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About onemark

  • Birthday 02/09/1953

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  • Location Darmstadt
  • Nationality New Zealander, British, Irish
  • Hometown South Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1953

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  1. Advice on setting up as a freelancer

    @ aringaviola: What exactly is your intended freelance activity? (I am also a freelancer.)
  2. "Very cold country" - Expats don't feel welcome in Germany

    I was thinking more along the lines that the sun does not shine out of our respective fundamental orifices, as many people like to think. Back home we call it not being up ourselves.
  3. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    You should not normally have to give up your British citizenship in order to obtain German citizenship. Well, not yet, anyway.
  4. Letter of recommendation from employer very poor

    You need to get an employment lawyer fast!
  5. "Very cold country" - Expats don't feel welcome in Germany

    Nobody is as special as he or she likes to think.
  6. Just make sure your translator is also legally authorised to certify translations as being complete and correct.
  7. Things to ponder

    Pedantry on: Partition of the border was surely a bipartite affair, having been agreed by the (tripartite) Boundary Commission of 1922-1925. But I happily stand to be corrected. Pedantry off.
  8. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    German ID Act in English:
  9. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    German ID Act (German only):
  10. Things to ponder

    @ john g.: Provided you fulfil the requirements, you are permitted to hold both British and Irish passports. With all due modesty, I am an example.
  11. Things to ponder

    On the previous posts concerning child abuse by and in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches: 1. It goes on in both institutions; 2. however, the Roman Catholic church appears - objectively - to have the largest number of perpetrators.   Just one note on the killings in Northern Ireland: Believe it or not, this is not a religious conflict. Honest. It is a conflict about territory (think the Balkans, or Israel/Palestine) in which the nationalists/republicans in Northern Ireland wants the reunification of the North with the Irish Republic. (Ireland was partitioned in 1921.) The unionists in the Province (currently the majority by the skin of its teeth) wish to remain part of the United Kingdom. The confusion lies in the fact that for purely historical reasons, the nationalists/republicans and the unionists find themselves on different sides of the denominational divide.
  12. Opinions and info about DeepL translation software

    @BayrischDude As an afterthought, I have also just "discovered" DeepL translation software. It really is very good (i.e. not perfect but still very good). For the record, the cost of €20 is the monthly cost (= €240 per year), not a one-off purchase price, but this is for the professional version. I am currently using the online version, which is free. Upon reflection, your friend should continue using DeepL but as I suggested above, she should also seriously consider exploring other avenues of activity, either as alternatives to or together with translation. If she has translation qualifications (does she?), she might want to consider joining the German Interpreters' and Translatiors' Association (BDÜ). I can recommend it and it may help in getting work.
  13. You do not need to give up your British citizenship to obtain German citizenship.
  14. Do you also have a German driving licence? Is obtaining one an option for you? While a German DL is not an officially-accepted form of ID here in Germany, I have found that the police accept it informally. You can try the same with your US DL but I don't want to speculate on it being accepted. As far as your passport is concerned, you might want to go to a copyshop, get your passport "copied down" to about A5 size, have this copy certified (with a stamp) as a true copy by your local municipal administration (city hall), and carry the copy around with you in a plastic holder. The German police don't seem to object to that.
  15. Agree with Bramble: If you get your marriage certificate translated, get the translation certified as well.