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    So I don't usually share a lot of personal stuff on this forum but I'm starting to enjoy your company and I've had a few beers and one of thedame007 's cigars, so here goes.

    Wife of 10 years, girlfriend of 5 (same person, to be clear) have decided to call an end to our excellent stint together. We've had a blast but time to move on. Our first application for divorce was declined by the powers because they said it wasn't specific enough. So another £96 later and a load of lies about how I spend all our money on motorbikes and cigars(!) and now hopefully we'll be on our merry way. What an institution - you can get married for a fiver in Vegas by an Elvis impersonator, but you have to be reeeeal specific about why you wanna split. Aaanyway, that's happening, all good.

    I'm therefore moving house - viewed some places today.

    And I'm moving job - I had an offer before covid that's on hold, but literally just now got offered a decent redundancy payment (which is tax free*?!) so I'll take that.

    And I need a new car - mine is slowly dying. So, based on the above I'm thinking used drop top M4. The mustang I test drove the other day was pony (pun intended).

    That's about it for me - business as usual otherwise 😂 I'm considering effing off to Thailand for a few years but should probs buy a house and at least rent it out.

    Anyone else got anything personal they fancy sharing?!

    *Any accountants care to confirm this?
    Stay smoky

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    Good to see you've kept a sense of humour throughout sometimes that's all we have 🥴 Thailand sounds good 😂

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    • #3
      All the best with all the changes dude! If you rent a place here I think you can relax in Thailand! Good luck getting everything sorted quickly and smoothly.

      Redundancy, well first 30k£ is tax free for sure then they get their hooks in. I'm no accountant
      https://www.gov.uk/redundancy-your-r...redundancy-pay

      Look forward to following the continuing story! There's for sure a few similar tales around these parts of late. Hope you are all progressing well!

      We certainly live in interesting times. All of us..........

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      • #4
        Sorry to hear your marriage is fallen apart, but life goes on. Mine disinterested after 25 years.

        I also looked at M4 but opted for the 440i Gran Coupé. Not much performance difference but it has a boot you can get more in than a vanity case. I preferred the 6 soft top but was no longer available new.

        Whatever you choose to do I wish you all the best and it does get better on the other side.


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        • #5
          Definitely major changes but you’re certainly putting a positive on them!

          Redundancy payments are indeed tax free up to 30k (you’re just taxed as normal on your notice period pay and the redundancy pay itself is tax free)


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          • #6
            Rubbish news, but time is a healer etc...

            I’d personally look to lease a car otherwise that redundancy money will soon be gone. Horses for courses though.

            I never knew you had to give a reason for divorce. That Elvis comment did make me chuckle.

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            • #7
              Cheers chaps.

              Originally posted by gav_sw20 View Post
              Rubbish news, but time is a healer etc...

              I’d personally look to lease a car otherwise that redundancy money will soon be gone. Horses for courses though.

              I never knew you had to give a reason for divorce. That Elvis comment did make me chuckle.
              Yeah 2 years living apart (needs proof), adultery, or unreasonable behaviour on one party only. FYI to anyone doing it - save yourself a possible £96 and just put adultery - it doesn't matter! Courts don't care, financial settlement aren't affected.

              An M4 on lease would be like £900 a month 😂

              2nd hand on pcp purchase is what I would do - more like £500. And you can sell it at any time, unlike a lease where you're locked in.

              I do have a job offer I'm waiting to be taken off ice as soon as the company's hiring freeze is lifted so I should be okay.
              Stay smoky

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jerryr View Post
                Sorry to hear your marriage is fallen apart, but life goes on. Mine disinterested after 25 years.

                I also looked at M4 but opted for the 440i Gran Coupé. Not much performance difference but it has a boot you can get more in than a vanity case. I preferred the 6 soft top but was no longer available new.

                Whatever you choose to do I wish you all the best and it does get better on the other side.


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                Sorry to hear about yours fellow Bender. Mine is at least super amicable - she made me breakfast this morning. Could be way worse.

                Head deffo says 440i. Heart deffo says M4 Comp pack

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by geoffbot View Post
                  Sorry to hear about yours fellow Bender. Mine is at least super amicable - she made me breakfast this morning. Could be way worse.

                  Head deffo says 440i. Heart deffo says M4 Comp pack
                  This makes no sense at all!!! I don't know what you're thinking man! You've lost it. We've seen her dont forget you posted a photo, remember? And she's beautiful! What is in your head?

                  You have a great motorbike and you one of these!? A car!? ... You are lost.....

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                  • #10
                    Adultery is the easiest route. Thirty six years ago I just typed out a statement for my ex to admit her adultery and she signed it. Nisi five weeks later, divorced in eleven.
                    'Cigars are a hobby, cigarettes an addiction'

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                    • #11


                      Originally posted by ha_banos View Post

                      This makes no sense at all!!! I don't know what you're thinking man! You've lost it. We've seen her dont forget you posted a photo, remember? And she's beautiful! What is in your head?

                      You have a great motorbike and you one of these!? A car!? ... You are lost.....
                      Did I?! Maybe I do overshare here (like I do elsewhere). Yeah she's a gem. But things change.

                      I'm heading here today actually for some therapy. I'll be fine 😂



                      Not sure about your point re the car though?! The bike is staying

                      Stay smoky

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PeeJay View Post
                        Adultery is the easiest route. Thirty six years ago I just typed out a statement for my ex to admit her adultery and she signed it. Nisi five weeks later, divorced in eleven.
                        36 years?! Bloody hell you're old😂

                        Stay smoky

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by geoffbot View Post



                          Did I?! Maybe I do overshare here (like I do elsewhere). Yeah she's a gem. But things change.

                          I'm heading here today actually for some therapy. I'll be fine 😂



                          Not sure about your point re the car though?! The bike is staying
                          Pffft. My humour wasted on you. I was talking about the bike! If you have a gorg bike like your's why would you need a car like that?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ha_banos View Post

                            Pffft. My humour wasted on you. I was talking about the bike! If you have a gorg bike like your's why would you need a car like that?
                            Sorry - I got it now - well done! 👏🏽😂
                            Stay smoky

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by geoffbot View Post
                              36 years?! Bloody hell you're old😂
                              I am but not the oldest on here!
                              'Cigars are a hobby, cigarettes an addiction'

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