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50 posts, 15:24 today
German windows with no screens
The other solution of course being to fix "fliegen gitter" to each windo that you are likely to want to have open all night long - you can buy them at the local DIY store, such as OBI, and they are really easy to put up. I have them on every window that I ever open, and have no problem in the house with nasty…
47 posts, 15:21 today
Unbranded Chinese android phone confiscated
It is not about being unbranded. ANY electronic product that is sold in the EU must have a CE certification. That includes a lot of tests. A cell phone has to pass on a lot of CE tests, including EMI (Electromagnetic Interference). Not to mention compliance with radiofrequency laws. We exported some electronic devices…
71 posts, 15:16 today
Effectively warding off sexual advances
what kind of dark alleys do you spend so much time in? beat me to it. How to get rid of unwanted attention without physically assaulting the other person (who, in this hypothesis, has not yet touched or in any other form attempted to physically restrain the woman): Him: Hey baby, bla bla blah how can I see you again? You:…
93 posts, 15:03 today
Hayfever - Do you suffer?
Posted image Don't use chemicals. Those are even worse for your health than the hay fever itself. Instead just close the windows and switch on an air purifier. I have this one in my home office and the HEPA filter removes 99.97% of all air particles larger than 0.3 microns. That includes all pollen as well as dust and fungal…
7 posts, 12:47 today
Korean ship sinking - Another Schettino?
86 posts, 11:52 today
Deportation of EU citizens without a job
He is talking about leaving a country where health insurance is compulsory to get "illegal" treatment in a country in which he is not entitled to it. It hardly seems disgracefully capitalistic to suggest that he should simply stay here and pay for the insurance. In any case he is, I think Pflichtversichert, and…
4 posts, 11:08 today
Signing international contracts
30 posts, 10:03 today
Job application procedure
Posted image I second what El Jeffo wrote, that if you haven't received an acknowledgement of receipt of your application, that's the perfect excuse to ring them up and ask whether they've received it. Of course, if you *have* received a letter acknowledging receipt, then ringing them up is way too pushy. Your question…
55 posts, 02:15 today
German satellite TV receivers
90 posts, 01:11 today
Untranslatable concepts German or English
Hi,Mahlzeit, said around mealtimes means "good mealtime." Sorta, "Hi, enjoy your food." Yes. But if you reach the office at 9:02 am and the boss says "Mahlzeit!"... it translates to "I'm pissed because you're late". Cheers Franklan…
29 posts, 22:46 yesterday
Where can I find American food
I'm Asian and never used msg because as a kid my mother banned it from our diet. To enhance flavour, add in a sprinkle of salt and sugar in 1:1 proportion. You will get the similar umami flavour. Better yet if you make dashi stock yourself with kombu kelp and umeboshi. The umami flavour…
4 posts, 22:31 yesterday
Banks' criteria for mortgage
4 posts, 22:26 yesterday
Education fees claim - Fees claim in Germany
10 posts, 20:59 yesterday
Looking for window screens
7 posts, 20:32 yesterday
Voting by post in the UK from Germany
57 posts, 20:27 yesterday
Space rocket launches and ISS docking news
SpaceX is about to launch it's Falcon9 rocket with the Dragon capsule in about an hour (14:03 GMT). The Dragon capsule is supposed to make two Earth orbits before returning to Earth (splash down Apollo-style, with parachutes, near Californian coast). If successful, it will be the…
9 posts, 19:37 yesterday
Apartment reserving problem
16 posts, 18:46 yesterday
Transfer money from UK to Germany
63 posts, 17:34 yesterday
Advice on reaching Fluent German - German Language
Relax. It needs lots of time to sink in and apart from working steadily on the intellectual side of it, you have to hang up your pride and be prepared to sound like an idiot for quite a while. You haven't been learning for long at all. Alternatively, die. To paraphrase Mark Twain,…
65 posts, 16:51 yesterday
Scammed by an eBay seller
Having looked at the guys past ... then there is a possibillity that the Ebayer has had his account hacked as 2 neg feedbacks have been left in the past 10 days... Its quite common... However, Find the Guys name and adress and next time I drive to Munich, I will go knock on the door…
26 posts, 15:05 yesterday
Setting up new TV & Internet: Telekom or Vodafone?
No company offers the BBC/ITV channels AFAIK. Until a couple of months ago the best solution was setting up a satellite dish but then things changed and now it is very difficult to get an stable signal for BBC/ITV. The best option at the moment is streaming from the Internet. And the…
8 posts, 11:05 yesterday
Renting out my apartment for a limited period
76 posts, 09:09 yesterday
Game of Thrones (TV series)
I was so pissed when I read this part of the book. I've read literally thousands of books and have never felt so betrayed by an author in my life. At one point, I threw the book across the room. And I'm even more pissed that George R. R. Martin is spending his time writing coffee…
67 posts, 08:47 yesterday
Payback cards (bonus programme for shoppers)
42 posts, 08:46 yesterday
Partner of 6 years left me - 4 year old daughter...
Hello. So. Things are pretty tough right now. My partner of 6 years,who is German,ended things with me three weeks ago. We've been living in Germany for three years and have a four year old daughter together. We live in a big house,which his mother owns. He told me he didn't want…
10 posts, 03:48 yesterday
Problem with hospital payment
Considering you've been a member here for almost two years and health insurance is one of the most frequent topics, I'm surprised you don't know that all residents need German health insurance. Unless you fall under the special rules for Studenten, you were required to have…
5 posts, 00:01 yesterday
Apartment with no warm water - What can I do
6 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Child's near-death sparks row over refugee homes
64 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Possible fraud buying a car online - What to do?
Ok.. So, Today I went to the car dealership... Clipboard in hand, black Puffa Jacket and Black trousers!! Wandered around the "lot" clocking what was there etc... The vehicle in question was nowhere to be seen.. Sales rep came over and started talking... I showed…
7 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Need of free legal aid
22 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Seiko Kinetic watches - user reviews
Posted image I used to own one of these beauties (the Casio F91W) it survived a year long trip around New Zealand which entailed plenty of diving, surfing etc.. Oh, and they are the first choice of Jihadists everywhere, presumably because if you're about to blow yourself up, there isn't much…
5 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Song played in Cologne Bars and Beer Halls.
43 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Bought a Wochenendhaus in Germany, afterthoughts
Welcome to the Forums. First and foremost it would be advised to read the contract of your new property/land and if you do not understand german I strongly advise you to get it translated asap and read it. What is important is what type of house / land this is, you say you have purchased…
38 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Advice on rental deposit insurance companies
7 posts, 17.Apr.2014
PHP Developer Gross Income
46 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Travel to DE-will US custody be upheld there?
Because not paying child support and not visiting a very young child are serious indicators that something is wrong with him as a father- decent fathers don't do that. If the mother is so overprotective amd/or selfish, why is she willing to travel to Germany and let him see their…
20 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Being self-employed and claiming back MwSt (VAT)
5 posts, 17.Apr.2014
Taxable rental income for flat in Finland
78 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Paraplegic sprinter Oscar Pistorius
17 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Letter from Staatsanwalt - What does this mean?
36 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Golf Platzreife exam
51 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Changing car tires
36 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Broken window in a rented apartment
6 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Using USSD to get phone number
39 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Ordnung muss sein - order must be
Whaaat? Is it the same in Würzburg? This is not Ordnung, this is Swabian crackpottery. In VGN (Nuremberg area) you can choose if you want: 1. transferrable monthly ticket 2. non-transferrable monthly ticket for 1 person (~8 euro cheaper) 3. non-transferrable monthly ticket for the family…
7 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Recommendations for cell phone provider in Hamburg
55 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Formula One 2014 season - F1 Motor Racing
1025 posts, 16.Apr.2014
New TV license fee, €17.98 a month from 01/2013
Posted image That it just says "Zahlung" made me a bit suspicious**. Just out of curiosity, was the bill addressed to you or your husband, or to something like "Alle Haushälte im Beitragsgebiet"? This for example is a known scam attempt: http://www.computerbetru... **Maybe…
12 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Writing an invoice without VAT / Mehrwertsteuer
50 posts, 16.Apr.2014
New SEPA deadline August 2014
50 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Mad Men (TV show)
27 posts, 16.Apr.2014
What kind of cooking oil do you use?
78 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Transferring money from Germany to the UK
35 posts, 16.Apr.2014
What's happening to your energy supply
A 48-page brochure and you have to get to page 42 before they briefly mention the massive expansion of fossil-fuel power stations that the Energiewende requires. A total of 87 words on the penultimate page of the body text. No wonder the Germans are so brainwashed into thinking the Energiewende…
38 posts, 16.Apr.2014
Buying a house in Germany
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