make sure both the client and Agency B understand this. If the client decides you're worth it then they'll do what it takes to keep securing your services, and Agency B...
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    Contreras, that is fantastic! And whaddayaknow,...

    Contreras, that is fantastic!
    And whaddayaknow, it's the mythical 7% after all!

    Huge thanks,
    tl
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    Working out pension growth rate

    I've been paying into my pension monthly for 8 years and would like to work out what the investment growth rate has been. I'm sure I've done it wrong, as I came up with an answer of 10% but I'm sure...
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    :eek

    :eek
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    Haven't got time to go into as much detail as you...

    Haven't got time to go into as much detail as you guys have, but I am also always in the right whenever I use the road.

    hth,
    tl
  40. I think this is a rare case where you can benefit...

    I think this is a rare case where you can benefit from being honest. If they know that their contract is your only iron in the fire, then they might invest a bit more effort into making your...
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    Apparently you get a free trip up the Shard for...

    Apparently you get a free trip up the Shard for sharing your birthday with a certain other person (& I don't mean George Clinton from Funkadelic neither)
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    Best (after big project got cancelled but they'd...

    Best (after big project got cancelled but they'd gone to the trouble of hiring several contractors and had some other projects to do instead):

    "If you were me, what would you do with you?"
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    Greenwich

    Greenwich
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    crap is the word. RBS?!? There's the pot making...

    crap is the word. RBS?!? There's the pot making sure the kettle's not black.
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    That's not been my experience - the rooms tend to...

    That's not been my experience - the rooms tend to be about £150/night - cheaper than comparable hotels in comparable areas, but way above Jury's Inn prices. More use as a comfy place to hang out...
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    Yes, they do all those things. 1. Job...

    Yes, they do all those things.

    1. Job advertised with a very high rate and a 12month contract (just too good).
    Get in contact and the post has just been filled but please send CV anyway
    Part of...
  47. Offer them a 2 month contract instead of a 3...

    Offer them a 2 month contract instead of a 3 month one, and say you won't be available for x weeks after that, but will be able to start another contract then. That is what I have done in similar...
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    Well I might have been #rocking this particular...

    Well I might have been #rocking this particular look lately:

    http://www.fashion156.com//resources/uploads/2013/06/fashion156-covermenspreviewissue-760x500.jpg
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    I found myself in agreement with this bit of...

    I found myself in agreement with this bit of vintage Blair last week, maybe because he sticks to a narrow line.

    Second class justice » 18 Aug 1979 » The Spectator Archive
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    I don't understand why they have to wear lycra...

    I don't understand why they have to wear lycra all the time. OK yes if you're actually racing, when every air-resistant second counts. But if it was me I'd keep the dressing like a baby to the barest...
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