Insignificant Things That Make You Happy.

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Re: Insignificant Things That Make You Happy.

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Docca wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 1:49 pm I set up my own LtD company.

This is small beans for some of you, but for someone that’s been institutionalised in the public sector for decades…it’s a bold step 😀

I’ve been offered a retainer for a few grand a month for some advisory work. Minimal lifting- can do in spare time.

So I’ve also registered with a great accountancy that will keep me honest.

It’s a totally new area for me. I’ll still have my regular job ( although can reduce hours I guess).
Get in touch with Mad Liz for tax stuff.
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Docca wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 1:49 pm I set up my own LtD company.

This is small beans for some of you, but for someone that’s been institutionalised in the public sector for decades…it’s a bold step 😀

I’ve been offered a retainer for a few grand a month for some advisory work. Minimal lifting- can do in spare time.

So I’ve also registered with a great accountancy that will keep me honest.

It’s a totally new area for me. I’ll still have my regular job ( although can reduce hours I guess).
One of those things to tick off. Keep an eye on the acoountant, some if them rely on apathy to take the piss. Mine started out OK but after a takeover they saw me as a cash cow.
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Re: Insignificant Things That Make You Happy.

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I took my KTM to get it's first CT (French MOT) this afternoon.

No brake tester, but an emissions tester;. which was surprising. His front paddock stand couldn't cope with the KTM so I lent the bike over its side stand to get the front wheel up for him. Then this happened .....

CT Guy (in French): Does the ABS warning light go out when you start rolling

Me: Oui oui, apres 5kmh

Thankfully he believed me and now my KTM is fully legal in France !
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Jody wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 4:02 pm I took my KTM to get it's first CT (French MOT) this afternoon.
I need to get mine organised.
My CT tester is pretty laid back but I dunno how he'll react to my mid 90s bitsa.
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Sausage, mash, onions and gravy! :thumbup:
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DefTrap wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 4:25 pm
Jody wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 4:02 pm I took my KTM to get it's first CT (French MOT) this afternoon.
I need to get mine organised.
My CT tester is pretty laid back but I dunno how he'll react to my mid 90s bitsa.
It wasn't much of a test.
Wheel bearings, do the brakes have enough power to stop the wheel when spun by hand, do all the lights work, do you have 2 mirrors, is anything loose and then an emissions check.
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Jody wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 12:29 pm It wasn't much of a test.
Wheel bearings, do the brakes have enough power to stop the wheel when spun by hand, do all the lights work, do you have 2 mirrors, is anything loose and then an emissions check.
Sort of what I suspected (the car CT test is rather less rigorous than the UK version after all) and after all this is this is the first time these CT testers have even tested bikes.
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Just annoying that it's 75€ for a basic scan of a bike that probably doesn't even check it's actual road worthiness!

I'm totally happy to take my mates bike for one, but if it's as basic as I suspect (and you've said) then that's a lot of money for very little!! :lol: :lol:
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Rip off France LOLZ.

Have you considered emigrating?
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cheb wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 5:11 pm Rip off France LOLZ.

Have you considered emigrating?
:lol: :lol: :lol:

TBF, the quality of life (and medical care/rehab) more than makes up for an expensive CT :D :D Also, I've remembered it's every two years, so actually it's comparable! Just seems like a lot the first time! LOL (Cars are every two years too :D )
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Letter from the tax man.

I think it's the first one I've ever had that says I've over paid rather than under paid!

£183.20 on it's way back to me.
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Noggin wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 5:04 pm Just annoying that it's 75€ for a basic scan of a bike that probably doesn't even check it's actual road worthiness!

I'm totally happy to take my mates bike for one, but if it's as basic as I suspect (and you've said) then that's a lot of money for very little!! :lol: :lol:
Tbf though doesn't the initial CT for bikes last 3 years?
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DefTrap wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:06 pm
Noggin wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 5:04 pm Just annoying that it's 75€ for a basic scan of a bike that probably doesn't even check it's actual road worthiness!

I'm totally happy to take my mates bike for one, but if it's as basic as I suspect (and you've said) then that's a lot of money for very little!! :lol: :lol:
Tbf though doesn't the initial CT for bikes last 3 years?
It's 4 years here for all vehicles.
Then test every 2
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KungFooBob wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 6:19 pm Letter from the tax man.

I think it's the first one I've ever had that says I've over paid rather than under paid!

£183.20 on it's way back to me.

Same here, but 117. 🥳👍
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Yorick wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:24 pm
DefTrap wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:06 pm
Noggin wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 5:04 pm Just annoying that it's 75€ for a basic scan of a bike that probably doesn't even check it's actual road worthiness!

I'm totally happy to take my mates bike for one, but if it's as basic as I suspect (and you've said) then that's a lot of money for very little!! :lol: :lol:
Tbf though doesn't the initial CT for bikes last 3 years?
It's 4 years here for all vehicles.
Then test every 2
Wow, so in France and Spain you have a pretty useless overall safety test and its not even annual, its biannual? :wtf:
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Taipan wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 12:19 am
Yorick wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:24 pm
DefTrap wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:06 pm

Tbf though doesn't the initial CT for bikes last 3 years?
It's 4 years here for all vehicles.
Then test every 2
Wow, so in France and Spain you have a pretty useless overall safety test and its not even annual, its biannual? :wtf:
It's very strict here.
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Sounds like the UK is doing nicely in the middle ground then.

Hoorah for Blighty.
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Yorick wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 9:19 am
Taipan wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 12:19 am
Yorick wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:24 pm

It's 4 years here for all vehicles.
Then test every 2
Wow, so in France and Spain you have a pretty useless overall safety test and its not even annual, its biannual? :wtf:
It's very strict here.
You've enough ex-pats there, rebel and hoof the spanish out and get that St Georges flag flying over the new MOT stations! 8-) :thumbup:
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'Safety' is arguable though innit? One UK MOT Tester often produces different results to the next.

But yes, IME the French CT is of a lower standard to the UK MOT, and less frequent. But on the other hand you have to get a new CT before flogging your vehicle on, which is different and arguably 'safer' that the UK.

But meh, vive la difference.
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Taipan wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 9:35 am
Yorick wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 9:19 am
Taipan wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 12:19 am

Wow, so in France and Spain you have a pretty useless overall safety test and its not even annual, its biannual? :wtf:
It's very strict here.
You've enough ex-pats there, rebel and hoof the spanish out and get that St Georges flag flying over the new MOT stations! 8-) :thumbup:
There's about 150,000 folk on this island.

Expats?

About 5,000 British. And same number of Irish & Germans.