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  1. I do not want my stuff delivered to my neighbours

     The DHL guys seem to know when I am home.  I talke packages for 8 neighbours.  They are charming.  Neighbours and DHL people both.
  2. I do not want my stuff delivered to my neighbours

      DHL is rooling out some new parcel tracking that is pretty cool.  It lets you know when delivery is getting close,, you can see where the parcel is on a map, and how many deliveries away from you it is.   So you can go out and greet them, charm them to bits, and maybe get better service next time.  
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    The idea that the UK would be able to join EFTA but have an op-out on EU freedom of movement is laughable.  Switzerland realised this recently.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

      No.  With the 4 FTA a countries AND the rest of the EU.  
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    Somewhat flummoxed why the EFTA Norway model has been dragged back up at this stage.  It would involve UK accepting freedom of movement.  Or am I missing something?
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      Also EFTA guarantees freedom of movement?? That would be cool.  
  7. Brexit: The fallout

      Did take 15 years of negotiations, though.
  8. I do not want my stuff delivered to my neighbours

    DHL give you option if you are not going to be at home, to give an alternative address.    
  9.   It is a bit more complicated than that in Germany.  
  10. The 2020 US Presidential candidates

      Much of his voting base, even the poor, do not mind, and even admire him for avoiding tax.  The Democrats are making a hash of many things..  Hopefully not too much of a hash.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Okay.  Read to quick.  Found lots of interesting stuff, photos of where they were born and lived. 
  12. Brexit: The fallout

      This is not quite right.  My grandfather was born in 1870s Dublin and obviously there was no way register my father when he was born in 1921 in NZ on any Foreign Birth Register.   Found lots of stuff, all his sibling's birth certs and baptism records and census stuff including my Grandpa when he was young.  But if I did find it, sure I first have to back register my dad and then me with all the paperwork.  But it can be done.   What you are saying could well be a new requirement.  Of course me and my Irish connections are somewhat ancient.  
  13. Brexit: The fallout

      The state keeps a record too.  It s like a driving licence.  If you lose it, you get a replacement.  Clever stuff eh.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

      In 2010 the landing slips recording Windrush arrivals from the 50s and 60s were destroyed by the Home Office.
  15. Brexit: The fallout

      There are cultural aspects at play here.  In the US calling someone a cunt is considered an offensive reference to a woman.  In the UK it can just mean an unpleasant person.  And in good old Australia it can be a term of endearment.      Edit:  You do sometimes come across, to me, as a bit of an unpleasant person.  Could be just your writing style.
  16. Closure of UK bank accounts to EU residents

      I can see nothing clear about "no licence needed for  "consumer" accounts".  Things you have linked are opaque with no clear explanation of what they mean.  What really puzzles me is,  if what you confidently state is true, why are Lloyds (and others) citing this as the reason they are closing down current accounts of people with no UK address?
  17. Closure of UK bank accounts to EU residents

      But It was not about the EU  banning people in the EU from having UK bank accounts.  It is more some UK banks deciding the whole process of getting licences is not worth it for them, to service the sort of account holders they have in the EU.  
  18. Brexit: The fallout

      It rather depends on the sort of British passport you have.  Some do not afford automatic right to live or work in the UK, etc, etc. 
  19. Closure of UK bank accounts to EU residents

      Could you link the europa website please?  I mean the webpage stating this.
  20. Brexit: The fallout

      The Swiss People's Party sponsored the referendum.  And they are right wing.
  21. Coronavirus

    German app works in 10 countries and across borders.  Downloaded 18 m times in Germany and 400,000 in other countries. 5000 people have alerted contacts that they were infected, that is 3 to 6 percent of tests have been related to the app alert. Which is better than nothing.  Normal track and trace is more about telling people you know that you had contact with, rather than the guy sitting near you on the train for 2 hours. There are multiple problems with the app, but of course recognising the problems means working out how to improve it.   This is useful of course to improve the app in the short term, and also develop it for the next pandemic occurs, as it will. .  Pandemic stupidsmileyface virus perhaps.  I know plenty of 80 year olds that have smart phones and we will all be 80 sooner than we realise.
  22. Travelling to Prague (Covid19)

      Do you mean in Germany? 
  23. Brexit: The fallout

     Absolutely. Same is true in UK. Had great cheese, but everything changed when it mass production became the the thing. Thank goodness it is changing for the better.   Even the likes of Kerrygold make some more interesting stuff than the nasty orange cheddar.  Not artisan but not bad.
  24. Travelling to Prague (Covid19)

      Yes.  Including Prague
  25. Travelling to Prague (Covid19)

      But did you deliberately travel to a risk area against the advice of the Health Ministry?   Obviously you can, as borders are open.  How sympathetic are employers when you know, before you go, that you will have to quarantine on return while tests are done? Of course, if Czech Republic leave the risk list before travel, it would be different.  Vence did look very lovely during the lockdown.   PS Your advice is of course right!