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  1. New words or sayings

      "So we was ....  and she turned round and said, like,  ... and he turned round and went,  like, ... and she went ... back and said ...." (London core sentence structure.) Makes you dizzy, innit?  
  2. New words or sayings

    Instrumental pieces of music are not "songs." Please.
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Oh well, much as I like John Lewis and M&S, I will simply be less tempted to shop with UK companies online.  As it is, I've been looking at the amount of plastic that online deliveries come wrapped in, and thinking about the environmental cost of transporting the stuff, and had already decided to buy in the traditional way where possible. So this might be a good incentive to be a tiny bit kinder to our Earth!
  4. Like Hamlet, "... sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought ..." Shakespeare had it all summed up a few hundred years ago. 
  5. Extendable limited rentals - is it not unfair for tenants?

    @Smaug Thank you for the clarification!
  6. Extendable limited rentals - is it not unfair for tenants?

    Ah, I think I'm puzzled because how then do people let furnished appartments on a short term basis e.g to people on short term business projects who definitely want just a few months rental? There are many agencies that offer this service to landlords/renters, so how is that done legally? What do the landlords then write into the lease to make it legal?  
  7. Schadenfreude

    Never mind the comedy, feel the width.
  8. Extendable limited rentals - is it not unfair for tenants?

    Are these furnished appartments, let under Wohnen auf Zeit arrangements? Then the law would indeed be different. Just to clarify.
  9. Schadenfreude

    You still don't get it. If I, saw you, a stranger, slip on a banana skin and laughed without helping, that's asshole behaviour. If I had just heard you being "funny" about the blind man and then saw you slip on said banana skin/bump into a lampost/insert equivalent mishap, I would feel a lot of Schadenfreude. Note; one can have Schadenfreude and still go to help the twit who's had their just comeuppance.   And how I hate these ignorant generalisations about supposed German behaviour.   
  10. Hopefully they will stand by their assurances of maintaining our residence rights.   Am I right in assuming we would get an Aufenthaltstitel (residence permit) that will then be periodically subject to renewal, rather than the NE (permanent residence)? That would be nice!   But let's see how soon Bojo & co. can muck it up for us all.
  11. Americans just moved to Stuttgart

    Stuttgart is one of the cities which applies the Zweckentfremdengsverbot so the landlord could indeed face very substantial fines if running the place as an airbnb let without official permission.
  12. @Engelchen, thank you, I just thought it wasn't quite clear for the OP!
  13. @Engelchen, you said "German Makler are evil. They are generally useless and charge 2 months cold rent (plus tax) and don't always do much. Maybe someone here can recommend a good one." Agreed about the evil bit, but hasn't the law changed about a year ago, so now the landlord has to pay the Makler commission? The Bestellerprinzip applies, ie he who engages the Makler pays the commision.  Are you perhaps confusing this with the Kaution?
  14. Buy a "Grundstück" and build your own flat/house

    The trouble is, to get on Zuhause im Glück you must at least be suffering from some dread disease, have a severely handicapped child and your OH has collapsed and died after having started major renovations to your mould-infested house. Or some other jolly combination of dreadful circumstances. No, Ab in die Ruine is the show to watch. Gung-ho would-be renovators buy a tumbledown place for nothing, and with a tiny budget and matching know-how attempt to turn it into a palace. However, a dose of watching these programmes is very good for developing one's German vocabulary of technical building/decorating terms. And the financial and legal surprises that are uncovered with every blow of the hammer!   All the best to the OP. After all, people do actually build their homes quite successfully all the time. But it's wise to factor in costs for the seemingly inevitable and unwelcome surprises ... (Raus aus den Schulden is the follow-up programme to learn from!)  
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    Backed by Labour it seems. Rotten to the core, the lot of them.
  16. Have you looked at Wildau, near Königs Wusterhausen? It has technical Fachhochshule so is used to a student population. It's on the S Bahn, and at KW you can get the RE2 and RB quickly into the city. (or Cottbus!)   https://www.wg-gesucht.de/wg-zimmer-in-Wildau.  
  17. Where to have UK pension paid?

    Thank you everybody. The wheels are now in motion and must just now attempt to remember all my past addresses for the form, and wait for the Hamburg dept. to get into gear for the UK part.   Re. possible causes of delays: at the Deursche RV I was asked to choose whether to either wait to receive the German pension until they can calculate the final sum after I get my final wage, when all contributions will have been paid in full, or to allow them to calculate the final amount immediately, i.e. 3 months before the pension is due, based on an average of what the contributions normally are. The latter would result in the pension being paid out on the first due date, the former will result in a delay of 3 months. The issue is probably only important if you have very varying contributions each month. (I may not have explained that very well but maybe that is what has happened to other people.) Eventually back payments will be made.
  18. Where to have UK pension paid?

    Will have to decide in the near future whether to have my UK pension paid into my German or UK bank account. If paid into the German bank, what exchange rate is used (e.g. is it the market rate on the day of transfer or something else?) and are there additional transfer charges? If paid into the UK acount I would have to transfer fairly regularly anyway, and not being the most organised person ever, am wondering if it's worth the extra bother.  Would appreciate experienced opinions!
  19. Where to have UK pension paid?

    Thank you HEM, I'll probably go with the most straightforward way, pay directly here, when the decision is due.   Just a supplementary - can one change one's mind at a later date?!
  20. Where to have UK pension paid?

    Thank you Fraufruit, so do I understand that Worldlink is the default transfer system used by the UK?   A bit of browsing led me to a similar question by someone elsewhere: https://www.expatfocus.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=22549/   I'm beginning to think that unless one is super efficient about tracking exchange rates and the ins-and-outs of the various exchange services, then it's hardly worth the effort to do it yourself.  But if anyone has better advice I'd be grateful to hear!  
  21. German Pension - Rentenbescheid - UK Brexit

    I am currently applying for my German and UK pensions, and so far have not hit any hurdles. However, I have not  received a Rentenbescheid as such, as this would be legally binding and they, like all of us, are in the dark about post-Brexit conditions. They did however give me a Rentenauskunft, which basically states what I get, under present rules.    Their letter stated,  "Bis zum Austritt (meaning Brexit) gelten die europaïschen Verordnung zur Koordinierung der Systeme der sozialen Sicherheit uneingeschrankt weiter." i.e. Up until Brexit, current regulations apply.   So maybe you could ask them for a Rentenauskunft to present to your German company, and be strong about saying you are claiming your current rights as an EU citizen and they should treat you under these terms.
  22. Notre Dame is on fire

    Just to reiterate a point that was buried in a longer post above, before inaccurate information gets reinforced by quotes etc:  Notre Dame de Paris is not owned by the Catholic church. It is owned by the French State, managed by the Ministry of Culture. http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/friends/history/   (Spelling edit.)
  23. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    It depends on the state you live in and its regulations. We are in Brandenburg and they will not allow the process to even begin until you have all the documents and the B1 cert. complete. This has become a problem for OH, who has the Einburgerungs test and passed the oral B1 but failed the written. No flexilblity or willingness to grant a reasonable exemption, even though at 70 he will not be job-seeking, owns house, grown up kids employed here, me an EU citizen (thanks Ireland!) and employed etc. I really think there should be a federally applicable law on this. In Berlin I know older people who were grated citizenship without the B1 because there it is discretionary, other things being equal.
  24. Brexit: The fallout

    John Bercow has been the one golden nugget amongst the steaming pile of dog poo that Brexit has shat upon the nation.
  25. Curtain supplies - any suggestions for shops or websites?

     I don't live in Hamburg but have found header tapes in any shop that sells curtain fabric,  e.g. Höffner, which I think is everywhere. I 've also used Curtains, curtains, curtains in the UK for ready mades in "proper" lined curtain fabric and not the ubiquitous nets. https://www.curtainscurtainscurtains.co.uk/fabric-sitemap.html