onemark

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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. Orwellian threat or necessity nowadays?

    Ta. I still think I'd be too scared to lie to the police, though.
  2. Orwellian threat or necessity nowadays?

    @LeonG Are you really that it's legal to lie to the police here? I understand that you don't have to answer any questions simply in order not to incriminate yourself (that's a constitutional right). But it surely must be illegal to lie to the police - isn't that making a false statement or something?
  3. I had forgotten about that but I still think some form of national service should be compulsory for both sexes, even if in a civilian capacity.
  4. I have no objection to the re-introduction of compulsory national military service for both men and women but it must be remembered that not everyone is suited to military life. That is why I think a form of national civilian service should also be made compulsory - also for both males and females.
  5. Irish to provide a passport card from next year

    Don't they have to be formally recognised by other EU/EEZ countries before they can be used?   The reason I asked was that, after the British ID was introduced on a trial basis in the UK, it was not accepted by as a travel document by the German authorities (details a bit fuzzy here).   Once I get my Irish passport card, I don't want to get caught the same way.
  6. Irish to provide a passport card from next year

    To repeat my earlier question of 30 July, does anyone know whether the German (and other continental European) authorities have got around to actually officially recognising the Irish passport card as an official ID and for travel purposes yet, please? Thanks.
  7. Thanks, guys. I forgot to specify that my current mattress is too hard. I need something softer but not too soft. I tried a low-price Tempur model last year but found it a little too hard. I only tried it for an hour or so: was that not enough?
  8. I have back problems, exacerbated not least by an overly hard mattress. FYI, I do 2 hours' sport (Tues) and 1 hour's swimming gymnastics (Fri) once a week but it's not enough. I need a decent mattress. As it's difficult to assess a mattress in the shop, I was wondering whether any other TT-ers have the same problem and could recommend a decent mattress. Price range: up to approx. €1,000. Thanks.
  9. The need to be right

    Flip a German the bird and you're just as likely to get sued as well.
  10. I frankly doubt it. I think this is more a case of a German politician wanting to be nice to Brits. And it would prevent a last-minute rush just before  Brexit enters into force. Sort of makes sense, I suppose.
  11. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/britons-living-in-germany-should-have-citizenship-fast-tracked-say-countrys-green-party-a7166516.html  
  12. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/britons-living-in-germany-should-have-citizenship-fast-tracked-say-countrys-green-party-a7166516.html
  13. Irish to provide a passport card from next year

    Because others aren't as lucky. It seems to depend on who's behind the counter at the post office: some people are pickier than others.   PS: I have a British passport and have never had this problem, either. Maybe we're just lucky.
  14. Irish to provide a passport card from next year

    Sorry to drag up this subject again but I'm currently applying to renew my Irish passport and I have a question.   Does anyone know whether the German (and other continental European) authorities have got around to actually officially recognising the Irish passport card as an official ID and for travel purposes yet?   Comment: The argument about permitting differing periods for the Irish passport and the Irish passport card is tempting but, as has been said above, it wouldn't work because the card is only valid as long as the passport is valid. When applying to renew your Irish passport, it would make more sense to offer the passport card for the same 10-year period as well but at a reduced price,  say an extra €10- (€35 for five years for the card alone is a rip-off!). The card would still have to be voluntary, of course.   Also: the Irish passport card might not actually be any good for picking up parcels at German post offices because it doesn't carry the holder's address the way the German ID card does.  
  15. The need to be right

    As I said in my first post, Germans have an exaggerated sense of personal status, both privately and at the workplace.   It therefore follows that wives will refer to themselves as Frau Doktor (name of husband), not just to tell the world that "my husband's got a doctorate" but also in order to indicate that "I'm somebody too". This is the reason many people do a doctorate in Germany: to enhance personal - and by extension, social - status.   The Austrians are far worse. In Austria you can even apply to the authorities to be addressed as "Magister" (or Magistra if one is a woman) if you hold a master's degree, the way people do in Germany if they hold a doctorate. I'd be interested to know whether Austrians do personal deprecation (the way the Germans don't). Anybody know?