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About onemark

  • Birthday 02/09/1953

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  • Location Darmstadt
  • Nationality New Zealander, British, Irish
  • Hometown South Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1953

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  1. TVCatchup - UK television live via internet

    I still affectionately recall (in no particular order): -       Dad's Army (perhaps not quite that funny but a fairly accurate account of what the Home Guard was really like) -       Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister (absolutely brilliant script-writing and, speaking as a former public servant, completely & utterly true-to-life) -       Anything by Monty Python -       At Last the 1948 Show -       The Frost Report -       Fawlty Towers -       I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (OK, radio, but still good) -       The Goon Show (radio, but no apologies) -       The Goodies -       The Young Ones -       Open All Hours -       Callan -       All in the Family (the very successful copy of the British "Till Death Us Do Part) -       Perry Mason -       Dr Finlay's Casebook -       Get Smart -       The Man from U.N.C.L.E -       The Avengers -       Steptoe & Son -       Rising Damp -       A Family at War -       Upstairs, Downstairs -       M.A.S.H.
  2. Merkel can't prohibit the German public prosecutor from investigating the case now she's authorised it. That would probably constitute interference in the (independent) judicial process – wouldn't it? She realises she's made a mistake so the best she can hope for is that the PP finds there's no case to answer. Presumably unofficial noises to this effect have already been made.   However, as I have said elsewhere on this subject in Toytown, as much as I despise Erdogan as a subcutaneous dictator, the humour in Böhmermann's poem really is puerile and worthy only of a first-year university student. In my darker moments, I'm also tempted to hope that, if he's tried, he should be found guilty.  
  3. @ More tea, vicar:   What a coincidence.
  4. If Obama's in the UK to try and help persuade the Brits to stay in the EU, he's there because David Cameron asked him to come. It's not as if he's not sticking his nose into British affairs unasked.   And as the latest Economist (23-29 April) has said, it is in the interests of both the USA and the UK for the UK to remain in the EU. The corollary being that if the UK leaves, it will no longer be as important to the USA as it is currently.   Just saying.
  5. Subtleties of Beleidigung

    I hold no brief for Erdogan whatsoever and in my view, Merkel and the German government are acting badly over this issue. I also think that this German law about insulting foreign heads of state should be abolished as having had its day - if it ever did.   However, having read through the poem by Jan Böhmermann, I can't help thinking that the more extreme sentiments contained therein, such as sex with goats etc., are utterly immature, not to say infantile. This is 1st-year university student stuff.
  6. Immediate disclaimer: I have never been in any armed forces myself, but my two younger brothers served in the Territorial Army back home (NZ) and my father served in the Army in WWII.   That said, this plan of Von der Leyen's is a loony tune. At the risk of being labelled a male chauvinist (I don't think I am one but still), this is the result of having a female German Minister of Defence. Or is Uschi von der Lyen trying to start the abolition of the German Armed Forces?   Rightly or wrongly, soldiers and their families have to adapt their lives to suit the needs of the Army, not the other way round. As others on this thread have correctly said, you can't run any armed forces on an 8-hour day, 5-day week, 40-hour week basis. It just doesn't work. If the so-called balloon goes up (pardon the old expression but it fits; the German language calls it a "Verteidigungsfall"), troops have to be available and read at a moment's notice. Or as near as dammit.   And overtime after 5.00 pm or whenever is a bad joke. Members of the Armed Forces back home get paid a certain rate per day, 24/7/365. Full stop. I'm sure they do elsewhere.   Germany is being made to look a laughing stock. This must stop.
  7. Government misleading us regarding refugees

    Northern Ireland: absolutely fucking mediaeval! Goddammned Presbyterians!
  8. Brexit / Citizenship

    @ RachSW: Do the German authorities know about your Australian citizenship? If they do, you will not be able to obtain German citizenship without giving up your Australian citizenship. As a Kiwi, I'm in the same boat.
  9. Canadian who wants dual citizenship

    It will cost a bit but you should get a lawyer who specialises in foreign national/citizenship law.
  10. I've just posted a silly photo

    He forgot to hold his nose, which is reducing the force of the air through his mouth.
  11. Gwaptiva: It's merely not that people fear being passed by other people who look different, it's also that they resent being passed by other people whom they regard as being inferior.
  12. Afrikaans is actually not a Dutch dialect.   It developed from 17th century Dutch and became officially recognised as an independent language in the early 19th century.   See:
  13. Brexit / Citizenship

    Just seen this as well:
  14. Brexit / Citizenship

    Although I am registered here as a Brit, I will not need to take German citizenship as I also have an Irish passport. And I'm probably not the only Brit with this option.   At a guess, I imagine that most other Brits living here would seriously consider the option of German citizenship. However, that would depend on what the German government's policy would be for Brits living here in the event of a Brexit.   Arguably, the German government would either issue those Brits not wanting to become German with the usual/current permanent residence/work permits currently issued to non-EU citizens or some sort of other, special resident/work permit. The former option would be simpler.
  15. What it's like to be British

    The UK's northernmost island is the Isle of Unst in the Shetlands.   Eileen AK is quite correct when she says that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.   Northern Ireland is that wee bit of real estate north of the border with the Republic of Ireland.   Ireland's that island west of Great Britain. It contains both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.   Great Britain is AKA England, Scotland and Wales.