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  1. "Untranslatable" German words

    Shag bags?
  2. What made you laugh today?

    First day at school: Mum's before and after photos of daughter go viral   That's me after a day at work!
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Watching BBC coverage of the Johnson/Macron meeting this evening I was struck by how irritated Macron looked standing alongside Johnson in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace as Johnson flim-flammed and blustered. For people operating at that level it must be so obvious that Johnson is just a bag of hot air with no substance.   Video of it here: Brexit: Backstop indispensable, Macron tells Johnson
  4. Climate change discussion

    Don't panic but it looks as if the entire planet may be at risk from the fires raging in the Amazon. Sky over Sao Paulo black from smoke thousands of miles away, 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, an 80% increase on last year, football-pitch-sized areas disappearing every minute, maps showing many fires in square patterns indicating they've been set deliberately, farmers apparently emboldened to clear land by President Bolsonaro's rhetoric. Not only would a transformation of the Amazon from rainforest to savanna reportedly accelerate climate change and raise sea levels by several metres but the Amazon rainforest is apparently responsible for 20% of the planet's oxygen and if that's put at risk, so are we.   Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says Blame humans for starting the Amazon fires, environmentalists say Wildfires in Amazon
  5.   It seems to be a fair bet that he has read as much of the Bible as he has of the Koran.    
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Dutch plan big Brexit beach party    
  7. Why are you unhappy today?

    When I was growing up in the UK we had a cat "adopt" us which the vet diagnosed with a kidney problem. The cat would have been around 10 at the time. The vet put him on a special dry food diet (came in a big tub, bought from the vet) and he (the cat, not the vet) loved it. Wouldn't eat anything else. He lived until he was around 20.   This info from a doctor/lecturer at the small animals clinic of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich says that cats with chronic renal insufficiency should be put on a special diet, mostly obtainable from vets, ASAP.     Here's a veterinary practice in Hanover that has a page about this problem: https://www.tierpraxis.de/fuer-tierbesitzer/chronische-niereninsuffizienz/ And it looks as if Hanover University also has a small animals clinic that deals with this problem: https://www.tiho-hannover.de/kliniken-institute/kliniken/klinik-fuer-kleintiere/spezialsprechstunden/innere-medizin/urologie-nephrologie/
  8. Quite. It's apparently not any old visit he's cancelled either but a state visit at the invitation of the Queen of Denmark (BBC). Imagine how much preparation that must involve, and for a small country too.  
  9. DHL lost my package. Have I any comeback?

    Good that the police were helpful. Hope you get your watch back!
  10. The VHS is doing a free fortnightly German conversation class starting in October. You don't need to sign up, just go along.
  11. First World Problems

    I'm still kicking myself for throwing out a teaspoon by mistake in 2016. It was part of a 24-piece cutlery set I'd had for over 20 years. Now minus one piece. Who knows what happened to it. Crushed and destroyed probably. The poor poor little teaspoon...
  12. Wine - What to buy in Germany, good brands, etc.

    I'm not a wine connoisseur by any means but came across a nice (to my taste) South African red wine a few years ago called Kanonkop. It didn't have the harsh taste some red wines can have and wasn't unreasonably priced. (Having said that, I'm being a bit of a hypocrite posting this, as I started this thread recently.)
  13. Opinions on MMR vaccinations for children

    The UK has lost its measles-free status due to incomplete vaccination uptake. This is three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.   Boris Johnson urges action to stop measles spread
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    Just knew Priti Patel would be trouble. A prime exemplar of the Nasty Party.
  15. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Maybe they think you enjoy cooking and are happy to oblige by eating what you dish up. On the other hand, they could be bare-faced scroungers.