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  1. Today
  2. It took me eight months to get the German citizenship, while keeping the US one. But I have applied in Hamburg not in Berlin.
  3. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    Those bright young minds will do just fine, problem is the not-so-bright young people who will blow their savings on these schemes.   This market is in dire need of regulation, the same way betting is regulated in many countries. Otherwise it will overthrown Uber as the worst side of capitalism. And I'm a very capitalist guy, just not a fan of wild west.
  4. 3G in Restaurants?

    Peer review is something done for publication in scientific journals. Pfizer, as any pharmaceutical company which wants permission to market a drug or vaccine,  has to share their data with authorities like the FDA in the US. And that´s what they´ve done. Even before the trials were concluded they were subject to a rolling review (which is unusual), which means the FDA was watching over their shoulder while the trials were still ongoing.
  5. Next Badminton is 25.01.2022 19:30-21:30:      The closing time for reservations is Midnight on SATURDAY.   Booking: Please sign up below. Please note that all names down at the deadline are committed bookings! Please ALWAYS specify the times you wish to play e.g. 19:30-20:30 Important: Please do check back here on the Monday evening after 23:00 for updates before turning up! We may have to adjust your preferred times if too many sign up for the courts we have available! Please copy this post and add your booking.     1. Colin 20:00-21:30 2. Andy 20:00-21:30 3. AdamL 8.30-9.30pm
  6. UK rental income on German tax returns (post-Brexit)

    If you were gifted the property, the depreciation starts on the date it was purchased by the person who gifted it to you. So if your granny had gifted you in 1987 a house built after 1924, which she had bought in 1975, then the house would be "depreciable" until 2025, i.e. you would use as an expense each year until 2025 (assuming 20% of the purchase price were for the land): 2% * 80% * granny's_purchase_price_from_1975 If granny's house had been built before 1925, the depreciation period would only be 40 years, i.e. 2.5% per year, and the depreciation period would have already ended in 2015.   Granny's purchase price in GBP would have to be converted into DM using the exchange rate valid on her 1975 purchase date and the DM amount then converted into € using the exchange rate 1€ = 1.95583 DM.   For the old GBP to DM (Deutsche Mark) exchange rates, put the GPB file "Devisenkurse der Frankfurter Börse / 1 GBP = ... DEM / Vereinigtes Königreich" from here: https://www.bundesbank.de/dynamic/action/de/statistiken/zeitreihen-datenbanken/zeitreihen-datenbank/759778/759778?listId=www_s331_b01011_3 into the cart by clicking on the cart symbol at the right of the table. Then open the cart: https://www.bundesbank.de/de/statistiken/zeitreihen-datenbanken/datenkorb and click on the blue button "Zum Download". --> it will now download a csv-file with all GBP/DM exchange rates back to 1949 to the "Downloads" folder on your computer. Open the file with Excel and look up the exchange rate on the historic purchase date in 1975.
  7.   It seems he refused to have the vaccination. I watched an interview yesterday with Gene Simmons, from KISS who was a good friend of his and he mentioned it.   Something I saw on Facebook today made me smile - "Could be the pandemic started and ended with a bat out of hell!"
  8. For that much money, I want a post-ride massage too!
  9. Town pigeon numbers hit hard by renovation

    A pigeon did it's business on little Johnny's head as he was walking to school, made a mess of his uniform cap.   "Count yourself lucky that pigs can not fly!" said the teacher.
  10. Think the particular case was after a pigeion loft (with controlled feeding/cleaning/egg destruction) was closed down.  Leaving a previously well controlled population of 600 birds starving.  Not something that allowed anyone to throw unsuitable food scraps all over their local park.
  11. Only in America

    And this is why the prison cells mentioned in the "Newsroom" speech (above) are so full :      Don't moon on a US airplane   Absolutely, threatening people on a plane deserves an appropriate penalty... But 20 years??   (I know it says "up to")
  12. Back pain: how can I quit my job and get ALG1?

    Good luck with the Agentur für Arbeit. If they are friendly you can get a retraining, but their job is to get you back to work asap. And in Germany most Germans work in the field where they already have training/experience.  Quereinsteiger is almost a dirty word in Germany. They won't automatically offer a new career path/training without good reason, like you are trained on making buggy whips.
  13. Odd news

    "Inquiry after 'dead man' taken into post office"   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60091753   Wonder where they got that idea from : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weekend_at_Bernie%27s
  14. A gastroscopy without the sedative?

      I did not clarify the situation. I just moved to this town and the Überweisungsschein was issued by my previous family doctor in the city I used to live. The doctor who refused the sedative is both my new family doctor and the gastroscopy specialist.   Thanks for the information about kassenärztliche Vereinigung. I will look into that.
  15. Hi there, since 2006 I have been a member of the Toytown community and will remain so.  So, this is definitly not a Good-Bye of any sorts, rather a report on a change of status ;-) Under my AKA "STarshollow" I have written countless info and contributions here on Toytown during these years and got to know many of the Toytown regulars quite well over time.  With my team of advisors we have assisted and advised more than 5.000 Expats in Germany during those years and created a brand that is considered to be trustworthy to the core by Expats all accross Germany. Not a mean feat in a sector of business that is rich with sharks just eager to devour helpless prey for their own financial benefits. In 2020 I had the chance to run for public office in my old hometown. I have always been politically active and, lo' and behold: I was actually elected as Mayor of Baierbrunn, a town 20 km south of Munich https://www.baierbrunn.de/index.php?id=0,1 Since this is a fulltime job, I quit active advising our clients then but have been assisting the company and our team of advisors during the past.  And I simply can't quit writing here on Toytown, this has become a habbit actually quite dear to me over the years ;-)   Since my wife with whom I shared the management of the company (and who became an extremely qualified and dedicated advisor in her own right during that time)  did not want to run the company all on her own, we were looking for some time to find someone to take over the business who fits to our ethical standards and continues to put the interest of the clients always first in the advice process. That took some time (of course also thanks to the Corona pandemic). At the turn of the year we have finally signed over the company to ZVO, a very experienced advisor company that caters to clients all over Germany from Karlsruhe (main office) and several other offices accross Germany. They have ample experience with "Grenzgänger"-advice and are also extremely experienced in offering advice digitally in contrast to most German advisor companies. They have taken over all of our staff and will continue to expand the business. All clients have meanwhile received an info about this. Chambervelt, Rooselain & Cie remains a brand fully dedicated to Expats in Germany and will continue to serve its thousands of existing clients and all new ones yet to come.   I myself, while not advising any clients directly anymore, will continue to write here on Toytown as "Starshollow" and also some time later this year start an independent financial blogg for Expats in Germany in continuance of my "hobby". Meanwhile I'll remain helping the new owners of the company as external counselor to continue and increase the business. Therefore I'd also like to bring to the attention of all here on Toytown their current job offer. If someone is interested in working in finance and was always looking for a partner he or she can trust in and work proudly for: here is your chance!!!! Cheerio
  16. Job offer:  CR & Cie are hiring new insurance/financial advisors.  Ideally near Karlsruhe (main office now) but the job can basically been done every in Germany with support from the main office.  Some time for training in Karlruhe should be possible, though.
  17. Job offer in insurance/finance services for Expats in Karlsruhe! I am best known under my AKA "Starshollow" here on Toytown. Since May 2020 I am the elected Mayor of Baierbrunn, a town 20 km south of Munich. Before that I was >15 years active as financial advisor and insurance broker for Expats in Germany. If you want to know about my credentials as a truly independent advisor for Expats, just check for content/contributions by "Starshollow" here on Toytown Germany, mostly in the FINANCE Forum. You'll find more than 5.000 info and articles I have written over time which earned me a solid reputation as a fair and indendendent advisor. My old company now looks for good insurance advisors/financial advisors in Germany! If you like to work in insurance and finance without the hassle to chase after new clients, if you like an environment where the needs and wishes of the clients come first at all times: read thru the add and apply. Doing an ethically sound and fair job for Expats in Germany, having fun AND earning good money... this is your chance! You need to bring some prior experience with you in finance/insurance, but not necessarily from Germany. #insurance #insurance broker # financial advisor # Expat advisor
  18.   Your profile currently shows that you are in Darmstadt.  Where are you living (as that affect possible advice).
  19. January 6th Select Committee

    Let me ask in a more general way: Does he still enjoy immunity from prosecution, or is that immunity ending when the term of a president ends.
  20. What made you smile today?

    We had the centenary of the handover of Dublin castle last week and today marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the treaty of accession to the European Economic Community by Ireland:   https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2022/0121/1274981-eu-accession-treaty/   Oh Denmark, Norway and some other country I've forgotten also signed on the same day, marking the first expansion of the EEC since its founding.
  21. Yesterday
  22. Sounds like a job for the Pest control- which should be addressed by the Landlord. So-  Mieterverein is the immediate task
  23. Restaurant rules are 2G, so only sign up if you can supply proof you fully vaccinated OR recovered from Corona. 1. LisaJK 2. Birgit 3. Helga, 4. Cragrat 5. Paul. 6. Lilol + 1 8. PamB 9.   Please copy/paste the last list into the reply and add your name As Soon As Possible, at the latest 5 pm Saturday
  24. Hello there, I am looking for an English speaking fan of Abraham Hicks as a conversation partner to exchange ideas and maybe support each other on our spiritual journey. A bit like a spiritual sparring partner ;-)  If you´re interested in meeting in person (I am fully vaccinated) or talk on the phone etc, you can reach me at v@arcormail.de Kind regards, Val 
  25. that may all be true and good, but I suggest you try to avoid that line of argument as much as possible. Focus on a positive case for yourself, rather than a negative case against potential allegations. For example, stress how long you have held down a job, how you have been able to balance the stresses of taking care of your child whilst holding down the job, perhaps include things like the role you play in getting your child to/from school, doing homework with them, preparing all the meals, putting them to bed etc...Fundamentally, that you are the child's key carer. If he raises mental health, you can simply state (assuming it is true) that you do not have a diagnosis for a mental health issue, nor are you taking any medication for such. The fact you might have had a difficult phase as a youth does not reflect the stable, supporting parent you are today.  
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