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About skyhuck

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  • Birthday 18/10/1969

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  1. I've climbed in horrendous weather, and reduced huge conifer hedges, loading onto a trailer, no chipper, rain running down the back of my neck, no part of me not wet and cold. It's doable, but pretty unpleasant. But I've been trading for coming on 30 years and these days if it's wet, I'ed sooner split logs, look at work/do invoices, paper work or take the Mrs out for breakfast and then the cinema.
  2. “Goodwill” is generally a phone number, many previous clients will ring that number when they want work doing, they will pass that number onto friends etc, the number is probably also advertised in various place. If you buy the number you should get plenty of enquiries, the difficulty maybe converting the calls into work, but if the person they were going to use is no longer trading and it you who tells the client that, you do have a head start on the competition. It’s important when buying “Goodwill” that the seller entered into a contracted period of none trading for say 5 years.
  3. So are they proposing we just go back to how it was pre 1997?
  4. I'm 52 in October, I still do all our climbing. Been climbing since my early 20's. I have found fitness is very important, in my early 40's I thought I was pretty fit, but in reality I was strong, not fit. Started mountain biking 4 years ago and realised just how unfit I was. My cardio was shocking. I'd been a mad keen cyclist as a boy, up until my early 20's, so I could tell just how unfit I was now when riding. I nearly bought a ebike, but I'm so glad I didn't, I stuck at it and slowly my fitness improved, my knees and hips stopped aching. And I started loving it. I now ride a lot, feel really fit and work is so much easier. I don't intend to stop climbing or riding until I stop working, which will probably be when I'm dead.
  5. On tails from the past, My dad tells of an Irish kerb layer and flagged. He the was highest earner on site. He worked on piece rate and was like a machine. Did it all by eye, no theodolite or the like, but was alway bang on. One of the big bosses was not happy, wanted to know why the where paying this guy more than the site manager and way more than any other trades man. But the Forman pointed out he was doing the job for the same price as and other kerb layers and generally to a higher standard.
  6. There have alway been and always will be good lads and duffers. I think possibly the main difference these days, is it’s a lot harder to get ride of the duffers.
  7. The building sites where not unionised like many other industries. Most lads were self-employed and often on piece rate. They were in high demand and wages were high. In the 60's my mum was a nurse on £8 a week. My dad was shuttering on sites and was bring home £24 a week, but he had to work for it.
  8. Are you sure you haven't misheard? Could they be saying "whining"?
  9. That was not a housing crash, low interest rates meant people kept their homes, unlike the crash in the 90's when interest rates were high and people were handing their keys back to the banks and still walking away with debt. The thing that makes house buying so desirable is the alternative, renting. With renting you pay a fortune and end up with nothing. So even if we shift to a system of part buy, part rent, due to the cost of houses. It's still better to own a very small portion of your home, than rent someone else's. Also, I'm not sure why you keep referring to the government when talking about interest rates, the government no longer sets the base rate.
  10. skyhuck


    You have to dig?
  11. Tragic, feel for all concerned. Only the good die young, RIP.
  12. This stuff is hilarious, almost as funny as the clowns that buy it 🤪 Most of us have pets that are chipped, have you ever had the chip read? It generally requires several people to hold the animal down, while someone else waves a wand over the poor creature in an effort to pickup a signal. And those chips are way to big to go down a syringe needle.
  13. Burning is perfectly legal, so long as its stuff that's grown on the site, not stuff brought from elsewhere.
  14. Again with the glass half empty negativity. I know several open water swimmers local to me, they get all over, in reservoirs, quarries etc, we are a pretty small island, the sea is never far away. I mountain bike most Sunday mornings, there are no traffic jams before 10am on a Sunday. We have thousands of fantastic bridle ways and trails covering masses of the most stunning country side. I'm always amazed how few people get out there and take advantage of this fantastic asset on most peoples doorsteps.
  15. Hang on! A few post back you were saying how terrible rising wages and inflation were and how they were going to destroy the UK? Surely that's taking us nearer to the utopian Swedish model?


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