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  1. garden lawns are bad

      I had heard that there were proposals to ban people paving their front or side garden to have extra parking spaces as this was increasing the risk of flooding. I'm surprised though that rockeries are being banned though, surely you still get the rainwater getting absorbed into the ground with this type of garden (or part of garden)? My parents had one and there were always really nice plants growing there.
  2. accident in car wash

    If your car had been damaged by the brush while the brush was operating normally ( and set up correctly), then I can see how the car wash's insurance company could reject your claim. However, obviously the car wash's brush was not operating normally because it had broken off! Really poor by your lawyer - they should be reported for incompetence.
  3. Drivers and hand signals

      I saw one this morning and it did indeed switch on its warning lights when it stopped at a bus stop. It's a busy Hauptstrasse so maybe that explains it.
  4. Drivers and hand signals

      BFD = Big Friendly Driver 
  5. Drivers and hand signals

      When the bus is stopped at a bus stop with its warning lights blinking, the law is you have to pass the bus at walking pace in both directions. There's no requirement to let passengers cross afaik.
  6. Flatmate attacked me, not sure how to proceed

    I don't see the difference between male on female violence (where everyone would quite rightly say get the hell out of this abusive relationship) and your situation, to be honest. It's a domestic situation that is a ticking time bomb.  All the best and look after yourself 👍
  7. Flatmate attacked me, not sure how to proceed

    I know it's easy to say it but I would move out asap if there has been physical violence. There is a time for standing your ground but you don't know your flatmate's psychological history. There was a tragic case in Ireland of a guy being murdered by his flatmate - I knew the victim from my university days and it was just a real shock to read the story a few years ago. 
  8. Buying power, inflation and others

    Apparently people are using cooking oil in diesel motors so this is also affecting availability. My local Netto has a one bottle per household sign - I assumed it was one bottle by oil type and took one olive and one cooking but the cashier told me to choose which one I wanted. I chose olive and the old guy behind me said 'I'll take the cooking oil so'.
  9.   Haven't laughed so much in ages, thanks!
  10. When we bought our house, a colleague of my wife's who worked in the local Bauamt had a look over the Reihenhaus. There was nothing that was really wrong, just superficial stuff. It also helped that we could look at the other 5 houses and just see if the owners had needed to replace roofs (no), wooden window frames (none at the time, one house in the last ten years), the state of the underside of their front balconies (these can be problematic - don't neglect tell-tale rust signs). The guy's personal opinion was that if the house was built late 70s to late 1980s, you will be very unlucky to have a major structural problem.
  11. Du vs Sie culture in office

      Yes, this caught on in Ireland and Britain too, it's a bit annoying.   I wonder if the adoption of the action, where you can make facial expressions or change your tone of voice to show you are being ironic, has now influenced how people now see the written form? Maybe someone has written a thesis on it! 
  12. Du vs Sie culture in office

    Here it is:
  13. Du vs Sie culture in office

    Interesting for me to read that now, using double quotes for a single word now can be taken as meaning the author doesn't agree with the quotation. Possibly Jeba was not aware of this, I know I didn't know this. (Can't seem to insert the link)    
  14. Du vs Sie culture in office

      There used to be a Minister of Health in Ireland that used the title 'Dr.'. It turned out his doctorate was in Agricultural Science!