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  1. I walk my children to school and Kita every day. At every sharp street corner, it's got to the stage that we have to stop and I have to cautiously poke my head around the building checking for cyclists on the footpath. They don't ring their bells, don't slow down and all ages do it. 


  2. 2 hours ago, yesterday said:

    Sure new counties and states are a modern concept (except for the UK, last invaded 1066, I think ), so why has it changed ?


    My guess is that it is much easier to travel these days, so a lot more people try to swap countires for a better life etc. and of course a lot of natives of the new country complain that there are just too many and it destroys the original style of life and they do not like it.


    Whats right, not sure there is a right answer, just depends on how you feel


    For me, I was riding through Garmisch the other day, a nice old Bavarian town, quiet beuatiful in its own way  then you pass the new  muslim mosque on the way into town, for me it looks out of place in the nice Bavarian town, guess the locals think that as well, but maybe its right that we accept new things, which kinda destroys the original feeling of the town.



    The last successful invasion of Great Britain was by William of Orange in 1688. The last unsuccessful one was the Invasion of Fishguard (1797) by France. 


  3. Where is the yard? Would the law make a distinction between a cock in a rural village and one in an urban area? I know life isn't fair but it would be unfair in my eyes if this was an urban area and the neighbours had only recently started keeping chickens.


  4. You think Germany Democracy is bad value for money? At least each German MP represents on average 114,000 of the population (same as France, bit higher than the UK). They get paid a basic salary of 120,000 Euro (plus expenses).


    In Ireland, each MP represents 31,000 people (!) and they get a basic payment of 96,000 Euro.


  5. 16 minutes ago, jubinjohn said:

    I thought some Hebrew speakers are going to comment on this. Spich in Hebrew sounds similar to a word which means something gross 😁. No anti-Semitism involved


    Ah, it was a joke? Sorry, I took your comment at face value. Glad to hear it wasn't something  that they had experienced there.


  6. 6 hours ago, jubinjohn said:

    I have a couple of Jewish colleagues , one of them recently moved from israel and do not speak german at all. They are happy.

    But for some reason he told that he will never live in the town whose name is Spich 


    Spich? I live in Troisdorf and this is a Stadtteil of the town. Pretty surprised to read your comment. Troisdorf has a high level of immigration in general. If this was the reason for ruling out Spich, then you have to rule out lots of other areas of NRW too. To name just one area is pretty bizarre and a little naive.


    My view for what its worth: anti-Semites, racists, homophobes are in the minority in Germany. This makes them carry out their crimes where the likelihood of getting caught or themselves getting attacked is low..they are opportunistic. The sad fact is attacks can happen anywhere. 


  7. 4 hours ago, Fietsrad said:

    What about Schulzranzen, school rucksacks? They are marketed intensively, a good (?) one costs €349. The miserable children get their first exposure to consumerism at Schulzranzenmessen, which are held on the premises of car dealers!


    Little Johnny was overwhelmed by the display of fancy rucksacks. "I don't know which to buy, mum, can you choose?", he whimpered.


    Ergobag? We got one of last year's models that was on sale for 135€. I just looked and there are a few used on eBay Kleinanzeigen  - now is a good time to buy if you wanted one for next August.  There are definitely options not to pay the full price. 


  8. 1 hour ago, SpiderPig said:

    Johnny Briggs.. Bettter know to many Brits as Mike Baldwin..!!!





    We watched the Street religiously every Monday and Wednesday. There's the (true) story of when Deirdre was having her affair with Mike in the late 70s. The night she went back to Ken coincided with a midweek match at Old Trafford - the tannoy announced the news at halftime and a big cheer went up lol


  9. 41 minutes ago, AnswerToLife42 said:

    I your case I would

    1. try to find a new job

    2. Contact a lawyer to find out, how much money the company should pay you

    3. try to leave on good terms. You always meet twice. You never know whether you could need your boss in future.


    I would certainly demand a good severance package. I don't have direct experience in Germany but in Ireland, I went through a redundancy and those affected also got access to an Employment Consultant and could go to job interviews during their notice period. I'm not sure what is the norm in Germany, perhaps others could advise.


    As for leaving on good terms, I think you have to make a judgement on this by how big or small the sector you are working in is. 


  10. There is a really dangerous 4 way intersection in my neighbourhood. The primary axis is the Haupstrasse. The problem is traffic (specifically LKWs) wanting to turn left (from the Hauptstrasse) through a break in the oncoming traffic at the intersection. There is a amber flashing left arrow for them while the pedestrian crossing at the top of the connecting street has a green. The major issue is pedestrians, scooters and bikes (I know the latter should be using the other side of the street) trying to cross 'late' from the same side as the LKW is coming from.


    What causes the problem is that because the left-turning drivers can turn through a gap, they tend to make hasty decisions and accelerate when a gap presents itself, right into the pedestrian crossing.


    Also, as the traffic moves forward from the stop line when the amber arrow appears - there is no way to make eye contact with the first driver. This can be done when they are stopped on red at the stop line and the pedestrian is already at the crossing.


    Is there any point contacting the Stadt about this? Ask for a delay in the Amber Arrow appearing? Has anyone successfully changed traffic light timings like this? It's got to the stage were I won't cross even on green if  I come late to the junction and there is traffic waiting to turn. I have seen others though have near misses.


    Thanks for any advice. I'm in NRW by the way.




  11. 1 hour ago, Sir Percy B said:


    Please don't be offended but you have just earnt yourself the dumbest post of the day trophy. May I suggest you read the thread before you post.





    7 hours ago, yourkeau said:



    :lol: Yes, it was really 'dumb' wasn't it!!

    Silly me. Thank you for pointing out the 'dumbness' of it. And you even created a lovely little picture. Thank you.



  12. 6 hours ago, yourkeau said:

    It's a law, it has nothing to do with what adults insist.


    I cycle without a helmet. It promotes false sense of security and reckless cycling. As an adult I pay attention to the road, and do not get myself into situation when "helmet saved my life". This situation should never happen in the first place.


    But the greatest harm helmets do they discourage cycling making it "dangerous sports". Less cyclists on the road = bad for everyone else.


    There is a reason why no helmets are in Denmark and the Netherlands.


    I'm afraid I only have Wikipedia as a source but it says no helmet restrictions in Germany:



    (Sorry, should have read the remainder of the thread)


  13. Ah, Germans and cycling. I'm not sure when cycle lessons in Grundschule started but it seems to have had the opposite affect on a huge portion of those that took part. And it's not just younger cyclists - everyone age group seems to be affected.  Most of the things have already been mentioned. Others: The cyclist going down the one-way street; ditto but on the footpath, full pelt; the cyclist not looking behind and doing a proper hand signal when changing lanes etc. 


    Another thing that irritates me  - you see a whole family out for a cycle but it's only the kids wearing helmets. If the adults deem it necessary for the children to wear them, why do the adults insist on not wearing them? 


  14. 4 hours ago, karin_brenig said:

    Ever since then we would sometimes ask each other "how's my itch in the ditch today?"


    My wife and I always have a laugh about misunderstandings and mistranslations..a few days ago, after a silly argument, she tried to tell me that I am stubborn (dickköpfig)..unfortunately, she said 'The problem with you is you are too dick headed' lol




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  15. 23 minutes ago, karin_brenig said:

    "taking sick days" makes it sound like that would be something you personally control?
    I'd love to have that kind of a superpower!


    So far, in my 43 years of work history, I've been taken out by illness for a total of 28 days. That's 0.65 days per year.


    If anything, the sick days "took me" - not the other way around.


    I think most people have enough cop on to know when they have to take a couple of days off - or at least it was the case when I worked in Ireland. Of course, there were a couple of co-workers who were notorious for pulling sickies..our IT company had a few rounds of redundancies in the 2000s, funnily enough they were let go early on.

    On the other hand, we had a guy that would come in sneezing and coughing,  it drove everyone crazy in meetings. It wasn't even the case he was indispensable to the team. 


  16. 2 hours ago, catjones said:


    living in germany is a taxing experience.  build back up your reserves in ireland.    i always thought you paid your taxes in your place of primary residency, but that makes too much sense.


    Ireland is taxing also. Yes, your direct taxation is lower but  you will pay more for services and on indirect taxation than Germany. 


    OP, good luck on your move to Ireland! 



    On 12/01/2021, 10:51:18, UpToWick said:



  17. 1 hour ago, belyn said:

    However, the landlady has made it clear that she does not want to be involved.



    Sorry, she is the landlady, she doesn't get to pick and choose when she gets involved. If you have a valid concern, she has to intervene. That's the responsibility of property ownership.


    In these types of disputes, you have to document everything. I would write a letter to her documenting the number of times you were forced to park on the street in a month because of your neighbours. Include photos. Make clear because of security, winter weather etc, parking on rhe street is *not* an option for you.


    Now see how much the rent is for a garage in your home town. Calculate the price you would have to pay to rent the garage for this time. In my letter, I would say that unless a dividing wall is built, this is how much rent I will withdraw paying.


    This will get your landlady involved.