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  1. I suppose it depends on which Beamter you get. My son was able to change his immediately. But it's a longish story so I won't go into it,  about Umlauts and transcribing them into English.


    ETA: in my case it's the English fools at the bank etc who won't bother to understand and accept the correct transcription of an Umlaut and telling me I've spelled my own name wrong.




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    last one we bought was a HP 6970, I think it cost around 90 to 120 (I think, it was a while ago).

    We also subscribed to the instant ink thing they do. Costs us 2.99 a month for 50 pages which at the moment I think is a little pricy but as the ink stuff gets more expensive that cost will go down.



    I've got one of these. I also have a Brother laser printer which I've had for at least ten years and still works perfectly and economically. |Every so often I need to buy a new cartridge but I don't print all that much anyway.
    I use the instant ink thing but it's all been free up to now sine I still use the Brother. I use the Envy only for scanning - I do need to scan  a lot of items and it's easier than taking photos with my phone. I've also scanned all my photos so I can have them in digital. Occasionally I need to copy something and also use the Envy for that. I like that I can scan/print remotely. The Brother doesn't do that. So, best of both worlds.



  3. On 1/1/2018, 8:17:59, arsenal21 said:

    Hi everyone. Somebody liked my first post on this thread which brought it to my attention again. As I'm flying next week, thought I'd reply to a few unanswered questions.

    Above: yes, I have artists' tax exemption. It's not all tax free: "only" (!) the first €45k. And even then, only money you actually bring into Ireland. I like!


    On 1/1/2018, 7:13:49, camlough said:


    monaghan??? there is NO A&E anywhere in the county, are you insane??? 

    As an aging woman, why would you even consider this? No health services, terrible economy, why?

    would you not reconsider moving somewhere with decent healthcare and facilities?


    edit, the link is in scotshouse???. That is the back of beyond, nothing there at all

    Yes, I am absolutely insane, and I love living in the country, as remotely as possible! The last thing I think about when looking for a place to stay is A&E. At the moment I'm still in Monaghan town, in rental accommodation. I can't afford my own place yet, and I've grown a little more fussy. Probably need at least €250k when I do buy.

    I think the link was in Scotstown, not Scotshouse? I lived in Scotstown for the first year in Ireland. I couldn't find my own place right away but I met a couple who run a B&B near Scotstown and just 8 k from my daughter on the other side of the border. Now THAT was remote! But they were a lovely couple and I got my first taste of Irish hospitality. I've only grown to love the Irish more since then. I stayed in a lovely big room in that B&B for a monthly rent of €375 so I was able to take my time while choosing a place to live. Perfect.

    I might be ageing but I'm very fit, After hip surgery I'm quite mobile again and expect to be for a while. I want to live near my daughter and grandchildren (two kids now). That's my first priority. If I need surgery again I'll make use of the Cross-border Directive, enabling me to have it anywhere in the EU (sadly, no longer in the UK.)

    All has gone well, considering. No hard border, and I've put down roots here. I don't even mind the weather any more. But I'm flying to the UK next week so my concern was getting in with as much ease as possible, so flying from Belfast to avoid hassles. Returning to Dublin. If I have to quarantine afterwards so be it. I can do that.


  4. 18 minutes ago, keith2011 said:

     Not sure how that works in the ROI but birth in the UK does not automatically qualify the child as a UK citizen, not sure whether that is the case here or not, maybe someone can confirm her actual status in that respect.


    My step-brother was born in Scotland in 1964 and was able to get UK citizenship without a hitch later on, when he moved back as a teenager after living in Guyana, and now lives there; his parents were/are both Guyanese and never lived in the UK, they were on Long Leave at the time. I don't know if things have changed since then. Just my 2c for what they are worth.



  5. 13 hours ago, emkay said:



    Not sure if I remember correctly, did @arunadasi send her children to boarding school in the UK?


    12 hours ago, optimista said:

    Yes, she did. Her old alma mater. To transformational effect.



    Yes, I did, but not to my alma mater, which was in Harrogate. I sent them both to St Bede's in Eastbourne (now Bede's). My son had ADD problems before he went, my daughter was dyslexic. Both were helped enormously so that they graduated problem free. Funny, I haven't checked into TT for months and then I come as if summoned!

    (Edited to add: read the whole thread now. Good luck OP.)


    I sent my son to boarding school when he was ten. I can't remember much about the paperwork but we definitely still got Kindergeld. By the time my daughter was ready to go, also aged ten, I went with her so she was a day student. We lived just around the corner and came back to Germany in the holidays. She wasn't really the boarding type. Both have good memories of UK schools and say it was much, much better.



  6. 39 minutes ago, catjones said:


    Future TT post:  "Lawyer sends me a bill after 2 years.  Do I have to pay it?"


    Also, my accountant never sent me a bill for doing last year's tax calculation (2018). I sent her the docs for 2019 recently and reminded her about the overdue invoice. She said she'll do both together now. I'm not used to this kind of attitude.


  7. Frankly, not much has changed in this supposedly stricter lockdown. People wear masks in the shops and supermarkets, but that's about it. Lots of non-essential shops are still open, and the streets are not dead as they were in the first lockdown. 
    My daughter's about to deliver and after that I'll move in with her for child care. There are no border controls, no sign of any weirdness. She is still on the other side and will be there for the next two years. There are a few signs in Northern Ireland near the border saying No Hard Brexit and such, but people seem to be just waiting and seeing. I'm not aware of any panic; but then, I hardly see anyone except close family and supermarket cashiers. 


  8. Bumping this thread because I have a result!

    First of all, I decided to let it go to court.
    The first court date I got was in April, and it was postponed twice due to Covid. So the date was this morning, 10.30.
    I'd decided to hire a lawyer. I know a lovely lawyer just five minutes walk from my home, whom I'd met earlier this year in another matter. I went to him just after lockdown opened so I was one of his first clients after lockdown and it was all a bit disorganised -- he really is lovely, which is not a work I've ever used on a German lawyer!!! He practically chatted to me for an hour; looked up Guyana on the computer screen, asked me about it, told me about his experiences in French Africa, gave me advice about where to live in the area, told me a bit about the Troubles, all in this cosy Irish accent. But lots of folk here are like this. Loads of time for chats.

    I'd asked him about the speeding charge back then and he said he didn't represent that kind of case. That the judge usually gives lenient sentences to murder cases and draconian sentences to minor traffic stuff, but he'd help. He is actually a prosecutor, but for murder stuff.
    He did a power of attorney for me and said it wasn't worth the paper it was written on because anybody could buy a stamp and attach a few ribbons to it.

    Anyway.  They did iin fact refer me to a different lawyer who gave me a spot of advice, but when it actually came to court Barry (that's his name) did represent me.


    What a morning! They made us stand outside in the cold for half an hour before a locked door, only allowing lawyers and staff and Garda in, and then I sat outside the courtroom for a further hour. Barry kept rushing to and fro, told me when I go to the witness stand I should just say I'd moved home, that was all; that I never got the first speeding offence notice. Lots of people, mostly Garda, in face-masks milling about; it all seemed rather chaotic.


    A bit disappointing as I had prepared a whole case with lots of evidence and arguments.

    I was finally called in. It was over in 2 seconds. I had to go to the witness box, sanitise my hands, pick up the Bible and swear on it to tell the truth. They established that I wasn't living at the old address the notice was sent to. A second later they were waving me to go away.
    They weren't interested in the fact that I wasn't the driver. Just that I'd moved home before the offence and didn't get the letter.

    I went outside and Barry came out and said I was being sent to prison for 14 years but he'd visit me there.

    And then he laughed and said the case was dismissed and I should drop the €50 into his office. Which I did. I didn't get a receipt; I didn't last time, either.
    So I basically saved myself €110. Nice!

    Sorry to ramble on a bit instead of just saying that last bit. I just find the way things are done over here so interesting! The other lawyer never charged me, btw.



  9. Has anyone posted Knives Out? I saw it in the cinema and it is fantastic -- a real whodunnit!

    Th einterview with Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Craig in the next video is also great. I think I'll watch it again.


    It's now on Amazon Prime:



  10. 2 hours ago, BethAnnBitt said:

    Too Funny.  :D  Woman's Attraction to Chandeliers Is Not a Sexual Orientation, Ruling Says


    I read that a few days ago -- it is hilarious! Was going to post it here but forgot. What times we are living in! Somewhere there is a judge which would have let her win -- I've seen stranger things.


  11. 1 hour ago, Nerdbloke said:

    I suspect it is blocked online if you are non-resident in that you have to put your address in online and a "foreign" postcode will not be accepted (a German one will not for instance as I have tried it).


    I actually think I phoned somebody at HMRC once to say that I couldn't fill in the form as I had a foreign postcode.  I can't remember exactly what she said, but she told me to do something or other and I got in after that.

    But in the end they don't really care. My rental income is under the threshold and I don't pay any tax so maybe they really just ignore it.


  12. 45 minutes ago, bramble said:


    Yes, this is of topic, but to clarify, it's true that the Deutsche Rentenversicherung wants anual confirmation that you are still alive when living as a pensioner abroad, but it's not their fault that Ireland and Britain don't have a registry system, which would make things a lot easier. Taking someone's word for it is simply not enough. Here's a site, with info on all this:


    Well, they know I am living at that address because they send my my post there. If I didn't live there, I wouldn't have received the letter. So I just fill in the address by myself, and the Consulate has always accepted that without further proof. On the Beamten document there is a box to tick to state your marital status and I always tick "widowed"; the Consulate adds a handwritten note to say they cannot verify this and it is based on my own say-so. That is their only caveat.








    Well, why won't they do it? The German Rentenversicherung will accept it:



    I did try once. I was sent from pillar to post and ended up at some office near the police station. The lady there was extremely suspicious. She said, I don't know you at all! I've never seen you! How can I sign this thing to verify your identity! I won't sign it! I have to consult with my superior! 

    The bank wouldn't go near it. They don't sign papers they are not familiar with, even though there is an English translation on the document. Trust me, I'd do this if I could!

    I ended up going back to Dublin.




  13. Yes, she had a standard contract, but she's long gone. Someone else took over as Hauptmieter. Since it was a really nice flat, and there was no end of students to choose from, and most students get their parents to underwrite their contract, she felt it was OK. Well, I should say I felt it was OK since I underwrote her contract, that is, I paid it directly to the landlady and daughter paid me back!


  14. 1 hour ago, bramble said:



    In the cases mentioned above you have to apply for a Meldebescheinigung which is valid from 3 months to 1 year. The last time I needed a Meldebescheinigung was for a Lebensbescheinigung (life certificate), which the British Pension Service wanted as proof that I was still alive. This was about 2 or 3 years ago.  




    Off-topic, but that Lebensbescheinigung will be the death of me, no pun intended.  The various German pension services requires it every year. I have to go to the Embassy in Dublin to get it. The problem is I have three separate German pensions (Beamten, normal, public service) and they each require their own Bescheinigung every year! This year I got the Embassy to make copies of the original so I could use those, but no, each of these want their own document, meaning I have to go 3 times as they come at different times of the year. When the public service one refused to accept the Beamten one I wrote them to say I can't go to Dublin during lockdown and they agreed to wait.
    I know they say you can get it signed by other institutions such as bank, police etc. I tried this but nobody would do it.


    As there is no such thing as an Anmeldung in Ireland, they take my word for it that I live at the given address. At least they can confirm that I am alive, which is the main thing!


  15. My daughter went through this in Freising a couple years ago. At first she was subletting from the main tenant, in a three-woman WG. But then the Hauptmieterin finished her studies and moved out, so my daughter became the main tenant, and she got to choose her flatmates. As long as you feel able to deal with the landlady yourself, no problem. Daughter had to pay the entire rent, which was something under 900, and collect rent from the others.