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  1. What are you cooking today?

    Looks great! My mother didn’t cook much very often though she used to cook a great oxtail casserole.  I’m vegetarian now though have good memories.
  2. I’ve only so far had a problem with Barclays insurance.  Other UK insurers said that they don’t understand why Barclays are cancelling policies due to Brexit.  So far, my Barclays current account seems OK as I have several monthly UK transactions. Guess that’ll change sometime too.    Do you still have UK rental income? Have you had to change rent receiving bank?
  3. Energy price increase

    Just in case this helps anyone else…I found a much better price for electricity from Entega who are our gas main supplier. Their online tariff options weren’t all too good though phoning them got a much better offer. Offers change daily.  Arbeitspreis: 26,60 Cent/kWh Grundpreis: 120,00 Euro/Jahr Laufzeit: 12 Monate mit Preisgarantie * Sie erhalten eine Neukundenprämie über 126,05 Euro netto, 150,00 Euro brutto, ab einem Mindestverbrauch von 1.500 kWh/Jahr **. Prices include Mwst (VAT). There don’t appear to be any hidden catches.    Our electricity contract runs until June 2022 though there is a special cancellation clause enabling cancellation due to price adjustment during the contractual term. I believe this applies to all energy supply contracts. Normally, a new supplier can deal with the cancellation and transfer though in this case, we had to write a cancellation ourselves to the current supplier stating…..Sonderkündigungs recht etc.    I noticed on Verivox or check24 (can’t remember which) that they advise not to take 24 month contracts with particularly high new customer bonuses.  I’ve heard it may be best to select bigger energy supply companies as some smaller suppliers have ceased trading. In such a case, supply would revert to the main supplier though likely at a high ‘emergency price’ until an alternative contract can be found. 
  4. Cool stuff worth sharing

    Wonderful story….Biologist’s life saved by humpback wales.       
  5. Energy price increase

    Just managed to get through to our supplier. The lady said she’d usually be able to offer a better tariff though at the moment, they can’t offer anything.  Just the electricity increase would be nearly 1000€  a year more. She said the gas price will increase soon too by about the same percentage. Definitely time to switch!
  6. Energy price increase

    We’re near to Frankfurt. We’ve been with the supplier for years and always found them to be cheapest as we were in an old tariff. This is just the normal annual price review. Not sure if many/any suppliers are offering fixed rates. 
  7. Energy price increase

    I just read that some suppliers, EON etc have stopped taking new customers.  I’ve looked at some of the comparison websites and there aren’t much better prices. Our new kWh price is 40,55c though the annual charge remains at 65€. Other suppliers have lower kWh prices though much higher annual charge. Probably best to stick to current supplier I guess. What I couldn’t figure out was how long the new price is fixed for, if at all? 
  8. Energy price increase

    We knew that prices were increasing though didn’t think it would be so much. Just had notification of electricity tariff…64% increase! I wanted to check the supplier‘s other tariffs though on their website, it states that they currently don’t offer gas and electricity tariffs. Telephone lines also constantly engaged. ‚Aufgrund der aktuellen Entwicklung an den Energiemärkten bieten wir leider keine Gas- und Stromtarife an‘.   I’d read that in the UK, several energy companies have ceased trading.  Just out of interest, what would happen if that were the case here? Does supply revert back to the main supplier on an emergency tariff? 
  9. What's got you flummoxed today?

    I reckon that since the Facebook outage last week, their algorithms have gone haywire! I now get loads of ‘period pants’ ads every day….New fangled pants requiring no extra usual protection. The definition of ‘period pants’ used to mean the most unattractive and biggest ones in a lady’s collection! 
  10. How to repair a Rolladen

    Thank you all. Are there any brands of motor that are recommendable? The chap who came to have look and said he didn’t know much about such problems, suggested he could fix for around 500€. The window is about 2 metres wide though I think that price is really high?
  11. Just in case this helps anyone else. I ended up using a complete service…Felgen-Kartons.de. Really easy and cost effective.  I ordered online and received sturdy packing boxes the next day. Access to the online Paket management of the chosen courier was really  easy….print labels, arrange free collection by UPS (other couriers were an option). Delivered in less than 24 hours from collection.  The price was approx 70€ for 4 complete wheels. Certainly saved us from a very long drive to take the wheels to my daughter.  I’d certainly recommend.
  12. How to repair a Rolladen

    The chap that came to look at it reckoned no, it’s just the motor.  If we lift it half way, it carries on on its own.
  13. How to repair a Rolladen

    I’d really appreciate a bit of advice regarding fixing an electric rollladen. We’ve only managed to get one repairer to have a look at the problem. Unfortunately, he said he didn’t have experience of the kind of problem so I’d really appreciate any advice on whether the rollladen motor is likely to be repairable or does it need replacement. The motor still works though doesn’t have enough power to lift the rollladen. We have to manually lift it too.  The repair chap said the motor is probably too small for the window though there’s no problem with any others if that size….nor in any of the other same houses.   Is a motor fixable with this kind of fault? Many thanks in anticipation
  14. Her parents may well be deceased. If their names and town are known, maybe look at death announcements. These usually show the names of family members. If their daughter married her surname might be shown.