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  1. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    Mmmmm, Rule 9 - deleted 😳
  2. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    Not much left after the staggeringly ineffective bureaucracy and greed of the unelected (and the elected ones) parasites and groupies have sucked up their fat salaries, benefits and pension pots. Burn them all I tells ya! What was this thread about again..... oh, yes, pot bellied pigs in lycra balancing their tiny balls sacks on a strip of leather whilst blocking all the roads.... Burn them all I tells ya...!
  3. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    Where did you find that? It's AWESOME and stands very well with the debate I initiated at a Parish council meeting recently. My presentation was that, just in time for the late Summer / early Autumn flash downpours (combined with poor land management and soil erosion as a consequence of intensive and irresponsible agricultural practices) , we will expect, the same as every year, to see the LA and agricultural contractors out on the roads flailing and casting all their shite all over the carriageway to cause a hazard and block the surface water drains leading to flooding and the associated road hazards. Having been down this exact path with the highways department last year - and found them desperately lacking in intelligence and responsibility - I thought I'd pass it in via the County councillor this year. He was no better, worse in many respects. At least highways came back with a (at face value) reasoned response something along the lines of "..we risk assess that the potential harm from debris on rural roads and the potential to block surface drains is acceptable..." Although that kind of fell apart when I highlighted that the specific section of road I was using as an example was in flood risk zone 3 and that frequent road flooding occurred and that serious RTAs had also occurred as a result of the flooding. That kind of blew a hole into the "...we risk assess..." argument especially as the Jonny I was in contact with admitted that their so-called risk assessment did not take account of flood risk mapping. Anyway, the County councillor's response was priceless - "...I've had a look at my neighbours hedges and decided it would be unreasonable for him to have to clear up all the mess he made after flail cutting..." So that's it as far as I'm concerned, cut a hedge by the road side, fell a tree by the road side, construction sites that track mud or debris onto the highway.... Don't worry about it, just leave it all where it lays. If its OK for the farmers it must be OK for everyone else no? But, as far a Parish / District councils talking utter BS, that part I have to whole heartedly agree!
  4. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    Nah, he’ll never “tyre” of grumbling until he’s got someone in the “frame” for it!
  5. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    That’s “pumping” it up rather Ti, I wouldn’t want to be “saddled” with that sort of label (even if it is quite accurate!) I guess you’re right to be concerned though, there could be issues of vicarious “lycra”-bility..... 😂
  6. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    Get on the blower to the local constituency office Mr S. https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/mp-seeks-urgent-reassurance-over-velo-south-1-8639175 Or arrange for an “anonymous, accidental and uncontrollable” hydraulic hose to split sending a fine spray across the carriageway just before start time. Set up deck chairs, gets some beers in, make sure the GoPro is fully charged and settle down to an entertaining day of watching the action! 🍺🍔🎬🎥⚠️⏳🎳 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️
  7. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Had to be done...

    Both statements are fundamentally flawed Richard 😳
  8. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Recording Business Phone Calls

    Many thanks for your kind thoughts Mr S!! 😆 I've already tested it and I'm happy with the functionality (but I'm not entirely sure that's what you were hoping for 😂)
  9. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Recording Business Phone Calls

    Customer reviews aren’t too hot for that app Christopher? Mick, not withstanding it being Sunday an all, that’s lazy!! You don’t have to tell ‘em if it just for personal record, you do if you intend to release to a 3rd party. On the basis that there’d be no point having the audio in the case of a dispute if you couldn’t release it to the Beak, I’m going with the tell ‘em approach. Privacy policy updated at website, acceptance of quote is acceptance of T&Cs so its as simple as that. Hopefully never have to use it but it’s there in case.
  10. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Credit card purchases self employed

    😂😂😂
  11. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Credit card purchases self employed

    Nectar points.... Forgot about that one but it was an issue with business travel in a previous job. Folks were creaming the points in!
  12. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Recording Business Phone Calls

    Following a recent unfortunate tale about a fellow arb getting screwed over by a long standing / trusted client engaging his services to take down a neighbour’s tree on the understanding that the neighbour had agreed to pay, only to find that the neighbour won’t pay, it got me thinking. (The circumstances are the circumstances – no need to comment on that – it was a long standing and trusted client!) I know I "think" I'm quite a good judge of character and haven't been done over like this yet, and that probably 90%+ of tasks are after a written quote / acceptance, but there's always a first time and (along with some other unrelated circumstances which would benefit from a usable record) it got me to thinking about the usefulness of recording conversations / phone calls. The “…whilst you’re here…” sort of additions for example. I have been looking at kit that suits this purpose for a while and there is a vast range of quality / price point on the market. I settled on the RecorderGear PR200 Bluetooth Cell Phone Call Recording Device because it has the function of a (reasonably) covert room voice recorder AND a phone call recorder and it was cheap enough not to matter if it was shite. It arrived last week and I’ve had a good play with it – most satisfactory given the price point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjpw-ll7Yy4 There are some legal considerations but nothing too challenging if you already have a grip on the GDPR regs. https://www.businesssystemsuk.co.uk/is-call-recording-legal Worth a thought, the potential inconvenience with this item is that you use it instead of the phone to make / receive the call. Not too much of a drama though and I’m thinking, I can plan / schedule the calls I want to record to a time and place that is convenient. Job done, no confusion over what was agreed. Maybe a bit OTT just for general tree business use – any thoughts?
  13. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Credit card purchases self employed

    Totally agree! (for OP, ignore the next question, it's just a technical point which IOTR might have a view on but it's probably so insignificant an issue as to not make any difference to anything in the real world!) Supplementary question for IOTR.... Where personal credit card purchases result in 'other' rewards such as air miles, cash back etc, I'm guessing where these relate to business transactions on the personal credit card that they should be recorded as BIK...? I know, some things are better just not asked 😄
  14. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Had to be done...

    Nice one Royal! 😂
  15. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Had to be done...

    Historically, they have been quite tricky to do (apparently) so always had sweep in to do it. We met him when we moved here about 10 years ago, he’s a cracking bloke, been friends ever since and it’s always nice to see him. It’s one of those jobs I guess, could do it meself but time / cost / social element means it’s easier to ask Mark to come round. I’ve had all the chimneys lined since so it’s probably easier now and something I should get around to doing myself. On balance though, he’s got all the gear, got the knowledge and experience, it’s quick, clean and usually quite sociable if he’s not flat out for the next job.

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