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  1. Yeah, that's so true. Mobile companies are able to calculate how much advertising spend is required to win just 1 new client (it's a huge amount of money) so find it easy to justify 'throwing money' at customers thinking of leaving.
  2. I was a Vodafone customer for 22 years, hit major issues over their new Oracle based billing system which Voda couldn't fix - Ombudsman involved and compensation received. Switched to EE whose Customer Service was an absolute breath of fresh air, fabulous. All good? Well...reception on my mobile (SIM only contract - I buy phones outright) at home became poor and the previously competitive pricing suddenly increased - suddenly not good value. Switch back to Voda on a 30 day contract with a new Email address and therefore completely new account - has been perfect, can even take advantage of 5G where available. Voda seemed to have bought all their Customer Services functions back to the UK and thus the service is much improved, not a lot not to like. As our US friends say - your mileage may vary.
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    I bought one of these for a pensioner shooting friend of mine a couple of months ago: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07MJRL3V6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 £123.57 - Windows10 is installed on the 240GB SSD (so boots in seconds) plus a further 500Gb data disk. Obviously reconditioned, you'd never use if for gaming (because you need a dedicated graphics card for that) for everything else it's staggeringly good value. Add a screen (think 24" FullHD 1920x1080 - with a Display Port output), keyboard and mouse and you have a really useful PC. Cracking value.
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    Laptops score well for portability - however they are hard to maintain, the notorious weak spots are having stuff spilt on the keyboard - goes straight through to the hardware underneath, totally trashing the machine. A desktop machine is easier to upgrade and repair.
  5. Living close to JLR's HQ in the Midlands we have got used to seeing them on the roads and I have to say it has gown on me from a styling point of view - the look large on the road, properly big. Having had one JLR product that spent many months sat in the dealership because it had escaped R&D before it was finished whilst I ran around in a brand new RR Sport which wasn't without it's own issues I'd be wary about stumping up £60k+ . I did get to be on 1st name terms with the dealer's service department and even went shooting with the service manager - lovely chap, shame about the product. Like so many manufacturers JLR seem to be stuck on diesel power even though oil burner sales are in steep decline with petrol/hybrid/EVs in the ascendancy - well was before the current global calamity.
  6. I get the feeling that most people on here are not active Facebook users, however if you are then be careful to remove stuff that makes you look stupid, suggest you have poor judgement or a drink problem - yeah seriously. If it's in the public domain then it's fair game for a prospective employer to do 'due diligence' on you as an individual. I guess many are like me and have an account on FB but don't actively use it because many shooting grounds use the social media platform rather than maintaining a web site. Glad you are OK Fatchap. When I've seen this in companies I've worked in I've switched to an open mind over new opportunities for myself. Lots of companies are forecasting a rough period through the rest of 2020 and into 2021 so there is more pain ahead.
  7. Redundancy is a bitter pill to swallow - been there are few times. I've discovered that there is no loyalty in many companies - now I just look at it as 'all square' at the end of the month. Right now companies are having to make tough commercial decisions and when it's your job to let people go and blow the bottom out of their world it truly is the most dreadful feeling going, never want to go there again. I can offer some practical advice though. 1) Let the bitterness go - hard though it is, you have to avoid carrying into the next job. 2) Go to the job centre and register immediately it happens (even if you get a pay-out), you'll get your NI paid for. It's a humbling experience for sure - however it's also an insight into the people who depend on those places for income because they have no intention of ever getting a job. You are assigned an officer who you report back to every two weeks - they are so blown away when you show them the jobs you have applied for, progress made - you actually make their day because you are a bright light in a sea of making-no-effort-spongers. You have paid a ton of tax in your life - get some of it back, it's yours after all. 3) If you have a mortgage/loans - tell the lenders immediately. For mortgages you can often go interest-only until you are back in employment. 3) Use Linkedin (owned by Microsoft) to create a profile of yourself because it's the primary source of candidates for recruiters across a range of industries. Your Linkedin profile should match your CV and should, it possible, be achievement based because that's more compelling than the regular and really boring to read experience based approach. There is a career summary page. Write some text about yourself - use all the acronyms and buzzwords for your skillset because recruiters (they have to pay) search the Linkedin database for skills and companies - get it right and the phone starts ringing or emails arrive. 4) Lots of jobs are advertised on the internet. The recruiter is only going to put 4 or 5 CVs forward for consideration by the hiring manager, so how do you get the best possible chance of being in that shortlist? Never hit the reply button and attach your CV - instead Google the company and call - ask for the recruitment team and the person handling the assignment. brief conversation to discover if the job is still available and that you are interested, have the right skills - ask for an Email address and send your CV direct. The recruiter is much more likely to put you forward simply because you showed initiative and are 'real'. 5) Some crafty recruiters will ask if you have applied to other companies and if so who - you need to avoid answering because you will provide them with intelligence on who is hiring and be on the phone immediately and you don't need the competition do you? However - if they call and ask if you know anyone who has XYZ skill then go out of your way to help. Networking is a powerful tool. 6) There are some excellent job search engines out there, Jobsite, Monster, Reed. Never, ever post/upload your CV to these sites - if recruiters discover your details are public for everyone to see why should they put the effort into getting you a job? 5) Car insurance - when you are unemployed your job has changed - you MUST tell your insurance company. As you know the default position is 'don't pay out' so don't give them an excuse. 6) Don't give up - I reckon it takes 3 months from a standing start to get a job offer.
  8. Fair enough, my mileage varies.
  9. I am one of those time served apprentices.....please explain.
  10. There is more to this that meets the eye initially. So we are out of the EU, perhaps the City of London is no longer quite as a desirable financial hub as it once was? So what is Hong Kong most known for commercially? Global finance ..so you could say that's got nothing to do with us - well it has, who banks with HSBC or First Direct? HSBC - Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation. I suspect Boris gesture is token defiance to China - suggesting that the UK could provide a new home for the Hong Kong finance industry - which was never in the EU. It might attract some of the bigger players commercially, and younger citizens but the older generations will likely not want to move. We'd be daft not to try - especially as our economy is properly stuffed for years to come - all the working tax payers are welcome now.
  11. If at all possible take your vehicle for MOT to a franchised dealer for your vehicle brand that has an MOT station (some garages sub-contract the work to a 3rd party, avoid these) Why? 1) The MOT tester will likely be a time-served apprentice and understand what is normal/acceptable for your vehicle because they have experience. 2) If something fails it maybe a known issue with manufacturer support. 3) Franchised dealers are rarely 'looking for work' as routine servicing of newer stuff is easy money/easily scheduled
  12. The technical innovation in the 828U is remarkable, a proper blank-sheet of paper design. There will be those that argue that something that works perfectly and has been refined over decades didn't need this kind of attention and my only wish is that Benelli fix the technical issues before releasing it to the market. I changed to a Blaser F3 which, going back nearly 20 years to it's introduction was also beset with issues - now fixed, refined and retro-fit capable so manufacturers can turn this kind of thing around.
  13. In a word - No! There are two kinds of 828U: 1) 1st generation - Alloy action (either Field silver or black) Super light, brutal recoil characteristics, trigger like a semi-auto, not crisp, notchy/scratchy. Unreliable ejectors as tripped by a puff of air pressure from slots in the cartridge chambers, some thin-walled cart cases shed plastic into these ports - result ejector stops working, back to GMK to get fixed. 2) 2nd generation - Steel action (always black) 828U Sport, always black, steel action so heavier, better recoil characteristics. Better triggers - when they work - mine used to go 'click' fail to strike the primer , target lost. Same ejection problems and GMK unable to fix (not their fault - they didn't manufacture the thing). So an 828U is a really clever set of technologies, genuinely innovative but they haven't ironed the bugs out - avoid like the proverbial plague. All clear?
  14. My DSR Perazzi has no mid bead, however the Blaser Vantage does and whilst I don't look at either when shooting it serves as a useful indicator when checking gun fit in a 'dry mount'. To the point about the amount of pressure of one's cheek on the comb - being light here is surely a pre-cursor to a 'slap in the chops' when you pull the trigger? I'm sure we have all done it at some point and lifted our heads up at precisely the wrong moment....
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