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  1. The Old Bengal Bar near Liverpool Street used to...

    The Old Bengal Bar near Liverpool Street used to serve a spectacularly good gin & passion fruit cocktail called the Gin Spot Sour. They'll still serve it if you ask for it by name, but it wasn't on...
  2. The exception is, of course, Directors' NI which...

    The exception is, of course, Directors' NI which is calculated on a cumulative basis in the same fashion as PAYE - precisely because Directors are expected to be able to alter the timing of their...
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    To be fair to our government (though I'm loathe...

    To be fair to our government (though I'm loathe to do so) and the British civil service, if we're talking about preparation for the impact of no deal at Dover, then they are talking here only of the...
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    I dunno, I'm not a lawyer, but this sounds as...

    I dunno, I'm not a lawyer, but this sounds as though it could be abused as a mechanism for profit-shifting for tax avoidance purposes. I have some experience in transfer pricing, and if these...
  5. Sounds horrific. To be fair, although there were...

    Sounds horrific. To be fair, although there were a significant number of reasons why I chose to leave SJD, they haven't subsequently behaved badly (other than the irritating requirement on being...
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    I took the plunge as part of taking redundancy...

    I took the plunge as part of taking redundancy from a long term permie gig, so I was fortunate enough to have 18 to 24 months worth of working cash. I had (and indeed still have) a sizable...
  7. It might well... :grin Thanks!

    It might well... :grin

    Thanks!
  8. Moving accountants - paying for both in one month?

    I'm finally moving accountants, but it looks like I may have to pay for both for one month, as SJD say they have a 30 days' notice policy.

    Is this in line with others' experience when moving...
  9. Honestly never heard of nor seen this on any...

    Honestly never heard of nor seen this on any contract in the UK, from working on both the contractor and permie/hiring side of the deal. Someone is taking the mickey.
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    You don't really think there was any engaging or...

    You don't really think there was any engaging or changing of views possible with Minestrone on this one (or generally, tbh)? He was very fast out of the trap, and the comment was surely designed...
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    Start with Alligator...

    Start with Alligator and work forward from there.
  12. Personally, I only set up my limited company and...

    Personally, I only set up my limited company and engaged an accountancy firm once I had a contract agreed. Doesn't take long - the most protracted parts for me were getting the company bank account...
  13. Whatever you need to tell yourself. :freaky: You...

    Whatever you need to tell yourself. :freaky: You know the bombs were falling away as if they were in earth-like gravity in a 20th century bomber.
  14. I really enjoyed it. My biggest beef is...

    I really enjoyed it.

    My biggest beef is still the ongoing nonsense around the physics, particularly in space battles. Bombers, eh? You release the bombs and what happens then? They certainly...
  15. Also, on "Mission to get a shield code breaker -...

    Also, on "Mission to get a shield code breaker - failed, but stumbled upon another saviour in the same cell despite there only previously being one person known to have the required skills." - I...
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    Goose. Plus the usual other stuff (except...

    Goose. Plus the usual other stuff (except sprouts). Probably a couple of bottles of Lismore Syrah to go with it.
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    Not sure why this is in the Brexit forum though? ...

    Not sure why this is in the Brexit forum though? It's not as if they are increasing staff in the UK because of Brexit. 800 jobs is positive news, indeed, though I doubt it wouldn't get as much...
  18. Personally, I'm much more bothered about the fact...

    Personally, I'm much more bothered about the fact that the creep appears to have hit on the daughter of some friends, suggesting a rosy future in the Tory Party in return for shags. Not the first...
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    And for some of us, there are far more important...

    And for some of us, there are far more important issues to form the basis for our vote - housing, Brexit, the environment, austerity would all come far ahead on my priority list than a...
  20. In the bank where I work, the convention for...

    In the bank where I work, the convention for internal accounting and budgeting is to assume you can reclaim half of the VAT paid for contract staff. I was told that this was to reflect the fact that...
  21. Arrogant whinging twat.

    Arrogant whinging twat.
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    Haven't been there for many years, but it was...

    Haven't been there for many years, but it was awful last time I visited. Only real highlight was the enthusiasm of the locals for singling along to a key line in The Smiths' "Panic". It doesn't...
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    Indeed. I'd definitely suggest persevering with...

    Indeed. I'd definitely suggest persevering with it. It's a wonderful book, and fully deserves its plaudits.
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    Reputedly (if you did go to a proper coffee forum...

    Reputedly (if you did go to a proper coffee forum rather than a contracting one), separate grinder and espresso machine is the optimal way to go, but it'll take more time than the Bialetti you've...
  25. Do you have a partner, and is their pension pot...

    Do you have a partner, and is their pension pot also approaching the LTA? If not, then stash more in there. There's probably not much of a case for suddenly paying your partner (as an employee) a...
  26. Not convinced by the downgrade at all (and that's...

    Not convinced by the downgrade at all (and that's despite thinking leaving the EU is an enormous own-goal for the economy). Do they really think that the BoE / UK government is less likely to pay up...
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    Sounds like the first point potentially leaves...

    Sounds like the first point potentially leaves you on the hook for any required bug-fixes for a year after leaving, and the third means that you are to let their auditors pop into your house (err, I...
  28. Had something like this before, and spend a...

    Had something like this before, and spend a significant portion of my contract in discussion with Compliance over my SIPP (which they relented on) and a CompuServe account by which I could sell...
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    Largely posted because some significant reasons...

    Largely posted because some significant reasons hadn't been mentioned.

    I don't want to discuss it because I honestly don't believe this forum is at all conducive to intelligent reasoned...
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    Individual countries can and do cooperate on...

    Individual countries can and do cooperate on climate change. It's a big enough problem that it needs cross-government cooperation. I believe that's more likely to happen and be effective with a...
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    My main reason is my belief that climate change...

    My main reason is my belief that climate change needs to be addressed, and it can only effectively be addressed by concerted action across governments by regulations and rulings such as the EU...
  32. So I should be aiming for a crappy council...

    So I should be aiming for a crappy council terrace house in a rain-swept new town in central Scotland? Ah, no thanks.
  33. I wouldn't bother personally, but I think you...

    I wouldn't bother personally, but I think you should (given your level of interest in the house). This really isn't that much of a moral quandary.
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    Are you really just reviving a 10 year old thread...

    Are you really just reviving a 10 year old thread to plug Freeagent? You on commission now?
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    Back when I was hiring contractors, I usually had...

    Back when I was hiring contractors, I usually had a dozen decent cvs for each role, and didn't want to interview more than 2 or 3 candidates. Frequent short contracts was a differentiator for me on...
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    Civ 2, 3 & 4 many times. Too many times....

    Civ 2, 3 & 4 many times. Too many times. Especially Civ4 with the Realism Invictus mod pack
    Motorstorm Apocalypse (my go-to game when on gardening leave in my final months of permiedom)
    Resistance...
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    Hmm. My company is there as well, so I guess...

    Hmm. My company is there as well, so I guess it's some automatic harvesting from publically available data. I do rather feel I should have ownership of that page, though, being the sole director...
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    And exactly why would you want to go to Europe,...

    And exactly why would you want to go to Europe, traitor?

    We have everything you would ever want here in the UK, or at least within Empire 2.0.
  39. Thread: Shindig

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    £48600 across 1200 -1400 staff is around £40 per...

    £48600 across 1200 -1400 staff is around £40 per head, no? Truly extravagant.
  40. Ah, did you think I was seriously suggesting that...

    Ah, did you think I was seriously suggesting that this result was a good one for the Yemenis? :ohwell
  41. Ah, soz. Suspect I've just made your point for...

    Ah, soz. Suspect I've just made your point for you. :igmc:
  42. I'm doubtful about this, but happy to be proved...

    I'm doubtful about this, but happy to be proved wrong. Maybe you can provide a link?

    I thought the impact of Net Relevant Earnings on the maximum contribution was only on employee...
  43. Phew! That's a weight off my mind. I bet the...

    Phew! That's a weight off my mind. I bet the Yemenis will be mighty relieved as well. Good news all round!
  44. Are you sure? I agree that you need to have been...

    Are you sure? I agree that you need to have been a member of a registered pension scheme to roll forward unused allowance. I didn't think it needed to be the same registered pension scheme that you...
  45. Agreed, with the caveat that you could make...

    Agreed, with the caveat that you could make additional employer contributions now if you have some unused allowance from your previous personal tax years that you can roll forward. From the sound of...
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    Paddy Power also tweeted that they would now pay...

    Paddy Power also tweeted that they would now pay out on Celtic winning the SPL next year. Without a game played in the league. :frown

    It's a bit ignorant, as Aberdeen are a far bigger threat to...
  47. Hmm. So we can the use our thriving economy to...

    Hmm. So we can the use our thriving economy to slowly pick off existing EU members one at a time, and force them to join our trade block instead. Ten years time, with the accelerating wealth that...
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    Ah, fair enough. Just sounded unpleasant to me,...

    Ah, fair enough. Just sounded unpleasant to me, but suspect you're probably right.
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    2) This is going to consume so much of the...

    2) This is going to consume so much of the government's and the civil service's time over the next few years that there will precious little opportunity for any other radical shake-up (a la poll tax)...
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    Grief, there's no pleasing some people! ...

    Grief, there's no pleasing some people!

    Looking through the thread I got the impression of someone consciously and carefully making the jump into contracting, with a decent awareness of what...
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