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  1. Phil Spector, legendary record producer and convicted murderer has died in prison
  2. I just read an article about Brexit charges and fees for British exporters. There is a 'disbursement charge' mentioned for parcels:   and third, a “disbursement charge” which is set at different levels in each EU country with a minimum of about €14 per parcel, or calculated as a percentage of the value of the goods, whichever is the higher, plus VAT in the destination country. This covers the costs of the tax authority in the recipient country inspecting and processing the parcels.
  3.   The Vennbahn - I watched this on YouTube only a few weeks ago:
  4. Handling a hostile colleague in Germany

    OP, by the sounds of it, the only disability that has any relevance here is your co-worker's lack of ability to work effectively with others. If there were a genuine problem, you would have heard about it much sooner and through the correct channels.
  5. Buying a house without realtor

    In my limited experience of the German property market, it seems that at least advertising the property properly through the Makler/in opens up the house sale to the 'free' market. My wife and I moved to a new (nearby) town in 2012 and wanted to buy a house. Even then, there was a shortage of modest family houses on the market (compared to what I was used to in Ireland). In the subsequent years, I know why - so many private sales. Family, friends of the family, colleagues all seem to get first bite of the cherry. I'm not so naive to think the same doesn't happen in Ireland or the UK. It just seems there, you can make a generous offer on an advertised house and see if money talks. In Germany (again, in my limited experience), you often don't even get the opportunity to know the house was for sale.
  6. Michael Apted, film director and acclaimed documentary maker has died:  
  7. Gerry Marsden has died it has been announced:   He was 78 (the same age as Paul McCartney) - for some reason, I always thought he was older.
  8. Teenager neighbor's noise driving us nuts

    I think you have to differentiate between your neighbour breaking the Covid rules and breaking the noise rules. I would leave the breaking of the Covid rules for now - priority for you is getting sleep. Also, getting the Polizei involved could escalate things unnecessarily.   First off, I would talk to the Mother simply about the noise. Say you are contacting the Ordnungsamt. Hopefully, the son gets the message. However,  you should start to record everything in a diary. You could use a noise meter and video the noise levels (Perhaps the Ordnungsamt can recommend a recognised app etc).    If the son starts being responsible, why not reward him with a pair of decent headphones for his birthday (maybe suggest it to his mother as a gift idea)?    If the son is not playing ball, then I would start the DIY drilling at 9am    Btw I would also install smoke alarms in the communal spaces because a dropped cigarette in the basement is obviously a serious issue.      
  9. Grocery refund rules in German Supermarkets

      I like our local Lidl (and Netto) too. Uncomplicated and friendly. We have a local Norma and an Edeka also. Never go to the Norma but the Edeka is expensive. Recently, I noticed one of their trolleys dumped. I took a photo of it and as the store is on my way home, I popped in to tell them about the trolley. The manger I spoke to literally said 'where?' and not a single word of thanks. I only go there now if there is no other alternative. There is a large HIT Supermarket a bike ride/  car drive away too - when you are used to the discounters, the range on offer is just a bit of a head-wreck. 
  10. Astronomy observations - let's get together

      To be honest, I have not heard of this brand before. Even though everything is now made in China, I would always stick with something from Skywatcher, Celestron, Orion or Meade for a beginners scope. Or TS-Optics or Omegon (German Astronomy shops)   70/400 or 70/700?   The first number (70mm) is the aperature of the objective (front) lens.   The second (400mm or 700mm) is the focal length of the tube.   A 700mm tube will give more magnification than a 400mm for a given eyepiece.   The 700mm will give a smaller field of view than the 400mm for a given eyepiece.   E.g. You have a 25mm eyepiece This gives a magnification of 400/25= 16 in the 70/400 scope (like a big pair of binoculars).  In the other scope, you get a magnification of 700/25=28.   Typically you would have a range of eyepieces: 32mm, 25mm, 18mm, 12mm, 9mm, 6mm(or a zoom eyepiece) giving a range of available magnifications and fields of view.   Finally, these types of beginner telescopes are called Achromatic refractors. An inherent issue in the design of the objective lens will be that on bright objects, you will see a purple fringe. This will be less noticeable in the 60/700 scope.    
  11. Naming a dishwasher like that today would get you in hot water!
  13. Astronomy observations - let's get together

      That was very generous of you! New, I see they are over 700€.
  14. Astronomy observations - let's get together

    Welcome to Astronomy, always different opinions and options!   If you go with the used Celestron I suggested, make sure the Red Dot Finder is working.   I would still go with the name brand (Celestron) - if you want to resell it, you can sell it for what you paid for it (assuming it is in working order). It should come with 2 Plössl eyepieces that are better quality than the Kellner eyepieces that come with the Amoekie(sp?).   Finally, the Celestron comes with a 'proper' star diagonal which will give a better image (albeit upside down - it doesn't matter at night) than the 45 degree erecting diagonal which is more suited for daytime use.   Bottom line, the Celestron is the more serious scope imho but the Amoekie might get more use, especially during the day (never point at the Sun obv!) if your daughter loses intetest in the night sky. Also you can return it if something wrong, not an option with eBay kleinanzeige    Good luck and I wish your daughter every success!
  15. Astronomy observations - let's get together

      Oh sorry, yes, not a practical suggestion in the circumstances. Definitely an option when normality returns. Btw, a nice thing you could do with your daughter also then would be a visit to Munich's planetarium.