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  1. chadders

    Winter tyres

    I used to swap between summer and winters as well but Cross Climates have worked well for the last few years.
  2. I've renewed for another 3 months.
  3. I've fought for payrises for my staff who then subsequently left. If the overall package is still not competitive it's disappointing if they leave but you did your best for them and would probably do the same in their position. You wouldn't be a cunt and I reckon there's a good chance your manager would understand. Money talks.
  4. Given the state of the EU finances why would we want to take on a liability like that?
  5. Wasn't it supposed to leap the English Channel though, like Evel Knievel over the Grand Canyon? Or am I getting mixed up with another pledge?
  6. Round here a lot close for the winter and go to their villas in Spain.
  7. I wouldn't be surprised to see that improve, the same way as Lowestoft seems to be going. There seems to be money moving in with the wind farm work. We had a holiday flat in Hunstanton quite a few years ago, bought when the area was pretty run down. It didn't take that many years for the place to turn around although I haven't been back there for a few years now.
  8. Norwich to London in 90 and the dualling of the A11 have made Norfolk a lot less of a backwater now. Quite a lot of houses around us have apparently sold to people who can work from home a few days a week so it's a bit of a double whammy price wise.
  9. Inspector Morse, in 1992, I think. The Avengers with Diana Rigg also filmed there as did Bliss, where the village primary school children played a part.
  10. You might recognise this pub from your travels: They changed all the village signs for this episode which was a bit disconcerting if you weren't warned about it.
  11. How could he though given the hours that he works?
  12. It's not just London. Our youngest and his girlfriend rent a one and a half bedroom, i.e. a small boxroom, flat in Oxford and that's 1,500 a month.
  13. I didn't say own. Most people have mortgages on their houses and very few have stable blocks, paddocks or sunken gardens, at least in my experience.
  14. Would you class someone with 3 houses as wealthy? If so who did you fuck over?
  15. People still living at home, which is not too far from work. Some of our junior admin staff were in this category.
  16. Which makes sense as occasionally there's contaminated batches and they'd want to have the details of who had had them to hand and a clear audit trail.
  17. Is that Tom's Hill Road? If it is I once had to ride my wife's trike down there, after she'd been pooling around Ashridge, that sharp corner was interesting.
  18. Sometimes it can make sense viewed through a prism of share options and the share price. Run it into the ground over, say, five years to boost the share price, exercise your options and leave a multi millionaire. Shortly afterwards the firm is recognised as a smoking wreck but you've got your money. One of the worst aspects of capitalism.
  19. Given the rate of staff attrition I would expect there's a red flashing light on some senior management information dashboard as well as concerns in HR. It doesn't reflect well on the latter if all the staff have disappeared and it also puts their nice comfy jobs at risk. It may be that the problem has been identified and a search for a solution underway but you're too far down the food chain to be told it. I had this at times, my staff would complain bitterly about things but I couldn't tell them about the plans to fix them. I could hint but that was it.
  20. I've been in this position. You become the whipping boy as you're the only one physically there for them to take their frustrations out on. I agree with getting out and would be working on finding a new job at warp speed. When it all finally falls apart, and it will, you don't want to be around when the witch hunt takes place. Sorry for being so negative.
  21. Sometimes it's for a different reason: Officials said last week that the U.S. Air Force paid about $10,000 each to replace toilet seat covers on the C-5 Galaxy, a Vietnam-era military cargo plane that is still in service, at least three times and as recently as last year. The Air Force says with the Lockheed’s C-5 production line no longer active, there is no company with a fully staffed assembly line ready to produce exactly what it needs. That means the government has to hire a manufacturer to make a mold of the original toilet seat cover, redesign two-dimensional drawings to make sure the cover fits, manufacture a mould for the part, and then produce it — effectively reverse-engineering the toilet cover and building it from scratch.
  22. As you aspire to be a CEO with your own business how do you think your posts on this thread or Facebook etc. will go down with potential suppliers and/or customers if they see them? And paying with cash won't necessarily help that much.
  23. Wouldn't you need hydrofoils though to take advantage of these? It'd be a bit like Largos boat in Thunderball.
  24. If you wanted it to leap over things you could probably develop a thrust vectoring mechanism, use a heavily reinforced version of the V1 launching ramps or develop it along these lines. You might need to find a modern day Hanna Reitsch though.
  25. I wasn't inspired by anyone as such as all were existing businesses with various existing or potential problems. Jim Ratcliffe would be my choice though with INEOS. Tony Stark wouldn't as I'm not sure Hollywood scriptwriters inhabit the same world as me.
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