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  1. 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.



  2. 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)


  3. 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? 


  4. 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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  5. 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. 


  6. 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:



  7. 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.



  8. 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.



  9. 2 hours ago, yourkeau said:

    I loved the bike path built on the BE/DE border which was formerly a railway from Aachen to Luxembourg. Basically, this bike path marks the border: after WWI it was politically important that the railway tracks do not belong to any country, and is also a perfect place to meet. 


    The Vennbahn - I watched this on YouTube only a few weeks ago:


  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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 :D


    Btw I would also install smoke alarms in the communal spaces because a dropped cigarette in the basement is obviously a serious issue.





  13. 34 minutes ago, ZA1234 said:

    Lidl and Aldi are discounters, so will be cheaper than Rewe. Our Lidl has an extremely fresh, great range of vegetables, and have expanded their bio section a lot. Never seen anything close to that here. They also got continued supplies of toilet paper while our Rewe was empty of all paper-types every time I went. They don't have everything though. Lidl and Aldi get "specials" in (ski things, garden things, clothes, back-to-school etc) and run food specials "Asian week" "French week" etc. You may get the Werbung along with your free newsapers, or can look at the webpage.


    But it may depend on the manager, how good the shop is. I just wanted to mention it as alternatives to Penny- if your fresh milk was really not in the fridge, then maybe its a shop problem, and you are better off at another store. Rewe is nice, but expensive, and ours has vegetables which are not as fresh as the well-run-Lidl, or the same quality but more expensive, and that annoys me. Plus the Lidl staff are friendly. And they open tills whenever its full. And I have returned items without a till slip before. I have recently become quite a fan.


    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. 


  14. 7 hours ago, DanglingPointer said:


    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.



    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.




  15. 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!


  16. 4 minutes ago, DanglingPointer said:

    Thanks @pmd

    yeah it might be good idea to visit a shop and try something, but lets see if this is open after the lockdown which is beginning tomorrow. I am also checking the ebay option you posted


    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.


  17. @DanglingPointer


    €100 is on the low side for a new telescope.


    I had a quick look on eBay Kleinanzeige (München) and there are several used 70mm refractors  for around 70€:

    The Celestron one would be my choice: