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 on: Today at 10:03:47 
Started by Rods2 - Last post by tigers_gonads
If I was having tea with Mr. Mueller, I'd be very careful not to pick up his cup by mistake at this point. ;D

Tasty, tasty Polonium tea.



And wear neoprene gloves when handling door knobs too  ;D

 62 
 on: Today at 10:02:15 
Started by Lazydocker - Last post by Lazydocker
But have you lost an eye yet? ;)

I got the (much smaller) circlips moving by levering one end out and then using a screwdriver to 'walk' the rest of it out far enough that it could come flying out like some kind of tiny un-guided missile.. (and then we had to weld bolts on to the bearings to get those out ;D)

If I could get any movement on it then Id try that!

 63 
 on: Today at 10:00:32 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Kevin Wood
.. and I have been thinking about collection too. I have a water butt in the garage loft and a heath robinson arrangement to pump water up there from the gutters when it rains. It's amazing how little rain you need to fill a 200 litre butt.

I use it mainly for washing the cars as the mains water is quite hard here. It wouldn't take much to feed at least one of the loos in the house from this.

The problem is that you need MUCH more storage to make any significant inroads into your consumption. A colleague of mine did a self-build and fitted a massive tank buried under the garden along with filters and UV treatment.

 64 
 on: Today at 09:58:44 
Started by aaronjb - Last post by aaronjb
Tax us out of the arse some more, apparently.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44230033

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health Foundation said the NHS would need an extra 4% a year - or 2,000 per UK household - for the next 15 years.

It said the only realistic way this could be paid for was by tax rises.

I hope you're all looking forward to your pay cuts! ;) Where's TB when you need him?

 65 
 on: Today at 09:55:38 
Started by Rods2 - Last post by aaronjb
If I was having tea with Mr. Mueller, I'd be very careful not to pick up his cup by mistake at this point. ;D

Tasty, tasty Polonium tea.

 66 
 on: Today at 09:55:17 
Started by TheBoy - Last post by aaronjb
Yep, connected car and infotainment hardware  :y

Nice! So you'll be who we get to blame when the Chinese hackers pwn JLR kit? ;) ;D (Ref the recent BMW release)

Sounds like a fun gig, though, so enjoy!

 67 
 on: Today at 09:53:42 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Kevin Wood
I pass at least 2 leaks on my way to work at the moment. Both are pi$$ing out probably the equivalent of an open 22mm pipe, 24/7. Been there since the last cold snap.

Those are just the visible ones.

All of our essential services are suffering from the same thing. Gifting an expensive item of national infrastructure to private business and watching it decay while they reap in the profits, blame the consumer for their own shortcomings, and court government handouts to fund the meagre level of investment they do make.

 68 
 on: Today at 09:50:30 
Started by Lazydocker - Last post by aaronjb
The bits that were basically holdovers from the 1960s were built like a tank.. the bodywork designed in the 1980s was made out of tissue paper and good intentions ;D

 69 
 on: Today at 09:48:13 
Started by TheBoy - Last post by Fuse 19
How does that differ from car allowance?  :-\ Is the lease scheme company sponsored, meaning you have to go via them? (bit like old days)

As I understand current most common setup, is that a job advertises role with "5k car allowance" on top of a salary. So ~416/m, no doubt in 40% bracket, so take ~166 off that. Leaving you 250/m for a car....

The BIK rates then hit you in tax, meaning if you take car you get hit in national insurance/PAYE tax hit. I was looking at Auto Express BIK calculator other day, suggested things like a Tesla could be had for 300/m  :-\

BIK only applies if its a perk of the job

This works by giving you the extra cash which, as you say, you pay NI and tax on.

You then have an option to join the lease car scheme which is heavily discounted (they base the monthly cost on the depreciation based on the price of the car after your company discount and the second hand value plus running costs), you pay for this post tax and NI the same way you would for any lease scheme from a third party.

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 on: Today at 09:46:41 
Started by TheBoy - Last post by jimmy944

As I understand current most common setup, is that a job advertises role with "5k car allowance" on top of a salary. So ~416/m, no doubt in 40% bracket, so take ~166 off that. Leaving you 250/m for a car....

That is correct, then you use that 250pcm to lease a car from JLR "entirely of your own accord" and nothing to do with a company car, its basically a special lease deal that's only open to (some) employees. Normally doing this would incur a BIK as the lease would be subsidised, but JLR (by arguing the cars can still be sold at a profit) has circumvented this BIK charge.

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