Feierabend

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  1. My kids went to a Gesamtschule and had the opportunity to do the normal Abitur. It was not the same as a Berufskolleg. 
  2. The role of an Ergotherapeut in education is not well translated by Occupational Therapist. I had never met this until I taught here. They deal a lot with sensory processing disorders and among I'm sure many other things, they deal with the child's physical and emotional needs, helping the child to recognise, monitor and control their own behaviours through physical strategies. In a good setting they can help parents and teachers develop  behaviour management plans tailored to the individual child. It would certainly be worth having an assessment done and the speech assessment is also a must. Your child sounds really overwhelmed and it may not be a bad idea, if he is "young for his age" to have him repeat the grade next year, giving him time and space to get himself sorted out. All the best!
  3. Childminder mileage charges?

    Just a thought - have you checked if there are there any insurance inplications in using your car for business purposes? I am thinking particularly if there was an accident and a child was injured or worse.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Naja, BJs single market for NI isn't quite the full blown EU Single Market is it? As far as I understand, for NI it is just the market in goods, and not services or free movement of labour as envisioned in the EU. (Free movement of capital never seems to be a problem for the rich. Cynical me) Strange how every concept BJ touches goes all blurry and confused round the edges ...   The situation for NI? A bit like the Grand Old Duke of York's army; And when they were out they were out And when they were in they were in But now that they're only halfway in They are neither out nor in.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

      I suggest the Marianas Trench.
  6. Stabmatten fences

    Hello, what are Stabmatten or Doppelstabmatten fences in English? They are very common here but I don't recall seeing them in the UK. 
  7. Stabmatten fences

    Thank you very much! ?
  8. Tax on house sales (capital gains)

    I think I am correct that if you sell your house before 10 years, you are liable for a 10% tax on any profit. I could just about , with gritted teeth, see some justification for it when you got a good tax subsidy on your mortgage, the Eigenheimzulage, but as this has now gone is there any political talk about removing this tax? (yes, I know, Santa might arrive in June this year ...)   No wonder people's feet get firmly stuck in the foundations of their houses, never to move again! When we first moved here, somebody practically suggested that we should now book our plot in the village cemetary, ther was total incomprehension when I suggested we may not necessarily stay forever!   Not that I want to see UK style property craziness take hold here, but personal circumstances may make it desirable to move within Germany a couple of times more before I turn my toes up. But the expense of moving here is a real off-putter, plus the idea of having to keep track of every tiny receipt or record of work on the house in order to minimize any apparent profit, if you should even be so lucky as to make a profit here!
  9. WT absolute F?

    Tell your company to sack the lawyer, who is obviously not up to date. Even with a crash-out Brexit we have 3 months to apply for the permit, during which period we are legal residents. https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aussenpolitik/europa/Brexit/brexit-preparedness?openAccordionId=item-2208980-3-panel
  10. I think you are wrong. I looked into this and read the Gernan govt. information on this as the Brexit shitstorm gathered and we were looking for our options. It was pretty clear that only non-EU citizens were eligible to apply. After Brexit, we have been assured of the right to apply and receive it. (This also includes a waiver of the language proof requirement, a big stumbling step for some.) Some states have already implemented and are processing applications, eg Berlin. One of my sons has just got his, no problem. We live in Brandenburg state which up to now has not issued a tad of information or help. Whether you have any particular rights as a spouse I don't know.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

      In this context it's the likelihood of the UK state pension being frozen that's being talked about. Other pensions - company/private whatever, have their own conditions.
  12. Fawlty Towers quotes - What's your favourite?

      This is not a dormant thread. 'E's just resting.
  13. Is it a good moment to buy an apartment ?

    It seems that the population of Berlin is increasing much faster than predicted, but the picture is very varied according to area and age-distribution. http://www.sowirdberlin.de/so-viele/  
  14. is a secondary income double taxed?

    My understanding (as a non-expert) is that as a resident you must declare your worldwide income. Whether you are taxed on it directly depends on if the country in question has a double taxation agreement with Germany. If it is not taxable here directly, it may still put you into a higher tax bracket here.  I expect a bit of googling will quickly find more specific info. for the country.
  15. Perfectly good German! As Mark Twain so lucidly explained: "In the German it is true that by some oversight of the inventor of the language, a Woman is a female; but a Wife (Weib) is not -- which is unfortunate. A Wife, here, has no sex; she is neuter; so, according to the grammar, a fish is he, his scales are she, but a fishwife is neither."   (From "The Awful German Language.")
  16. Brexit: The fallout

    Centurions for border duties thrown in at no extra cost!
  17. Does anyone know of any useful German books or publications which give general advice about setting up a B&B business in Germany, or running a Ferienwohnung, or even just letting a room to tourists? Obviously a lot is common business sense, but reading a UK based book made me consider all sorts of health and safety regulations and details that I had not automatically thought about. And I'm sure there are regulations a-plenty to meet here!!   Or if you've done it yourself it would be interesting to learn from your experiences.
  18. Running a bed and breakfast business in Germany

    I was in two Airbnbs recently; they each offered a basic breakfast if wanted, but not the choice that you'd get in a normal bnb.
  19. Brexit: The fallout

    This thread is up to date: The first page is all you need for information. Followed by several pages of  bickering  
  20. Just checking; if Section 4a applies, one is then not any more obliged to fulfill the formal B1language requirement? This will be an enormous relief for a couple of people I know.
  21. 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?  
  22. New words or sayings

    Instrumental pieces of music are not "songs." Please.
  23. 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!
  24. Like Hamlet, "... sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought ..." Shakespeare had it all summed up a few hundred years ago.