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Thursday 26.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar (15)   Why are you happy today? by Irish_Aine
Spent the day out in the countryside with the guy im seeing and his big dog. Began with a very fancy steak lunch in his, then a walk into the country with the dog with hopes of seeing some baby lambs. I didnt get to see any, but I did get to spend time with a pair of lovely friendly horses. Was a really nice day
StarStarStarStarStarStar (11)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by sosarx
The only thing here which is somehow positive in this horrible news: It takes the pressure of those staff members who were connected with this flight. Like the service technicians . And all Airbus engineers etc. It hasn't been their fault. And I can imagine that this possibility has been a heavy weight on their shoulders.
StarStarStarStar (7)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by LostinLuneburg
The colleague doesn't even need to go postal, he could simply be unconscious due to something as common (as in non-hijacker/pilot gone crazy rare) as a heart attack or other medical emergency. If in the end this plane went down because one pilot got locked out of the cockpit while the other had a medical emergency, there is something very skewed about our fear of terror vs. our common sense. What are the chances of a hijacker getting past security screening prior to flight + airport security vs. the chance of a pilot having a medical emergency? It points to just how soundly terror has won.
StarStarStarStar (7)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by MadAxeMurderer
I think people who jump in front of a train are pretty selfish. All the inconvenience. Taking a plane load with you. Not cool. Seriously not cool. How can you be so mentally up as to think 150 people you don't even know deserve to die with you. Proper suicides they make sure noone is inconvenienced and the janitor or cleaning lady finds them, not the partner, children, or parents. And ideally they make sure their kidneys and livers are still usable, but few plan that well.
StarStarStar (6)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by LostinLuneburg
I am sure this will come up time and time again in the coming days and weeks, but at the end of the day even trained professionals can't always spot if someone is suicidal. I would think there is some boundary where all of the screening turns into a source of stress in and of itself. I have no idea where this boundary lies, and I have no idea if the aviation industry is anywhere close to it. As hard as it is, we (as in humanity) need to accept that we cannot control everything and that terrible things will occur no many how many preventive layers we put in place. This is shaping up to be one of those horrendous, yet unpreventable events. I am sure the co-pilot's friends, family, and co-workers asking themselves if they could have seen this coming and prevented it, and the answer may… (another 11 words)
StarStarStarStar (7)   Assault, visa issues and imminent divorce by boomtown_rat
isnt this a bit hypocritical seeing as you are also basically breaking the rules, or at least the spirit of the rules, by remaining married while not being together and hence being able to stay in the country?
StarStarStarStar (7)   What made you laugh today? by Acton
Food for thought-. Funny but true. Last month, a world-wide telephone survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: "Would you please give your honest opinion about possible solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?" The survey was a complete failure because: In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant. In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant. In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant. In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant. In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant. In South America they didn't know what "please" meant. In the USA they didn't know what "the rest of… (another 4 words)
StarStarStarStar (7)   Loving home needed for my dog by MadAxeMurderer
It is cruel and immoral to let an animal love you then dispose of it like a car with a bad clutch. Mammals have much more developed brains than snails so probably they have greater capacity to feel sadness. An owner is free to dispose of slave, wife, or child as they wish. Ja right!
StarStarStarStar (7)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by modernbird
Ceiling cat is/was awesome. Ceiling cat alone is an excellent improvement to TT. Seriously. I go on vacation for 2 weeks and come back to some weird mess here. I feel like my parents are getting divorced all over again. I need to go to my happy place.
StarStar (4)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by El Jeffo
Attached imageI have AdBlock on my Firefox, so I fired up my old MSIE to check. The results were amusing, to say the least: The Local: Doing it wrong since 2007(?). Technically and logically.
StarStar (4)   Apartment flooded while I was abroad by Hutcho
Surely if the apartment becomes hard/impossible to live in, you are due your rent back or at least a reduced rent. The landlord would then claim this expense on the person who caused the problem's insurance.

Wednesday 25.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStarStarStar (11)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by katheliz
Since everyone knows I'm sarabyrd's mother, it's no surprise that I will miss her posts. EJ will also be missed. As for kicking around mods and admins, we can see what TT would be like without them. "Nature red in tooth and claw." (Tennyson)
StarStarStarStarStarStar (11)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by Lavender Rain
This is extremely disingenuous of jeremy. He recognizes the TT members "who sent him some great stuff" is that the best you can do while you disparage the mods for their work? Jeremy, you have always been one of the major moaners and whiners on the vent and why are you unhappy thread and have littered embellished this forum with your =1&view_by_title=1"]23 pages of thread starts. The members on this forum have been very supportive of you over all these years with each and every crises you've had in your life and there's been quite a few, especially those related to your family life and being a stay at home dad. When you were at your lowest, members on this forum lifted you up and encouraged you to go on. Moreover,… (another 39 words)
StarStarStarStarStar (10)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by chaos_amoeba
Sarabyrd: What RainyDays said. Also, though I don't know you well enough to have a clue what's up IRL, I wish you all the best with it. I hope you'll be back here at least sort of pottering around and sprinkling a little knowledge and info and wisdom here and there, in due course. But if not, take care, and thanks for all your hard work. More generally: seems to be open season on mod-bashing. I understand this to an extent but I wish we'd all remember they are people, doing an unpopular but necessary job for free. Nothing wrong with complaining about policy or the way policy is applied and best if we are able to do so - better still, if we're listened to - but I do wish the personal and the unkind were kept out of it. Apologies for my fluffiness, that's what I feel.… (another 36 words)
StarStarStarStarStar (10)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by Darkknight
Totally Agree. These 2 have deff. screwed up TT with their own "Unique", admin style.. Glad to see ya go..Dude, chill with the off-topic,random, drunkin posting BS.. ;PHighly DoubtfulNo, and Sometimes. Follow-ups ---- 1)If SB has resigned as mod why is she still listed as an Mod in the members directory? - Take her permissions away and make her a normal user already. 2)Of the remaining Mods/Admins How many still actually login to TT on a daily or even Monthly basis? If they can't be bothered to login and mod/admin the site, then they need to be replaced as well with others that are more willing to do the job. 3) When will the PTB finally get off their ass and admit to the hacking of TT/TL or the selling of our data to spammers..
StarStarStarStarStar (10)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by tor
This was Oleg's wife, also on the plane with their child. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSdtU9GhWG0#t=91 Morgen![sup][/sup] Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen und auf dem Wege, den ich gehen werde, wird uns, die Glücklichen[sup][/sup] sie wieder einen inmitten dieser sonnenatmenden Erde… und zu dem Strand, dem weiten, wogenblauen, werden wir still und langsam niedersteigen, stumm werden wir uns in die Augen schauen, und auf uns sinkt des Glückes stummes[sup][/sup] Schweigen..
StarStarStarStarStar (10)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by Hutcho
Your opinion is clearly based on emotions and not fact. There are thousands of planes out there that are older than this one. There is nothing unusual, or unsafe, about that. We don't even know the cause of the crash yet. To suggest it has something to do with age is just a wild guess, and going on probability alone, a very unlikely one as "age" alone is not the cause of a significant percentage of crashes.
StarStarStarStarStar (9)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by yourkeau
Nobody will say it because this is bullshit. People will not repeat bullshit people say with their emotions. There is nothing bad in flying old aircraft, it is no more unsafe than untested new aircraft with zero mileage. And budget airlines usually have newer aircrafts due to fuel consumption. People, will always happen, just accept it. Old, new aircraft, budget airline, expensive airline, it doesn't matter. Statistically, some aircrafts crash, just get over it or use cars and buses which crash 1000 times more likely (but not covered in the media). Or, you can walk but pedestrians die in accidents, too.
StarStarStarStarStar (9)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by murphaph
It is far far too early to start cancelling your next flight on an A320! All modern airliners are incredibly safe, the A320 amongst the very safest. A minuscule number still sadly crash on rare occasions. The difference between the airline industry and many others is that the cause for this crash will likely be discovered and meaningful steps taken to ensure a plane doesn't crash for those reasons again. It is exactly this process of continuous improvement and learning from accidents that makes air travel so safe today. I would MUCH rather fly on a 24 year old A320 today than the same aircraft 24 years ago when it came out of the factory. It will have had many parts replaced and service procedures improved because of other aircraft that have unfortunately crashed and taught us valuable… (another 42 words)
StarStarStarStarStar (10)   BBC Top Gear (TV show about cars) by Allershausen
So you think he should be allowed to go around hitting people? Just because the BBC has made mistakes in the past doesn't mean they should repeat them. I've never seen the American version so I can't comment on it, but American versions of British TV shows are rarely as good as the original. I'm a big fan of Top Gear and I thought Clarkson was very good on it, but he deserved to be sacked. He's just a bloke, the graveyards are full of people who thought they were irreplacable.
StarStarStarStar (7)   BBC Top Gear (TV show about cars) by MadAxeMurderer
The BBC up big time with Jimmy Saville. So it's nice they're doing the right thing with Clarkson. I hate this attitude that orginisations have no right to do the right thing because they did a wrong thing in the past. Even people who adore Jeremy Clarkson and will miss Topgear as we know it agree his behaviour shouldn't be accepted.
StarStarStarStar (7)   Flounce by MuffinTop
I have never been a prolific poster but I cut down my use of TT dramatically after I woke up one morning and had an epiphany. Most members on here, you agree with some of their posts, maybe disagree sometimes. But there were one or two members who systematically clashed with me, whose values were diametrically opposed to mine, and especially, when I come to a forum looking for solidarity among fellow ex-pats then I don't want to engage with xenophobic germans. So one morning I woke up and I realised, "hey, why am I spending my energy interacting with these people, when I would never be friends with them in real life?? This is stupid". And that was it... I was also sad to see the retirement of El Jeffo, i thought he did a very good job. I hope the flouncers/quitters/etc enjoy… (another 55 words)

Tuesday 24.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar (23)   Why are you happy today? by SpiderPig
Not just happy, but seriously overwhelmed!! 2nd March, applied for Joint custody of Lilly... 21st March I received the "Beschluss"... I now have official Joint custody of our daughter!! Nothing will change in regards to access times etc... but I doubt that her mother will see it that way. Lets see what games she comes up with next!! 2 Court cases.. 2 Correct results!
StarStarStar (6)   Why are you happy today? by Metall
I took migraine medication for the first time in almost 2 months for a real doozy - and it worked again! Still somewhat slowed down, but much better and working. I'll continue to keep a headache diary and carefully monitor the frequency of attacks and medication intake. Happiness is less pain. (btw, ostoepaths seemed to actually do something helpful. just saying.)
StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar (18)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by 2B_orNot2B
You're getting slow, Spidey. That was there for the spotting last week already my boy. Hey, but look on the bright side. Things could always get worse. Think about that for a moment. I mean just imagine how it'd be if Editor Bob was to appoint you! *ROFL*
StarStarStarStarStar (9)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by sarabyrd
I am convinced that some members will consider this an improvement: After almost ten years I have resigned as a moderator. Ed Bob was informed several weeks ago, my decision has nothing at all to do with the jaycool/dessa dangerous fray. Recently, for the third time in seven years my life was turned inside out, and this time I am determined to set it back to rights by my own endeavors and with the help of real people, rearranging my priorities and finding new hobbies. As is known, I am still organizing the Wiesn Do but that's the only posting activity I will be indulging in.
StarStarStarStarStar (9)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by RainyDays
Wow Sarabyrd, that is a radical step – which I, while respecting your reasons for this, consider a big loss for this forum. You've not only been a moderator practically from the start, but also a prolific poster with lots of knowledge, good advice and humour. There are other posters whose departure I regret, but as such a longtime moderator you've become an institution. I think it's the right time to thank you for all the work you put into TT, making this an enjoyable and helpful gathering point. The results of a moderator's task won't always please everyone, and there may occasionally be debatable decisions or even downright mistakes, but overall a forum can't function without moderators working in the background – this one even less, with different cultures, characters… (another 62 words)
StarStar (4)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by 2B_orNot2B
hmm, perhaps some change/s is/are in progress today. 2 newly opened topics to which I responded this morning were merged to existing threads without the usual standard admin note being included. ]adminmerge[/ perdido for pope! 2B
StarStarStarStar (8)   Why are you unhappy today? by optimista
My good-looking trumpet playing buddy put a gun to his face and pulled the trigger. He is still alive. I actually wish for him he had done the job properly. Either way, I know I won't be seeing him again. It hurts.
StarStarStar (5)   As migrants we leave home in search of a future, by bobD
A powerful piece in the Guardian about the personal impact of Migration. I'm sure it affects many on here to some degree. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/24/migrants-leave-home-future-past-borders "In short, I cried for bits of my life that had been lost. Not discarded; but atrophied. Huge, formative parts of my childhood and youth that I could no longer explain because you would really have had to have been there but without which I didn’t make much sense." B
StarStarStar (5)   Germanwings plane crashes in French Alp by HEM
Just stop listening to the media who tumble over themselves to grab a headline without proof of facts. Finding what happened (by the BFU, not at Bild-niveau) will take time (like months) & the results will be published. A former member of our flying club is an accident investigator at the BFU in Braunschweig. Since his focus is aircraft over 2 tons I expects hes one of those on his way there now. I do not envy him.
StarStar (4)   Interesting facts about Germany by TampaFL
Less serious post: I play small amateur league soccer here, and I am amazed how at ease Germans feel about getting naked. A week ago our coach was getting ready to take a bath in our locker room; but naked he stood there trying to explain to me some crap about the game we just played. Another is nonchalantly drying his hair in front of the mirror with no sense of urgency while his balls are flapping around. I don't know who invented a towel but I am pretty sure it wasn't a German
StarStar (3)   U.S. Presidential election 2016 by Mapleleafdude
So Ted Cruz has now officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 election. I wonder how long it'll take Donald Trump to realize that Cruz was born in Calgary and demand to see his birth certificate? Guess Hillary will wait a while longer while the tea party and republicans chew each other up.
StarStar (3)   German Inheritance Laws by Straightpoop
As forecast in my earlier post your MIL is engaged in a dispute with her brother over the fair market value of an item of real estate. Because this property apparently represents the bulk of the total value of the estate of her mother, its value - absent other factors - will determine the cash value of her 1/6 Pflichtteilanspruch against her brother and sole heir. The dispute is factual in nature. Factual disputes in civil matters (in Germany and elsewhere) are resolved by a preponderance of the evidence. The best evidence of the fair market value of any item of property is an actual sale of that property under "normal" market circumstances, i.e. neither buyer nor seller are under any sort of duress in making a decision on price. In the absence of an actual sale, evidence of… (another 521 words)
StarStar (3)   Death penalty in Utah by MadAxeMurderer
Gotta accept Cincy's proposal. A bag over the head, filled with nitrogen or helium also works. It's one of the recommended suicide methods. Apparently the pain in your lungs from holding in your breath comes not from lack of oxygen, but simply too much CO2. So if you remove the oxygen, but prevent CO2 buildup you just suffocate painlessly. Although in another book I read overdosing on nitrous oxide (laughing gas, a form of anesthetic) gives you a euphoric exit.
StarStar (3)   Letters from serving soliders world war 2 by lord lorenzo
Hi I am English/Irish and live in Cyprus I have been given some letters these letters are in Old German? I have had them translated and they are from serving soldiers the 2 nd World War written back home to their family's I would really like to return them to any living relatives of these soldiers as I feel this would be a very great thing to do imagine having a letter written by your father/grand father serving in the army and sent back home to his family. I do not want any money just looking for help is there and organisation or group who could help me. I can give you the following information from the letters, 1. Gertraud Troger, Munich 2.Lieselotte Manndorfer,Engelsdorf, Leipzig 3. Frau Kayser, Merklingen, Pashnitz 4.Mrs Anny Eichner, Meyer Lerching 284 Gau Bayreuth, 5. Frl Babette… (another 108 words)

Monday 23.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStar (7)   Internship: secretary and assistants by engelchen
Are you aware that as of January 1, 2015, there is a minimum wage of 8.50€/hr? Furthermore, there are restrictions on who you can hire as an intern for below the minimum wage. Please see the BMAS website for more info.
StarStar (4)   Internship: secretary and assistants by ruapehu
You didn't know about this law, yet you are claiming to be German? Sorry, something seems not quite open here - this law has been so discussed in the news for so many months that it's hard to see how you could have missed it. And you also haven't stated which of the categories you feel your intern would fall under, to be not bound to pay the minimum wage.
StarStar (4)   Internship: secretary and assistants by ruapehu
So, you are qualified and registered to offer this, and you'll be adhering to the conditions outlined herein (it's in German, but since you're German, that won't be a problem for you): http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/DE/Unternehmen/Ausbildung/Ausbildungsvorbereitung/Einstiegsqualifizierung/index.htm What vocational qualification does your internship lead to, by the way?
StarStarStarStar (7)   Why are you happy today? by fuzzytony
Attached imageWhoohoo! I just received my Certificate of Accomplishment with Distinction after passing a tricky course on Image and Video Processing. It was a piece of p*ss, really. Just spend weeks on MATLAB and work with formulas such as this... Ta-da!
StarStarStar (6)   Interesting spam e-mails received by SpiderPig
Not sure why you "X"ed out the info... Do you think she will cheat on you? Just so that you know.. I have already replied to her, apparently she is in deep in her country and needs 10 thousand euro to get away from a mean Dictatoress!... I have sent her the money and she really love me.. So there!
StarStarStar (5)   Assault, visa issues and imminent divorce by Rebecca
Think hard about this, is it not better to focus your energy on your immigration status and just keep the medical documentation about the assault in a safe place for the time being. Get good advice about how best to approach a visa renewal, for example you may be not be helping yourself by remaining registered at an address where you are not really living. Also, how does the new girlfriend feel about all this? Does she want to see the assault on her taken further? Does she mind that you are still married to your ex, even just for visa reasons? Is your ex able to find your current address if she wants to file divorce papers? It's probably time to stop hiding and find a legitimate way to get your visa extended.
StarStar (4)   Assault, visa issues and imminent divorce by engelchen
Yes, there is a gender bias. If your roles were reversed, everyone would probably be advising you to press charges. I would suggest reporting the incident to the police (just so they have your version on record first) and then forget about it (because the authorities probably won't do anything about it) . The only way for you to obtain an extension based on your failed marriage is if both you and your ex commit a criminal offence and lie to the authorities about your relationship. In Berlin it is sufficient if you make an appointment before your current permit expires. See the wiki for more info regarding the different types of permits for which you could apply. First of all, not being properly registered is an Ordnungswidrigkeit (whereas applying for a permit to live with your German… (another 92 words)
StarStar (3)   Using an iPhone as an in-vehicle GPS system by Krieg
Here Maps (Nokia) works offline, you have to download the map before and that's it. Pretty useful when you are traveling to another country where you won't have data. And it is free.
StarStar (3)   What made you laugh today? by tor
It's an 'inside' joke, but I hadn't had any coffee yet, opened up TT and the frollein's PM popped up...I read it...thinking it was directed at me....and thought to myself 'now what did I do....?'
StarStar (3)   Moving to Hamburg and my situation is unique by the.frollein
Sorry, but you will not be able to get work permits for unskilled jobs. And even if you have a degree in IT, which would open the door for a permit for a skilled position, no employer will take you on for a month's time. By the time you got the permit, the month would likely be over.
StarStar (3)   Moving to Hamburg and my situation is unique by Alexnf
Especially in Hamburg there are many Asian Restaurant, Fish restaurants and quite a few vegetarian restaurants. And I think a Vegetarian who eats Fish/Seafood is called a pescetarian. As for the stereotypes, it is pretty much like any place in the world. You will meet many that fit all stereotypes you can think off and people who are completely the opposite. Regarding the weather, I also come from a very sunny country and I don't mind it, but I always used to prefer colder climates. As a danish friend told me once: There is no bad weather , just bad choice of clothes. You are getting used to it, and you really enjoy the few sunny days especially in Spring. As a City Hamburg is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen no matter if it is sunny or cloudy (or most often rainy) I think… (another 14 words)
StarStar (3)   Correct way to use werden by sosarx
Certainly not "wird" It's not going to be great, it would be great. Das/es wäre nett. And nett means nice, great means großartig. Don't exaggerate. It's no big thing to hand over a bag. Using toll iinstead of nett - ok. And a winner could be either a Gewinner or a Sieger. Depends on the context. What's the context?
StarStar (3)   Flounce by farmerandy
I am going to keep my account active, because there are people on here who I care about deeply and have no other reasonable way of keeping in contact with, outside of TT pm`s. I always thought I would have more to say when this time came to pass... But I don´t. Goodbye and bless It was always interesting

Sunday 22.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar (24)   Why are you unhappy today? by fuzzytony
I wanted to mention something here about this vivid dream I had the other night of a real event that occurred in my life many years ago, but I felt a bit awkward doing so. However I just can’t help but get out this sad experience stuck in my mind lately. When I was about nine or ten years of age, my father planned to drive the family to the nearby river bank near our country home to have a picnic. There was my two kid sisters and myself ready to climb into the army jeep in the driveway where my father sat waiting. It was an overcast, summer's day – and very warm. Now the thing that made me feel uneasy was that my father, waiting in the jeep with the engine running, and with my sisters clambering around in the back seat, was drunk. Stinking drunk as he always has been throughout my… (another 418 words)
StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar (18)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by Tap
Anyone who didn’t see the deleted posts will have difficulty understanding what’s going on here. I saw a lot of them, some of my own posts have been deleted too. I can understand when someone is being offensive, but most of the posts were just being critical which should have been dealt with in a reasonable way. I’m disappointed in all this, TT was somewhere I used to come to get or give advice when I could, but there’s a feeling of a dictatorship going on and it’s just not a pleasant or fun place any more.
StarStarStarStarStarStar (12)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by SpiderPig
Actually, its a it unfair to say "The mods" as it was surely just one or 2 that did the removal... There are a few mods that I actually have respect for... I appologise to them..
StarStarStarStarStarStar (11)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by Metall
I don't feel like giving advice anymore, either. I was going to post about fun things we did at the solar eclipse, but then lost all motivation. Guess I'll put it on FB or some other place. Disappointed... I liked it here...
StarStarStarStarStarStar (11)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by kiplette
My computer was on all night by accident, so the whole thing was there still this morning, but upon refreshing, whoo, all gone like steam off a misthaufen. No idea who is right and wrong, but when established members who make it fun are made to feel this bad, a new perspective is surely required? Mr G being one such example. He was awesome, but some fuss over ceiling cat, and a great poster is gone. Was it worth it? Hell no.
StarStarStarStarStarStar (11)   Moving to Hamburg and my situation is unique by the.frollein
1.) Yes. 2.) There are no vegetarians in Germany, it's Bratwurst or perish. 3.) Some IT jobs won't require German fluency, but for most jobs, you will have to know enough German to be able to understand and converse with your colleagues, even if the workplace language is officially English. 4.) Exactly as you heard. 5.) No idea. 6.) Yes, yes and yes. Why the would you even consider moving to a country filled with inhabitants you hate, whose language you are not prepared to learn and which holds no attraction for you? All your pre-conceived notions and judgements will bear fruit and make you miserable here, I can guarantee it.
StarStarStar (6)   Moving to Hamburg and my situation is unique by MadAxeMurderer
If you eat fish you're not vegetarian. It's the I'm vegetarian and eat fish brigade, that has many people trying to convince vegetarians that vegetarians eat fish and they're just being difficult because they don't.
StarStarStar (6)   Moving to Hamburg and my situation is unique by ruapehu
the more you insist on 3), the more likely 1) will ring true. How would you interact with Germans who came to the US and let you know they really didn't want to learn decent English? Would you offer them work? Or friendship? 2) As a vegetarian, how do you manage with American food? I'm not American, but I hate American food. I mean, it's all pancakes and burgers, isn't it? westvan's point is important. If you're not married, you'll need your own justification for a residence permit. like for language learning purposes😀
StarStarStar (6)   Moving to Hamburg and my situation is unique by boondoggle
This seems like a perfectly formulated troll post to me, but on the chance it isn't: you're laidback only in that you're 100% laidback as long as things are 100% the way you want them. Usually people like that are extremely invested in their laidback self-image (that's why they invariably describe themselves as laidback...so no one misses it), while maintaining their refusal to experience things outside their comfort zone with utmost vigilance. Commonly found in California and places Californian immigrants flock to: New Mexico, Austin, the Pacific Northwest. Not Germany. "I'm just a laidback California gal who needs to be around other laidback people, eat vegetarian (except also fish) food prepared in the manner I already eat it in, speak only English both at home… (another 40 words)
StarStarStarStarStar (9)   Random pointless comments by franklan
Tor, with all due respect,The "Je suis <whoever>" is a reference to a murder case done by some cowardly terrorists. Using that phrase to express your opinion in the context of a kindergarten situation on some f@cking internet forum is just wrong, sorry. Feel free to use a tank to deliver a "Bring back Jay Cool" petition to the headquarter of "the local", but leave "Je suis..." aside, please. Cheers Franklan
StarStarStarStarStar (9)   Thoughts of a Chinese expat by arunadasi
For a long time I was upset because I'm black and would never be a proper German, even though I am naturalised and speak the language fluently and all. But you know what? I simply got over it. I'm Guyanese in my mind with German nationality and I work in Germany and nobody treats me any differently to anyone else. I'm as integrated as you can get. At my place of work (a hospital) we have several "foreign-looking" staff members. A Chinese doctor, whose German is good but not perfect (I once had to spell out for him geriatrisch-psychitarisches Gutachten) and a couple of ethnic Turkish nurses and one ethnic Turkish doctor, both of whom probably grew up here as they speak perfect German but wear headscarves. A few black members of staff; I don't know where any of them… (another 144 words)
StarStarStarStar (7)   What's got you flummoxed today? by Tap
It's basically an argument between Jaycool and Dessa which has gotten out of hand and Dessa, being a Mod, has the upper hand and has used her powers to make Jaycool's presence here difficult, to say the least.
StarStarStar (5)   What's got you flummoxed today? by emkay
I haven't been around much lately and flummoxed at what's going on.....great members disappearing and reincarnating, lots of references to deleted posts, my seemingly innocent post yesterday being removed, Mr G leaving due to something to do with ceiling cat???

Saturday 21.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar (15)   What's got you flummoxed today? by Techsmex
I posted a random comment regarding my surprise at current events on TT after being AWOL for awhile and it was removed with reason of "Public moderation complaint - contact the team per PM"what Who is in power here? I merely stated I missed Jaycool and Sarabyrd, why is this censored? I expect this post will be deleted as well. What a sad situation here.
StarStarStarStarStarStar (12)   US vs German living standards by lapsus alumni
If you are poor, foreign, but well-educated, you're much better off in Germany than in the US. If you can make sure that your kid gets good grades, that's it: even if your family's poor, the kid will have access to good-quality Gymnasiums (not run-down neighbourhood highschools with metal detectors at the entrance) and then, good-quality universities. For illustration: A straight-A student coming from any German Gymnasium can go on to study pretty much anything he likes at any German university, practically free of charge. How posh a candidate's highschool was, what neighbourhood it was in, whether it was private or public, whether the candidate is a "legacy" or not, whether his family is likely to make large donations or not don't matter for admission. There's… (another 32 words)
StarStar (4)   US vs German living standards by vronchen
I grew up in Berlin and have many Turkish friends. All of the from a "working class" background with parents who speak next to no german. All of the them got their Abitur, went to university and got varies degrees ranging from a Bachelor in business to a PhD in chemistry!
StarStar (3)   US vs German living standards by AlexTr
The measurement of quality of life in the US is not the same as in Germany (platitude accomplished). For example, among my group of friends in the US you were considered unaccomplished if you were not a manager of staff and a homeowner by the time you were 30. So, I was and that was that. We also had standards on cars (new every three years) and recreational items (most of us owned boats in our early 30s). We didn't care what any one of us did in order to get this "standard of living". If you were in banking or retail management or advertising or insurance, just be good at it and we were all supportive. In Germany what you do indicates status. However, my German friends are much more impressed that I repair my own car (okay, part of that is because I am a woman) than if the… (another 127 words)
StarStarStar (6)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by robinson100
In light of recent happenings on TT: Whilst I appreciate that it is probably a thankless task, I could well see a reason to have regular evaluations of how good or bad a job each administrator is doing, and with the possible option of replacing him/her with somebody else chosen by the regular users of TT. (how are they chosen anyway?)
StarStar (4)   Toytown website improvements/suggestions by franklan
Hi,Probably exactly like the folks for that "one way mission to mars"... You (when you feel the urge to waste your life) apply for that job, and then those who are obviously insane get tossed; What's left then is called "The Team". Cheers Franklan
StarStarStar (5)   Schooling - Entry into bilingual schools mid year by the.frollein
You posted the same question on various threads besides this one, including: * Need to find schools for children * International schools in Berlin * Applying to international schools and this one, which basically answers your question very clearly: Special needs children and which school is best Seems to me it's the same procedure as with your other thread: US native, want to do a Master's in tourism, where you've gotten a lot of good advice from people well qualified to speak to the questions you've put - and you seem determined to ignore it. Not a problem, it's your life - except that you've got a son who has special needs, and it's pretty much a given that those needs will not be addressed in the German school system, and it's pretty obvious you don't… (another 18 words)
StarStarStar (5)   Schooling - Entry into bilingual schools mid year by engelchen
How many different opinions do you need? Or how about the "Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Vernor Muñoz (my bold)Your kid falls into 2 of the 3 categories of marginalised children. As an American citizen, you can apply for a place at JFK (probably the only public school that could accommodate your son adequately). Whether or not your son actually has a chance of getting a spot is another story. You should definitely apply ASAP. If you can't get a spot at JFK, you'll need to triple your budget for education. Edit: the.frollein was faster.
StarStarStar (5)   Schooling - Entry into bilingual schools mid year by engelchen
You're the one who repeatedly asked the same question on different threads, yet don't seem to want to hear the answer (nor read the previous posts). You're also the one who stated a budget of 5000€ for school fees, I didn't assume anything. Furthermore, since some schools charge fees based on income, your income is actually relevant to your question. Considering your attitude, I really don't see any point in trying to help you anymore.
StarStar (3)   Email addresses leaked by Darkknight
I, and many others have sent the TT/TL owners many emails about this over the last few years. Nothing as been done and email addresses continue to be leaked. If you haven't figured it out by now TT/TL's owners are most likely selling their users info to advertisers for extra money. If not, then TT/TL have been hacked for the last 2years or more without nothing being found.
StarStar (3)   Excuse me, you dropped your scarf by El Jeffo
gefallen = to like. So in your second example, you're essentially saying you liked the pacifier. I'm not going to go into all the grammar, but IMHO the best, most unmistakeable thing you can say is "Sie haben etwas verloren". In your third example, you would say "ich glaube, das gehört Ihnen," because you're talking to the person.

Friday 20.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStarStarStarStar (14)   Flounce by Mapleleafdude
I second all that you said Tap. Unfortunately from own experience with said mod and because of the fray being banned for a week from posting. It seems the personal opinions from mods trump plain moderation duty :-( I was here when jay returned and picked another fight with double D. Now he is probably completely gone. I to have realized that I post much less and that all threads have become very slow. TT needs a revamp and a reconsideration of priorities for the (some of the) mods. Edit: all these posts will be deleted in a few hours anyways :-(
StarStarStarStarStarStar (11)   Flounce by gaberlunzi
Reason for flouncing? There are many.Some are caused by personal opinion and other by health or technical consideration. It just depends what the purpose of running this chat line is. If it is for attracting readership for the Local or harvesting opinions of a certain segment of population, for the CIA or the MI6, or for just the idea to help and entertain for any particular reason,or for the self satisfying of the moderators, the opinion often expressed/controlled/disciplined/encouraged here, I do not always agree with, but then I can always flounce or have a silent day until "Langeweile" plages me. Why do people think they have to give reds for an opinion they don't agree with? I might not agree with what you say or how you say it, but one should have the right to say it,… (another 62 words)
StarStarStarStarStar (10)   Flounce by BattalionBoy
I rarely much post on TT anymore because of being modded. I suppose it is the same for other people. Basically you get a few posts deleted and it puts you off bothering to post.
StarStarStarStar (7)   Assault, visa issues and imminent divorce by 8420PR
Be the better person and look forward. I read about 50% of your post as wanting payback (of course also called justice) for your wife kicking you in the club. For you it may be payback and justice, for your wife (and other mutual friends) it may be escalation, and lead to other problems. It seems like your ex-wife is still emotionally attached to you (love or hate - both kind of similar), and maybe it hurt seeing you with your new girlfriend? That of course is no excuse for physical violence, but you did marry her so bear some responsibility. Also, I realise if it had been you kicking your wife everything would be totally different now, but hey that's life!
StarStarStar (6)   Assault, visa issues and imminent divorce by robinson100
I see far too many problems here, but the first thing I would do, or rather not do, is do not try to use her legal insurance - firstly, it probably does not cover you, secondly, it is hers, and thirdly it would be quite unethical to try to use her insurance against her! I think you need to take serious legal advice of your own - and finance it yourself!
StarStarStar (6)   Assault, visa issues and imminent divorce by sneaker
It's a very real possibility. Every witness you name may end up being forced to testify in court. Judges are very free in how they reach a verdict, almost anything can be taken into consideration. Imagine the court day and look at the facts: - no criminal record (you know of...) - female culprit, male victim (maybe evil husband?) - minor injury - quickly apologized before any legal action was taken against her - Berlin (- drunk)?
StarStar (3)   Assault, visa issues and imminent divorce by engelchen
You need to keep your immigration concerns separate from your decision on how to deal with your ex. Your marriage lasted less than three years and you are not entitled to any further immigration benefits due to it. On the other hand, it is unlikely that the ABH in Berlin will rescind your current permit before it expires. When it comes time to renew, you need to apply for a permit for a different reason. You can file for divorce anytime after June 2015. You can apply for Trennungsunterhalt, however, it is not retroactive. Considering how short your marriage was, it is unlikely that you'll receive alimony after you divorce(see the Divorce Wiki for more info).
StarStarStar (6)   What's got you flummoxed today? by tor
I am flummoxed that my single green disappeared on my favorite quote! I mean really...it's just a quote... still, I am flummoxed. And I am flummoxed that random pointless comments can be deleted. I am not refereing to any post in particular, just random pointless comments in gerneral. I am flummoxed that we are greening Spidey
StarStarStar (5)   Lost iPhone - Lilienstr. Munich by TallGuy
Just to update this thread. I found the owner of the phone. I pressed the home button until "Siri" started then asked Siri to call mum, dad,.... etc... I left messages at about 3 numbers and within half an hour I had found someone who know the owner.
StarStar (4)   Minimum wage law for interns.Am I being cheated? by engelchen
HR professionals who don't know German are practically useless in Germany; there are only a few "Shared Services" departments (where they require fluency in another foreign language) and large companies that can afford to hire HR staff who can't speak fluent German. See Help finding English Speaking HR Job for more info. What chances would a German HR professional have finding a job in India who could speak neither English nor the local Indian language? The ABH is technically not responsible for ensuring that employers pay the minimum wage. I personally don't think you qualify for the minimum wage exemption, however, I don't think that there have been any court decisions on the matter yet. You should contact the minimum wage hotline for advice. 1. If you want… (another 21 words)
StarStar (4)   Email addresses leaked by shelly5
If you really have someone's attention - maybe link them to this forum post which helped ID the problem: http://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=280277&st=75&p=3141571&#entry3141571 Then this one helping explain salts and hashes: http://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=280277&view=findpost&p=3142110 and then a few posts later where someone's amazon was hacked who used the same email/pw combo as here over there a year and a half ago. I know a friend on this site claimed he sent info to the ISP that hosts this forum to complain. If the local.de contact can't do anything, the next step is complaining to the upstream provider for the ISP and BKA. ...and if it gets to that point, that will be an absolute shame because there is… (another 16 words)

Thursday 19.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar (16)   Flounce by Tap
Yes, you did miss something, there was an altercation between Jaycool and Dessa D where she, in my opinion, unfairly accused him of posting under a different ID, which he denied. I believe it got out of hand and now Jaycool has left. All the relevant posts have since been deleted. I would like to add that Jaycool is/was one of my top 10 people here on TT, it’s not going to be the same for me now without him.
StarStarStarStar (8)   Refusing to pay TV license fees (Rundfunkbeitrag) by ruapehu
Although I don't enjoy paying, I am not about to get into a discussion about the rights and wrongs of it. However, Cockney Sam, your post moved me so much that I have to say I think that is the most ridiculous, pompous and badly thought out way to deal with anything to do with the law, and if I were on the right side of it against you (which they are, until such time as a legal decision to overturn their blanket fee schdule to every household is made), I'd be inclined to put you at the top of my list of candidates to deal with first.
StarStarStarStar (8)   Wrong name on a plane ticket by Sir Percy B
Leave it as it is and save yourself the stress, fingers crossed whoever checks your passport and boarding card are 1 of the 55 out of a 100 people that can read this. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
StarStar (3)   Wrong name on a plane ticket by ahimsa
Hallo bebop, I once flew Ryanair having also made a typo when entering my name in the online booking process. My solution: - printed out the ticket - using some old-fashinoned cut&paste (i.e. scissors and sticky stuff) pasted a correctly spelled name onto the ticket - finally, photocopied the "photoshopped" ticket. At checkin all they did was scan the ticket and check my passport photo. Do you have such a paper ticket? Did you enter your passport details into the online reservation (I ask because they would of course match and help verify your identity/booking) Okay, I know many will strongly argue against taking a gamble like that. So, try calling Cathay again. If you get someone with common sense it should be clear you are not trying to scam them in any way. An internet search… (another 14 words)
StarStar (3)   Wrong name on a plane ticket by lapsus alumni
If anyone notices (unlikely), just say that "the last character of my name somehow got chopped off". Things like that do happen, especially with long last names. Another thing you could do is go to the airline's website and follow the links to manage your booking. There, enter as much information as possible for this trip: your phone number, email address, passport number, visa number (if needed), frequent flyer number (if any). This way it's going to be abundantly clear that you are you even for the most paranoid of airline employees.
StarStar (3)   Recognition of professional qualifications from UK by Feierabend
Well, I certainly feel unhappy reading this. It shows a disdain for young children, their learning and the people who choose to work with them. I have a degree from Oxford, an MSc from London University, plus the usual professional qualifications. I've been teaching kindergarten age children for the past 8 years and have never been happier in my job. I expect some of my 5 year-olds will go on to high-level careers in (robbery) oops - finance, or gain high-level professorships, the sort of thing that presumably makes you happy. Grrr.
StarStar (3)   Could Greece drop out of the Euro? by sosarx
If the Greek government would have made , in the past and right now, made a proposal to change a single point in the set agenda, like more money for the poor and, logic ,less money spent on an other point, it would have been easy to discuss this.Best with a reasonable proposal how to compensate the costs , inside Greece, not outside. With the political leaders as those are the ones who have to act on behalf of their citizens. Not the Troika. The Troika isn't lending money. Strange that the old administration of Greece didn't do. Not really caring. Strange that the current one doesn't. Not really understanding the situation of lenders. And it all boils down to this point: Within the European community and within the Eurozone all works on mutual understanding and mutual respect.… (another 199 words)
StarStar (3)   Advice on Gemeinschaftsschule system by friederike
That is not quite true. Gemeinschaftsschule is basically a comprehensive school for children of all abilities so in theory it caters for kids who used to get a recommendation for Haupt-/Werkreal-/Realschule AND Gymnasium. If they can deliver on the last promise remains to be seen (I'm a teacher at Gymnasium so I might be biased ;-) ) and your fears that your son might not really get optimum support are certainly not to be discounted. Sonderschule are specialists in dealing with children with special needs and many parents are really happy with the work they do. We "regular" teachers haven't been trained properly to do that plus I doubt that the funds needed for providing all school types with specialists and time and money will be available soon. At the moment, "Inklusion"… (another 20 words)
StarStar (3)   Advice on Gemeinschaftsschule system by rhody
It's good to hear a German teacher be honest about the issues rather than to insist that the system is superior because of the kids who do fit the mold can and do succeed in the system. Kudos to you friederike. I wish I had more advice for the OP. It's not an easy situation to be in. Regarding the Walldorf school: don't give up on talking to them just yet. Most of them, AFAIK, use a sliding scale based on income so you might be surprised how much it actually costs.

Wednesday 18.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStar (8)   Restoring my computer by 2B_orNot2B
Hi Colin So you're expecting us to guess which OS you have, eh? OK, I'll bite. So I'm guessing it's Windows and, because XP has been around so long everyone knows how by now and virtually no-one is still stuck with Vista and very many Windows 8 users have chosen to downgrade and revert to using it by choice, I suspect your OS is Windows 7. Btw I hope you appreciate that I've written this Guide just for you. How To find, create and load *Restore Points in a German Windows 7 OS 1. Finding the System Restore console in Windows 7: Open the "Systemsteuerung" and select "System und Sicherheit" then “Sytem”. Alternately right-click on the “Computer” icon, on the Desktop or in the Start menu, and from the choices offered select “Eigenschaften”.… (another 338 words)
StarStarStar (6)   Israel's elections: the mask is off by PES
I am sitting here in Jerusalem having spent the day with my Palestinian friends. They say it makes no difference. No one wants real peace on the other side. I rode from the galilee up to Jerusalem today and it is one settlement after another. For my friends, they are humiliated daily and have given up hope.
StarStar (4)   Israel's elections: the mask is off by Oblomov
Looks as if Netanyahu has won again. Now that he is on record that there will be no Palestinian state and after his racist rants about "Arab voters (are) streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations" I wonder how we are going to be sold the fiction that Israel is looking for a peaceful solution with the Palestinians.
StarStarStar (5)   Interesting spam e-mails received by 2B_orNot2B
Well, jeba, when you've finished running MSE and it hasn't found anything suspicious download and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.4.1028 from www.malwarebytes.org and then do the same with Spybot Search & Destroy from www.safer-networking.org. which will both quarantine anything that matches their constantly updated list of suspects. You might wonder why you'd need two free malicious software finding programmes in addition to the one Micro$oft supplied. Well, you might not, but if you don't use them and do get hit by a Trojan or virus which screws your computer up or worse you won't ever know whether they might have prevented that. Alternatively you could do like I do and, in addition to running both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Spybot Search & Destroy… (another 212 words)
StarStar (4)   Interesting spam e-mails received by El Jeffo
You now have a very dangerous virus on your system, jeba. If you don't have the skills to remove it yourself, find an expert to help you. Before you do that, change your online banking password IMMEDIATELY - from a different computer (or from your phone, if you can). Ask a friend or neighbor if you can use their computer. And contact your bank to tell them that your computer has been compromised, so they can put a lock on your account for any suspicious transactions (such as international transfers or large amounts).
StarStar (4)   Worst jokes ever by clickety6
We had a work colleague who was always telling sick jokes. When he left, we wanted to find a suitably sick card, but there wasn't much available in the local shops. I found a blank card with a picture of baby seals on an ice floe. Liberal use of a red marker pen added..errr... a splash of colour, shall we say, to the baby seals. Inside I added the greeting "We all clubbed together to get you this" and we all signed it.
StarStar (3)   Please tell me the name of this car from the '70s? by Allershausen
Thank you, thank you, this means so much to me. I want to thank all the people who have helped me along the way to this magnificent achievement, I couldn't have done it without you, you know who you are, thank you, thank you. I will always treasure this moment, sniff, sniff.
StarStar (3)   Recognition of professional qualifications from UK by Rebecca
I have reached the point where I am looking for something close to home with no time wasted travelling and no negative impact on my health or my family. These are more important than money or status and although it's not my dream job I do think enabling young kids to speak a second language is quite rewarding in its own way. I'm really quite weary of adults who are too busy to attend more than 50% of the English course and can't switch their mobile phones off in the classroom and I will never speak German well enough to do the job I did in England even if I wanted to take on a demanding job again. Bear in mind I'm 51 and it's not easy for anyone in Germany to get employed after the age of 50. Why does my situation make you unhappy?
StarStar (3)   Health Insurance for Canadian on YMA visa by evaAvfx
Thanks so much, everyone! I got approved today, picking my visa up on friday. A simple travel insurance I got from BCAA was more than sufficient to satisfy authorities. it ended up being 600 cad for a year, 10 million coverage. Granted, im a member, so I had a bit of a discount. I ve spoken to a few people and they said that I will still have to be under a additional insurance when I find employment in Munich, and they will cover half the payment, but it never hurts to be insured, at least not with my skiing adventures

Tuesday 17.Mar.2015

StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar (20)   Family funeral - should I cross the Atlantic? by vmelchers
UPDATE! Hi All, I wanted to let you know that I went back to Canada for the funeral and spent 6 days there. I have to confirm what most of you all said, it was the best decision. My father and I resolved many issues. When his voice starting cracking up during his speech at the Funeral service, I walked up to the front and stood by him. He thanked me many times since and says he felt so proud and will never forget that moment. It was absolutely totally worth it. Wanted to get that out there Cheers all, and thanks for the many responses! Vanessa
StarStarStarStarStar (10)   Consumer Discrimination Laws in Germany - Student by franklan
Hi, If their smallprinted defines "being a student" as "being a fulltime student of a Germany university" there is nothing you can do about it. It's like a pub that declares "Monday night is Ladies' night (15% off)". No matter how feminine you consider yourself that evening, you won't get the discount. Cheers Franklan
StarStarStar (5)   Consumer Discrimination Laws in Germany - Student by yourkeau
Feeling of entitlement in this generation is outrageous. When I was a student, discounts were limited to my city, not even the whole country. And you demand worldwide discount? Very nice.
StarStarStarStar (8)   The Vent by Starmix
DW, you want me to stop taking DD to a weekly class on Saturday mornings just so you can to spend more time with her, speaking German and doing stuff together? Evenings there is always little brother there which means that there is no pure 'mama-daughter' time. DW, I am at work all week and you are at home. I only have the weekend. You can take the kids individually out of KiGa early one day a week and have a few hours with one kid or the other. But to suggest I stop something that has gone on for years and includes learning her fathers language and spending time together with Papa, just so you can spend time with her, forget it. S
StarStarStar (6)   The Vent by kiplette
400€. Bugger. It's not like the words 'diesel' and 'benzin' are that similar. And last summer, when Paps did the same thing and then DROVE the car which I didn't do, it 'only' cost 300€. Life is so unfair (yes, I know this is now becoming a first world vent). Deeply annoyed Mostly at myself.
StarStarStar (6)   Chat about Ireland and things Irish by Irish_Aine
My town (Strabane) is doing a nice big parade today, Ive managed to get some shifts working in a pub this weekend and been working since about 10 this morning until maybe closing tonight and ive already slapped three drunk guys for being overly friendly. Gonna try and swap with one of the men to get to work the outside beer tent thats serving family folks so I can watch the parade too its been years since ive seen a St. Paddys parade, not looking forward to working later tonight with all the folks drinking since the morning. Might see if I can swap to work the restaurant part of the bar later. Fingers crossed!!
StarStar (4)   Antibiotics for a newborn infant by northtraveller
While the education of midwives could be better, their response is also dictated by the client. What I mean is that there is a developping "alternative" crowd in Germany, parents who are themselves at war with modern medicine. They will refuse vaccinations and antibiotics neglecting the fact that years ago children could die from illnesses which have now been eradicated. So essentially, some midwives will be tempted to tell parents what they want to hear, and leave the job of the bad cop to the doctor. In any case a midwife is seriously not the right person to offer medical advice to treat such a young baby. Pediatricians in Germany spend 5 years as residents after 6 years of medical school, in total more than 11 years of education! Let alone that there are subspecialisations… (another 139 words)
StarStar (4)   Antibiotics for a newborn infant by jubinjohn
Thanks every one. Baby is doing fine now. Your replies calmed me down and I sat and read the medical report from hospital. As per their advice we are giving her antibiotics. We gave her 3 doses today and she seems fine till now. I got the appointment with new pediatrician on this Friday.
StarStar (4)   Partial solar eclipse (in DE anyway) this Friday by kludgie
Attached imageJust in case you didn't already know, a partial eclipse of the Sun will be visible across Germany this Friday. The northwest will get the most "darkness". Still nowhere near complete, unfortunately... Don't forget to wear eye protection! http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/germany/hamburg
StarStar (4)   Regensburg promo ad sparks outrage by yourkeau
You stereotype Germans as someone who will always stereotype people. That's why you will always find "proofs" of such Germans and ignore those who don't stereotype. I'm not saying that there is no stereotyping at all but in general such stereotype about stereotyping is no longer true.