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About Marianne013

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  • Location UK
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  1. Need legal advice for my friend

    Thankfully in a "Rechtsstaat" which Germany still is, there is a guiding principle along the lines of "the punishment must be proportional to the crime". 
  2. US to start revoking passports of American expats with tax debts

    As I noted it's not the taxes I am worried about, it's the unnecessarily complicated reporting. Some of it really sounds like the IRS is offended if someone doesn't live in the US. As in "you live abroad; you must be up to no good". Not like "you are a 13 year old with a current account in the UK and a German Sparvertrag with some Sparkasse that your grand dad gave you".
  3. US to start revoking passports of American expats with tax debts

    Is it cheaper than trying to give the passport up by yourself ? Asking for a (my) child. This worldwide taxation bit wouldn't be so bad if you didn't need a professional to deal with the paperwork - this should be simple. Bah.
  4. Protecting Parking spot with Lawyer App?

    Just remember when indulging in your revenge fantasies, two wrongs don't make a right and the law has no time for people taking it into their own hands. I'm amazed at the level of childishness displayed in this thread. Put up a sign, if that doesn't help put up a barrier and then go about your merry way.
  5. Enter rented apartment without tenant's knowledge

    In which country isn't a landlord or their agents allowed to enter a flat to prevent (further) damage to either the flat or its surroundings ? I have to admit it's odd the police was there, but if you told your landlord that you were away for some time, it's not like waiting for your reply would have made much difference as you were unlikely to be around in any sensible time frame.
  6. Nonresident German citizen health insurance

    Indeed. You are trying to avoid a (potentially) multiple thousand Euro bill - even 100 Euro for a taxi would be cheap...
  7. Bescherung

    Wikipedia says it comes from Middle High German 'beschern' meaning "to assign". Originally it was referring to the 6th (St Nikolaus), as this was when German children got their presents.
  8. Children. Smartphone. What age?

    @Krieg There is no mandatory purchase of anything. In theory all pupils can use the computers in the school library, but in reality this is not realistic. The school is not open on weekends, though most council run libraries are open all day Saturday and I see a lot of teenagers in there studying. But I think in this day and age, requiring access to the internet for pupils is not an undue burden. There was no usage of computers/internet for the pupils stipulated in primary school. The teachers did, every class room had a computer and an electronic whiteboard. I have to admit I find electronic textbooks somewhat irritating, but on the other hand they don't get lost or damaged and my daughter doesn't have to carry a 3 kg bag to school every day, and as I am not the one who has to work with them and she doesn't know anything else, it's not something I worry about.
  9. Children. Smartphone. What age?

    I find some of these comments very far removed from reality. My child got a smart phone when she went to secondary school (3 years ago), because every single child in her class had one. Literally *all* outside school communication between the children goes via smart phone (WhatsApp and Instagram). Most of it is along the lines of "Did we have any homework in maths ?" or similar. Or "here's a cute picture of my dog."  I checked. Then there is the hobby WhatsApp group: "Can everyone please remember to bring a black t-shirt next Friday?" etc. It doesn't have to be an IPhone, a cheap and cheerful smart phone around here is less than 100 Euros. Yes it's money, but they last. Limited data and and limited internet at home and it's not worse than regulating TV consumption. Did my daughter get contacted by random guys on SocialMedia ? Yes, once. What happened is, she told me, almost excited that this had actually happened. The phrase used by my child, age 10, was "he's either a pervert or a scammer, can I keep talking to him to figure out which one ?" (No, she wasn't allowed to and I explained to her why.) The kid will be alright, even when I am not around to monitor her, which was the goal all along. But making sure that my child is the odd one out, due to fear of the "big bad internet" ? Not cool. She needs a computer for school, all school books are electronic and a sizeable chunk of her homework. So "no internet" is a no-go anyway. If you as an adult make the conscious choice not to have a smart phone (I know some people who do), that is your decision, but on the other hand I am aware that at age 47 people of my age group won't flinch when I explain to them they have to contact me by text. Of course when that person sits in the US and 10 text messages later we both got a bonus phone bill which wouldn't have happened with WhatsApp, it all starts looking not so clever. And I am not sure how much experiences from 10/15/20 years ago matter. Times move on. At least I am aware that I am old.    
  10. Even after all these years, I still...

    I've never seen a slide rule in my life and I have a PhD in physics. Plenty of logs here. I always figured slide rules were a weird Anglo-Saxon obsession. I did my Abitur 30 year sago, no slides rules then.
  11. Dresden - various general info and advice

    It's not strange. They are not meant to risk their lives. In the end it's just stuff. As soon as you deal with *armed* robbers you call the police and don't play hero. Of course that doesn't exclude the possibility that they were in on it...
  12. Dresden - various general info and advice

    To be fair, they set fire to an electrical distributor nearby which took out the lights and alarm. That's a bit more planning than just a torch and an axe. And then they were fast. In and out in 5 min flat; and they would have know that the security guards will call the police but not intervene themselves, apparently that's standard operating procedure when encountering someone with an axe. I'm going to go with (semi)insider job with that one.
  13. The "why it is difficult to leave" thread

    And BUPA doesn't deal with emergencies. You'll hang around an NHS A&E just like any other plebs. I pay for my healthcare in the UK on occasion because I can't cope with the wait times, but found that most private health care providers in the UK try and stick with the straight forward easy to convert to cash stuff. (And why wouldn't they ?)
  14. bringing homemade oil from india

    Double sigh. Only because you haven't got friends who try and send you nice things with a personal touch, doesn't mean everyone doesn't either. Not that I mind a generic Amazon wrapping and card, but I assure you (as you clearly don't know), it's just not the same.
  15. bringing homemade oil from india

    That wasn't the point. I know you can get Pimms in Germany, but it was meant as a present and was meant to be wrapped in wrapping paper etc.  I'm also aware these regulations change (they seem to have relented a bit), but when I tried none of the usual suspects would ship the stuff. But e.g. Royal Mail still  doesn't ship perfume internationally. The OPs best bet is to through an extra bottle into his suitcase the next time (s)he goes for a home visit.