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    Doesn't some recent legislation give HMRC the...

    Doesn't some recent legislation give HMRC the power to get the money from you before it has even gone to court? Guilty until proven innocent and all that..
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    You'll Never Get a Scrumpy Here

    You'll Never Get a Scrumpy Here
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    Don't blame him. It's the Guardian in drag...

    Don't blame him.

    It's the Guardian in drag these days :eyes
  4. Thread: Do you do Lent?

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    Poll: Yes. I'm giving up this ridiculous teetotal...

    Yes.

    I'm giving up this ridiculous teetotal health binge that I've been on since January 1.

    May even do it for more than 40 days :smile
  5. Thread: Shrove Tuesday

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    Had 'em filled with last night's chicken curry...

    Had 'em filled with last night's chicken curry and a huge dollop of Sharwood's mango chutney.

    Ruddy luvverly :smile
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    Cheers. Finally fallen off the wagon after 4...

    Cheers.

    Finally fallen off the wagon after 4 months! :cheers:
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    Just saw that. So, if you buy a house for...

    Just saw that.

    So, if you buy a house for £400k, you pay 2% on £125k - £250k & 5% on £250k - £400k whereas before you'd pay 3% on the whole lot?

    So that's £10,000 vs £12000. Hmmm... Not bad I...
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    I had this debate with someone the other day & my...

    I had this debate with someone the other day & my view is that since we're never stuck in traffic queues belching out fumes giving people asthma or whatever, there is some justification in the green...
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    There you go. I fear that's what will happen...

    There you go.

    I fear that's what will happen here. There's more than a fighting chance of getting ours rejected with Pickles at the helm but if Labour get in that'll probably be it.
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    Just got a letter from the council yesterday...

    Just got a letter from the council yesterday telling me the local quarry is appealing the council's decision to refuse permission to erect four 80 metre turbines. Posted about this here last year.
    ...
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    Yep - just did that. Rating is excellent with 0...

    Yep - just did that. Rating is excellent with 0 negative factors.
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    Letter from Outfit Called Absolute Locate

    Don't know if anyone else has ever had one of these?

    According to their website w ww.absolutelocate.com, they "Reunite clients after years of separation...." Lost family members, unclaimed...
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    All those kind of drinks are nice in moderation...

    All those kind of drinks are nice in moderation but I just feel sick if I have more than one or two.

    The only things I can drink in any quantity on an evening out are alcohol free lagers and...
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    Non Alcoholic Drink Recommendations

    4 months on the wagon.

    In danger of falling off unless I find some more appealing non-alcoholic drinks for when I go out.

    Don't like anything sweet in any great quantity so fruit juices, sodas...
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    Christmas Avatars

    Is it too early?

    Just asking.

    Still haven't got round to taking mine down from last year....
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    I did finish it in the end but it was hard work. ...

    I did finish it in the end but it was hard work. Some interesting social comment in there I suppose but not a juicy rural tragedy like a Thomas Hardy novel. Too much sitting around gossiping and...
  17. Thread: Halal Meat?

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    So the animal understands Arabic? :eyes

    So the animal understands Arabic? :eyes
  18. Thread: FA Cup Final

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    It most certainly was was more interesting than I...

    It most certainly was was more interesting than I feared.

    Thought it was going to be another Arsenal car crash. Hats off to them for coming back though & great goal from Ramsey in extra time.
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    Sheriff Fatman (?) was a good song ISTR

    Sheriff Fatman (?) was a good song ISTR
  20. Yup. Just bought a big chavvy TV for the...

    Yup. Just bought a big chavvy TV for the occasion.

    C'mon you Gunners!
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    There was a rhea on the loose somewhere for a few...

    There was a rhea on the loose somewhere for a few weeks. They've got spurs on their feet that can disembowl you if they feel like it.




    Judging by the size of him, I reckon he'd be tough as...
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    Just been attacked by a randy pheasant

    Been throwing himself at my window all afternoon, next thing I know the wind blows the front door open & he's in the kitchen. Came at me hammer & tongs & nearly poked my eye out.

    Traumatised....
  23. My old man is going to be gutted - he religiously...

    My old man is going to be gutted - he religiously tuned in to David Lowe on Radio Devon every Saturday night for a trip down memory lane.

    Sure there'll be countless other old timers feeling the...
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    Mill on the Floss by George Elliot. I'm 100...

    Mill on the Floss by George Elliot.

    I'm 100 pages in and I don't think I can take any more. Page after page of frumpy old dames sat around drinking tea and gossiping. Truly awful. If it doesn't...
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    That's what the guy from G2 argued at the council...

    That's what the guy from G2 argued at the council meeting. 25 years & it would be decommissioned.

    Though the council planning officer, who backed the proposal, had to admit that after 25 years...
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    £210k for a meadow? Must be a very large field. ...

    £210k for a meadow? Must be a very large field.

    I'm in Frome later - will go and have a look.
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    The same thought struck me when I listened to...

    The same thought struck me when I listened to Angel's Egg earlier.....
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    King Kong - Jean Luc Ponty Plays the Music of...

    King Kong - Jean Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa.

    Best £2 I've ever spent in a charity shop....
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    Some goods new to report on this (if you don't...

    Some goods new to report on this (if you don't like wind farms, that is).

    Got voted down unanimously 11-0. They cited visual impact on landscape and knock on effect to tourism, threat to heritage...
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    I had the same thing where they had me as a named...

    I had the same thing where they had me as a named individual in the contract and QDOS failed it. Just replaced all instances of my name with "The Consultant" and they were ok with it after that.
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  31. Thread: D>I>V>O>R>C>E

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    I wish... Quite tempted to kick off the fun...

    I wish...

    Quite tempted to kick off the fun with one of these now that there'll be no more eye watering heating bills to pay:

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  32. Thread: D>I>V>O>R>C>E

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    Nope.

    Nope.
  33. Thread: D>I>V>O>R>C>E

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    No kids and she paid for the tv anyway :smile ...

    No kids and she paid for the tv anyway :smile

    It's all amicable so I'm not expecting anything unpleasant from a lawyer landing on my doormat. Don't really know how this common law partner stuff...
  34. Thread: D>I>V>O>R>C>E

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    D>I>V>O>R>C>E

    Well, virtual divorce because we weren't actually married but after 12 years it feels pretty much the same deal :cry1:.

    And she's taken the TV :cry1::cry1:.

    So I've got to get myself down to...
  35. Thread: Racism

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    ...and there was Camp Coffee which went from...

    ...and there was Camp Coffee which went from this:

    http://www.carlukehistory.co.uk/gallery/camp_coffee/11101_th.jpg

    to this:
    ...
  36. Thread: FINALLY......

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    :yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:

    :yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:
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    1984 George Orwell. All the clichés aside...

    1984 George Orwell.

    All the clichés aside about how prescient this book is, there's no parallel for militant religion in there & his totalitarian society's prudish views on sex are at odds with...
  38. Thread: Crunch

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    I did that job for a while in the States. No...

    I did that job for a while in the States.

    No accidents but I smashed off a few indicator levers jumping into old ladies' coupés in a rush when I didn't have time to adjust the seat.

    No tips...
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    Same thing here - Just been told they want to...

    Same thing here - Just been told they want to drag out the dog end of my contract for another month so I know how you feel.

    Congrats anyway :smile
  40. Thread: Home extensions

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    From her terms of reference: Seems...

    From her terms of reference:



    Seems reasonable enough to me :confused:



    A bit, believe it or not - used to work in estate management before I got into this. Besides, I'm not overseeing...
  41. Thread: Home extensions

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    I've got my architect to manage the tendering...

    I've got my architect to manage the tendering process for me & once I've got someone in I'll oversee it myself on a daily basis & she'll do the odd site visit to make sure everything is proceeding...
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    Pulled mine off at midnight last night:wink ...

    Pulled mine off at midnight last night:wink

    Had an expensive year so I've been scrimping the last 6 weeks or so trying to stay under certain limits.

    Time for a bit of a spend up:smile
  43. Thread: Crunch

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    That was the other thing that happened to me in a...

    That was the other thing that happened to me in a car park in Bath a few years ago.

    There was a double row of spaces & after I'd parked & got back to my car it looked like I could just drive...
  44. Thread: Home extensions

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    I'm in the process of getting one done myself. ...

    I'm in the process of getting one done myself.

    No problem with neighbours but I've had structural engineers in & they've said I need to take out a couple of nearby trees & wait a year or so...
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    Did something similar after a night out a few...

    Did something similar after a night out a few weeks ago when I blundered into the bathroom and started brushing my teeth with savlon :sick
  46. Thread: Crunch

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    Yep. Probably. Never had a road accident in a...

    Yep. Probably.

    Never had a road accident in a car but this is not the first time Ive fallen foul of some knee height obstacle in a carpark. Fortunately, they've all been inanimate.
  47. Thread: Crunch

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    Crunch

    Great start to the day.

    Bathroom sprung a leak. Couldn't close stopcock in kitchen because it seems to have seized up so popped into plumbers merchants to get a stopcock key.

    They didn't...
  48. Personally, I've never seen this glut of...

    Personally, I've never seen this glut of financial new year contracts ever materialise (.Net MVC here too).

    I've secured my last 5 gigs in December or August which are supposedly the deadest...
  49. Thread: today...

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    Tell me about it. An upside down week. ...

    Tell me about it.

    An upside down week.

    Monday was all :happy

    Today :cry3:
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    Poll: Yeah, a lot of the lamb consumed in the Middle...

    Yeah, a lot of the lamb consumed in the Middle East comes from live exports & the conditions in which they are transported are pretty awful if you believe any number of exposés that have been done on...
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