where are you Euan? been mising your valuable inputs in this forum...
Gone the way of many of the valued contributors of yore I suspect.
Shame. I liked his photo.
I mean, I know it wasn't of him, but I would have sellotaped it to his face.
Or to the back of his head.
In a kind, caring, consensual kind of a way. Obviously....
I miss him too.......
I have retired - after 46 years (of drudgery?) as an accountant - with a considerable sigh of relief.
I still look in occasionally, but it's amazing how quickly one's knowledge dissipates with the lack of continuing application to work, so I fear that any contributions I might make would be less than valuable.
Thank you all for putting up with me for the 13 years I have been a member, even if some of you might have thought that I was actually Claudia Schiffer!
Thank YOU Euan for all your help over the years; enjoy your post accounting world - we will all miss you I'm sure
You lucky sod. Do you have any plans beyond putting your feet up?
My wife has DIY plans for me - I have already replaced the downstairs loo and a shower, but now it has been suggested that I might like to build a front porch. She has also decided that geriatrics go cruising, so has booked three cruises over the next three years. When I said I might not live that long, she said it was OK - she would take someone else.
Apart from that, I have been doing a lot of gardening - as we have a lot of garden.
My American son thinks I should take up bee-keeping, of all things - he has already given me a compendium on the subject and I fear that my next birthday present may be a DIY bee-hive to be constructed in the wilderness at the far end of our garden.
And what do I want to do? You're right - put my feet up!
I'm generalising, but the people who say they don't enjoy cruising are the ones who haven't tried it yet. See the world while eating 6 fine-dining meals a day. What's not to like?
Thank you for your help over the years. A shame your leaving present from AWeb can only be 'virtual'. You are getting sincere thanks from members which is much more than most receive and a credit to you.
If you are coming via Southampton I may check you in. As well as running a payroll business I check in passengers. Completely different, gets me away & I meet so many people. And at the end of the day I can say “ Cheerio, I’m off” and leave someone else to sort out problems. Very satisfying.
"I have retired - after 46 years (of drudgery?) as an accountant - with a considerable sigh of relief."
I am sure that it was not all drudgery, and you must have had some good times, although I can understand the sigh of relief and the rapid dissipation of knowledge once attention is turned to less taxing matters.
I started with my father in 1971 and I still keep going full time (he does not). The money is still good, although I often reflect on the fact that my taxes pay for my own pension, my wife's pension and a couple of other people as well!
The most frustrating aspects of modern accountancy is technology that does not work properly and HMRC as a body which is highly dysfunctional and much more difficult to deal with now than at any other time in my past.
The garden and coach outings can wait a little longer whilst my clients still have faith in what I do, and there is still money flowing into the retirement fund.
Enjoy a long and healthy retirement, Euan.
Your contributions over the years have been excellent, and your input on technical matters will be missed.
Enjoy your retirement....your responses to many questions were always worth a read and I did learn a thing ot two over the years.
I've a bit to go before contemplating retirement, but beekeeping would be good if Mrs D wasn't allergic to their stings.
I'll buy a jar from your first production run, ...mates rates of course!
Enjoy retirement Euan and happy cruising! Your knowledge and quick wit will be missed.
Best of luck!
We shall miss your invaluable knowledge and banter. Enjoy a happy and healthy retirement!
You luck [***]!
I have kept many notes from your replies on this forum which were exact and to-the-point answers.
Enjoy your retirement and keep us posted on your honey making venture.
All the best!
Euan enjoy your retirement. Thank you for your help and comments over the years.
(Sob) I shall miss you - but thank you for all the years of advice you've given either me or others. You've been so helpful to us all.
And who on earth can replace you? (becomes somewhat hysterical).
Enjoy your retirement, and find time to do something YOU want to do!
All the very best Euan and thanks for all your informative and forthright answers/comments over the years.
Having recently moved to Devon and to a stunning view & garden, I'll be following you next April but wish I'd done it this year (number 46!)
Thanks again for all your valued contributions over the years. Enjoy your retirement, Euan
Thanks for all your help Euan. Im sure there are many other out there like me who have quietly been reading your posts with interest and been very useful.
So for every one here, there will be another 10, no doubt, that you have helped.
Im not sure my knowledge will ever be as good as yours.