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  1. This contract never came to fruition so I didn't...

    This contract never came to fruition so I didn't have to do any research. As others, I'd suggest speaking to a German accountant (I think someone made some recommendations above).
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    I agree that if you find a fairly niche market...

    I agree that if you find a fairly niche market you'd probably be on similar money. Still it was much easier to earn decent money in O&G and know / do very little, the amount of "engineers" I met over...
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    I meant actually stopping production not ESDing...

    I meant actually stopping production not ESDing the rigs :laugh

    I know that they already sold the stuff they are pumping out at higher prices, but I can't see the point of pumping out more if they...
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    It shouldn't take long to stop all production...

    It shouldn't take long to stop all production right? Every single offshore rig will be bringing in losses at this point in time and I can't see a huge improvement in the next few months.

    What's...
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    "They'll slash capex, cut rates and lay off...

    "They'll slash capex, cut rates and lay off staff. "

    That is exactly what I was thinking. I remember over ten years ago when oil prices were really low, they were changing offshore rotas to make...
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    Holy crap that was quick, was expecting O&G being...

    Holy crap that was quick, was expecting O&G being hit, but not so soon. On the other hand it wasn't in a great state to begin with...
  7. Thread: Self Sufficiency

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    You can't sterilise single use PPE as a) some of...

    You can't sterilise single use PPE as a) some of it is not suitable for it (like masks) b) you can never make sure it's been properly sterilised and that it's not worn out ie. can be used again....
  8. Thread: Self Sufficiency

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    Well they can help make parts, injection moulded...

    Well they can help make parts, injection moulded elements, metal CNC made parts etc. but the whole assembly and testing is still bound by super strict rules. What if you make a 1000 ventilators a day...
  9. Thread: Self Sufficiency

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    I personally love all the "why can't the local...

    I personally love all the "why can't the local trouser / sugar / bikini factory just start making PPE?". Same tulipe with ventilators and other equipment needed, as if any factory can just easily...
  10. SoWs - changes on a current contract or terminating and signing a new one?

    Current client - been doing a massive upgrade project (software + hardware in the automation industry) for them for just over two years, declared as outside by them just before gov pulled IR35...
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    That is why I asked the question in the first...

    That is why I asked the question in the first place, is a PDF "signed" using a made up "signature" (you can pick a few different writing styles in Adobe) or even a cut out / photo of an actual...
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    Remote work vs. signing an extension (and MoO)

    I'm aware that carrying on without a proper contract extension / new contract in place is considered MoO. Perhaps a silly question but what are people doing in terms of signing contracts when...
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    Exactly, just like London has Excel now, no...

    Exactly, just like London has Excel now, no bother, all sorted! :tired
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    New York going for the record :ohwell

    New York going for the record :ohwell
  15. Thread: Panic buying

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    Even in Italy where they have a total lockdown...

    Even in Italy where they have a total lockdown and overall a rather terrible situation you can buy pretty much everything. In the UK on the other hand you have British gammons refurnishing their...
  16. Thread: Panic buying

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    Exactly this, wouldn't it be easier if they just...

    Exactly this, wouldn't it be easier if they just plastered that all over their queuing page?
  17. Thread: Panic buying

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    For sure. No idea how it works though, numbers...

    For sure. No idea how it works though, numbers are down to 20k now which matches what I've seen yesterday, but the amount of people in the queue before me keeps going up, yet the time to wait is...
  18. Thread: Panic buying

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    To anyone who can't get eggs locally, relax,...

    To anyone who can't get eggs locally, relax, loads here:

    Six Golden Milk Chocolate Praline Eggs, 300g - Fortnum & Mason

    On sale as well!
  19. Thread: Panic buying

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    Ocado changed their queuing script yesterday and...

    Ocado changed their queuing script yesterday and now I'm greeted with this:

    Number of users in queue ahead of you: 117446
    Your estimated wait time is: more than an hour

    :eek

    Also on the...
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    Same tulip here, also, what the actual **** is...

    Same tulip here, also, what the actual **** is happening with flour? can't get flour anywhere, even mills are stopping any online orders due to huge amounts of orders. I've tried around 20 different...
  21. Thread: Panic buying

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    Care to share their names?

    Care to share their names?
  22. Thread: Panic buying

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    "Following the Government’s new announcements on...

    "Following the Government’s new announcements on Monday, we’re writing to tell you about a new 5-point action plan we’ve introduced into Waitrose stores to protect you and our Partners as you...
  23. Thread: Panic buying

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    FFS missed Ocado's queue three times now...

    FFS missed Ocado's queue three times now...
  24. Thread: Panic buying

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    I eventually got to the top of the queue and the...

    I eventually got to the top of the queue and the website crashed :frown ffs.

    What is also tulipe is that there's a £60 minimum spend limit, which means most people just go mental, even if all they...
  25. Thread: Panic buying

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    Agreed, which is why I'm waiting for this tulip...

    Agreed, which is why I'm waiting for this tulip storm to pass and for people to go back to normal buying single packs rather than clearing shelves in one go. Shopping actually wouldn't be too bad if...
  26. Thread: Panic buying

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    Last Friday, local Waitrose, a fairly large shop,...

    Last Friday, local Waitrose, a fairly large shop, 8:00 start, half the shop wiped before 8:30, people queuing with those big blue Ikea bags :mad tossers, the lot.

    Ocado this morning, around 10am,...
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    :eek indeed.

    :eek indeed.
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    So much for lockdowns and social distancing: ...

    So much for lockdowns and social distancing:

    https://twitter.com/DanJDobson/status/1242001214059024384?s=19

    I reckon most / all are self employed, so I get why they want to go in, but surely...
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    Yup, UK ICU capacity (NHS statistical data from...

    Yup, UK ICU capacity (NHS statistical data from Jan 2020):

    There were 4,123 adult critical care beds open and 3,423 occupied, giving an
    occupancy rate of 83.0%. This is higher than the occupancy...
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    It's like a giant moving petri dish, on average...

    It's like a giant moving petri dish, on average one spreader gives it to three people, so seriously good luck to anyone on that train. Seems like cutting down tube services backfired rather badly,...
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    So they've added a few extra non essential...

    So they've added a few extra non essential businesses to the list like hairdressers, nail salons etc. places which are most likely empty as it is now, so might as well shut the.. Apart from that,...
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    What is "essential" though? If you are self...

    What is "essential" though? If you are self employed and don't get paid if you don't come in, then you probably class that as essential. Apparently all / most construction sites in London are open...
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    Am I the only one who's wondering how they are...

    Am I the only one who's wondering how they are going to enforce this? Work travel is allowed if you can't work from home which effectively means bugger all will change as I'm assuming everyone who...
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    Hospitalisation rate in Italy is around 40% of...

    Hospitalisation rate in Italy is around 40% of all patients and around 7% need ICU beds:

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(20)30110-8/fulltext

    :ohwell

    Based on...
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    Cases per million people are pointless for...

    Cases per million people are pointless for comparisons as each country is at a different stage of the pandemic, has different amount of beds per 1000 people (ie. can cope with less / more), less /...
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    Italy's not yet in their peak right?

    Italy's not yet in their peak right?
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    Where is this out of curiosity?

    Where is this out of curiosity?
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    Managing what and how? there is no way to manage...

    Managing what and how? there is no way to manage this other than locking people down. No one is trying what the UK is doing cause it's criminal, they are delaying vital decisions as if something else...
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    Same tulip here, one bloke who doesn't believe in...

    Same tulip here, one bloke who doesn't believe in the virus (!?) doesn't use hand sanitiser, in other words doesn't give a flying ***** in a room full of equipment and 5 other people including a bloke...
  40. Thread: worth a read

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    Brace for Italy+... I'm currently in an office...

    Brace for Italy+...

    I'm currently in an office where people have been told yesterday to work from home (I can't as I'm working on hardware and it's SC) - 80% turned up today and are at their desks...
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    They already have loads of info on people who...

    They already have loads of info on people who switched to inside/brolly/paye or who were simply classed as inside and left, so plenty of data to rely on for retro investigations either way.
  42. Thread: worth a read

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    If you were to introduce max 2 packs of toiler...

    If you were to introduce max 2 packs of toiler paper per shop in the current situation I don't think it would make it harder for anyone, but one make it available for more in general. Limiting often...
  43. Thread: worth a read

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    I don't understand why supermarkets can't simply...

    I don't understand why supermarkets can't simply introduce max-per-person limits, at least for stuff that is in high demand, this would definitely stop all the muppets clearing shelves in one go.
    ...
  44. Thread: Draconian measures

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    I'm all for closing everything down to limit the...

    I'm all for closing everything down to limit the spread, but then also read this:

    How will I be reimbursed if I have been laid off?

    Which makes sense as small / medium business can't simply...
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    I'm not being hysterical, i just can't understand...

    I'm not being hysterical, i just can't understand why go against what everyone else is saying ie. close everything down asap. Italy is or was roughly 3 weeks ahead and they had a really relaxed...
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    Why the **** use models when you have real time...

    Why the **** use models when you have real time scenarios playing live in Spain, France and Italy? How was it not obvious that waiting three weeks doing **** all would not work?
  47. Thread: I got one...

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    I somehow managed to get a slot this week on...

    I somehow managed to get a slot this week on Thursday, now waiting for that to get cancelled due to no stock sometime Wednesday or Thursday morning.
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    :eek::eek::eek:

    :eek::eek::eek:
  49. I'd suggest doing more research rather than...

    I'd suggest doing more research rather than carrying on with the "advice" you've been given, seeing as it's your ass on the line if they go retrospective on you. HMRC only said they won't go after...
  50. There is evidence - eek explained how easy it is...

    There is evidence - eek explained how easy it is to spot a change in circumstances and HMRC doesn't need more than this to send you a nice letter.
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