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**name of company name redacted** Hardship Fund
at 17:47 27 May 2022

This afternoon an email dropped into my inbox with the above title, was busy so didn't read it.
In a previous employment we had a fund for employees to request assistance from and a committee would decide upon its merits, which I was expecting this to be.


Seconds later Our M D called the management team into our meeting room and talked it thru.

Our company has decided to acknowledge potential hardships for price rises Etc by making a one off payment of £*00 gross against our June pay, which I think is great by don't understand why term it a hardship payment. Would rather it was termed a Jubilee Bonus as it's being paid to everyone BUT it must be applied for thru our HR... system.

Has anyone else's employers had a similar sudden fit of generosity?

Might just upgrade the quality of burgers and sausages I take to Edwardstones BBQ
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Take that muggers!
at 21:50 20 May 2022

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-61478036

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Red light runners
at 08:03 17 May 2022

Seems to be getting more and more common. Not just the failed Amber gamblers who go thru the moment they turn red, now seeing them seconds after turned red.

The other morning stopped at a light that has just turned red and a car came from 3 cars back to go thru on opposite side of the road, narrowly missing the amber gambler turning left into the road.
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My summer holiday plans red flagged
at 07:05 16 May 2022

Part of my morning routine is to clear down social media notifications, in my case that's WhatsApp and LinkedIn.

LinkedIn kindly tells you when your profile has been viewed, this morning I have found that "Employer at Bank of Venezuela" has viewed my profile.

In a few weeks we are off to Colombia to visit the in-laws and for the first time I have made advanced plans / bookings for a visit to Santa Marta, which is a Caribbean resort, relatively close to the Venezuelan border.

Kidnapping is big business in Colombia, but it used to take them 3 months to research targets. In the digital age I guess it's quicker and easier.

Will now take steps to re-arrange things.

I'm not worth kidnapping, but at the moment I have a sum of money transiting from savings to credit card in my current account that may make it look like I am.
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Have we all tried the "crack" of spreads?
at 18:19 12 May 2022

Biscoff

I don't have a sweet tooth but once I start I can't stop. So I simply don't but the stuff.

It's lovely.
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Wish I'd got around to reading your replies earlier!
at 21:08 4 May 2022

Car Insurance for young drivers by Pendejo 3 May 18:37
Youngest offspring passed her driving test at the second attempt today.

She'd failed in Ipswich on the January bank holiday Monday, serious fault on the Seven Hills Roundabout.
We were going to the it in with visiting family, who all went down with covid.

Today's test was a lot closer to home, and to get horror the test centre was close to two tricky roundabouts; one with 5 exits and the other just plain confusing as all the white lines of the spiral had been worn away, meaning it often resembles an Arc Dr Triomphe style free for all.I

Sunday and Monday we spent hours driving the test routes, found in line with satnav mapping and verbal instruction.

Anyway she passed.

I had promised to give her my car when she passed, so it's online to get quotes... Cheapest? £3,175. My first insurance was about a 3rd of the value of the car this is near 60%.

Before that she'd had to cancel her learners insurance @£700, 6 months in, paid in full and was offered a £56 refund! After complaining it became £230 they deducted an admin fee and commission.

Back in the last millennium I worked in insurance, we used to give proper pro rata refunds.r

Is it any surprise that there are so many uninsured drivers?

She also



I worked as an underwriter for over 12 years, so think I know it all, but my experience is no longer recent or completely relevant. My experience was pre- analytics cookies etc.

The advice I found most interesting was the 23 day in advance, wish I'd known that one.

We tried with me as a named driver... £1k more, must be something to do with my "exhuberance" just prior to covid era.

She's ended up paying £3,073, black box, 6,000 miles and I now have to hunt for a new car...

Oh and BDS - the car may have a notional value of £5k... But I won't have that money to spend on a replacement!!!
Got offered a 2.0 diesel Focus for free... I live inside ULEZ and it wasn't exempt, so I'll be rooting through Auto Trader looking for the cheapest car possible, unless...
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Keiffer Moore Premiership!
at 13:28 4 May 2022

I didn't register him moving to Bournemouth, so didn't register it being him who sealed Bournemouth's promotion last night.

A tale of "from despair to where" if ever there was one.

One would hope he gets his chance at the highest level next season.

Personally I had wanted Forest to get promoted, I know they still can, couldn't say exactly why maybe because I see similarities with us (sort of), maybe it's because of Brennan Johnson (even though he has nothing to do with us) who knows.

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Car Insurance for young drivers
at 18:37 3 May 2022

Youngest offspring passed her driving test at the second attempt today.

She'd failed in Ipswich on the January bank holiday Monday, serious fault on the Seven Hills Roundabout.
We were going to the it in with visiting family, who all went down with covid.

Today's test was a lot closer to home, and to get horror the test centre was close to two tricky roundabouts; one with 5 exits and the other just plain confusing as all the white lines of the spiral had been worn away, meaning it often resembles an Arc Dr Triomphe style free for all.I

Sunday and Monday we spent hours driving the test routes, found in line with satnav mapping and verbal instruction.

Anyway she passed.

I had promised to give her my car when she passed, so it's online to get quotes... Cheapest? £3,175. My first insurance was about a 3rd of the value of the car this is near 60%.

Before that she'd had to cancel her learners insurance @£700, 6 months in, paid in full and was offered a £56 refund! After complaining it became £230 they deducted an admin fee and commission.

Back in the last millennium I worked in insurance, we used to give proper pro rata refunds.r

Is it any surprise that there are so many uninsured drivers?

She also
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Imagine, imagine, imagine a story
at 15:58 30 Apr 2022

A mid table League 1 side that's been on a downward trajectory for most of the last 20 years, plays a dead rubber game in front of 26,002 fans and plenty of noise.

Imagine if we were actually any good.

Only really made the decision last night and struggled to find 3 seats together low down in the ground. Plenty higher up, by my 82 year old father can be a bit wobbly and last time I took him he almost fell down Cobbold Stand from row S.

Door to door SE4 to IP8 in roughly 93 mins, loaded up Pendejo senior and down to the ground.

He has split loyalties as he's a Charlton fan, but has lived in Ipswich 50 years and has had season tickets at PR.

Me, no split loyalties, ITID!

The 3rd in our party was oldest male offspring, born Manchester, who will go to games with me, not enough of a fan to go without.

4 kids and none of them particularly fussed about football, where did I go wrong?

Thoroughly enjoyed game and atmosphere, love seeing young players come through from Academy... Woolfenden and Baggot looked comfortable.

Who is with us next season who is not? Is Morsey on loan?

Pleased to see Norwood score, shame Bonne didn't.

I've seen 4 games under McKenna, scored 11 conceded 1. 3 wins and a defeat... anyone want to sub me a season ticket?

And so, what turnover this summer? No good signing anyone any good unless the course is exercised: injuries to Edmondson, Evans and Jackson evidence it still being there.

How many 20,000+ crowds?
81/82 when we came 2nd and had won UEFA Cup average was around 21,000.

When the football gods next allow the sun to shine on us make sure you enjoy it.

COYB
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These folks are camped in my local park
at 20:27 9 Apr 2022

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-61050643

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Confession
at 13:35 9 Apr 2022

Last week's home defeat to Cambridge, my fault.

Normally sit Cobbold, but sat in SAR upper for a change. I haven't seen a win from SAR since it opened in 2001.
Last win in SBR was Jim's last game

Have a reasonable record in Cobbold and West Stand.

Didn't wear my lucky sweatshirt.

So there, I temporarily brought back the curse.

Please forgive me.

[Post edited 9 Apr 13:35]
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Apologies that I missed this and have to ask...
at 21:23 26 Mar 2022

McKenna

Did he apply for the job, or was he head hunted?

Either way inspired from the owners, directors and management.
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This IS Roy of the Rovers stuff
at 20:45 24 Mar 2022

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60828965

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COYB!
at 10:17 19 Mar 2022

For those of you Oxford bound here's hoping you have a grrrreat day.

COYB!

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Driving past Selhurst Park
at 18:50 14 Mar 2022

Youngest offspring's first experience of driving through a football crowd.
She can't believe the "herd" just wanders into the road hoping, neigh expecting, the cars to stop.

Normally empty pubs and bars doing roaring trade.
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Employment Law advice sought
at 13:52 8 Mar 2022

The boyfriend of Youngest Offspring got himself a job as an "Apprentice Recruitment Consultant" with a city based outfit. £ 400 per month rising to £700 after 6 months but uncapped commission potential.

Some details I am sketchy on but...

Effectively they have suspended him because he is not in receipt of Universal Credit, and have not paid him for February.

I asked him for a copy of his contract and received his appointment letter and a blank application form... So no contract.?

To top this off, when he got home his deeply religious parents had a row with him and kicked him and his dog (XL American bully) out.

What sort of job requires employees to be in receipt of Universal Credit, surely no employer can refuse to pay someone?
I've sacked a few people over the years but have always paid some form of notice.

Pishtake by reply sensible constructive by PM please
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Russia's Enemies!
at 18:52 7 Mar 2022

Saw San Marino trending on twitter, allegedly Russia has issued a list of enemy countries which includes Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino and Trayvon(?)

https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/montenegro-on-russias-list-of-moscows-enemies

I guess this is an off shore banking thing for some of those places...

Couldn't find this list on BBC
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Don't Look up!
at 16:45 4 Mar 2022



Hope Commander Koenig and his happy chums are ready for this...
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