White Rose of Yorkshire

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  1. Why we should say thank you.


    When you go home, tell them of us and say,
    For their tomorrow, we gave our today"


    John Maxwell Edmonds (1875 -1958)



    Dedicated to: William Cocklin (1894 – 1968)

    William Cocklin, my Grandfather, was sent to Gallipoli, a soldier of F Company, 10th Battalion County Of London Regiment. The Regiment gained 27 Battle Honours in the Great War. Very few returned. Had he not returned from the battlefields of World War 1, my mum, my sisters, our children and their children would not exist and know the freedom that we do today





    In Flanders Fields


    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    John McCrae,  May 1915




  2. What sort of person/people would do something like this?


    Burglars targeted a church on Christmas Day, stealing £20,000 in electrical equipment as well as silverware thought to be over 100 years old.


    Thieves broke into St Lleurwgs Church, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff during the early hours, said South Wales Police.

    Reverend Ceirion Rees said the Christmas Day service had to be carried out in the adjacent church hall.

    He said after initial shock and anger, he and parishioners had been touched by the kindness of the community.

    "Even though it is a horrible thing, it has been unifying," said.

    Stolen items include a PA system, laptop and religious silverware including a crucifix and candlesticks.





  3. 7 hours ago, jeremytwo said:

    @Jeremytwo:  I am really tempted to post this under  Things that made you laugh today :D


    Well charisma certainly doesn't go far in Germany. Can you post me some?


    German is not a glamorous destination to come to anymore. There are only about 150,000 of us here. Hell even tea bags are a pain in the arse to buy here. 


    Actually you may wish to learn a few extra languages - Swahili and Arabic :lol:



  4. Oh  dear, you seem to be viewing a future life in Germany through rose tinted spectacles. Yes, you can have a good life in Germany if you are healthy, have a STABLE income and somewhere to live. If one of these is missing you have problems all along the way. 


    Schools are not always all day schools as in England, so most of them don’t offer a hot mid-day meal as the children often go home at around 1.00 p.m. Many teachers are hired on a temporary basis from one school year to the next and in the summer holidays often have to sign on as they need financial help from the state.  When a teacher is ill there is usually no replacement so the children are often sent home.  This causes massive problems to working parents who may have to collect their children from school in the middle of the day. Will you or your husband be able to do this in the middle of one of your classes?


     It is not unusaul for children to attend private lessons with a tutor after school to make up for all the lost lessons or if the child needs extra help.

    Nobody seems to care about the families who cannot afford to pay for this for their child.


    BTW: Germany is by no means topf of the list in the PISA  studies.  Here are some extracts from the PISA study of 2015.


    “Across OECD countries, a socio -economically advantaged student scores 38 points higher in  science – the equivalent of more than one year of schooling – than a disadvantaged student. In Germany, the performance difference between these two groups of students 42 points  is larger than the OECD average (TableI.6.3a)”


    “On average across OECD countries, students attending advantaged schools score 104 points higher than students in disadvantaged schools. This difference is even larger in Germany (144 score points), as well as in neighbouring Austria, Belgium, the

    Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (Table I.6.11)  In Germany, students who are not required to attend science classes score almost 78 points lower in science; across OECD countries, these students score 44 points lower in science than students who are required to attend at least one science lesson per week.”



    I can’t understand why you don’t consider moving to an English speaking country. As others have pointed out if you want to live here you must learn the language and it is not an easy language to learn.  Another important point, please do some reading on German culture before you come.         


  5. The Verband der Gründer und Selbständigen Deutschland e.V. has been  looking into this for some time. I haven't read anything which suggests that this will not happen in January.


    “Knapp 2,2 Millionen Selbstständige sind Mitglied in der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung. Für viele wird die Neuregelung der Beitragsfestsetzung erhebliche finanzielle Nachteile bringen. Denn ab 2018 werden ihre Krankenkassenbeiträge nur noch vorläufig festgesetzt und später anhand des Steuerbescheids endgültig berechnet. Das kann zu erheblichen Nachzahlungen führen.

    Die Neuregelung verbirgt sich hinter dem scheinbar harmlosen Titel Heil- und Hilfsmittelversorgungsgesetz (HHVG). Vom kommenden Jahr an sollen die Beiträge Selbstständiger zur gesetzlichen Kranken- und Pflegeversicherung stärker an die Einkommensentwicklung angepasst werden. Das ist die Idee hinter Artikel 1 Nr. 16b des HHVG. Und es könnte eine gute Nachricht sein, wären da nicht die hohen Mindestbeiträge. Vor allem für Teilzeit-Selbstständige mit geringem Einkommen entstehen untragbare Risiken.”






  6. So sorry to hear of your husband's passing Arunadasi. I hope the following words bring you some comfort at this sad time.


    It will be the little things

    that you will remember.

    The quiet moments

    the smiles and the laughter.

    Although it may seem

    hard right now,

    it will be the memories of these little things

    that help to push away the pain

    and bring the smiles back again.


  7. Hi Franklan, the law about looking after ill children under 12 years of age has existed for many years. It was extended to cover other family members a few years ago.


    Freistellung von der Arbeit

    Bei Kindern unter zwölf Jahren haben berufstätige Eltern oder Alleinerziehende Anspruch darauf, für die Pflege ihres kranken Kindes von der Arbeit bezahlt oder unbezahlt freigestellt zu werden.

    Die Anzahl der möglichen Freistellungstage bezieht sich jeweils auf ein Kalenderjahr und gilt nur für Kinder unter zwölf Jahren.




    Arbeitstätige, die sich persönlich um pflegebedürftige Angehörige kümmern wollen, können dies auf verschiedenen Wegen tun:

    die Kurzzeitige Arbeitsverhinderung, (§ 2 des Pflegezeitgesetzes (PflegeZG): Arbeitnehmer können, nach Anzeigen beim Arbeitgeber maximal zehn Tage am Stück ihrer Arbeit fern bleiben, um akute sowie weiterführende Pflegemaßnahmen zu gewährleisten.





  8. When a child or near relative is ill and cannot be left alone, you may be entitled to compassionate leave to look after them. You need written confirmation from a Doctor which you then give to your employer. Inform your health insurance company about your situation they will be able to give you more details.   



  9. I can’t quite understand the logic of some people who think because they pay taxes they have a right  to do anything they want even it is harmful for their fellow citizens. What about people on a low-income who smoke and don’t pay tax at all. Should they be banned from smoking? Non-smokers also pay taxes and can expect clean air, litter free and cigarette end free pavements.  


    Children born to smokers are often prematurely born and underweight and need special medical tatment.. This causes unnecessary expenditure to the health insurance companies that  non-smokers also have to pay for.


    Secondhand (passive) smoke harms your baby

    If your partner or anyone else who lives with you smokes, their smoke can affect you and the baby both before and after birth. You may also find it more difficult to stop if someone around you smokes. Secondhand smoke can also reduce the baby's birthweight and increase the risk of cot death. Babies whose parents smoke are more likely to be admitted to hospital for bronchitis and pneumonia during their first year.  



    There is a good reason why it is not allowed to smoke in a car if a child is travelling with you. I just think it is so sad that there has to be a law against it. It should be plain common sense to most people. 


  10. 27 minutes ago, dessa_dangerous said:


    Possibly you misunderstand? In English, "militant nonsmoker" is, yes, a special kind of person, not because he doesn't smoke, but because he resents other people for smoking, insists on his moral superiority, which is the reason the smoker should stand five feet away from him (instead of the other way around


    So what you are saying is that on a rainy day the smoker stands in the bus shelter and expects everyone present should inhale his revolting expired air while the non-smoker stands in the pouring rain.  


  11. When dealing with legal issues it is always better to write a real letter and send it by registered post.


    In Germany it is called Einschreiben mit Rückschein. You get a receipt stating when it was delivered and who signed for it. Address your letter to the Geschäftsführer of  your local Arbeitsamt.


    You can also contact the ministry responsible. The homepage is also in English





  12. The Complete Inspector Morse on DVD has kindly been donated to the St. Catherine’s Bazaar. Inspector Morse is an English detective series set in Oxford, filmed between 1987-2000.


    It would be a shame to break up the collection, so we are holding a silent auction, where you can bid for the complete Inspector Morse collection. You can also put in a bid at the Advents Bazaar on 18.11.2017.




  13. You seem to be mixing apples with pears.


    A tax number states which tax bracket you are in and is valid for a lifetime. You can change the tax bracket but not the number. It is only used for income tax purposes.


    A  Sozialversicherungsnummer is used for health-insurance, unemployment benefit and for the state pension scheme. In the middle of the old Sozialversicherungsnummer the  date of birth and the first initial of a woman’s maiden name were shown. The Health Insurance companies introduced a new Versichertenummmer in which you cannot see these details.


    The Rentenversicherung still uses the old Sozialversicherungsnummer. If you haven’t already received one, ask your employer for written confirmation that they have registered you with the Krankenkasse of your choice and take it to the Krankenkasse.


    As for the Rentenversicherung, make an appointment with your local office or phone the headquarters in Berlin.


  14. There is a good reason why there is a warning on all cigarette packets.


        Rauchen fügt Ihnen und den Menschen in Ihrer Umgebung erheblichen Schaden zu.


    Viele Kinder werden schon im Mutterleib den Schadstoffen des Tabakrauchs ausgesetzt. Millionen Kinder und Jugendliche unter 18 Jahren sind dem Tabakrauch zu Hause ausgesetzt. Und auch viele erwachsene Nichtraucherinnen und Nichtraucher atmen zu Hause, am Arbeitsplatz oder in der Freizeit unfreiwillig Tabakrauch ein.. Eine Untersuchung aus dem Jahr 2005 berechnete, dass jährlich mehr als 3.000 Menschen in Deutschland an den Folgen des Passivrauchens sterben (davon 70 Prozent Frauen). 





  15. There will be a big Halloween party at the Wilhelma the whole day until 8.00 p.m. Last admission is at 6.00 p.m. Admission is free for children in costume and children under 18 years of age.


    Halloween in der Wilhelma

    An Halloween, dem gruseligsten Tag im Jahr, wird es auch in der Wilhelma ganz schön schaurig. Den ganzen Tag schafft Gruselspaß für Groß und Klein wohlige Gänsehaut im schaurig dekorierten Park. Lassen Sie sich überraschen: Schauen Sie vorbei - machen Sie mit! Verkleidete Kinder und Jugendliche unter 18 Jahren haben freien Eintritt.


    11 Uhr Halloween-Parade Start am Haupteingang