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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. Only in America...

      So who called the cops for a six year old's tantrum?  
  2. calculation of working days

    I used to have business trips abroad. My company pays me travel allowance and also expenses. There is a space for this allowance on the payslip - also on the notice of taxes paid last year.   One year I forgot to deduct the business trip days from my commuting allowance. The tax office asked me (in a friendly tone) if I'd want to correct it. I did of course    Yes, you'll need to deduct your 18 from the 165.   Unless you drive to work and then on to your business destination in which case for that (and the returning day ) the commuting allowance stands.   PS sites like this help calculate working days / year based on each Bundesland:  https://www.arbeitstage.de/Schleswig-Holstein.htm  
  3. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Rolling pastry or kneading bread takes place in the Sailor household directly on the counter top.   (Meat / Veg do get chopped on a board)   We survived so far. But then I only clean up with soap / water.  
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Google is your friend :  https://www.tneshop.co.uk/store/Remainer-Passport-Holder-PRE-ORDER-p169034846 £15.99 when they are finally available   Or, a subscription to the New European - they'll then send you one "for free"
  5. Only in America...

      So the school called the cops because a 6 yr old had a tantrum ? Then the cop took her away in handcuffs (cable ties) ? OK - he got fired   No minimum age for marriage No minimum age for arresting Serious need to be dragged into the 21st century as regards human rights.   more
  6. calculation of working days

    Then there are the special cases of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Check your contract to see if these are (half) day holidays.   My firm gave us a few weeks notice (Nov) to say if we'd get them given to us or need to book a holiday day. Changed each year according to health of the firm.   Booked holiday would be returned to us as appropriate.
  7. speed camera app

      It's the way the law was written. A radio is not intended to indicate traffic monitoring measures.   Now if you want to get your lawyer to argue that your telephone with the blitzer app is also  not intended to- then go ahead.   To me (but I'm not a lawyer), the app is fitted with the intention to indicate traffic monitoring measures.  
  8.   Well there are house boats in Hamburg...
  9.   There is an Airbus only ferry from Teufelsbrück direct to the works entrance. Your job needs to start and end in line with the ferry times. Otherwise you'll need a bus to go around the river. So overtime / shift work / special project will lengthen your day.   The ferry from Hamburg centre (Landungsbrücken via Finkenwerder) would take too long for everyday travel.   Of course, as a sailor I relish the water travel, and makes for a fresh air start to the day. But it will add  time to your daily travel plan. And how do you get to Teufelsbrück? Car parking there is limited (unless there is a special Airbus car park of which I am unaware). The ferry point is stiff walk from the nearest S-bahn. Bus stops at the ferry point - so that would be my choice.   Maybe it would be prudent to rent somewhere until you can decide on a property to purchase  based on your own experiences of commuting, schools, socialising and the job itself?
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    Should the EU ever crumble, he's a 1 in 12 chance of getting the correct month.   Now which year?
  11. You'll need to decide whether to live north or south of the Elbe. It's a pain to cross the river every day to get to work.   The motorway tunnel on the A7 is mayhem (especially in the summer.) as is the junction of motorways joining the A7 (A23 north of Hamburg -- A1 south of Hamburg)   The trains all need to go into the centre of Hamburg before dispersing back into the suburbs.  Or are you one of these people who actually like to be at work at 6am - before the mayhem?   Oh and there are car ferries, but they too are featured in the traffic news all too often.   Saying that, we're happy in SH - about 1hr on the AKN into Hamburg Hbf. but still on the A7 if we want to get anywhere else.   Sorry, can't help with Makler as we last moved 25yrs ago.
  12. speed camera app

    I used to have a TomTom (without the Renault) and if I remember, there was a statement in the handbook that these radar warnings were to be switched off in Germany as the current legal situation was "unclear".   TomTom still warns that the speed trap warrning rules are "unclear" and the driver / user must decide themselves  whether to risk a fine or not.   TomTom (in German as this only applies to Germany)    
  13. What made you smile today?

    and this in Budapest :         
  14. speed camera app

    The law says that you cannot take a device with you which warns of (or even disturbs) speed traps. Whether a satnav / smart phone with navigation software is a device *solely* for that purpose is something the courts are beginning to make decisions about.   See Bussgeldkatalog   If you have a radar warner, the sort that sits on the dash and watches for radar or laser impulses (which would anyway only tell you that you've already been made) then this is easy to spot by the traffic cop the next time you're stopped for a checkup.   A smartphone / satnav on the other hand would have to be beeping and blinking for the cop to notice.   As the link explains, it's a grey area, but some courts have already ruled that a smartphone was being used illegally as a speed trap warner.   So, to answer the OP:  Yes illegal in Germany. But probably difficult to spot that you're using one. The rules are hardening up to make the cops more aware of the use of a satnav as a radar warning. So with time, more risky to have on board.   Why not just watch your speed and concentrate on the traffic and road signs ?        
  15. What made you smile today?

    Next to my front door is a window - I can see who's at the door and they can see me.   Postman dropped the letters and left today instead of handing them to me and chatting.   As I was about to open the door, he saw me. Well, don't you all wear latex gloves when peeling and chopping beetroot?