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Payroll issues
at 09:42 19 Nov 2018

I'm leaving my job for a new role soon.

I've been in a bit of a battle over the last couple of months as I noticed quite a few errors on my payslip and believed I was being significantly under paid. Worse still it appeared that this will have been going on ever since I joined around a year ago!

I've been very patient and polite and have tried dealing with the situation face to face as well as with the inevitable email battles but with time now finite I've decided to step it up a gear.

Due to my badgering they have already been forced into paying out hundreds in holiday pay they've miscalculated for not just myself but my three colleagues also. However I still have pertinent questions which they appear to be being rather evasive over.
Every time I give the tree a shake more money drops, I've really lost all faith in their ability to do their job and I'm understandably frustrated. They're never apologetic in tone and don't seem particularly bothered, if I wasn't being such a nuisance I'd have never seen this money that's owed to me and neither would my colleagues.

This morning I got a short and sharp email informing me that they owe me yet more money after I told them I wanted a deep dive done on the holiday period between when I joined to the following March. No apology but again further evidence that they're bodging everything up when she came back with inaccurate extra hours worked.

So it's not just holiday pay they're b0llocking up but extra hours worked, sleep in shift payments, the whole shabang.

I didn't reply to the finance manager, instead I'm talking with the "organisational quality and development manager" who is a lot more helpful but beyond what I'm doing I'm at an absolute loss as to how I can hold my employer accountable for the money they clearly owe me.

If anyone has any similar experience or advice it'd be very gratefully received.

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Paul Lambert - an early assessment/re-assesment
at 17:24 11 Nov 2018

I really wasn't happy with the Lambert appointment when it was announced.
I had/have resigned myself to relegation due to the state of the squad, the lack of natural goalscorers within it and the toxic atmosphere at the majority of Ipswich Town games whenever anything goes anything less than okay.

In my view we needed someone who understands the club.
Someone who was going to link the club from top to bottom, make an effort to abridge the gap between support and club and reunite the club to the point where it felt more like the Ipswich Town we used to know again.

I was sceptical that Paul Lambert was the man for this. Aside from his highly successful tenure at Norwich I viewed Lambert as a journey man, someone who I loved as a player but never appeared to stay at a club too long and always appeared to make reasonable excuses before he inevitably cut and ran or was sacked.
Think Mark Hughes but without spending silly money or licking agents backsides clean.

It appears I may have potentially misjudged Paul Lambert as early signs show him to be a diligent manager who concerns himself not just with fine man management of individuals but with off the field matters such as the atmosphere in the stands.
Lambert's involvement with the Academy and positive words about giving youth a chance coupled with his recent individual praise for Jack Lankester were not something I expected to see from the Glaswegian.

I've been sincerely impressed in the last two games with the changes he's made to the first team and the attitude and confidence that he has installed already in certain individuals.

The way he has gone about conducting himself and the consistent message of unity that is coming not just from Paul but from his staff is great.
I still feel that relegation is almost a certainty. It'd take a real miracle in my opinion, but with the right additions and a great deal of fortune you never know. Paul Lambert could pull off the impossible.

Inviting the club legends in for a chat and to view training was in my opinion a real touch of genius. He clearly understands the disconnect and wants to remedy it, he knows from his Celtic background how important it is to have people in and around the club that have been there and done that. Outstanding move by Lambert to involve them all and I think it spoke volumes that Warky, Burley, etc pointed out that it's the first time they've actually been invited back to the training ground.

I await January eagerly. I'm concerned about making additions to the squad when they've struggled to build any cohesion with too many new players in too short a time but as has been stated in the press the squad is unbalanced and experience is needed.
In my dream transfer window we'd sign Birmingham's Michael Morrison and Chris Martin who is currently on loan at Hull City. Two battle hardened and experienced Championship players who won't come cheap but would balance the squad in my opinion.

So yeah, I take back my scepticism about Paul Lambert.
Everything he's doing is spot on and I was ignorant to consider him in the same vein as Gary Megson.

Keep it up Paul, we're right behind you!
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Good news for Romford's famous alternative to chips...
at 17:42 2 Nov 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46071019
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Is anyone live tweeting tonight's meeting?
at 18:46 1 Nov 2018

There's usually someone that does...
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Man makes unfunny joke about vegans and gets the sack
at 14:08 31 Oct 2018

*sighs*

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46042314
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Dean Gerken
at 23:22 30 Oct 2018

Just looking at his career appearance record after someone mentioned Lambert was his Manager for a bit at Colchester.

It turns out at every club the pickle has been at in the proceeding season after playing the majority of the games he has never retained his spot as number one. The closest he came was during that season with Lambert, although his game time was still cut roughly by half.

He has only reached approximately 40 games on three occasions in his career.
- once for Colchester United
- once for Bristol City
- once for Ipswich Town

Well, I found it interesting...

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I love the Simpsons but it's clear all is not well in Springfield currently.
at 20:36 29 Oct 2018

I'm sure most of you are aware of Hari Kondabolu's film "The Problem with Apu" in which he basically tries to call out The Simpsons and Hank Azera for being racist due to their representation of the character Apu.

I just read this article on BBC News claiming that they're writing him out of the show completely.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-46017390

I'm pretty disappointed if that is the case.

I'd be interested to know what Hari Kondabolu, Nish Kumar and other retrospective critics of Apu's character and representation would make of this documentary response.
I watched it this morning and found it really difficult to disagree with what the chap had to say.

I'd say its a must watch for all Simpson's fans.


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Not happy with that appointment.
at 00:24 26 Oct 2018

These are dark days.

I loved Lambert in the middle of the park for the hoops but in my opinion he's not much kop as a manager and certainly not the man to do the kind of job we need.

It's got nothing to do with his Norwich connection, I really wanted us to bring in someone who bleeds blue and white. Someone who would respect the traditions of the club and knows how to develop young talent. Instead we've got a journeyman who has failed to impress in jobs more often than not...
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Sky Sports News saying he's sacked...
at 16:47 25 Oct 2018

N/T
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David Johnson - Blue Monday Podcast
at 11:25 24 Oct 2018

Very enjoyable and an interesting insight into Jonno's time at Ipswich. I really enjoyed where he spoke about Jim Magilton and how his arrival raised the standard for all the players at the club.

Ben got a bit excited talking about the 1999/00 play off semi final at Portman Road and although Jonno said a bit about it I'd have liked to have heard a bit more about the treatment they received from the Bolton defenders. I specifically remember David being picked up and thrown up in the air yet they still claimed it wasn't a penno! Whenever I watch back the highlights now I love the way Magilton goes straight up to Whitlow after he scores and the handbags at dawn, would have been nice to get a bit of insight about the game.

I found his revisionism of his international career interesting too. He claimed he went with England then Scotland then Wales then Jamaica, where as actually he started with Jamaica and played in a few friendlies before being called up by England B and ultimately hawking himself around the international scene. I believe during his successful time at Forrest Jamacia tried to call him up again but he turned them down?

Enjoyed his comment on Harewood, he always came across as that type of player to me whenever I saw him for West Ham.

Jonno mentioned his lad is a player a few times, does anyone know where he plays?

Good Work lads, hope to see a few more legends on the podcast soon.
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Just noticed two dodgy emails in my junk folder...
at 09:45 21 Oct 2018

Any one else had anything like this?
They didn't actually get the correct password in the first one but did in the second which is slightly concerning, especially as it appears to have been sent by myself to myself.

"Hello!

My nickname in darknet is joshia68.
I hacked this mailbox more than six months ago,
through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time.

So, your password from ****** is ******

Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my virus intercepted all the caching data on your computer
and automatically saved access for me.

I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history.
Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos.

I was most struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit.
You have a very wild imagination, I tell you!

During your pastime and entertainment there, I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching.
Oh my god! You are so funny and excited!

I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right?
If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $856 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.

Send the above amount on my BTC wallet (bitcoin): 1NXNt72qfMhPZDffUEqryCYpEUzyR6LmgH
As soon as the above amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted, I do not need it.

Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device.
Also, I'll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!

Since reading this letter you have 48 hours!
After your reading this message, I'll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter.

I hope I taught you a good lesson.
Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don't enter your passwords anywhere!
Good luck!"
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I'm just gonna leave this here...
at 09:49 19 Oct 2018

Regardless of religion, political persuasion or any of the other myriad of ways that appears to divide people on this football forum I think we can all release a collective "WTF" about this story.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45911160
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Intensive Driving Course/Driving Instructors/Help
at 15:13 18 Oct 2018

Good Afternoon all,

I recently booked an intensive driving course for the first weekend in November, running through to the following week.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the company I went with are no longer able to uphold my booking, which has left me in a bit of a pickle.

Does anyone have any recommendations for companies or instructors who run such a course that might be able to fit me in over those dates at short notice? I know it's quite a tall ask but I've already booked the time off and my work isn't particularly flexible unfortunately and becomes even less so the further towards December we get.

Any help gratefully received. Thanks in advance TWTD collective.
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Didn't someone on here say they were duped by these?
at 20:47 14 Oct 2018

Scum Lynn, sub-human scum.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-45829270
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One of my favourite writers has been sacked by Marvel/Disney...
at 19:09 14 Oct 2018

Chuck Wendig writes a lot for the Star Wars expanded universe and has been involved in both graphic novels and traditional books.
In the last few years he's got a lot of stick for including homosexual characters in his writing for Star Wars, real vitriolic and horrible stuff online making threats to him, his friends, his family, etc.

I've just read that Disney/Marvel have decided to let him go due to the amount of hate that has been directed to him over this. It's really made me quite sad, beyond the fact his writing is great what kind of message does this send?!
This really flies in the face of the values I thought Marvel/Star Wars stands for, the inclusive yet diverse nature of comics like the X-Men is what made them!

Disney have let the nut jobs, bullies and bigots win again.

Chuck writes about this here for anyone that's interested...

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2018/10/12/in-which-i-am-fired-from-marvel/
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Wilf Zaha, Nathanial Clyne, Adam Lallana, Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Kieron Dyer
at 20:26 4 Oct 2018

What do these players all have in common?
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Thought I'd draw up a list off the top of my head of...
at 19:57 4 Oct 2018

All the bang average players in the last 20 years who would walk into our team now.

Gary Croft,
Alun Armstrong,
Richard Naylor,
Owen Garvan,
Ian Westlake,
Matt Richards,
Tommy Smith,
Luke Hyam.

All offer more than the current incumbents.
It's come to something when your first team make the squad players of yesteryear look like regular starting material
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Brewdog Beers
at 18:32 4 Oct 2018

The wife set me the task today of doing the online grocery order, not something I enjoy but it does usually mean I get a chance to sneak in a few extra cans that I wouldn't if we were walking around the supermarket.

Today's sneaky inclusions are both Brewdog beers that I'm yet to try.
Their standard IPA and some kind of grapefruit infused concoction, has anyone tried either? I'm familiar with punk, Elvis juice and dead pony club and enjoy them all so I'm hoping these two turn out to be palatable too.

I always have Ghostie in reserve in the garage but I don't actually drink that much at home usually.
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I'm pretty certain we're going down, what are the odds at the moment?
at 16:42 4 Oct 2018

If it's worth sticking a wedge on it I think I might, just to soften the blow.
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