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About onemark

  • Birthday 02/09/1953

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  • Location Darmstadt
  • Nationality New Zealander, British, Irish
  • Hometown Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gender Male
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  1. Schadenfreude

    "Schadenfreude" is quite simply deriving personal pleasure at someone else's misfortune/s.
  2. Do Police sign forms in Germany

    I'd say it depends on who is "allowed" to sign, i.e. police, bank manager, doctor, accountant or similar people/organisations of public standing. But this may also depend on what sort of a document it is. For my Irish passport, only the people/organisations I have named above were allowed to sign, not my local "Bürgeramt" and certainly not any private sector HR manager.
  3. Do Police sign forms in Germany

    In your place I'd call ahead first and see what they say.
  4. brexit and dual nationality

    Have you tried asking your local Foreign Nationals' Authority?
  5. Could anyone tell me whether it is safe to use cheaper recycled toner and drums for printers and fax machines these days? When I first got into telecoms back in 1995-2001, I tried using a recycled toner container but it was a disaster. So I learned my lesson and have stuck to manufacturer's new products (in my case Brother). Ever since then I have never had any problems. FTR, I am currently running a Brother HL 5450DN laser printer and a Brother 8360p fax machine. Advice & comments welcome. Thanks. onemark
  6. Translation software for freelancers

    If any document I am suposed to translate contains sensitive information, I read the document throught first and delete the sensitive information first before I translate it.
  7. Translation software for freelancers

    Speaking as a professional translator for German-English, I can say that DeepL is very good, It is still quite new, so the accuracy-level ist somewhere between 95% and 99%. It still makes mistakes but you should find these when you correct the translated text. I suggest you get into the habit of correcting the translation twice as a matter of course. I have been doing this for years and find that it pays off.
  8. Where can I purchase LMU PhD robes?

    Don't forget to ask whether they have a hood as well as a cap and gown. Very important! Congratulations and good luck! 
  9. New words or sayings

    "goals": Americans feel they have to be purposeful (rather than aimless). One manifestation of this phenomenon is having aims/goals. Probably a downstream effect of the Protestant work ethic. My $NZ0.02.
  10. Do you need a masters degree to be accepted into a PhD

    Where did you gain your bachelor's degree? And is an ordinary bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree with honours? If the former, you proably won't have a chance. In the "British" world, a bachelor's degree with honours is normally equivalent to a master's degree. But even in this case, the question is whether the Germans would be prepared to recognise it. Is doing an additional master's degree a realistic option for you? Disclaimer: I cannot speak on degrees from the US.
  11. is it generally safe to share one's birth date?

    First ask them exactly why they want it.
  12. Change of name by German in UK

    if this issue really bothers you and you still want to change your name, you may have to engage a German lawyer who specialises in German name law. It won't be cheap but at least you will get better and truthful advice because the lawyer will be on your side. Good luck.
  13. Travellers' Cheques

    My two brothers and my sister-in-law will be coming to visit me in a few months and are wondering about which the form in which they should bring their pocket money. Should they use travellers' cheques? Which ones? - AMEX? Other? And who accepts them in Germany (My Sparkasse and the Postbank don't. They told me.) My Sparkasse told me that my bros/SIL could even use their NZ bank cards, which I find a bit far-fetched. Is this correct? Do travellers' cheques still even exist in this age of credit cards? (I admit to not being up with the latest on this subject.) My bros/SIL all have CCs but as we all know, it is notoriously difficult to use these in Germany. Advice/assistance much appreciated. Thank you.
  14. Got cheated by Indian Husband

    Do you have German legal insurance?
  15. You should be able to. Just say that you overlooked the reporting requirement last time and apologise briefly but not abjectly. And don't forget to add the precise date you started freelancing. They will require this information. They may also require you annual income to date. If so, have this information to hand but don't supply it unless they specifically ask for it.