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About HH_Sailor

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  • Location Schleswig-Holstein
  • Nationality Brexit made me German
  • Gender Male
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  1. Guinness cans with plastic balls

    They're also in the cans of Boddingtons (Manchester beers)  that I still crave.   On my Christmas list, again
  2. What's got you flummoxed today?

    So I sailed into Gran Canary from the Med, all is good as we prepare for the hop across to the Caribbean.   Flummox: Tourist Office warned about fake stamps on offer if I buy postcards.  Fake €100 notes I can understand. But who fakes stamps worth cents?  
  3. What's got you flummoxed today?

    So the HMRC reply to me, some 5 months after I started a claim for some UK tax. (Flummox 1) Apparently, they can't electronically credit my UK bank because :   "The UK banking system has now implemented an cheque image clearing system"   (Flummox 2)   Really ? I did a little googling... Yes, it seems that banks now scan cheques and process them  (quickly??) so that customers are still able to write cheques to each other.     Does this mean they'll send me a cheque that I need to post to someone in the UK who can cash it and use their online banking to transfer the monies to me ? (I know the HMRC can't credit my German account)   My online banking (for my UK bank) allows me to transfer money to UK or european bank accounts. I bet the folks at the HMRC don't get a pay cheque every month - they get their salary  paid directly into their accounts.   Or have I been off the island for too long now and bits of paper (don't forget to cross them!) are still the bees knees?  
  4. Even after all these years, I still...

      Here is a link to a site describing knife and fork usage as "European" or "American" style. https://m.wikihow.com/Use-a-Fork-and-Knife   The style which really bugs me (as in after all these years I still...) is an version of the pictured "American" way, but the user knotting their fingers so much that  it still makes me cringe watching.   Who cares? Yes, I freely admit it's my problem (probably my upbringing to "do it right, or else"). I also admitted, that I'm mostly over it now. (even if it still bugs me enough to mention it here!)  
  5. Reference from current employer?

        In my last place (multinational), the immediate boss filled in a Q & A on the intranet. HR then ran a program against the answers and a letter was produced based on these prerecorded texts (Textbaustein).   Boss then goes through it with me and only if I agree to what it says does it get signed  - and a copy goes on file.   Was prepared when I changed jobs internally, received a new function or when the  team lead got swapped out. (Regular occurence)
  6. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Remember :  these people may vote    And it'll be 5 or 6 years before the new kid gets to a school with professional help to untangle their pyche...
  7. Probably tilting at windmills, but...

    How about playing their game ? Call it "Change Management"   It's easy : The spec of the original requirement is set in stone. Anyone who wants something different creates a "Change" sheet. This sheet explains the differences between original and new requirement.   Change Board is made up of "Suppliers" (us) as well as "Customers" (them). This Board then analyses this and suggests a "cost".   Costs may of course be financial, commercial, time or quality impacts (good or bad).   The Change Board then decides to accept or deny the Change (based on expert interviews). All of the above is to be strictly documented...   Sorry if I'm suggesting you suck eggs - I understand you're in a professional situation. But maybe the company you're in hasn't got Change Control in place and needs you to instigate it?  
  8. What's got you flummoxed today?

    If you're going to carry drugs and drive on the Autobahn whilst under the influence, then make yourself inconspicuous.   BTW: Connecting your broken windscreen wipers with red string and operating them manually whilst driving under the influence, on the Autobahn, does not count as inconspicuous.   False plates, string powered windscreen wipers      
  9. Worst jokes ever

      Oh dear, I know the grey matter is dying off more rapidly now as I needed Google to tell me that frozen is a children's cartoon film title...   Back to my boatshed for me...
  10. Cool stuff worth sharing

    I'm thinking of school projects.  Maybe get some techies to build and program the thing (it is completely open source).  Then spend the spring and summer watching and monitoring growth. Summer hols it runs and keeps veg intact.    First weeks back after summer vacation is then harvest time...  
  11. Cool stuff worth sharing

    Open Source robotics plants and maintains your veg. patch. Have to harvest it all yourself, though   Farmbot : or The Good Life meets I Robot    
  12. Brexit: The fallout

        On the other hand :  I hope that will result in a split 'leave' vote...
  13. Even after all these years, I still...

    Still gets me:   The locals who can't handle a knife and fork properly.   I am no longer annoyed by this. It just irks me somewhat.    Woe betide if any of my kids tries to start behaving that way
  14. Even after all these years, I still...

    The person in front of me, when entering a building,  doesn't look behind themselves and keep the door from crashing  back into my face.   Still annoys me.
  15. Tip of the day

        Recreate the experience of a 1980's seaside B and B by making your bed with nylon sheets. Oh, those hangnails...