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  1. Smoke detectors

      ...and kills.   On a visit with flying club members a few years ago to the BFU (German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation) in Braunschweig entry to the Wrackhalle was included (the first thing you see (at least in those days) was the T-tail from the mid-air collision near the Bodensee...).   One sad small heap of twisted metal came from a small aircraft - cause of crash was pilot incapacitated by CO-poisoning due to the heat-exchanger having corroded thus allowing exhaust gasses to enter the cabin.  The irony was that the pilot/owner had about 6 months previously had a new electronic CO-detector fitted & shortly before the accident he had it removed "because it beeped all the time".
  2. What's got you flummoxed today?

      Worse is trying to make a telephone call using the TV remote control...
  3. What made you laugh today?

      These are known as Colemanballs.
  4. How to date as an almost 40 expat?

      Could be worse - drinking beer in front of Penny...
  5. How to date as an almost 40 expat?

      My wife recently fell over one our dogs in the living room, had a major nose bleed & a beautiful black eye and bruised face. She had to visit a Dr. this week for some other reason & the Dr. seemd to doubt her story.
  6. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Thats possibly the 100g "mini" pud...
  7. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Also "big" ones?   In the olde Daze M&S used to sell 1lb, 2lb & 3lb puds in various categories...
  8. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Has anyone noticed a shortage of Christmas Puddings?   For instance the English Shop in Köln did not have any until I saw them today - and then only 400g (no use for a family of 7 pud-eaters on the 25th). Last year they had 800g (thats already downsized from 900g that used to be available).  An 800g pud is rather small - given it has the density of uranium...   If you look at Tescos or Sainsbury online there are puds there but the choice is very much reduced.
  9. How and when did you learn German?

      Thats part of the fun is it not?
  10. 3G in Restaurants?

      IMHO a lot of the trouble around Covid-19 has been caused / fanned by the media.
  11. What's the issue with dual nationality?

      I am happy to do just that!
  12. 3G in Restaurants?

      As in:    
  13. How and when did you learn German?

    I started to learn to fly gliders (sailplanes) with almost no knowledge of German & no-one spoke English. I only had the pre-knowledge of being a model aircraft builder & flyer whilst in the UK.   Learning to fly was much easier than learning the language...
  14. How and when did you learn German?

      I was once asked if I came from Emden...
  15. Why are you happy today?

    We have our appointments for the "booster" vaccination.   This morning in the local newspaper they mentioned that from today Schleswig-Holstein would open their booking website for the over 60s. Also two letters arrived for us (one each) from Land Schleswig-Holstein stating that being over 60 we could make an appoinment.   So this afternoon I opened their website, entered our first names & DOBs & pressed the button - an e-mail with a link appeared immediatly (not after 1.25 hrs as in last May). Clicked on the link, added further info & selected our local Impfzentrum (had been gutted & are now reinstalling) and a date early January (6 mths plus 1 day for good measure). A list of appointment times appeared - selected one & our appointment was booked.  Worked a dream.
  16. Did you follow @engelchen's advice?    
  17. The last thing I would want when in hospital (& I spent a week in hospital not so many weeks ago) is some journalist getting in the way of the medical staff looking after me. Also the last thing the medical staff want is some know-it-all journalist interferring with their work (or even rest period).
  18. Possibly because its written by people whose mother tongue is NOT UK-English?
  19. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Futhermore there is a mechanism in the socket whereby the live connectors are protected until the longer earth pin is first inserted. Avoids the need for these Kindersicherungen you have to buy here when small children are in the house.
  20. BREXIT positives and negatives

      The choice was between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (or as ze Germans say "Pest oder Cholera").
  21. Serious Accident, Clueless What To Do..

      Do so immediately.
  22. 3G in Restaurants?

      Brilliant:  tibetischer Heilbutter