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  1. Too many "main contractors" are now little more than a bloke with a phone, fancy website/good contacts and the ability to screw subbies into the ground on price and create havoc for their cash flow. There can be many links like this til you get down to the guys doing the job. Any "profit" has long since gone out of the job before they get any. This is the reason for terrible standards in construction too. A lot of my work is repair work on govt infrastructure and some of it is very recently completed work. I've just made repairs to a car park and the only thing holding a long length on kerbs in place was the compost and bark of the flower bed behind. The "big national contractors" were "finding it difficult" to work out who's work it was that had failed and in the end the college said it was easier to just pay someone else for repairs. The building was 18 months old.
  2. I can't stand him now, he's about as funny as genital warts. Liked him on telly so spent £50 for me and the missus to see him live...painful. Spent 40 minutes coming back at a heckler with a barrage of "your mum" type jokes. Pathetic, as the guy had only shouted "your jokes are shit", which they were. Can only be clever editing that makes him look consistently funny on telly.
  3. Had to leave the room for the tv's sake. Was ready to hurl the fruit bowl through it.
  4. As annoying as those ad's are, it's the Lloyds ad's that really get my goat. Especially the one with the couple out shopping for a pram, where he checks on his mobile phone that he has enough credit limit left on his 4th credit card to buy the stupidly over engineered designer pram for his fugly missus.
  5. They were...before the sellers/landlords got realistic.
  6. Just reduced by £50k..... My link And......rental reduced by £500 a month..... My link
  7. Think they include all Martins and Forbuoys newsagents. Was a manager for them years ago. Total bunch of shysters.
  8. You think many "tradesmen" coming through today have done an apprenticeship? 5 day course from the back of the newspaper is more like it. I'm sure the supermarkets will be eligible for lots of funding by using the word apprenticeship to describe their basic training procedures.
  9. I'd run it through an auction house...you'll definitely get the best price for it there.
  10. Only seen it a couple of times, but it looks like fairly entertaining TV. Certainly funnier than many "comedies" the BBC churns out. With little or no scriptwriting to be done, no huge cast of "stars" and no sets to build I would imagine this is an extremely cheap way to fill some primetime TV. Is it right to give people the gift of a renovated house? I don't know.....is it right to give people the chance to win £250,000 for shouting out numbers and opening boxes on Deal or No Deal? It's all business.
  11. Found this on a builder-y forum I occasionally visit. It is a slow day in a damp little Irish town. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the pub. The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit. The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note. The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works. Sure it's not as simple as that but a quaint way to look at it.
  12. I was in Crete two weeks ago and I heard both the "no tax payable" and "to build upwards for future generations" reasons from different taxi drivers. Both sound like good reasons to me.
  13. And the punchline.........he's finance director for a local business.
  14. Next door to me is up for sale. Went on the market in 2007 at £220k, which was a pie in the sky figure. Now on at offers over £165k. It's been vacant for 5 months because the couple bought a new bigger place on one of the better roads in the area, with the help of a £180k bridging loan off fellas boss. £15k shortfall and counting. The man of the house did say to another neighbour that he thought it was our fault that his house wasn't selling because our garden resembled Steptoe's yard. Neighbour said he thought it was because he was asking too much for it. Our garden has since been landscaped and planted up and looks fantastic. It may now be my fault it doesn't sell because I let the dogs out to bark at viewers in the back garden and crank the hi-fi up a few notches.
  15. Me too......off to Crete in a fortnight. Present from the father-in law....was bound to go tits up with his involvement.
  16. Cold lay tar is a waste of time. It really doesn't ever set properly. Is ok for tiny patching jobs but beyond that...pointless. Says on the bags that you can use it to lay driveways.....probably be better off using pikeys favourite tarmac......road planings mixed with diesel.
  17. I put 100% on it but I got it at mates rates so it wasn't like they got ripped off. Worked out around £18 a metre to them, which for granite bitmac aint bad. Pikeys use the cheaper limestone bitmac which shows through white with wearing whereas the granite stays darker. Problem is in the "pen oil" that is used to make bitmac easier to use when hand laying rather than paving machine laying. It "can" have a tendency to reactivate in hot weather anything up to two years after laying, making the surface slightly soft. This explanation was rejected. I got paid last year.
  18. Please don't come here with tarmac talk. Been involved in heated discussions re tarmac this week. Had subbed a tarmac drive overlay to a mates surfacing firm. They did a good job. During last weeks hot weather there was a slight scuffing of the surface due to the lady of the house giving it plenty of power steering to reverse off the drive. Now they are kicking off saying that I got pikeys to do it on the cheap whilst charging them top whack. I did load the price plenty but nothing like they're insinuating. Spending my day explaining the technical details regarding bitmac compostition has not been pleasant. Told em I'd sort it next week. I'll just ignore their phone number from now on. Told em to have block paving at the time.....cheap muthafookers. This reply could also go in the "Things that shouldn't be stressful" thread. Edited to add.....the lady in question told me, when my van didn't start, that all of lifes troubles could easily be fixed by praying. I said I hadn't got time and would be ringing the AA not God. Our relationship soured at that point.
  19. Would say part time by choice. Though many weeks are full time...this week, for example started on Wednesday. Only did two and a half days last week and was in The Lake District the week before that. Got pi55ed off with quotes being rejected and people saying "We want you to do the job because you come recommended. However, we're not going to pay you that....how about this much?". On top of that the lads were moaning cos they hadn't had a rise for over a year...so I laid em off. Realised I was busting a gut to keep them in work while my margins were getting trashed. Just do small jobs on my own now. Can cherry pick the work. Don't need to spend fortunes on vehicles, advertising, insurance etc. Don't need to spend my weekends and evenings driving all over North West to price work. No. I'm not earning what I was before, but with some small economies, what I earn goes that bit further. I have however reduced my stress load and my waist measurement being a "one man band". Sure it will soon lose its novelty and I'll go back to getting some grunts in to do the sweating, but for the time being, I'm happy in my work.
  20. There was a story line in the West Wing, where President Bartlett pretended not to notice that the camera was still live whilst rubbishing his opponent in the upcoming elections. In that instance it actrually helped his campaign. I feel Gordo's open mike incident may have a different outcome. I was having a sh1tty day until this happened. What a fooking buffoon.
  21. Wow....what childhood memories your daughter will have. Being driven round a load of houses you can't afford and watching you "educate" the vendors.
  22. Funny....always seems to be you and your pal boom boom getting wound up by the mental Tories. You take the bait every time, like a prize carp.
  23. God knows....was a joke really Don't want to look into Browns Benefits on offer thanks....I'm fairly chilled and it will only ruin my day.
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