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Tiny Tim

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  1. Sorry Tim, but I will stick to Islay.

    I dont trust your judgement 'cos I know you have odd tastes!

    As an aside whilst I have you on ignore in another place I make an exception for the posts you make on here. Im very forgiving like that.

    No worries, don't think we will ever see eye to eye. Happy to be ignored, I have two kids so I'm quite used to it  ;)


    The JW Green Label and Double Black have a fair dose of Islay in them and are a pretty decent drink.


    I am sat here with a glass of Laphroaigh Quarter Cask which is rather good despite being a NAS - decent kick to it and the flavour lasts a good while. Worth a try if you could lower yourself to listening to a rah rah.... 

  2. Having now tried a few JW blended whiskies I am no longer such a single malt snob, there are some pretty decent blends out there.


    Not so long back I spent a happy morning at duty free at Terminal 5 with a friendly salesperson who was more than happy to let me try all sorts of whisky. I still prefer Islay but I am now open to trying other whiskies.

  3. Why the hell does Adobe Acrobat Reader need to reboot my system after updating itself? What core system files is it updating and why given it's just a document viewing tool.

    And why does the bloody update option say "Adobe Reader needs to reboot to apply updates" but when clicked it actually reboots the entire system.


    You're probably due a Java update too....(and the bl**dy thing will ask if you mind them updating your home page to Yahoo and setting it as your default search engine  :angry: )

  4. Blimey

    My 33500 is in 18 months

    Since switching from driving to work everyday to working from home full time my annual mileage has plummeted. My car now spends most of the time sat in my garage and maybe comes out 3 times a week. Most of my work travel is internationally and I get a taxi to the airport.


    My monthly trip to the petrol station is something of a novelty, sometimes I can go 6 weeks between visits.

  5. Interested in one of these. What's the sound quality like?

    To my untrained ear it is pretty good. We do have a few around the house and have been really impressed with them. We have a pair in the lounge that are paired to give stereo sounds and they sound really good even at a reasonably high volume.


    The app to control them is very user friendly. We use Spotify for streaming music.


    The Play 1 is currently on special offer at Amazon/John Lewis etc, £30 off the regular price

  6. I have to go to Ashford for a meeting next month, I asked my admin people to book me a night in a Travelodge or Premier Inn and train tickets. They came back with a quote for restricted train tickets costing just shy of £100 and a room not far off that. If I book an open train return myself it's about £90 and a non-discounted room on the Premier Inn website is about £60. I'll book them myself and claim them as expenses. What's the point in travel booking service companies if they make no savings at all and actually cost more than public cost?

    Oh yes, know that only too well. All our travel has to go through our travel agency who not only charge a hefty fee for each booking but also appear to have negotiated deals that cost far more than what is available to the general public. It is a disciplinary offence to book travel and not use them. Stupid beyond belief, and given that I and many of the 5000+ other employees do a lot of travel no doubt costs us a ridiculous amount each year.


    We have a similar deal for stationery where we have managed to negotiate a deal with a supplier to purchase items at inflated rates that other companies would blush at charging, we also get to wait a week or more for delivery. Presumably they have not heard of Amazon.

  7. Too many people think like this and it's just wrong. If a car indicator is flashing then that's a risk flag that a trained driver can interpret. It's not an absolute signal of intent, it's a flag that the vehicle may do something.

    Drivers who don't indicate when they should are cretins who deserve no courtesy on the road at all.

    On a local facebook page there was one lady ranting about an incident where she was driving on the inside lane of a duel carriageway and started indicating to pull out but had to break sharply because the car in that lane overtaking her did not slow down. She was convinced that she had right of way to pull out because she was indicating and that the other driver was in the wrong. She also commented that she was doing nearly 60mph (the road is national speed limit) so the other driver must have been going at dangerous speeds.


    This lady was convinced that if you indicate you automatically get right of way. It was quite scary watching her try and defend herself as she was convinced the other driver should have allowed her out because she had her indicators flashing.

  8. I had one agency take some permanent adverts I'd put through the NHS Jobs portal, advertise them themselves, get the very narrow niche skills individuals who might be tempted to apply interested with promises of excessive salaries, send me their CVs and follow it with a notice that they'd "introduced" these candidates to us therefore we could no longer hire them through NHS Jobs without paying their introduction fee.  They did much like with you and get all blustery about suing if we dared not pay them the money despite us having no contract with them and the advert specifically stating that the role is not eligible for being filled by agency candidates.  They stopped contacting me at that point but I did receive a LinkedIn request from the recruiter asking me to become a contact.


    It did one thing though, it added an extra name to my "avoid" list for decent agencies in future.


    I enjoy being contacted by the 'head hunters' who list themselves on Linkedin as having extensive experience in recruiting clinical professionals and that they strive to always find the right role for the individual....then you notice that they graduated from university 3 months ago and this is their first proper job (apart from working weekends at BHS and a paper-round)

  9. My company gives £1000 (after tax) if I nominate someone who gets recruited. They want to avoid agencies if at all possible.


    Similar process here, though depends on the level of the new person but can be up to $3500 (or £ equivalent), which gives an idea of how much agencies charge.


    I've seen agencies charging 30% of total annual package of new person for placing them, usually payable long before the person has even completed their probation period.

  10. Having seen the fees that agencies charge for placing a candidate I try and avoid them at all costs. I do have them regularly contact me to ask if I am looking for new team members, to which I say that I am happy for them to send me the CVs and if they are successful I would be happy to recognise their contribution with £100 of shopping vouchers (which is what they offer me for referring friends and colleagues for them to place in roles) - they always seem to decline.

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