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  1. Recommendations for a 3-6 month stay in Germany

    Oh, our Panda. You ain't seen nothing yet. Look at her tax advice threads (not all of them, that would take a while...)   She is an actual super-hero.
  2. Vegan coming for dinner

      Wow. Did they mistreat their stock, keep their animals in horrible conditions, or have you misunderstood what animal welfare is about when it comes to animals for consumption?
  3. What made you smile today?   Lovely gentleman showing how linen was processed for centuries in Co. Donegal.   Now feel inspired to grow a patch of flax next year, while we still have slaves at home to bash and crush it.   Also lovely comments underneath from people like me who unexpectedly happened upon the film and smiled too!
  4. New words or sayings

      Is this an American thing?    If someone says to me that they are 'trying' to do something I always assume there is some level of challenge involved. So they may indeed be 'trying' to meet up, and that suggests several attempts to find a mutually convenient time, perhaps a failed attempt where they mistook time/place or whatever - you get my drift. To just use it instead of 'will' is quite bizarre.   I am waiting for the next time I hear it now...    
  5. Difference when you dress up and down

      This is a strange Western thing, I think. Lots of cultures have robes for men which must be way nicer to wear in summer, yet, as you say, definitely frowned upon here.   
  6. Why are you unhappy today?

      This is what is happening to you SP, have a beer to celebrate, and tell everyone in the pub - a story that definitely should be re-told.   Good on you. Saving someone's life (probably) is not something which happens for most of us every day.
  7. New words or sayings

    Ha! Kid#1 came back from Oxford with a penchant for greeting Dad jokes with , 'Oh, the Archbishop of Banterbury strikes again...'
  8. Some people go back to the UK and then come back and start again from 0, as it were, but if you have been registered since November, I don't think doing that will help you at all.
  9. Why are you happy today?

      We moved about 700m between houses 5 years ago, and the posties have been just brilliant. They just switched address regardless of what was written on the envelope. Before that, we had moved about, again, 5 years previously, and that time, I mixed the new street with the old house number, and was stopped whilst unterwegs with bike and trailer, and all 4 kids, by the postie wanting to deliver a parcel and wanting to check it was ours, since he was sure we had put the wrong house number.   It is so fab when they are pro-active and helpful.   DPD here on the other hand is like the circles of hell, but hey, you can't have everything....
  10. Health insurance for pets

      I don't think they ever cover that stuff, but you do want the vomiting/dehydration treatment described by Lisa to be covered, not just situations which require surgery.
  11. Scum of the Day

    He is a paranoid schizophrenic - the pathetic part of the system is that someone with such a serious condition was able to be in a position to do such harm. Mental healthcare in the UK is in dire straits.   What a horrible ordeal for the child and her poor mother, knowing how she suffered and died, such a dreadful waste of a young life.       
  12. Why are you happy today?

    Not so much only happy today, but generally.    We went away together for our 25th wedding anniversary last week, to Boleslawiec in Poland where the pottery is made. We stayed in a brilliant hotel, the Blue Beetroot, walked in the woods, toured a pottery factory, painted some ourselves, and bought possibly more than we actually needed. It was brilliant.   Fab though our 4 kids are, it was wonderful to be just a pair, and after a difficult time since March (nervous breakdown for the other half), very helpful to get away and not need to think about anything complicated.   Now invited to a special event by a friend on the North sea coast next weekend, we are going to shove off again. Perhaps this is going to become a habit!    I am happy, but cannot help thinking of our time as newly weds, when several people of our acquaintance had their 25th anniversaries and I was referring to them as the oldies.... 
  13. Why do you invest in property??

    Just read a great lump of this thread and was wondering what makes people ask if someone's book is available when the writer has spent the greater part of the thread confused about what different German property-related terms mean, and needs rescued by the all-knowing Panda....   Now her book I would buy in an instant. Pretty much regardless of topic.
  14. What are you thankful for today?

    Yes, ice. That was going to be my addition to the party. And good wishes for a swift recovery, of course. Such a shock to fall like that.    
  15. From my reading of the initial post, I think she had paid for 5 months, and having still not got a sim card, cancelled the payment, and then came this bill for 19.98.    
  16. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    I was the one being grumped at a few weeks ago in Lidl, when a new checkout opened, and we were quite far along the queue of the one next to it, but not yet unloaded onto the belt. I proper flew to the new one, beating a lad followed by his Mum and a very loaded trolley from way far back in another queue. We had only a few items between us, and had been queuing far longer, but he was properly cross - cue my teenagers snorting with laughter as he passed a few choice words more suited to a middle aged man.  Being British, I did feel embarrassed, but I think Right was on my side...
  17.   Oh, I have a shelf full. Zillions. They were on offer at Tesco some years back and we ate much Gu-ness, and then I moved the little pot things back because they are just so brilliant and 'one day they'll come in handy', as your wife says. I am about to move them again, and still remain certain that they will one day come into their own. They may be demoted into a box in the cellar this time around.
  18. Health Insurance Contract Cancellation

    Thanks Bramble. Have been a bit wifi-free and only just caught up with your response.
  19. Maybe your 9 yr old certificate pre-dates the ALTE system, so although it is TELC, it is not within the framework now in place. Which is basically splitting hairs, given that you have lived here ages and hold down a job which requires communication with the natives....   Having said that, my impression from reading endless threads is that the individual you see has you over a barrel.
  20. Health Insurance Contract Cancellation

    My son is leaving Germany in September to study in the UK. He will be with the NHS. He is currently working and insured through the TKK. Presumably he is best just cancelling his TKK policy - he has no idea whether he will return to Germany or not after his 4 years of study. I have read of people remaining in just in case they want to return, and paying a lower amount for the time they are away, but that seems overkill for his situation.   Thoughts?
  21. What are you cooking today?

    slammer, your fridge sounds a lot like ours...   cleaned mine yesterday, and it thankfully no longer smells like pond slime with a lacing of carrion - the last thing needing scoffed before it wanders off of its own accord is a pork fillet, which I think I might slice, squish and make into a version of that veal thing with stuff pinned on with cocktail sticks.    That is going to be fun to google for a recipe... 
  22. Barbecue at work -- Foods to bring

    There is a kind of foil with baking paper stuck on one side which presumably solves the health issues of grilling in foil.   I used it inside a cake tin to save greasing which was not greatly successful since the two sides react differently to heat and the thing squiggled around in the pan and the cake was seriously wonky.
  23. Farmhouse renovations..

      Presumably this would have been the material used back when it was built. I would be very tempted by it. What have you used for the 'grundierung'? Is that breathable?    There is a new magazine from the hugely successful 'Landlust' stable, which concentrates on traditional methods. I find it interesting, but I am pretty clueless. You may not find anything new or special in them at all.    My in-laws lived in a Devon cottage with the oldest part being a study made of a several-hundred year old essentially straw and dung animal house. It makes me laugh when the nay-sayers come on being rude about those building materials. Properly done, they are long lasting and much less damaging to the world around us.
  24. What was your first car?

    My brother first had a Fiat 500, like the tiny child of a Beetle. We overtook one the other day and it brought back some memories...