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    Ate so much octopus in Portugal. Got fed up of it...

    Ate so much octopus in Portugal. Got fed up of it eventually.
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    Slippery slope to ever greater government...

    Slippery slope to ever greater government control, using the military to enforce that control.
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    Is Google the advertiser, or is Google the...

    Is Google the advertiser, or is Google the recipient of money paid by a company to advertise their products?

    I suspect the latter, and Google will say it's not up to them to check the accuracy of...
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    Sticky: Maybe the weather app wasn't so shonky after all....

    Maybe the weather app wasn't so shonky after all. There was rain right at the nether end of the 0900 hour that has just eased off.

    Still reasonably bright out though.
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    All these Tories now saying they're uncomfortable...

    All these Tories now saying they're uncomfortable with the government's stance on free school meals are getting on my nerves. They voted against providing them so surely it's a bit late to suddenly...
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    Did I hear right on the radio this morning that...

    Did I hear right on the radio this morning that there's talk of / calls for military oversight of track and trace? Whilst I can see why, it does feel like our slippery slope is getting slipperier
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    Sticky: :wave: Morning all There was much...

    :wave:

    Morning all

    There was much precipitation shortly before 0830 but now the clouds have cleared away and the sun's out. Currently 10 degrees with a forecast high of 13. Still a 90% chance...
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    :spel FTFY

    :spel

    FTFY
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    The ideal is that benefits should only be there...

    The ideal is that benefits should only be there as a safety net to fall back on for those that are either short-term hindered or long term unable.

    You can't keep bumping benefits up as it...
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    Excellent! I'll have a dozen!

    Excellent! I'll have a dozen!
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    Sticky: So glad my family doesn't do zoom (or any other...

    So glad my family doesn't do zoom (or any other type of video conferencing) calls.

    I didn't have macaroni cheese for dinner in the end. I realised by the time I'd tidied the kitchen and made it,...
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    Sticky: Watched the last of the four part Louis Theroux...

    Watched the last of the four part Louis Theroux retrospectives. I hope he can do some new stuff when circumstances allow.

    Then I watched this month's Sky at Night. Never going to be the same...
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    Where do you get the shells from? Are they...

    Where do you get the shells from? Are they certified vegan?
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    And... The starting rate for a nurse is still...

    And... The starting rate for a nurse is still less than that but we don't need them or fruit pickers or cleaners cos the UK has plenty enough people willing and able

    What's the typical starting...
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    Or, you could think of all those people who live...

    Or, you could think of all those people who live and work in the UK but are not UK nationals who were worried that they'd have to leave their families behind and leave the country if they didn't earn...
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    And there's The Algebraist, just noticed on my...

    And there's The Algebraist, just noticed on my bookshelf
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    Sticky: Much rain now.

    Much rain now.
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    Sticky: Watching this: BBC iPlayer - imagine... -...

    Watching this:

    BBC iPlayer - imagine... - 2020: Marina Abramovic: The Ugly Duckling

    She's mad as a box of frogs so this ought to be interesting :D
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    Sticky: :rollin:

    :rollin:
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    I need to sort out the right order to read them...

    I need to sort out the right order to read them all in.

    Then there's the Iain Banks books... Ought to read Crow Road at some point at I drive up and down it now and then :D
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    Good to see the Minister for Children is on the...

    Good to see the Minister for Children is on the list.
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    It means that you had to be a viable business as...

    It means that you had to be a viable business as of 1 March 2020 - not one already in distress. You don't have to have had a contract cancelled/end, just need to have been adversely impacted by...
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    Sticky: Ah bollocks. That's annoying. I wonder if I...

    Ah bollocks. That's annoying.

    I wonder if I can still do the move even though I've set everything up now.


    EDIT: it seems it needs an empty organisation. I'm not about to delete everything...
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    Sticky: I know what you mean. The convenience of it got...

    I know what you mean. The convenience of it got me hooked, I have to say. Having just one PC I could do my accounts on was becoming a right pain and, whilst I am quite happy doing data entry, having...
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    Sticky: I have been tinkering with my new Xero accounts...

    I have been tinkering with my new Xero accounts set up. It's actually quite good but there's lots of bits buried that the help doesn't quite cover very well. I spent ages trying to figure out one bit...
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    Sticky: Just started to rain here, about an hour later...

    Just started to rain here, about an hour later than forecast which isn't too bad (it was only a 60% chance in the 1600 hour). Just a light shower so far.
  27. Wouldn't it go against your role as a director to...

    Wouldn't it go against your role as a director to fail to pay the company's liabilities and instead run off with the cash?

    Go for it, let us know how it all works out...
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    Sticky: Brie and bacon baguette with a drizzle of sweet...

    Brie and bacon baguette with a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce for late lunch.

    The pie has been portioned up. One piece is in the fridge for tomorrow's dinner and the rest is in the freezer.
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    :banana::yay::banana2:

    :banana::yay::banana2:
  30. Thread: Loans advice

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    Top tip: when you pay yourself a dividend put...

    Top tip: when you pay yourself a dividend put aside a proportion (say, 15-20%) of it as savings towards the tax bill :D
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    I can feel a re-read of Ian M Banks coming up at...

    I can feel a re-read of Ian M Banks coming up at some point.
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    Octopus Real Estate

    Lovely tale of how some divers helped a baby veined octopus move out of its plastic cup home into a much better shell. Cute video at the end of the article.

    Diver Convinces Baby Octopus To Give Up...
  33. That changed when the UK eGates were made...

    That changed when the UK eGates were made available to people with passports from the US, Canada, Australian, NZ, Singapore, Japan and South Korea in May last year. Was really funny as lots of the UK...
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    4 + 9 = 13 so that would be January 2022 Do...

    4 + 9 = 13 so that would be January 2022

    Do bear in mind that your accountant won't file your CT600 until your loan is repaid. Doesn't much difference as the amount of CT shouldn't change but it...
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    Sticky: I suppose I could pop to the Pharmacy for my...

    I suppose I could pop to the Pharmacy for my favourite over the counter pain killers. I don't need any, as I already have a healthy stash, but they don't know that.

    Technically, I'm in quarantine...
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    Surely you have a back up kettle or 5? :D

    Surely you have a back up kettle or 5? :D
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    I have a few, as you say, non-EU. Hong Kong just...

    I have a few, as you say, non-EU. Hong Kong just gave slips of paper but I glued them in. Nothing from Australia, the gits. I have UAE, Turkey, Oman, Cape Verde, Singapore, New Zealand, Cuba, Ukraine.
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    With dangly bits?

    With dangly bits?
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    Sticky: :wave: Morning all Dry and bright out but...

    :wave:

    Morning all

    Dry and bright out but overcast. Currently 14 degrees and the forecast high is 16. High chance of rain from 4pm onwards and overnight. Barometer down to 1002 mBar.

    Got a...
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    I'm quite happy to buy a round; just don't get...

    I'm quite happy to buy a round; just don't get the opportunity these days
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    That's why I asked how much time you had. ...

    That's why I asked how much time you had.

    Another cunning way to get your credit utilisation down is to get a new credit card but don't use it. Its overall credit usage, not per card. So, you...
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    Stamps in passports again! Awesome, I miss those....

    Stamps in passports again! Awesome, I miss those. What's the point of all those pages if no-one stamps them any more.
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    Theresa May's awful immigration policies deserve...

    Theresa May's awful immigration policies deserve to be binned. I'm more interested in why it's taken so long. Priti Patel isn't exactly the immigrant's friend either so I suspect it wasn't wholly her...
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    When you say purchase next year, when are you...

    When you say purchase next year, when are you planning to apply for your mortgage, what sort of time do you have to repay the debt in?

    If I had enough time, I'd look at 0% balance transfer credit...
  45. There's a whole heap of sweet and savoury...

    There's a whole heap of sweet and savoury opinions here but I'd say we're all far too contrary to be brainwashed by anything. I bet there's even a flat earther or two lurking about just so they can...
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    Sticky: There's other rings?? What happened to one ring...

    There's other rings?? What happened to one ring to rule them all
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    I'll give you a bunch of fives?

    I'll give you a bunch of fives?
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    Sticky: I hadn't realised that there was a new series of...

    I hadn't realised that there was a new series of BBC Two - Surgeons: At the Edge of Life so I'm watching that. The first episode expires in 15 days.

    Oh and there's a new series of Mock the Week, I...
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    Sticky: The pie filling is now inside some pastry (top...

    The pie filling is now inside some pastry (top and bottom, I'm not a heathen) and will be finished in about 10 minutes. I'll save some for dinner this weekend and the rest will be portioned up and...
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    Sticky: You may recall my saga of the flat battery which...

    You may recall my saga of the flat battery which turned out to be an electrical leak from the stereo - faulty wire or some such. Be prepared for additional investigations which may be tricky to...
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