john g.

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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    I will now delete my last message! Go to a post of your own you don’t like, press edit , and then the x box bottom right in grey, keep pressing till the post has gone and then type ... and then press Done   ( PS: I should do that to most of my own posts!😂)
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    I know!😂 ( I am flattered you are still trying!😂😂🙏🏻.)
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Something “ sort of “ there now!     https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1340832/brexit-news-switzerland-weak-eu-work-with-uk-trade-talks-referendum-politics-spt  
  4. I had some stressful hours yesterday trying to get this update written! I finally managed it ( beware- there are a couple of typos which will be fixed soon.)   Your thoughts, opinions, corrections, questions are welcomed!🙏🏻   There are SO many repetitive posts re health insurance on this forum .. so I hope this text helps ( rather than making the topic even more complicated.)😂   Happy to make any required corrections if something is glaringly wrong!!!               https://www.gunnpartner.com/articles/getting-into-German-public-health-insurance    
  5. Doesn’t have to be an EU country, jeba. For example, you can switch from Swiss or Norwegian insurance to German public insurance.   Good point about BaFin !👍🏼 I wrote “ legally acceptable “- I suppose I did that to avoid jargon. No one outside Germany ( or even most Germans ) has heard of BaFin. Calculations of the price of public insurance for self- employed v employees are dealt with separately on the web site because employees have the employer involvement and pension and unemployment insurances to add to the social insurance costs and are being updated today anyway!   Thank you for your comments!🙏🏻
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Lesbos , Greece : https://youtu.be/MY5aeuag_f4    
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    The UK Home Office was faced with massive popular criticism after that atrocious scandal. Public opinion was on the side of the Windrush generation. That led to  https://www.gov.uk/windrush-prove-your-right-to-be-in-the-uk  
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    Thank you for that balanced NUANCED post, dstanners!
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    Wasn’t it an argument that too many young people didn’t get out of bed to vote? Most would probably have voted Remain, wouldn’t they?   And read the text  further! The idea that “ white Europeans “ were at an unfair advantage compared to eg Africans re immigration.     And you would be wrong to think all Europeans except “ gammon English “ all are  enamoured with Brussels: https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2019/03/19/europeans-credit-eu-with-promoting-peace-and-prosperity-but-say-brussels-is-out-of-touch-with-its-citizens/   And it is too simplistic to divide on Left v Right lines. The most pissed off of all? The Greeks!! Many people in all countries even dislike their OWN Governments. That unites Europeans, I reckon!😂
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    There are nuances around. Here is why SOME Black British and British Asians wanted Brexit: https://mediadiversified.org/2018/12/20/bame-brexiters-the-people-of-colour-who-voted-leave/   It is not good enough to assume all Brexiters are getting ready for a Nuernberg rally.    I am NOT a Brexit fan, by the way. It has shocked me. I just want to know more about the reasons and the underlying nuances.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that a fair amount of British Asians  were in favour of Brexit so as to make it easier for friends and families to move to the UK ( at least, that was the hope).
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    I don’t think the idea was to close the borders to foreigners but to cut down on immigration. I doubt there were ever plans to cut down on tourism and business trips etc.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    Well spotted,  murphaph! You are right- after your post, I had a look as well- nothing. Who owns that rag anyway?   Apparently, the paper is improving!    https://theconversation.com/daily-express-what-a-difference-a-new-owner-has-made-especially-if-you-are-a-migrant-95881  
  14. Well, may have to leave Crete next year for several reasons but, whilst weighing up the pros and cons, I came across a picture we took a  couple of years ago one day not far from our village. Hm, that is not something I´d get to see in Hamburg.   Do you have a picture to share of the area or town you are in which would make it difficult for you to leave?        
  15. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Not sure you can say “ Mrs “ these days! And, katheliz, I grew up somewhere different. “ Coloured people “ was for me in England racist and disrepectful.  People are/ were for me not “ coloured.” Sounded later in life ( student/ Mandela times ) like in South African Apartheid times..
  16. Brexit: The fallout

    I know, snowingagain! And so are the Governments in eg Hungary, Norway ( and, God help us, the Tories in Britain.) What is missing: WHY are many people voting that way? Not NECESSARILY because they are some kind of Fascists/Nazis from birth etc The REAL reasons.    
  17. Brexit: The fallout

    You mentioned “ right wing wankers.” Not movements only - Governments. My point is actually understanding towards you!🙏🏻 I used to simplify it - as you do now.   It’s like a few weeks ago when you wrote you would be happy to pay higher taxes to support eg Greece but I mentioned not a single Greek would be willing to support you as a tax payer in Germany! Not one - guaranteed! You didn’t answer.   
  18. Brexit: The fallout

    Much too simplistic. Being for or against the EU is Left Wing or Right Wing?  Do you support the Right Wing government in Hungary, for example? A country in the EU. And Greece’s current Right Wing government? Or even Norway’s current Right Wing government?   You sound like me 30 or so years ago!😂 So sure, so cocky, so “ I know it.” I understand you!🙏🏻
  19. Brexit: The fallout

    Did the Swiss living in the EU have a vote, luna?
  20. Hi, am calling from Microsoft. Your PC is infected

    Last year, we got bombarded with this Microsoft stuff - on one day about 7 or 8 times, in English. Once I asked: “ where in Greece are you?” They hung up.   Not much longer, bla bla , “ are you in Agios or Ierapetra?” They hung up.   Not much later, bla bla, “ are you in India?” They hung up.   Same day: “ Are you recording this? Because I am.” ( I wasn’t!😂)   They hung up.   I went to the Greek Telekom place ( Cosmote ) in town a day or two later and they told me the scam was everywhere in the Greek media but there was nothing they could do - the scammers were calling from Turkey.
  21. The "why it is difficult to leave" thread

    Lucky you, Luke!😂 Come December- the radiator in the office will be useless but the wood fire in the house will be fine.. but damp and cold elsewhere in the house. They don’t do insulation well here...
  22. Hi, am calling from Microsoft. Your PC is infected

    Get them here in Greece as well, luna. We have a terrestrial Greek number, which nobody calls.. except a recorded message from a machine in Greek several times a week. Not even a person live to swear at!😂
  23. Hi, am calling from Microsoft. Your PC is infected

    Just ban this cold calling. Huge fines. Pain in the neck.