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  2. Next Badminton is 27.08.2019 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 2000-2130 2. Leni 20:00-21:30 3. Sonja 20:00-21:30 4. Markus 20:00 21:30
  3. Moving company recommendations

    Malt-teaser, the last topic that came up in my search was dated back to 2016. Not much good there. generalmartok, thank you so much but we need something bigger than a van (3 room apartment) geordilad24, I got quotes from the following companies: - Loogo umzüge: no google reviews and a bit expensive estimate -Umzugscenter: cheap quote but only limited to a driver and a van - Transporte MV: Cheap quote but google reviews are really negative (maybe thats why they are cheap) -As-Trans: So far the most expensive quote but very professional approach with so much attention to detail Will keep on looking I guess
  4. Grew up in the UK flatlands (East Anglia), where the artesian water was pretty hard - kettles etc had to be regularly de-scaled.On the other hand, the amount of calcium in the water meant I had very few dental problems as a youngster, but when the family moved to Birmingham (supplied by soft water from Welsh reservoirs) I started to need a lot more fillings, unfortunately administered by a sadistic bastard who didn't believe in anaesthetic injections beforehand :-( For drinking, I preferred the hard water, unless I happened to be in mountain areas where the water from soft-water streams (i.e. Wales, Scotland) was cold, fresh and utterly delicious.
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  6. Hi   I am recently planning to buy a house from 1963 however the heating got changed in 2017 to Gas and also the electricity. Since the change no one has stayed there regularly and on my request the present owner has created an energy certificate(attached). Also I have attached the report after heating change for KFW promotion.   My question is  1. How to read the KFW report . 2. How accurate is the energy certificate given the fact that the usage was irregular after the heating change. 3. How to increase the efficiency of the house Below are some facts a.The windows are already double pane wood window. b. Roller shutters are already present. c. The attic is not developed. There are some woolen insulation layed over the floor of the attic and also the inside portion of the roof.   I am not looking for some big renovations. I have added the required files in the Google drive.  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10eSqBABYQDrY8kLhv036RM2rWu_nj5xp?usp=sharing
  7. Moving company recommendations

    This has been discussed a few times, try usung the search box.  
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    The reality of what could happen hit home for me and my family in January. We visited Derry for a few days and had an uneventful time there. A week after we had returned home to Germany a car bomb was detonated at a spot we had walked past (with my young son) at approximately the same time in the evening a week before. Watching the CCTV footage was pretty eerie.
  9. What made you smile today?

    I guess I am fortunate in living in the same area for almost 50 years and know, and get on with, younger folk and their children who moved in within the last five years or so.   Blessed.  Things are as good now as ever was.   Incomes have altered somewhat ☹️
  10. What's got you flummoxed today?

      I world look at this as similar to a grieving process when a body is lost at sea. There will be no burial. Life will move on but there will be the lingering doubt that a loved one is cast adrift with only a ball with a face drawn on it for company.         
  11. What made you smile today?

    Mine too, the only thing that I can remember that's missing from the poem, is the tram...then again not everywhere had them
  12. What made you smile today?

      That's true. My mother told me about living in a house where they had to pass through the neighbors apartment to get to theirs. The neighbor lady would be in her kitchen as they walked past and often offer them a cookie and a chat. In one of the rooms of their apartment lived an old man. He simply came with the apartment. Nobody seemed to mind. One of the neighbors had a piano. He might come home late and start playing and they'd wake up and listen until he felt like going to bed. We are definitely not this tolerant today. 
  13. What made you laugh today?

    Thank you, @franklan!  What a brilliant solution!  I never took physics and didn't go beyond geometry in high school, so the formulas in the article were beyond my scope, but the text is interesting.  
  14. What made you laugh today?

    Then please read this interesting article about the Apollo Guidance computer:  https://ukma.org.uk/why-metric/myths/metric-internationally/the-moon-landings/  
  15. Getting fired with an unlimited contract

    Not being an ass kisser and telling the truth in the face caused me some trouble yes, it's getting tougher and tougher to be honest nowadays ...
  16. What are you listening to right now?

    Austin boy, Adrian      
  17. What made you smile today?

    True and that happens now, but neighbours did look in on each other, people noticed when an elderly person wasn't seen and kids were often just dumped on family or neighbours. Now, how many people actually know who their neighbours are? How often is it reported that someone had died alone months before and no one noticed? How many real friends can we on average rely on when we're in need? Society has definitely gone down hill in the last 40 years.
  18. Brexit: The fallout

    Maybe I'm one of the few that did and still do care. See my post earlier on in this thread about going through Belfast at the time of the "Troubles". I was so glad about the Good Friday Agreement - I wandered around NI thereafter: the Antrim Glens, Bushmills distillery, even visited Stroke City (Derry/Londonderry) and witnessed the Apprentice Boys' March - got talking to a Royal Ulster Constabulary guy armed with a sub-machine gun on Derry's city walls - "My God", he said, Things have changed for the better and I hope they continue so." Wherever I stayed (Belfast, Carrickfergus, Portrush), the story was the same.   Boris, Shitti Patel, Raab and the whole sick No-Deal Brexit crew should hang their heads in shame.
  19. What made you smile today?

      I'm not sure that people looked out for each other back then. At least not in all aspects. Things like spousal abuse and child abuse were often known about but ignored because it was considered private family affairs or something like that. 
  20. What are you cooking today?

    Good reference  
  21. What made you smile today?

    Unfortunately we always remember things with rose tinted glasses but for many then life was pretty hard. Difference is that then people generally looked out for each other, now people generally only lookout for themselves. Often I wish I could live in a previous time line.
  22. This explains some of it.. if not all of it  
  23. What's got you flummoxed today?

    I also hope Smith will be back. I appreciate top professional sportsmen in their teams and may the better team win. And respect at the end of the game.
  24. Climate change discussion

    Care to dig up some quotes as I`ve looked at the first 20 pages and found nothing like that.  
  25. Brexit: The fallout

    I doubt many English, Welsh or Scottish people gave any thoughts to Ireland when they voted on Brexit--whether Remainers or Leavers. Sadly.
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