thread I have just managed to get City of London and TfL to both agree some street-lighting
With a solution that keeps my client and architect happy, and involves three separate contractors and 4 buildings, 2 of which don't belong to my client.

This has taken about a year.

I feel entitled to consider myself pretty awesome and to have a lunchtime pint on the way back to the office.

Go me.
permalink I went to a funeral.
We had a minute's silence at the start for Manchester and, whilst that could have been awful in a 'this is meant to be about Ray' way, it was rather lovely.
permalink Still it is
a shame
permalink One of my best friends in uni when that came out
was called Ray

oh the hilarity that ensued...
permalink Sue Toon?
permalink Makes me think of Gareth Cheeseman;_
permalink That's your answer to everything

Not that I am suggesting it is the wrong answer...
permalink *wanks*
*wanks it HARD*
permalink It's a way of life!
permalink I think you'll find that was "the nearly way of life"
permalink Go you!
It's a holiday here in Germany today ("Christi Himmelfahrt", pfft) so I got up at 12 and have just walked down the road to post a letter before getting some lunch. I feel this is a big achievement.

EDIT: And I've just mopped the floor of the whole apartment. I think I deserve to go back to bed now.
permalink more importantly is it pretty pretty?
permalink of COURSE it's pretty, chaotic did it.
permalink It's street lighting.
It won't be particularly pretty or ugly, but it does mean I don;t need to let the City stick an ugly streetlight on the front of my client's building.
permalink That is cool
as I get excited when I do something as minor as getting the council to sort out some fly-tipping.
permalink I'm off on holidays for a few days
when I get back next week I'll revert the site to the normal look, but see if I can get this working as a style option to the top right (which is currently a bit broken)

if you have any other feature requests please respond to this post, so by the time I get back they'll have disappeared off the bottom of the page and I can ignore them
permalink How about sticking with this
Until after the wake next Friday?
permalink yup
sounds appropriate
permalink I think it should officially be referred to
as the w4ke
permalink A tip:-
If ever some cunt fly tips a car outside your house, and the council refuses to do anything about it, pull off its number plates and slash its tyres and report it to the police. They will then call the council and it'll be taken away that day. A lesson it took me several months to learn
permalink ...don't forget to admit to criminal damage on the internet
permalink Me? Nah, never.
permalink I've managed to scare a developer into designing in
Better than required cycle parking by pointing out that their Design and Access study references the standard for South Cambridgeshire District when they want to build in Cambridge City. It really does help if you can at least demonstrate you know which planning authority is relevant.
thread fuck sake
anyone know their way around probate and all that shit?

can I avoid it?
At this rate it will cost me more in solicitors than he has left in the bank. The funeral alone has ran me £50 shy of 4 grand today. Plus the wake...
permalink I've got no clue,
but unless there are significant assets which are not jointly held, I don't believe you need a Grant of Probate.

There will be better people than I can advise - I seem to recall thebear being an executor at some fairly recent point, but I may be making that up.

edit: and *hugs*
permalink yeah I'm executor
but its not entirely clear. Also depends on the "estate value" too which includes his cameras and shit like that.
then they suggest even though I know he's got no debt, placing an add in the gazette to ask people to come forward to claim debts. Otherwise I need to pay for it later.
It really all does feel like picking on the bereaved and skimming off every single point they can.
permalink and fucking this!

he died less than a month too late for me to get 2 grand from the government.
permalink Instead
you can get two and a half grand, I think:
permalink That is bloody brilliant.
It seems a bit off that people in prison do not get it, because it feels like they might be the ones most in need of help with the funeral.

25 weeks is nothing, I am a fan of this.
permalink oh my!
well that will help with the funeral
permalink In my experience the solicitors do cock all too,
but I still think it is worth using them, because otherwise you might miss something.

I would never suggest that the vast majority of what he left, watches etc., Were actually yours all along and do not need to be considered. I doubt you'll get into Death Duty territory, but I would not tell you that it might cut down on admin.

This is an awkward question, but do you have enough liquid money to sort everything out?

I am drinking beer in the sun, which I imagine is the polar opposite of a consolation.
permalink I have all the money
I was the saver, he had nothing. I paid all the bills and he paid me rent until he wasn't working
permalink That is good.
I mean, it is good now.

Admin is a shit, you feel like someone else should be doing this for you.
permalink I sort of want to do it
its keeping me busy but it is all rather a bit shit.
they should have ways of pre-filling most of this in for everyone before death. Like an ongoing living will
permalink Surely things like cameras etc count as joint property?
Certainly stuff like that bought since you married anyway?
permalink yeah,
they're yours, aren't they Jiva?
permalink you do if there's property.
Clare do you still have my email? username at gmail dot com -

I did this when my mother died, also when Mr DC's dad died last year. If there's anything I can help with, give me a shout.
permalink Not if it's joint
according to my links.
permalink Lacking input data
but if there's no property involved, it would appear not.
permalink the house is joint owned
which automatically passes to me. I can also leave him on the deeds
permalink I'm asking my dad
but it sounds like CAB will also be able to help you.

permalink good plan
I also have a whole year to sort this out but you know, I don't like it hanging around.
permalink I think the first question is
Did Scott leave a will? If so, that trumps everything, even you being married.

I agree, CAB are very good, but bear in mind they can only let you know what the options are so you can make an informed decision /worked for them for 3 yrs
permalink we did wills
and power of attorney which should all clear it. issue being I might still have to do all the probate crap even though he's worth almost nothing.
permalink My dad's expert says:
The property passes automatically [being joint]. Death certificate will be enough to change the register.

Bank [for Scott's personal account] will probably act on the death certificate being provided as well, so if no other asset then it seems likely there's no need for more.
permalink And he just sent this as well, from his expert (he runs a law firm)
I am assuming that she held the property as a beneficial joint tenant (not as tenant in common) in which case no problem. She will, of course need to notify her lender, the local council (for rates – they should go down) etc. etc.

If he had life (or mortgage protection) cover she should be able to collect that also.

permalink well as it goes I contacted his work today
he has got life insurance, and shares at work so I will have to do probate but it will be worth it.

I will keep the shares because that company have been totally brilliant.
permalink That's good news
Jolly good show :)
permalink maybe.
permalink thank you
looks like everyone has to, then they say if estate is under 5 grand you don't but you do to prove it.
permalink oh yuck
all that stuff is horrible.. goodluck with it and *hugs*
permalink all looking better now
death in service insurance has paid out at his work. I am in shock.
permalink great news
considering the circumstances, obviously
thread So does this groups have any purpose other than sharing pictures of children?

Or is this too meta
permalink I meta
bloke once
permalink I liked how that cunt was dealt with,
without actually being called a cunt
permalink I haven't caught up on that
thread yet, do we know who it was?
permalink A bell end
permalink Can you be any more specific?
We have quite a few.
permalink A bell end called Rob Leese Jones.
Never heard of him.
permalink ?
permalink Facebook
permalink ah
I don't really bother with facebook, on account of dramas
permalink OMG WTF LOL
permalink Currently lying in a hospital bed, double hernia.
Codeine has just worn off....."Nurse...more drugs!"

Chicken Caesar Salad, paper underpants*

* I thought it was a hair net thing, glad I didn't have it on my head when the nurse came in
permalink yay double hernia club
here's to having the correct number of testicles!
permalink Haha, yes!! Most confusing.
My underpants always looked ' well packed', though. Silver linings and all that
permalink Whatcha gonna do with all that junk
All that junk inside that trunk
permalink I've had to read an interesting paper this week about how codeine behaves in the body
and how it works. Basically, it gets metabolised to morphine and that's what is the pain killer. But, not all people metabolise it the same, and codeine doesn't work for everyone​. 'poor metabolisers' they're called. I've got loads of this shit.
permalink I've still got a few pills stashed at home
From the time I didn't swerve enough around a parked car.
permalink ouchie!
BTW did you start your own electrical company?
permalink I am in Merthyr Tydfil.
That is all that I have to say about that.
permalink One of the welsh place names which is
right on the border of the Tolkien/not-Tolkien divide
permalink that's not a real place is it, like Shoeburyness
it's just a name made up to confuse foreigners.
permalink I had three of my wisdom teeth taken out in Merthyr
permalink rough on Thursday night...
permalink They were very nice about it though
arranging the hospital and general anesthetic beforehand
permalink I am at Euston
But in the morning I'll be in Edinburgh, briefly
thread For fuck's sake,
call some cunt a cunt on Twitter, and you get fucking fucked.

Fucking cunts. http://img.photobucket...
permalink which blue tick did you swear at?
don't you know that they're higher beings than us?
permalink This cunt who made a cuntish joke about
the Manchester bombing, then when he was called on it, stayed in cunt mode, with more cuntishness. I called him a cunt, twice.
permalink To slightly paraphrase the great Malcolm Tucker
Some cunts are just cunts cos they're always being cunts
permalink The cunts
permalink Quite
permalink This is hopefully not on the same level,
but I can't help but feel a degree of suspicious paranoia that perhaps there isn't an additional terrorist threat, and the level has been raised to allow May to campaign without campaigning.
Please someone tell me I'm out of my mind and to get back in my box...
permalink It's almost like what we need now
Is strong and stable leadership

(No, It's not just you)
permalink I don't think the threat level is related to the cessation of campaigning,
that's due to the tragedy.
permalink I'm finding it very difficult not to go down the conspiracy theorist route on this one,
despite the regular cry of "but JTAC is independent of government!"

Although this article has pulled me back from that brink somewhat:
permalink Yes, I heard similar things on the radio this morning to be honest.
However, there's a range of conspiracy between:

a) the conservatives planned and staged the bombing to swing the electorate to the right. (which I obviously don't believe)


z) the Prime Minister chose to tip a finely balanced rational argument based on solid yet incomplete intelligence toward raising the threat level, with an eye on how it will make her look to the public compared to Jeremy Corbyn.

It doesn't seem lunatic to me to assume that someone said to her "you'll look good if you are out there being serious and stern about this"
This is kind of distasteful in itself, right? My gut tells me that Corbyn would silence that person instantly, yet Teresa May's Team might not.
I bet the weekend's polls have her getting back much of the lead she's lost irrespective of her motivations in any of the above
permalink Remind me, are we at war with Eurasia or Oceania at the moment?
permalink ALL OF THEM!
Yet, they're all cahoots conspiracies invented by the world government to keep us docile.

Don't forget that I've received support for my flat earth theories from scientists around the globe.
permalink I'd put it somewhere around p)
it's a handy excuse to enact stage 37 in the gradual creation of the authoritarian state May has been trying to get through that pesky parliament since becoming Home Secretary
permalink Do you think we should tell her V for Vendetta wasn't a nice bit of idealism?
1984 wasn't a suggestion.
Brave New World wasn't something to aspire to.

permalink It's this sort of malarkey that has put me off the twatters
well, that and being a lazy shite
permalink And yet,
the racists and other assorted pricks get away with all sorts.
thread Roger Moore???
The eyebrow will raise no more apparently...
permalink wouldn't have thought he was a Ariana Grande fan...
. .
permalink dude.
permalink Possibly just a tad too soon there...
permalink My marginally less tasteless response when someone said it here was:
"Roger No-Moore, you mean?"
permalink Oof
permalink thanks for saying that.
I wanted to but didn't know whether it was a bit... y'know.
permalink It is.
it really is

(but I thought it too)
permalink (yes)
permalink Or anyone for that matter.
permalink I've been away for the weekend, so I've just been reading back through the last few days
The orangeness is a nice touch.

This Manchester stuff is really odd though. I'm not normally one to get emotional at this stuff but it's been affecting me much more than I'd expect. Especially when listening to my former colleagues at BBC Radio Manchester doing a brilliant job. I've had to stop because I'm in danger of bursting into tears in the office. I was only in Manchester 3 years, and I moved away 3½ years ago, but it all seems so close to home.
permalink Manchester, London, Paris, wherever...
We all care, and we're all tougher and more united than these cunts think.
permalink Same here. And there now being coppers with assault rifles patrolling in Wigan
makes it feel rather close to home.
permalink There's a copper with
an HKMP5 stood next to me as we speak. The barrel is pointing at my penis.
permalink If he shoots it,
will it spin round and round and round and round and round?
permalink I like this!
permalink like a record baby?
Right round, round, round.
permalink Yes*
permalink as I've just seen on tw*tter -
No Roger
no Moore

Good innings though, 89.
permalink I always think of this