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About john_b

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  1. Berlin Corona Vaccinations

    Inclined to agree with you on this subject @engelchen.   Now if my GP even had a website, that would be real progress!
  2. Random pointless comments

    AT&T's 1987 "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan hasn't aged well... 
  3. Berlin Corona Vaccinations

    Heard the following from a friend here in Berlin, but have yet to try it.   Basically he claims that as Hausärzte are now vaccinating in their surgeries (albeit in relatively small numbers per week) you can ring and ask to be put on a waiting list to jump in at short notice for last-minute cancellations, people who fail to turn up for their appointments.   Anyone else heard of this? Have to say I'm rather sceptical. At the very least you would have to be in a Group higher than 4 to qualify IMO and my feeling is that the GPs probably have compiled their own priority lists.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

      During his time on said committee, Farage attended only one of 42 meetings. On the three major votes on the common fisheries policy, he failed to vote in favour of improving the legislation. Nuff said.
  5. Another take on the Duke of Edinburgh's legacy
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Latest post on Chris Grey's Brexit & Beyond Blog discusses the NI violence, update on costs & consequences of Brexit, how Brexiters refuse to take responsibility for their choices and whether they will ever be made to do so  
  7. The Vent - NO CHAT!!!

    Telekom Magenta TV  - hello? About 6 weeks ago you started demanding a Benutzer PIN in order to watch a film that was for 16 years or older.   We have no kids, just myself and my wife, in our late 50s. We need no fucking PIN when we're sitting at home watching a film on our own telly.   After being locked out and googling around I worked out that it was a new "service" on Arte to protect children from watching certain films. Wonderful.   I finally set up the fucking Benutzer PIN which I didn't want anyway and made a note of it should it ever have the cheek to reappear.   So here we are 6 weeks later.   "Benutzer PIN eingeben"   Falsch.   Two more tries (checks and uses noted PIN)   Sorry, wait 10 minutes.   PISS OFF Benutzer PIN.   PISS OFF Magenta TV   PISS OFF Arte   You are all twats.    
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    I've posted previously on this thread how Brexit has effectively decimated the UK live events industry, worth some £70 billion. This means that a huge swathe of British musicians from classical orchestras to bands and individual musicians will simply be unable to afford the financial hit that accompanies the ending of FOM.    Read this letter from a UK events/transportation company that spells out what this all means to their sector   The EU offered to make this simple (basically keeping the same rules as much as possible) for live acts making it easy for UK acts to perform in the EU and vice versa. But the vice-versa bit was the stumbling block for the UK government so they turned down the EU offer.    Before the usual suspects pipe up with "But The Who and the Beatles toured Europe in the 60's" check out this post on by Fish formerly of Marillion about the realities of the situation.   So well done Brexit voters, this time a sector employing many people and worth around 4 times the size of the UK fishing industry. Those of us living in Germany are unlikely to see some of our favourite British acts unless other than on a visit the UK.   But it's all just a huge joke, isn't it?   🤡         
  9. What are you watching right now?

    Late to the party as usual, but we're really enjoying Fargo as a series - almost half way through season 2. Intriguing balance of humour, observation and occasional schlock horror, smart dialogues and great casting. Amused to see Martin Freeman at home in the Mid_West and now grey-haired Ted Danson.
  10. Berlin Corona Vaccinations

      That's a useful link - FWIW it turns out that a medical condition puts me in Group 3.   Apparently there's nothing that you can actively do other than wait for a postal invitation from the Senatsverwaltung für Gesundheit, Pflege und Gleichstellung. However there is an online calculator that indicates the period you are supposed to receive the first and second jab according to what group you are in according to a list of factors.    
  11. Berlin Corona Vaccinations

    If it's not an impertinent question, I'd be curious to hear from @evildudette what category she is in that meant that she already received an invitation.
  12. Berlin Corona Vaccinations

    Interesting. My wife is an Erzieherin so is lined up for her first shot in three weeks time (Biontech). Otherwise AFAIK none of our friends or acquaintances in our age group (late 50s) have heard anything yet.
  13. Only in America...

      But as Eddie Izzard put it: they kind of help, don't they?