Well, Turkey was interesting then

But I\’m going to have to find a way of getting from here to there and here again that doesn\’t take two days of travelling each way for one day of meetings there.


And yes, of course the first Turkish word I said outloud turned out to be a swearword. What with the systems of cidillas and accents they have on the c and s, a word could be pronounced \”sekis\” or \”chekish\”. I went for the soft s and c and therefore said \”fuck\” instead of \”exit\”, which was the word I was actually reading out.

Finally, a general hint for travellers to new countries and continents. Read the \”general info\” section of the guidebook before you go, rather than while idly passing time in an airport on the way back.

That way you\’ll find out that the tap water isn\’t recommended before rather than after you\’ve been drinking it.

Oh, and the reason for the absence? We seem to be a stage closer to possibly, maybe, building my beloved and much desired scandium factory.

10 thoughts on “Well, Turkey was interesting then”

  1. Hey you, tell us you’ll be away BEFORE we all worry ourselves sick, next time !

    Your posts appeared like clockwork, then (after one called “Timmy elsewhere”) vanished.

    Alan Douglas

  2. we were assuming the worst.

    Were we? I thought a lot of us were discussing how he was spending his winnings from the Portugese National lottery on whisky, and loose women.

  3. Welcome back, Tim

    That’s what being a businessman is about. Thinking, innovating, creating. Looking to earn money by meeting a real need. Creating a temporary monopoly (if you are lucky) and as a consequence, but not an objective, creating a job or two and eventually paying taxes. (no more than necessary in both cases).

    As this wouldn’t get anywhere on Ritchie’s blog, I shall take the opportunity to say it here.

    Come on Ritchie. It’s easy, almost anyone can do it. Stop pontificating and get out there and actually create some wealth. That is what we need. Start a real company doing something useful (not just a vehicle for minimising the taxes on your personal income).

    Your focus; taking ever more wealth out of the economy and sharing it out, actually only destroys wealth and ends up eliminating any sensation of personal responsibility in a good part of the population.

    Ask the Spaniards and look at Zapatero’s record. Quite spectacular. He has been doing as you ask and we are up to our necks in the proverbial. Even now he demonstrates on a daily basis that he has no idea about the real economy and where wealth and jobs come from. That’s the problem when all your politicians have never had a real job outside the party in the real economy.

    Just an example of the c**p we have to put up with:
    I run a small company, We had a bottleneck of qualified data input. Can’t just get a temporary worker in. They need to understand the business. I asked our labour law adviser how to legally contract one of our technical people who is on a 2/3 of a day contract for the other part of her day doing a job of a different category. We agreed on the terms, both of us delighted.

    42 different types of work contract we have here, but I can’t contract her because I can’t register her in two different categories.

    Options: Both illegal.
    Register in her regular capacity and pay her the higher rate for a lower category job (because of course pay is regulated). Safest bet but not correct and more expensive.

    Pay cash in hand. She’s on the books anyway and an inspection couldn’t tell what she is doing.

    But why the bloody hell should I?

    What twisted mind sets up something like that?

    They are not even talking about this sort of problem. Just pontificating about grandiose stuff.

    Examples of this sort are legion and make small and medium size businesses’s life hell. And we are the one’s who create jobs. You’d better believe it.

  4. As we breathe a collective sigh of relief at the return of our baby-eating dark lord and master, a few reflections.

    Some (http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/) are always wittering away about the need for economies to be built upon producing “real” things. Real things that if dropped on your foot, hurt (apologies to Dennis Gartman).

    Echoing Bilbao boy, Tim is attempting to do just that.

    Some (http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/) are always wittering away about the need about alleviating poverty and “giving” people real jobs.

    If Tim is successful, he will be “giving” people real jobs. If this takes place in the third world, Tim will be doing his bit at alleviating poverty.

    Some (http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/) saw the need to spend a career in the financial services arena. An arean which produces nothing, employs nobody and contributes nothing to “society”, all according to some (http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/) characterisations of the financial services industry.

    What do we say gang, three cheers for that entrepreneurial humanitarian, Tim Worstall.

    Three big boos for some (http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/) who choose to spend a lifetime feeding off “society”.

  5. Tim: we was worried. Good thing the worst that befell you was a case of the Ataturk two-step. Buy a fucking Blackberry, man.

    Bilbao boy: I hear you. It’s this ninny-pinny trivial stuff that inflicts the true deadweight cost on enterprise. We’re probably overmanned by two people in a very, very small company solely thanks to compliance costs, and we’re not even in the same boat as you. Paying payroll taxes, e.g., is easy. Making sure you’ve obeyed some tax-thief’s fever dream on employment categories is hard, and costly.

  6. David Gillies: You get it (unfortunately)

    I could go on for hours (and usually do, but not here) about the non-contributing waste costs we, as corporates, are forced to inflict on ourselves.

    Freelancers get it just as bad. In Spain, the minimum S.S. contribution for a freelancer is over €200/month. But even if you start working for yourself on the 31st of the month you are liable for the whole month’s payment. Simple to solve but can anybody bother? No way. Freelancers get a rough deal, too.

    Everyway you turn there is some stupid rigidity, enshrined right or unnecessary, or worse, counterproductive, rule that contributes nothing but distraction from your business and elevates your costs.

    My office staff have to receive and sign for a 30 page manual that tells them how to sit at their desk, do exercises while they work, and a whole load of other fluff. Helf and sfty, inn’t. Just imagine what we have to do for staff that visit customers. They use cars for God’s sake. Just think of the dangers.

    Data protection? The fines can be up to €600.000 (it’s much cheaper to kill a police officer as a terrorist) for some DP offences. That’s enough to bankrupt a good percentage of Spanish businesses.

    Sorry, I’ll stop here. Just one thing. I am, despite the rant (or at least I try to be), a responsible company manager in all senses. Just stop throwing dumper trucks in my way and treating me and our people like we are absolute twerps. (that wasn’t the original word but I am trying to moderate my language).

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