Made in Taipan?

Photo courtesy of pdphoto (it's not a real picture of a Taipan though)

Well it’s the Grand National weekend and I was looking at the names of the horses and thinking do I place a bet on a horse? So what are some of the names I could place a bet on …. Character Building??? Niche Market??? Or how about Tricky Trickster??? But then Made in Taipan caught my eye with odds of 309-1. A Taipan apparently being a venomous snake found in Australia: Oh the joys of the internet, Wikipedia and Google, where would we be without them? But who thinks up these names? There are never really that memorable are they? Okay well apart from Red Rum, Nijinsky, Desert Orchid but there aren’t that many others. Sounds like I know a bit about horse racing… but I don’t, I think I’ve got more chance with the lottery this weekend.

Speaking of a lottery, I’ve recently come across several subcontractors not being able to get their retention monies on previous past completed projects. The trouble they are finding is that Main Contractors are not giving them the relevant information about the facts of the project. Has a making good defects certificate been issued? Is there a latent defect? Is another subcontractor holding up things? Or is the design team and end client just frustrating everyone in the process? Hard to tell somedays, one things is for sure cash is still king, and if you’ve got it keep it seems to be the order of the day. Oh the joys of the contracting world… Perhaps I shouldn’t have that bet or maybe what about Black Apalachi, seem good odds…

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I’m now the Managing Director of Mynott Associates Limited my own specialist measurement business. I’ve been in the industry all of my life since I left school. My first job was with Bovis Construction as a management trainee where I trained to become a quantity surveyor. I’ve worked for contractors all through my career, I am FRICS, FCIOB and MCIHT qualified and act as an RICS assessor. I’m also a keen Arsenal supporter having followed them from a young boy

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