I Have a Question - Volume 140 - Dynamic Dave

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Strange text message on my mobile - none
I have a Virgin payg phone, a basic no frills Nokia. I don't / can't download anything and I don't use it much - a tenner lasts a month. I don't send text messages and the only ones I receive are from Virgin advising me of cheaper rates. I recently received a text message displaying "The number for (My surname and initials) is (my home phone number)" The sending number is 21230001.
I don't want to reply to the number, fearing premium rates etc. and nobody I've asked has ever received a similar message. Any info would be appreciated.
By the way, I have called the number on my landline, and it isn't recognised !
Strange text message on my mobile - Martin Devon
IGNORE all stuff like this. It usually comes at a price!!!

vbr.....................md
Strange text message on my mobile - Civic8
>>I recently received a text message displaying "The number for (My surname and initials) is (my home phone number)" The sending number is 21230001.
I don't want to reply to the number, fearing premium rates etc. and nobody I've asked has ever received a similar message. Any info would be appreciated.

I am contract and get loads of messages and the odd call trying to get you on another so called cheaper deal,As it happens I doubt any firm could beat my contract :-)

so forget any messages you get (just delete them)and any phone calls,Just tell em where to go-I do as I have had so many

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Insurance home rebuild costs - artful dodger {P}
The policy for my home insurance is up for renewal and I wonder if anyone know's the approximate cost (per square meter) of clearance and rebuild for a 1970's home, or direct to me to a site with information. I fear that with house inflation outstripping real inflation I may be under insured.


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I read frequently, but only post when I have something useful to say.
Insurance home rebuild costs - Onetap
calculator.bcis.co.uk/

Bookmarked after a mention on HJ's forum.
Insurance home rebuild costs - artful dodger {P}
afm

Thank you, just what I wanted.


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I read frequently, but only post when I have something useful to say.
Center Parcs - Clanger
The time approaches for the hawkeye family's wallet-slimming first visit to Center Parcs. Anyone been before? What are the hire bikes like? Any advice? Any horror stories? TIA
Hawkeye
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Stranger in a strange land
Center Parcs - PoloGirl
Haven't been myself but have plenty of friends who have!

Pack light - you can't always park by your cabin, so you have to carry everything up.
Take food with you and take advantage of the fridge/microwave if you have it. If you're going as a family, the food outlets are seriously pricey to get everyone fed.

Can you take your own bikes with you? We looked into going to the Sherwood Forest one, but it seems ridiculously expensive for just two people. Go to Cornwall, ride the Camel Trail and swim in the sea instead?

(Yes, I've just realised I sound like one of those irritating people who says "You don't want that, you want a Mondeo Tdci" when you've just come on and told everyone you've ordered a Fiat Panda. Sorry!!)

Center Parcs - Vin {P}
Notwithstanding PoloGirl's comment, in my experience, you should be able to park within about twenty yards of your cabin.

The hire bikes are great and, in my opinion, reasonably priced. I would never consider going and not having bikes, as the sites are quite spread out. Getting hold of them involves a little planning. We park up in the main car park, get the bikes, ride to the cabin, then one person rides back for the car, leaves the bike, drives the car to the cabin, then back to park up and collect the bike. At some of the sites you can be a mile and a half from the car park, so this is a worthwhile bit of planning.

The supermarket on site is pretty much priced the same as supermarkets outside (much to my suprise) so don't be too worried about using it. Restaurants are the same as similar quality restaurants outside, so eating out is as expensive as it is anywhere - but it's decent quality, with quite a choice.

We tend not to use the pool on changeover days, as it gets very busy indeed. The rest of the time we spend at least three or four hours in there. Book babysitters on your arrival - the main admin centre will do it for you - and go to the pool after dark. It's p[leasant swimming outside in the dark (they all have an outside section, I believe - I've only been to Sherwood and Longleat, though).

One thing that I do think worthwhile is a few quid on the maid service. They will pop in and clear up once you've left after your breakfast, which makes more of a difference than you could ever believe.

Have a good time - we always do.

V

Center Parcs - cheddar
Been twice to Elveden Forest though the last time was six years ago, the first time the chalet was great so we asked for the same one again, it had been refurbed in the mean time and was even better. Good choice of restaurants, supermarket on site, great sports facilities and the hire bikes are, rather were, fine. Excellent for three or four nights, perhaps not much more.
Center Parcs - Round The Bend
Can recommend CParcs. We've used Elveden several times and have stayed at Nottingham and Oasis. It is the perfect familiy short break.

Polo Girl is right in that the Parc is car free but on arrival and leaving days (Monday and Friday) you can drive to the "Villa" to unpack/pack and then you have to return the car to the car park.

You can take your own bikes or hire them. Hire bikes are not exciting but are well maintained.

Tips:

Try to book a villa near to one of the complexes. If you have young kids, the 10 min walk back to the Villa can be a drag.

Get there are as early as you can on arrival day (10am onwards). You're paying plenty so you may as well use it. You won't be allowed in your villa until 3pm but you can get straight to the rest of the facilities. You can also hire your bikes before the BIG queues start.

Pre book activities by phone or on-line well before you arrive. They will give you details in a booklet that arrives 10 days or so before you go. If you don't book ahead, popular activities can be fully booked.
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Center Parcs - daveyjp
My sister was a Centerparcs fan until their last visit. Take plenty of cash if you want to do more than swim in the pool and take lots of food - the retaurant and bar prices are becoming a joke. My only visit was in a large villa at Sherwood and we were a 20 minute walk from anything and walking to the car took over half an hour - a real pain. Bikes were a very expensive necessity - our opinion ws a stay at Ford Open Prison was probably more enjoyable.
Center Parcs - Group B
We went to Sherwood Forest for a week last November (loads cheaper than summer prices) and enjoyed it, going again this Nov. in a group rather than just 2 of us. We didn't find it expensive, but then we didn't do much apart from walk, ride bikes, swim and play squash.
We took enough food and drink to cover all breakfasts and most lunchtimes, and used the restaurants and supermarket for evening meals.
Bikes are essential to get anywhere, we got ours before going to the chalet to avoid any queue; the mountain bikes seemed perfectly adequate to me. IMO £17 for a weeks hire is acceptable, but then we only needed two bikes, not kit out a whole family.
Our chalet was about 5 mins. walk from the main centre; would not be so convenient if we had been 40 mins. walk away. I suppose this can make all the difference to your stay.

Our expectation was that it was posh camping, not hotel levels of comfort, so we were not disappointed. Don't expect a log cabin; most of the ones at Sherwood are '80's blockwork with a flat roof. The decor was a bit tired, but they were renovating other chalets while we were there (including sticking logs on the outside to improve appearance), so may be better when we go this year.
On the plus side our patio doors looked out onto woodland and a pond with no other chalets visible, and being able to sit inside with squirrels coming in for nuts was entertaining.
Was good going into the outdoor pool at night, swimming in hot water when the air temperature is 2'C, you can hardly see for the steam. The "Aqua Sana" spa was good but quite expensive.
My only real complaint was that the crazy golf was carp!
NiMh battery charger intelligence - buzbee
" chargers and rechargeables are so cheap these days its not worth bothering with anything special certainly no need for intelegence
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TourVanManTM < Ex RF >"
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It cost all of about 50p for the part to do this in a charger and it will then detectect when the battery is fully charged, and not over charge it or indercharged it. So it IS worth bothering.
NiMh battery charger intelligence - Stuartli
>>certainly no need for intelegence>>

My AA/AAA battery recharger cost £11.75 and has the "intelligent" microprocessor technology - it recharges four AA 2300mA batteries in under two hours (there are some chargers that can achieve this feat in 15 minutes, but they are still quite expensive).

The intelligent feature means they can be left unattended on trickle charge either in the home or using the car boot's socket without problems for a while after being charged.

However you should never use a discharge function on NiCad batteries (if you do it shortens their life considerably - they should be rechaged when they cease provdiing power) and NiMH don't require discharging either as they have no "memory", but just charge up from whatever state they are down to.
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NiMh battery charger intelligence - artful dodger {P}
Have a look at Maplin as they have an impressive range of chargers and batteries.


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Roger
I read frequently, but only post when I have something useful to say.
NiMh battery charger intelligence - buzbee
I should realy take my gloves off before I type. Or perhaps use more water.
NiMh battery charger intelligence - Altea Ego
the point i was trying to make was that its really not worth dumping a perfectly good nicad charger for one that is inteligent and handles nimh's

with the cost of nimh batteries being so low, and the fact they have a limited lifespan anyway, its barely worth the effort to change
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Textured ceiling material - L'escargot
We've just had someone view our property and he said that because the textured ceiling material was pre-1999 it contained asbestos. He claimed that all makes of the material contained asbestos up to that date. I'm not concerned about his statement, but was he correct?
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Textured ceiling material - Duchess
Certainly Artex and similar products contained asbestos fibres (not sure of the date that they stopped). However the asbestos is the "safe" variety and no hazard to health either in use or being removed. Local councils can be a bit funny about hwo you dispose of it though as most of them don't seem to know the difference between blue and white asbestos!

Textured ceiling material - Altea Ego
no he wasnt and yes he was.

Its true a lot of textured finsishes had asbestos, but it was already removed much earlier than 1999, 1985 would be nearer the mark.

Its only a problem if you start mucking about with it
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Textured ceiling material - Martin Devon
no he wasnt and yes he was.
Its true a lot of textured finsishes had asbestos, but it
was already removed much earlier than 1999, 1985 would be nearer
the mark.
Its only a problem if you start mucking about with it
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TVM is about right. 1984 is the criteria that we work to regarding insurance work, (for insurers).

vbr...............................md
Textured ceiling material - Martin Devon
TVM is about right. 1984 is the criteria that we
work to regarding insurance work, (for insurers).
vbr...............................md


To add to the above, a lot of Surveyors, those very 'competent' people who take your dough, maybe spot a bit of woodworm, (live or extinct), and then suggest the client gets an opinion/survey from a specialist in the field, (who the client doesn't expect to pay, cos they've paid once, usually in advance), those very same surveyors who couldn't possible have a claim against their professional indemnity insurance cos they never make a decision, seem to regard most ceiling coverings as suspect even though the data exists regarding asbestos. The system stinks, but hey, what is £700 odd quid anyway? At least they tell you where the nearest school is.

Beware the man in the pin stripe suit............................vbr..........................md
Textured ceiling material - Martin Devon
Those very same surveyors who couldn't possible have a claim against their
professional indemnity insurance cos they never make a decision.


or even POSSIBLY

vbr md
Electric garage door openers - cheddar
We have a large up and over double garage door, any thoughts on electric openers? Any particular recomendations?


Thanks.
Electric garage door openers - pmh
Steer well clear of the cheap ones made in China , particularly if you have a large door. Ensure that the door is well balanced before automating and if it is a canopy door be aware of the problems of the geometry and loss of headroom.

Hormann and Seip come to mind.

Belt or chain drive have their particular merits, but most modern operators have smart electronics for soft start etc.

Have a look at at
www.garagedoorautomation.com/autoprice.html
and call for a price for DIY installation.

(I declare an interest, as the business is run by a personal friend, but they have been in business locally for over 20 years).
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Electric garage door openers - L'escargot
Our garage's 8 foot wide door is fitted with a Henderson Screwdrive and it works a treat. Because it's a screw drive the door is effectively locked as soon as the screw stops rotating. If you don't feel you can rely on this degree of locking the door can be locked from within by operating a switch on the wall control which immobilises the signal receiver. The door automatically stops and reverses if (a) it fails to close completely in 30 seconds or (b) it comes into contact with an object which prevents it closing completely. We weren't too keen on it when we first bought the property but we've grown to like it. It certainly looks a lot more professional than some chain drives we've subsequently seen. Henderson's telephone number is (or used to be) 0191 3770701.

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Electric garage door openers - Stuartli
I presume this is the Henderson website?

www.pchenderson.com/pages/overview_bl.php?menu_id=...0
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Electric garage door openers - cheddar
Thanks guys, the prices on PMH's friends site are quite reasonable.
Career marketing - cheddar
Any thoughts / experiences of the services offered by companies such as Temple Reid, charging candidates a fee to profile them, establishing their attributes and weaknesses, advise on CV etc and thus "market" them to potential employers?


Thanks.
Career marketing - DieselBoy
Are you thinking of using them as a candidate, or an employer? If a candidate then I wouldn't use them, there are plenty of companies who will do the job for free. For example, I've dealt with a company in Manchester called PSD who got to know me and found me the ideal role. On the other hand, if you're an employer, I'd assume the agency fee would be less as the company get money from the candidates. I've seen the fee from the agency that helped to recruit me and it was frankly scary.
Career marketing - No FM2R
It depends what you're after.

If it is as simple another job where you know what you want, its reasonably consistent with your recent career, it is a reaosnable jump in terms of level and salary, and in an industry you know, then I would say that you were just as well off wiht a normal agency/headhunter.

However, if you are thinking of a material change -e.g.

Manager to Director
Change of Industry
Small company to Large
Change of subject/path

Then, whilst I do not know Temple Reid, I would recommend that you consider such a service. Don't jump in, ask for references, or perhaps examples of their work. I would also ask fo the charging basis - how much and aat what points and how is success tied in.

In addition if you are making a change involving differnet thinking - an example would be office clerk to probation officer - then again you would find them helpful in clarifying your thinking and suitability and also your preparedness.

It also depends how "self-aware" you are to both weakness and strength. The less aware, then teh more valuable such a check.

In summary, if youwere planning a significant change in life or behaviour, then I would recommend such a course of action knowing that the worst case would be a little lost money and the nbest case could be very advantageous on many levels.


Career marketing - cheddar
It depends what you're after.


A good synopsis, thanks. Do they pitch their candidates further up the chain, i.e. perhaps missing first interview stage in which case the client's benefit is a better standard of candidate and a shorter, less time, consuming process however how do they sell the benefit to the candidate, in addition to the career planning do they genuinely open doors that would otherwise be closed, do they have retained clients who will only see Temple Reid candidates?


Career marketing - No FM2R
I can't tell you specifically about Temple Reid and the individual recruiter/contract/company will matter.

Most, not all, high-level jobs are exclusive to an agency. The majority are never advertised. Most companies have at least a favoured agency if not an exclusive one.

The agency will almost certainly be doing one of a few things;

They will be responsible for providing a short-list to a client in which case you should get jump since you will have already made the short-list.- this is good

They are trying to expand their business, in which case they want more clients, in which case they are trying to supply high quality candidates which match the requirements. Therefore they will be eager to please, therefore whilst you might not get a jump, they will be putting you forward where they think you fit, so your success % should be higher. - this is good

They have a number of high quality clients and maintain higher than normal rates because of the quality of candidate they send. Therefore they put a lot of money into pre-selection. This is good.

They're rubbish at their business, not making much money at it, so trying to supplement it by a bit of extra revenue charging candidates - not totally unlike the poeple who ring you when you advertise a car in the trader. - this is not good.

If its important, rather than just curiosity, then I can probably establish where Temple Reid sit on these matters if you wish.
Career marketing - No FM2R
Just had a quick look at them - no charge to employers for placements but charging candidates for the process.

My first thought about that is that a fee for placement can be between 15% and 30% - that's a huge amount of money compared to what can be charged to an applicant. Even executive coaching, which is mind-bogglingly expensive, would not achieve that.

40 employees in 5 offices isn't awe-inspiring either.

I could be entirely unjust, but my gut would probably be to be suspicious until I understood the charging basis and the relevance of success.

By all means drop me an-email with a note of your industry and level and I will endeavour to find a recommendation for you if you wish.
Career marketing - cheddar
Just had a quick look at them - no charge to
employers for placements but charging candidates for the process.
>> My first thought about that is that a fee for placement
can be between 15% and 30% - that's a huge amount
of money compared to what can be charged to an applicant.>>


I agree that sounds an illogical approach, if it works why would any co pay Michael Page etc when they can get a top class, commited candidate from a TR type set up for nothing.

By all means drop me an-email with a note of your
industry and level and I will endeavour to find a recommendation
for you if you wish.

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Very kind, I have a meeting with them and will see how I get on.


The background is that I responded to an approach that seemed to be about a specific role that sounded interesting, I simply made a call though perhaps I was slightly naive, turns out it is a generic description designed to attract a type of candidate, I guess rather like me. The proposition is that they can place me in that kind of role however I need to be be profiled, coached etc so as to be presented as the square peg in the square hole. The fact is if it provides some genuine career coaching, profiling and CV support it might be worthwhile if it only costs a few quid even if no job offers come along however if it puts me into the position of receiving offers at the level so far discussed then even better, ...... still too many "ifs".

I will attend the meeting and report back.


Thanks.
Career marketing - Dalglish
.. I responded to an approach that seemed to be about a specific role that sounded interesting, I
simply made a call though perhaps I was slightly naive ..... I will attend the meeting ..

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i personally would cancel the meeting in that case.
however, good luck in this particular instance.

the following comments are not aimed at this particular company.

my general rules to apply in a "cold calling" situation:
1. " say no" , but if that is not what you can bring yourself to say, then:
2. never pay up front, not even a deposit if you can help it. tell them you will pay only on success or if you are satisified with the quality of the work.
3. seek references from previous customers.
4. ask for statistics on number of successes vs failures.
5. remind yourself of the methods used by time-share sharks.
etc.etc.

Career marketing - adverse camber
on point 4. check what the definition of success and failure is. If they exclude from failures people that didnt get to a final interview then things a re very skewed from some which count number of applications or whatever.
Career marketing - cheddar
Thanks guys, my wallet is closed and my eyes are open, I am going to attend though, I might learn something.
Career marketing - cheddar
I attended a meeting with these guys yesterday PM, the consultant was very professional, went through some assessment and profiling rather like GRID and SWOT stuff I have come across before, reckon that could do me some good along with training on interview technique and a professionally written CV.

It all sounds good and I was shown a lot testimonials, customer satisfaction reports and thank-you letters, all seemed very genuine with only the candidates surname Tippexed out. It went from guys on £25k achieving a step up to earn £35k (one guys was earning £28k working for the MOD, got a position paying £108k in civvy street) to FDs etc earning £140k achieving £250k packages as CEOs within a new organisation.

The process is described as such, I have simplified it a little:

Appraisal of the client?s qualifications
Development of career goals
Determine immediate objectives and relevant types of position
Establish realistic longer term objectives with job satisfaction, income potential and w/l balance
Marketing program, including CV development and identification of appropriate industries
Development of program to ensure identification of the appropriate level contacts
Interview prep and technique to induce job offers
Coaching on negotiation
Follow up counselling once in new role

The interesting thing though is how they break down the exec labour market. Their stats show that 75% of all vacancies and not advertised and therefore not accessible by the individual or agency. TR commission detailed market sector reports so they can form a picture as to which companies will be recruiting at which ever level long before the management team have involved the HR dept, additionally they access the ?closed? market via their extensive network of previous candidates who are now in senior positions all over the place and feed back info on forthcoming vacancies and opportunities to TR via their career advisor. Accordingly the profiled candidate with the impeccable CV has just the right level of contact, pitches in with a phone call, his CV, superb interview technique etc (all long before an agency knows about it) and walks into a role paying 50% more than he was on before.

The cost however is an issue, it runs into thousands, will it genuinely advance me, OK if I got into a new role within three months with a £15k plus hike it would pay for itself however there are no absolute guarantees.


Any thoughts?



Regards.
Career marketing - Dalglish
The cost however is an issue, it runs into thousands, ... there are no absolute guarantees. ..Any thoughts?

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sorry but i shall only make general comments and not aimed at this particular company in anyway.

i personally recommend that £9 spent on the book by Martin John Yate published by Kogan Page ISBN 0-7494-4356-1 will help you come to your own decision. do not be midled by the title, it far more comprehensive than that. the book was aimed at the usa market but has been redrafted to suit the uk. 90% of it will apply in most cases.

also recommended here
www.newlifenetwork.co.uk/16281.html?*session*id*key*=*session*id*val*
A great book on this topic ... by Martin John Yate published by Kogan Page ISBN 0-7494-4356-1. Well worth the £8.99 cover price"

www.trotman.co.uk/tmp_cp_viewitem.asp?ID=2391

good luck.

Insulating a Upvc Shed - Dude - {P}
I have recently erected a 13ft x 10ft Garden shed made from Upvc to minimise maintenance costs, but am already encountering problems with condensation even during this very hot weather. I dread to think what it will be like during winter conditions.!!!!

Can anyone suggest how I might be able to insulate this building with possibly a foam insulation type product and would that adhere to the smooth Upvc surface ok.?? Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks
Insulating a Upvc Shed - Stuartli
Doesn't it have any air vents?
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Insulating a Upvc Shed - Dude - {P}
It has no specific air vents although there are various gaps within the building`s panel that should ventilate adequately.
Insulating a Upvc Shed - Nsar
"that should ventilate adequately."

I think you've found your answer. They don't.
Insulating a Upvc Shed - L'escargot
If the shed has an electrical supply the most effective, but not necessarily the cheapest, solution would be a dehumidifier. They come in all shapes and sizes with some even being classed as minature. Most now have an adjustable "humidistat" so that they automatically switch off when the humidity reaches the set level. Unfortunately now is not a good time to go looking because they are seasonal items. One of the best places to look (in autumn/winter) is B&Q.

I'm not sure that insulation on the inside would significantly reduce the condensation. It might keep the interior of the shed warmer but the temperature of the inner surface of the Upvc would be largely unaffected. And if this is the case condensation will still occur. To raise the temperature of the inner surface to reduce the condensation the insulation would need to be on the outside!
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Insulating a Upvc Shed - nick
Insulation will only keep heat in. If there is no heat source, then no heat to keep in!
Insulating a Upvc Shed - L'escargot
If there is no heat
source, then no heat to keep in!


Humans are a heat source.
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Insulating a Upvc Shed - L'escargot
Dude, it might help if you told us what you do in this shed which causes it to become so steamed up.
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Legal query. - BobbyG
One for PU and other learned friends....

I will keep this vague for obvious reasons.
Person A has won a claim for unfair dismissal against his employer. His legal fees were covered through his Union. Part of the unfair dismissal was that he was victimised by two senior members of management who were also senior members of his union.

Employer has appealed and whilst waiting for the appeal hearing, A's lawyer has contacted him advising that they may be able to settle out of court. However, to get to the crux of the matter, his lawyer is asking him what sort of compensation he would be looking for. A feels that his lawyer should be advising him on how much he should be looking for using their previous experience in the matter.

What should happen here? How is a figure arrived at? A is now feeling uneasy as he feels maybe his lawyer has "vested interest" as the case was against 2 union officials? Is he just being paranoid?

Any thoughts appreciated.
Legal query. - Dalglish
... Any thoughts appreciated


quick thoughts before i retire to bed -
1. quite normal to make out-of-court offers.
2. ask for £50,000

Legal query. - No FM2R
What does he earn ?

Is there any chance that he could lose an appeal ?

What is the basis of their appeal ? (level of award, decision, process, etc.)
Legal query. - cheddar
The lawyer should be able to look a details of similar cases for guidance.
Legal query. - Altea Ego
Further questions

how much did A earn and how long was he there? if its more than 10 years - x two years is salary is a good basis for salary compensation start point.

how much distress was caused to A during the victimisation period?

and what was the basis for for the original finding of unfair dismissal? If it was a serious failing that reflects badly on the company they may wish to keep it out of the limelight. If however it was a technicality then this is no bargaining chip.
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Legal query. - BobbyG
The only info I have is that he was on about £40k, this has now been going on for 3 years, he and his family have had loads of distress, stress and inconvenience as a result.

Not sure what grounds of appeal is, basis for the original finding of unfair dismissal was that he was victimised and basically "set up" by the other two memebers of management. It was against a Health Authority.

Why would his lawyer be asking him how much he thought he should want rather than advising him of similar cases, what to look for, what you should be compensated for etc?
Legal query. - Pugugly {P}
I suppose the Lawyer is looking for some baseline with which to start negotiation.
Legal query. - Dalglish
.. some baseline with which to start negotiation


bobbyg: see

tinyurl.com/fb7um (from www.emplaw.co.uk )

and

www.idsbrief.co.uk/Compensationtimelimits/data/com...m

Legal query. - Pugugly {P}
Given that the employer was a public body there will be issues with this including confidentiality clauses, may be worth getting your advice for your friend from the websites quoted and not discussing it on an open forum in case it compromises. I know I'm being over cautious but the web is a new fangled suspicious area in my line of work.
Legal query. - The Lawman
I am not an employment specialist so this is only really a guess.

Did the tribunal make a financial award? Let's say for example that they awarded £50,000.

That decision is now being appealed.

A settlement now should be based upon the chances of that appeal succeeding.

So for example, if the appeal has a 50:50 chance, then one could see how a settlement of £25,000 would be fair.

Make sense?
Legal query. - BobbyG
Thanks for your replies so far. My pal is away just now so I can't get any more clarification on some of the points you have mentioned but I will direct him to the links and the advice already given. Thanks.
Washing machine in freezing winter - Xileno {P}
Probably one of the strangest questions asked in the BR but....

I won't bore you with the details but I need a washing machine that can tolerate sub zero temperatures. The last one split as some water must have frozen in a pipe. I need a machine that can be 100% drained. Maybe a twin tub?

Any ideas?
Washing machine in freezing winter - henry k
My AEG has a drain tube at the front and it seems to empty the drum and pump.

What about the water supply pipe(s) etc.?
IIRC Water would normally be retained under pressures from the supply throught the external shut off valve(s) and into the machine as far as the solenoid controlled internal valve(s).
Will you be disconnecting the hoses and draining this water off? If so not sure if it is possible to get this water out of the machine.

Then of course there is the normal water supply.

Some details, far from boring, may help us help you.
Washing machine in freezing winter - Xileno {P}
It's for a holiday home that is closed up for the winter where temperatures can drop well below freezing. It is not practical or economical to leave heating on.

The mains water gets drained but obviously some water has remained in the washing machine itself. I was wondering if a twin tub type washer may be better.
Washing machine in freezing winter - madf
We have a Bosch Maxx washing machine. It is low water usage and apart from the supply pipes no or minimal water appears to be left in the machine.
I say that with some certainty because the drain pipe for the pump filter appears to be fitted to the lowest point of the drum and when it is drained about 100cc of water comes out.

Draining is easy - takes about 5 minutes.

I suppose as it is a low water usage machine, stale water left in the machine from the prior wash could affect future washes.
Hope this helps.
madf
Washing machine in freezing winter - mfarrow
If you're just leaving it over the winter, and as this is a motoring forum, what about... antifreeze? Get a good one that is compatible with modern engines so it won't corrode any funny metals then poor some into the drum and turn the machine on to let it pump it out. Anything left it pipes then won't freeze. A rinse cycle or two before it's used again should clear it all out.

Just remember to dispose of the pumped out antifreeze properly.

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Washing machine in freezing winter - defender
as they are all plastic and stainless steel you could use a handfull of salt to prevent freezing
Do cash machines use chip or strip? - mfarrow
Hi

I was told, after my card refused to work in the cashiers card swiper at my bank last week, that cash machines read the chip rather than the strip. Is this true of newer cash machines? I always thought they read the strip regardless of age of machine, and I can't see any characteristic pin maks on the chip contacts as I can on my credit card (debit card not used for puchases).

Incidently the card worked fine at another cashier desk at the same branch a week later.

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Do cash machines use chip or strip? - Stuartli
In the past you often used to see shop staff wiping the card strip on their sleeve or other clothing before inserting it into the card reader - it would seem it was a common problem.


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Do cash machines use chip or strip? - Manatee
Most cash machines have converted to chip n pin. But if there is no chip then they read the mag stripe.

The Shell station scam involved capturing the card details and the PIN via the doctored card readers. All the criminal then has to do is produce a blank plastic with an encoded mag stripe, and use a cash machine. It will default from chip and pin to mag stripe and pin (the old process for cash machines) and out pops the money.
Do cash machines use chip or strip? - mfarrow
Most cash machines have converted to chip n pin. But
if there is no chip then they read the mag stripe.


Thanks Manatee, you learn something new every day. Bit silly switching though if they still read the strip so can't make it secure!

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Travel Insurance & other advice - bobda
I'm off to Africa (mainly Malawi, but will be travelling in Mozambique and Zambia as well) for three weeks in a month's time. It's a social trip and I'll be with three friends.

Any recommendations as to the best insurance to take out? Not necessarily the cheapest, but by no means the most expensive. I'll probably want to insure my camera seperately (value of about £400) unless it's also covered on the insurance policy.

Any other tips, for example recommended Malaria tablets, essentials etc are greatly received.
Travel Insurance & other advice - Peter D
Best deal this year for annual whole wide cover was Norich Union much to my surprise. My cameras are well covered by the policy. There are some single trip country specific campanies particularly for the middle east and asia so worth a Google search or what ever. Regards Peter
Travel Insurance & other advice - Armitage Shanks {p}
Google threw up this site

www.preventingmalaria.info/

NHS direct and/or your GP will give advice. I haven't been anywehere malarial for 25 yeasr so my info is well out of date! Bear in min that some medications need to be taken for some time before and AFTER your travel. Enjoy your trip BTW!
Travel Insurance & other advice - Peter D
I am reminded that a group of guys from my old place of work went off on an adventure and abtain a group insurance policy from an Adventure specialist insurance company and got a good deal with air rescue, medical anyd all sorts of cover. Regards Peter
Travel Insurance & other advice - Stuartli
Your GP will recommend what tablets to take and for how long beforehand.

It's 10 years since I was in SA but had to take tablets for a little while before travelling.

Some advice on tablets, including a new product, at:

www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/travel/205465.html

www.emoware.org/buy-malarone.asp

tinyurl.com/zpp89

tinyurl.com/fyej4
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Travel Insurance & other advice - henry k
Any other tips, for example recommended Malaria tablets, essentials etc are greatly received.

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Most important that the correct treatment for the specific contry/area is identified.

IIRC It is possible if you react to the common drugs, to take specified doses of anti-biotics. Not a common approach to the problem.

The best people who know are the Hospital for Tropical Diseases who will give advice to your GP
Their shop is
www.thehtd.org/shop/products.asp

I would avoid any local experts advice.

If you need them on your return
www.thehtd.org/content/emergencies.asp

Travel Insurance & other advice - bobda
Cheers for the advice.

I've had all the required jabs now, except Meningitis ACWY which I have a prescription for and Yellow Fever which I am having on Monday.
I was told by the practice nurse to ask the pharmacist which Malaria tablets they advise, if they require a prescription, then I can get a phone consultation. I know Malarone is expensive and a few friends did a similar trip last year and they've advised me which tablets to take. As far as I can tell, it's a matter of trial and error!

I'm really looking forward to ithe trip, though..
Travel Insurance & other advice - henry k
I was told by the practice nurse to ask the pharmacist which Malaria tablets they advise, if they require a prescription, then I can get a phone consultation.


>>I know Malarone is expensive
and a few friends did a similar trip last year and they've advised me which tablets to take.


I hope you are joking!!!! Up to date info is required.

and they gave you this sort of information
www.traveldoctor.co.uk/malaria.htm

>As far as I can tell, it's a matter of trial and error!
And death if you get it wrong!!!

You must get the proper advice or you may well be dicing with your life.
The appropriate drug for country and area you are visiting must be identified and then follow the instructions exactly.

>>I'm really looking forward to the trip, though..
I am sure you will have a good time.
Travel Insurance & other advice - bobda
Hi Henry, thanks for your reply, but you've missed my point.
I hope you are joking!!!! Up to date info is
required.


Not really as far as Malaria is concerned. The difference between new Malaria tablets and old ones is the length of time they are required to be taken for on return and before the trip, coupled with the differing side effects suffered.

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and they gave you this sort of information
www.traveldoctor.co.uk/malaria.htm


Good site...thanks!

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And death if you get it wrong!!!


I was referring to the side-effects of different types of medication

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You must get the proper advice or you may well be
dicing with your life.
The appropriate drug for country and area you are visiting must
be identified and then follow the instructions exactly.


Agreed, but choosing the type of Malaria tablet to take is the difficult bit, sticking to the regime is relatively easy.

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I am sure you will have a good time.


Trust me...I will!

Andy
Travel Insurance & other advice - Dalglish
.. not really as far as Malaria is concerned. The difference between new Malaria tablets and old ones ..

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depends what you mean by "old" and "new". in malawi, the old tablets will be useless. the mosquios are resistant to the "old" tablets. even the "travel clinic" nurses in my health centre and some local pharmacists have got this wrong on occassions. that is until they have been pointed to the information below.

personally, i find that the best travel advice is given on these official us websites:

www.cdc.gov/travel/regionalmalaria/eafrica.htm
and
travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_959.html

also useful is the cia guide
www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

Travel Insurance & other advice - Dalglish
and to quote what i said on the "tyres - front or back" thread :-

it is always worth remembering this vital note:
www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?f=4&t=33...1

Travel Insurance & other advice - henry k
Dalglish
Thanks for your links.
It is so important to get the latest info from a trusted expert source.
My daughter, a doctor, and SWMBO have suffered side effects from some of drugs these hence my daughter takes Doxycycline.
We chose to visit the more southern smaller game parks in South African rather than Kruger to ruduce the risks.

Even things like anti Tetanus booster recommendations have drastically changed.
I am not sure what this weeks approach is. Last I heard was - no more boosters after a life time of them.
Replacing Bargeboards - 007

The bargeboards on our 40plus-year-old house are showing signs of rotting so the time has come to replace them with timber or upvc.

The 21st century thing to go for seems to be upvc so as to reduce decorating costs but I have no experience of upvc and am anxious not to sold more product than I actually need or can afford.....for example, I see no reason to replace fascias and soffits which appear to be quite sound.

Please would any readers, who have gone through this exercise or who are in the trade, give me the benefit of their experience and anything to look out for.

Should the bargeboards be removed or can they be clad in upvc?

TIA.
Replacing Bargeboards - artful dodger {P}
I am just about to do the same with my house ,along with the neighbour I am attached to, next month, and like you I have never done it before so I will also be interested in the replies.

The previous owner of my house (Bob the Bodger) fitted a plastic facia over the wooden facia to smarten it up, but he did a very bad job. He did not remove the gutters and did not cover the soffit, so the rotting wood is still visible. Personally I will only work by removing all the gutters, fascias and soffits, then fitting new throughout. At the same time I will ensure that no more sparrows can enter my loft space (starlings for my neighbour).

A builder who lives opposite has already told me where to obtain the best selection of upvc soffits - a specialist wholesaler. Hopefully I might be able to persuade him to get them for me at trade to save a little more.


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Replacing Bargeboards - Pugugly {P}
We did this about nine years ago on a property that was subsequently sold. A national firm came along and ripped out the (poor quality) weather boards - which were glossed white - and replaced with the uPVC versions. It seemed a thorough job at the time - they survived a full blown survey the following year and still seem ok visually when I pass the house. Off the top of my head it was about 2.5k with a ten year guarantee.
Replacing Bargeboards - wemyss
There was quite a few cowboys doing UPVC facia and soffits in my town a few years ago.
They had sign written vans with Master Builder complete with logos and an impressive name such as ***** UPVC Specialists.
They were in fact travellers with a bit more savvy than the ones who sell you a lucky bunch of heather.
They simply pin thin plastic fascia and soffit on and fit guttering for hundreds of pounds.
Usually the next time it rains water is pouring over the gutter as the falls are wrong and of course you still have the rotting wood underneath.
They did several down my Close even after I had warned them that they were incompetent.
The proper way of doing it is not cheap. It is to remove both fascia and soffit timber completely.
Remove down to the ground six rows of tiles and stack. If the roof felt looks iffy.
Splice in any required timber from the roof trusses as the place where any rot occurs is at the bottom.
The same applies to the roofing felt which should be cut back and new laid. It is almost always ragged and frayed at the bottom. Depending how old the house is of course.
Plastic soffit is about 18mm thick. It should have built in vents for air circulation in the roof space.
New plastic facia fitted and guttering. Roof tiles replaced job done.
This is generally how a good tradesman would proceed. Don?t just have UPVC pinned on to the existing timber as you?re wasting your money.

Replacing Bargeboards - Pugugly {P}
That's how ours was done.....
Replacing Bargeboards - Altea Ego
Dont leave rotten timber behind anywhere- it will spread. Its best to rip out all the barge boards if any of it is showing rot. Certainly not left behind and clad with UVPC
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Replacing Bargeboards - Hugo {P}
Sorry, I saw this yesterday but didn't have a chance to reply in detail.

I have just completed the replacement (with upvc) of fascias and soffits on a bungalow. I now need to do the gutters and make minor repairs to the mortar flashing under the tiles on the apexes. This was the first time I did it. It's not a difficult job but whoever does it needs to have their wits about them or have experience.

I would agree with TVM, replace whole rather than just cover up the suspect boards. If they have been up for 40 years the chance are that in our damp climate they will be rotten. In addition I would be prepared to have to repair the ends rafters closest to the gable ends and treat the same and other rafters with wet rot and woodworm killer.

If it's a 2 story house then you will almost certainly need scaffolding. I did the job from a ladder but I'm in two minds whether some of the aspects should have been scaffolded, especially when you are struggling with 5 metre lengths of soffit up a ladder - not very h and s!

A lot will depend on what is up there now. The bungalow I am doing had its original soffit nailed to the underside of the rafters (same timbers as the fascia board is nailed to). The modern way to do it is to have the soffit sitting horizontally. It is nailed to a piece of 2x1 or similar secured to the outside wall and then held/clipped into the underside of the fascia by means of an L shape profile. Hence the insertion of the 2x1 right round the whole house obvioulsy affected the price. More modern properties tend to adopt a horizontal soffit approach, making replacement easier.

You will also be requred to make sure that incoming electricity and telephone services are not secured to the soffit. my client had to arrange for them to me moved. IIRC Western Power did this FOC and BT charged £99.

Reusing the old gutter and down pipes is NOT an economic option. I paid around the £200 mark for enough rainwater goods for the whole house. This is around 7% of the total cost of the work to the customer. The old fascia brackets will be brittle and you cannot guarantee that new fascia brackets will fit the old gutter. I would NOT endevour to reuse the same RW goods on any job unless they were particularly special - such as cast iron or aluminium.

The soffits must be vented. There are two ways of doing this, one is to use vented soffit. However this is more expensive than the unvented. The other is to use unvented and insert vents between the rafters. I prefer the vented approach if the right size is avaiable as it looks completely uniform and it cuts down fitting time, so I save money on the job.

To give you an idea of cost. The client will be getting a bill for approximately £3,500 for the whole job. That includes approx 42 metres of horizontal fascias and soffits with gutering and about 24 metres of gable end without guttering. In addition it includes repairs to the roof. Each corner on 2 gable ends had to be repaired, the third and largest gable end had to be strengthened; and the cement based mortar holding the tiles down will need to be repaired in a few places.

There was no scaffolding and the soffits varied between 6 to 8 inches. Some properties use much wider soffits. Such factors will affect the cost.

H
Insole for trainers - ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
Whats the best, softest, most comfortable insole you can buy for trainers and where would I get them from?

Thanks for any help.
Insole for trainers - OAP
Try:

www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=%22Comfortable+Ins...B
Insole for trainers - bell boy
If you have room for insoles in your trainers then your trainers are inherently too big for your feet and therefore not suitable as you will either turn your toes up to hold them on or tighten the laces too tight and damage your instep.
Go to a proper sports shop and get their advice rather than a kiss me quick and fill the till emporium.....
Insole for trainers - ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
If you have room for insoles in your trainers then
your trainers are inherently too big for your feet and therefore
not suitable as you will either turn your toes up to
hold them on or tighten the laces too tight and damage
your instep.
Go to a proper sports shop and get their advice rather
than a kiss me quick and fill the till emporium.....


I have the correct size trainer. Its just I had a big operation on both feet a while ago and was told it will take about 18 months to heal. 4 months down the line I can wear trainers but the insoles that come with them are not soft enough. Even a expensive pair of trainers are not that good. So i was going to take out the insoles in the trainers and put in a good pair.
Insole for trainers - bell boy
- ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond....................
dont know what kind of foot problem you have but trainers are terrible things for "drawing "the feet,ideally they want wearing for no more than say 6 hours and then want opening up so that all the sweat can get out......and not worn for at least 12 hours again.
Have you considered something like dr martins or something like hush puppies ?even green flash dunlop pumps if still made i always found more comfortable than trainers after an hour.
Remember all trainers are different and most are glorified chinese overpriced garbage,pick a proper pair with the correct arch support and made of the right materials and im sure your foor problems will be over..........ish

Insole for trainers - ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
Have you considered something like dr martins or something like hush
puppies ?


I had 6 metatarsal bones (3 on each foot) broken and reshaped because the shape and problems i've had with me ol plates of meat.
On each foot I have big scars running up my foot like a zip. I havent found anything softer than a trainer to go out in.
I need some extra soft insoles as the bottom of the foot is still sore and will be for the next year or so.

Sorry, I should have put all this in the original post.

p.s. I do own some hush puppies but even they are not soft enough.
Washer / Dryers - BobbyG
My 15 year old Creda washer/dryer has died on me and is beyond repair.

When I bought it I knew nothing about them and simply bought the Which? Best Buy. However, currently they are saying they don't recommend any and their next review is in August!

Anyone bought one recently that could advise me? I would be looking at 1400-1600 rpm but other than that, don't know what to look for! In last 15 years I have used 3 different programs, the 40,60 and boil wash! Nowadays they have 20 different programs!

Any help would be appreciated.
Washer / Dryers - Stuartli
Washer dryers are not as efficient drying wise, nor as reliable, as straightforward appliances.

Creda still make excellent tumble/condensor dryers, whilst the top choice for a washing machine is a Miele closely followed by Bosch and its associated companies.

A Miele will outlast all the competition including its dryers and dishwashing machines - it costs extra but you get a lot more.
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Washer / Dryers - Altea Ego
Bosch tend to offer the best compromise btween cost / reliability and legevity. Tho it has to be noted, based on experience (every white good in the house is now bosch) they are becoming a bit patchy quality wise.

For example, the bosch washing machine. The external panels are going rusty after 7 years, bits of the plastic facia have broken, but the quality of the internal engineering is superb*

*I was curious to see how long it would last so I took it to bits.
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Washer / Dryers - Adam {P}
Ahhh - Bosch - the one make of washing machine I haven't yet managed to destroy.

Our washing machine, for the past 15 years has been on pretty much 24 hours a day. This puts a strain on it so all the others we've had (Zananananananussi, Creda, some other makes) haven't lasted too long. The last one went after it dropped a load of water on the floor then started arcing into it with Mum merrily standing in a pool of water trying to get it to work.

Then ze Bosche came along. It's been dropped, twice (when we were moving house- it's incredibly heavy), it's lifted off in the van (the removal one - that was quite fun) and has suffered washing my sister's extensive wardrobe all day long and it still works perfectly after 10 years. It's still quiet, doesn't look tatty - even after all the stuff I've managed to spill on it) and unlike every single washing machine we've ever owned before it, has never, once needed a repairman.

Of course, I realise that it will now break taking my best shirt with it but it's still been good.

Now can someone point me in the direction of breakfast please?
Washer / Dryers - Number_Cruncher
Our Hotpoint washing machine is 6 years old now, and it hasn't had an arduous life.

The bearing failed after three years, so I put a new one in. This bearing is now beginning to growl a bit, so I'll fit another. To obtain the bearing, and helpful advice on fitting it, I found this site very useful.

www.ezee-fix.co.uk/index.html

With the benefit of hindsight, I think these machines have a bit of a reputation for eating bearings, so I couldn't recommend one.

Number_Cruncher
Washer / Dryers - Hugo {P}
Bobby - do a Google for Comet Auctions. They often have graded washer dryers at much lower prices.

I bought a Servis washer dryer for one of our properties. It doesn't get used a great deal but it's not caused us any grief to date. IIRC it cost around half the normal comet price and just came with a minor dent that I could hardly see.

I try and buy all our white goods this way. Hence I worry slightly less about them lasting several years and treat them as fairly disposable. We just had our 3 year old Hoover die on us recently, but as I only paid £46 for it when I bought it new I wasn't going to cry about it. Its replacement from the same source cost me £136 plus delivery, as opposed to £229 plus delivery for the equivilent unmarked item.

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