Libspero

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    Libspero reacted to wherebee in I can't find the good advice thread   
    Good advice?
     
    simple: watch what someone does, not what they say.
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    Libspero got a reaction from whocares in The make us laugh or fuck off thread   
    An architect, an artist and an engineer were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress.
    The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship. 
    The artist said he enjoyed time with his mistress, because of the passion and mystery he found there. 
    The engineer said, "I like both." "Both?" Engineer: "Yeah. If you have a wife and a mistress, they will each assume you are spending time with the other woman, and you can get some bloody work done."
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    Libspero got a reaction from SpectrumFX in So it's true: Women really don't need men   
    I think you credit people with too much wisdom..  think of all the kids now doing degrees and racking up debt  with no idea what they want to do with them.  And what will half do? Just kick the can down the road and do even more "education" there after.
    Realistically people who are disillusioned are more likely to get depressed and/or withdraw from society (or at least the parts of it causing stress) and spend time instead focussing on other distractions like drinking and video games and probably choosing not to have relationships at all. 
    The latter will of course get the blame.
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    Libspero got a reaction from onlyme in Employment Advice   
    In my experience no new employer has ever actually asked for a reference from a previous employer..  especially when they are poaching them. 
    Put yourself in the position of the new employer..  they know you are already working somewhere (they don’t know about the disciplinary or whatever),  but they know most people looking to leave don’t want their present employer to know.. are they really going to ring up your boss and say “I hear Giles wants to leave you” knowing that it would make for a very awkward conversation with your boss the next day?
    Even if they did..  legally they can’t give you a bad one, so most companies don’t bother,  so most companies don’t ask.  
     
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    Libspero got a reaction from onlyme in Employment Advice   
    In my experience no new employer has ever actually asked for a reference from a previous employer..  especially when they are poaching them. 
    Put yourself in the position of the new employer..  they know you are already working somewhere (they don’t know about the disciplinary or whatever),  but they know most people looking to leave don’t want their present employer to know.. are they really going to ring up your boss and say “I hear Giles wants to leave you” knowing that it would make for a very awkward conversation with your boss the next day?
    Even if they did..  legally they can’t give you a bad one, so most companies don’t bother,  so most companies don’t ask.  
     
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    Libspero got a reaction from onlyme in Employment Advice   
    In my experience no new employer has ever actually asked for a reference from a previous employer..  especially when they are poaching them. 
    Put yourself in the position of the new employer..  they know you are already working somewhere (they don’t know about the disciplinary or whatever),  but they know most people looking to leave don’t want their present employer to know.. are they really going to ring up your boss and say “I hear Giles wants to leave you” knowing that it would make for a very awkward conversation with your boss the next day?
    Even if they did..  legally they can’t give you a bad one, so most companies don’t bother,  so most companies don’t ask.  
     
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    Libspero got a reaction from SpectrumFX in So it's true: Women really don't need men   
    I think you credit people with too much wisdom..  think of all the kids now doing degrees and racking up debt  with no idea what they want to do with them.  And what will half do? Just kick the can down the road and do even more "education" there after.
    Realistically people who are disillusioned are more likely to get depressed and/or withdraw from society (or at least the parts of it causing stress) and spend time instead focussing on other distractions like drinking and video games and probably choosing not to have relationships at all. 
    The latter will of course get the blame.
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    Libspero reacted to Chewing Grass in Is the mud clear? New MOT rules   
    Any car with a seven year warranty will quite obviously never have these problems.
    Don't buy a European car, problem solved.
    Famous Chinese proverb say:  No European car have 7 year warranty
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    Libspero reacted to Option5 in Is the mud clear? New MOT rules   
    I know someone who bought a cheap Audi S8 with a dashboard like a Christmas tree and no MOT due to faults indicated.
    Rewired all the indicators showing as faults to one that didn't, all the lights lit for the pre-ignition checks and then went out. MOT passed.
    In fairness to him he did reinstate them over time as he fixed the faults.
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    Libspero got a reaction from JFK in Tommy Robinson thread   
    I will try to slip it into the conversation next time I speak to him..   provided it’s not his round.
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    Libspero got a reaction from TheBlueCat in Count Dankula/Paul Joseph Watson/Sargon of Akkad 'join UKIP' in order to spite anti-racist campaigners   
    I don't share your world view that everything needs to be us and them..  to the death. 
    It's probably why I never got into football as a spectator sport.
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    Libspero got a reaction from Chewing Grass in Is the mud clear? New MOT rules   
    The logic was sort of sound based on the original point of having an MOT..  if it fails it has a serious fault and needs fixing.  Latest test trumps any previous..  makes sense.   That was when MOTs were about actual important things.
    It strikes me that this is probably just to catch out all the VW drivers who decided they didn't want to take their beloved car to the dealer to have the engine detuned.  But perhaps I'm being overly cynical.
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    Libspero got a reaction from SpectrumFX in So it's true: Women really don't need men   
    I think you credit people with too much wisdom..  think of all the kids now doing degrees and racking up debt  with no idea what they want to do with them.  And what will half do? Just kick the can down the road and do even more "education" there after.
    Realistically people who are disillusioned are more likely to get depressed and/or withdraw from society (or at least the parts of it causing stress) and spend time instead focussing on other distractions like drinking and video games and probably choosing not to have relationships at all. 
    The latter will of course get the blame.
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    Libspero got a reaction from Van Lady in Kleenex drops 'Mansize' tissues   
    Perhaps we've discovered the missing link explaining why so many people have started throwing themselves off bridges in Bristol..
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    Libspero got a reaction from shindigger in Tommy Robinson thread   
    I would guess it is more likely to have been timed for when the grooming gang trial finished..  they wouldn’t have wanted the Tommy media pantomime to effect their sentencing etc.
    If I was cynical though,  I wouldn’t be surprised if the new charges are looking at ways to lock him up for longer because of his Soldier X campaign.  I expect that is exposing the armed forces in a way they really don’t like.
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    Libspero got a reaction from Van Lady in Bonuses   
    I completely believe it,  I have seen similar in our organisation..  most positions paying over 6 figures require 6-8 commitment,  and above that 6 - midnight is the general rule..  plus stress, pressure,  responsibility and accountability.
    Personally I couldn't function like that and agree they deserve the salary.  BUT,  £75m does sound excessive to me.  I would have thought £5m per year should be enough for most..  but perhaps I am massively out of touch?
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    Libspero got a reaction from sarahbell in Bonuses   
    I don't have a problem with anyone being paid any amount if they are genuinely worth it to the organisation.
    His embaressment and reluctance to answer the question is a bit unfortunate..  he should be proud.  Unless he feels he isn't really worth it..  in which case shareholders and members of the boardroom should be telling him to piss off and sling his hook.  
    I suspect there are plenty who could do his job for a fraction of that figure.  He should justify what value he is really adding for the organisation.
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    Libspero got a reaction from sarahbell in Bonuses   
    I don't have a problem with anyone being paid any amount if they are genuinely worth it to the organisation.
    His embaressment and reluctance to answer the question is a bit unfortunate..  he should be proud.  Unless he feels he isn't really worth it..  in which case shareholders and members of the boardroom should be telling him to piss off and sling his hook.  
    I suspect there are plenty who could do his job for a fraction of that figure.  He should justify what value he is really adding for the organisation.
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    Libspero got a reaction from sarahbell in Bonuses   
    I don't have a problem with anyone being paid any amount if they are genuinely worth it to the organisation.
    His embaressment and reluctance to answer the question is a bit unfortunate..  he should be proud.  Unless he feels he isn't really worth it..  in which case shareholders and members of the boardroom should be telling him to piss off and sling his hook.  
    I suspect there are plenty who could do his job for a fraction of that figure.  He should justify what value he is really adding for the organisation.
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    Libspero reacted to Cunning Plan in Bonuses   
    The one I am thinking of is on about £1m - but does rack up an awful lot in performance related pay and bonus shares.
    PS People will know who he is - please don't name him or he will come up in their company monitoring and he will know who I am.
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    Libspero got a reaction from sarahbell in Bonuses   
    I don't have a problem with anyone being paid any amount if they are genuinely worth it to the organisation.
    His embaressment and reluctance to answer the question is a bit unfortunate..  he should be proud.  Unless he feels he isn't really worth it..  in which case shareholders and members of the boardroom should be telling him to piss off and sling his hook.  
    I suspect there are plenty who could do his job for a fraction of that figure.  He should justify what value he is really adding for the organisation.
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    Libspero reacted to Cunning Plan in Bonuses   
    As I have alluded to, I used to be good friends with a big building co FD (now MD).
    His workload was mental - I thought I worked hard - but 5am starts and midnight finishes were the norm. If his family went on holiday, he would join them for a weekend but still take work.
    He had a driver - so that he didn't wast time driving but could continue to work.
    And some of the decisions are serious - he decided not to risk a few hundred million + on the main Battersea project - a good decision but takes some nuts to do that when everyone else is piling in.
    We used to attend our son's cricket matches together on occasion. Nine times out of ten he would have to wander off to take some urgent call - missing his son's heroic batting or stunning catch. I used to flll him in later so that he could pretend to have seen it.
    Yes, he makes a lot of money - but he has given away his life to do so. Even when I was totally skint, I have never envied his position. Hopefully he will live long enough to enjoy his retirement - but he missed his kids' entire childhood.
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    Libspero got a reaction from sarahbell in Bonuses   
    I don't have a problem with anyone being paid any amount if they are genuinely worth it to the organisation.
    His embaressment and reluctance to answer the question is a bit unfortunate..  he should be proud.  Unless he feels he isn't really worth it..  in which case shareholders and members of the boardroom should be telling him to piss off and sling his hook.  
    I suspect there are plenty who could do his job for a fraction of that figure.  He should justify what value he is really adding for the organisation.
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    Libspero got a reaction from maudit in British holiday bookings to France plummet   
    Leaving aside the people / culture,  France is one of my favourite countries.
    It has less than half the population density of the UK,  still has lots of woodland and pretty rural areas..  beautiful natural environment and a slightly better climate than the UK.
    The UK's single advantage is our neighbours (or more specifically,  lack of them) 
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    Libspero got a reaction from maudit in British holiday bookings to France plummet   
    Leaving aside the people / culture,  France is one of my favourite countries.
    It has less than half the population density of the UK,  still has lots of woodland and pretty rural areas..  beautiful natural environment and a slightly better climate than the UK.
    The UK's single advantage is our neighbours (or more specifically,  lack of them)