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  1. 1 hour ago, LeonG said:


    When you stop paying, first they block you from making outgoing calls and after a while longer they block it completely and at some point they might issue it to someone else.  When that time comes and whoever gets your sons old number decides to activate whatsapp on it, whatsapp will send an sms code to that persons phone to allow them to log in.  Your son will then get logged out from his whatsapp as another device has logged in and the person who activated it will start to get his messages.  Hence it might be a good idea for him to change his whatsapp number to a number that is under his control.  Just saying.


    He actually has a second phone with an Irish sim, so not really a big deal. He uses it (the german one) to talk to his daughter mostly.

    I just wanted to explain how it is possible to have a German number from a foreign country.


  2. On 3/30/2020, 6:55:49, tiocfaidh said:

    I was yesterday scammed for something I bought on eBay.

    The user even had a German phone number and used whatsapp and even called me to confirm the details. I then sent the payment over palpay only to release he is a scam and never replied anymore.



    If you lived in Germany even for a short while, had a mobile, and then moved away, you keep your German number till the contract expires or you cancel it. I and both my kids had functioning German mobile numbers long after we had moved to Ireland. Finally the last expired (after cancellation two years previously!) last October. It was a pain to keep paying the contract, and they tried to convince me not to cancel -- "you still get free calls within the EU" etc -- but I insisted.

    So, it is possible.


    Oh -- and my son kept his German whatsapp even after the phone contract was cancelled. He can still use it via internet, though he can't make calls with the number.


  3. Well, I was sick of all the doomsday and war videos I'd been watching so I looked for something warmhearted, funny, light, romantic.

    I'm very hard to please and if something is fluffy/corny/unfunny/trying too hard/has Adam Sandler in it, I leave after five minutes. I left quite a few movies in the last couple days. Then last night I found Love Marriage Repeat, and really enjoyed it. I suppose it's because I am myself heartily sick of daft twats interrupting serious conversations! Story of my life.


  4. Actually John, it was definitely less than 20 years ago so you're right. It would have been with a camera phone.

    I'm really losing track of time. It could have been about 10 years ago. It was surprising, because she is not one of those very uptight Germans, in fact she was a bubbly, happy-go-lucky type normally  -- and half Greek, possibly!

    I use past tense because in the end we had to let go of her for our yearly meetings, she was far too unreliable.


    Mostly, "third world" people are quite eager to have their photo taken, aren't they!


  5. I guess it is this:



    Das Recht am eigenen Bild oder Bildnisrecht ist eine besondere Ausprägung des allgemeinen Persönlichkeitsrechts. Es besagt, dass jeder Mensch grundsätzlich selbst darüber bestimmen darf, ob und in welchem Zusammenhang Bilder von ihm veröffentlicht werden. Im anglo-amerikanischen Raum ist das Recht am eigenen Bild weitaus freier gestaltet als im deutschen Rechtsraum



    Yes, the law is about publishing someone's photo, but I suppose some people take it far more personally. They want you to ask permission first.


  6. No, it's actually older than that. Many years ago I was on a weekend holiday with some friends, one of them German -- when she arrived in her car, I waved at her from the balcony as she approached the house and aimed my camera at her, to take a spontaneous photo. She immediately raised a hand and said no, quite crossly, mumbled something about "Recht auf das eigene Privatsphere" or something like that. I actually think she used another word than Privatsphere but I can't think of it right now -- maybe Abbildung or something.)


  7. 7 hours ago, fraufruit said:

    I started watching Pandemic on NF last night and I must say it is pretty interesting, especially at this time.


    I watched the first episode. It's almost prophetic at the beginning, isn't it -- it's as if it was made last week!

    I'll be watching more episodes for sure.



    5 hours ago, HH_Sailor said:

    Netflix 'Doomsday Preppers'


    Around 8 years old.  They end each episode with 'the scenario expected by xxx is unlikely to happen according to experts so and so'.


    Odd feeling as some of them are prepping for an economic crisis.


    And of course armed looters...





    I started it on your recommendation. It seemed sensible at first -- I do believe in growing your own and a sustainable lifestyle, and my family has plans to

    one day have a little farm, grow veggies, and keep chickens -- my daughter already does some of that.

    But when they started with the guns and keeping everyone else out and "I'll shoot anyone who comes near" -- that's when I switched off,


  8. When I returned from the UK I had to make a lot of calls from Ireland, to arrange various things for the rental of my

    my flat: plumber, electrician, rubbish removal etc.

    When I bought a broadband plan (Vodafone)  for my flat, I selected broadband only, no phone; I thought my mobile would be enough, what with Skype, WhatsApp etc.

    So I did not order a landline plan. So I had to make all my UK calls from my mobile; big mistake. When I got the bill, it was over €50, presumably because UK is no longer EU; I hadn't realised this was already in place, otherwise I'd have used Skype, not free but cheaper.

    All international calls outside the EU  are usually pretty expensive.


    But then I discovered, when I went to the Vodafone website, that a thing called Broadband Voice was included in my  service plan. I'd never heard of this.

     I discovered that, unknown to me, I could install a landline directly through my router. No set up costs, no splitter devices to plug into the phone outlet etc.

     So I bought a simple Panasonic cordless landline phone, stuck the cable into the router (I did have to buy a different cable). And voila! it worked immediately. I got a separate landline number and can make any number of international calls for free, all under my existing Broadband-only service. It's really cool.

    I'm assuming this is also possible in Germany?? Or maybe everyone already knows this, in which case excuse my ignorance...




  9. 13 hours ago, catjones said:



    You are lamenting not knowing the future.  



    Nobody knows the future; that's what I'm trying to say, albeit badly, it seems.


    I'm not lamenting. It's simply a statement of fact. An observation. No feelings involved, certainly no "poor me" feelings.


  10.  I hope to buy property in Ireland this year. Prices might go down, they may stay stable, I don't know.

    I sold a property in Guyana but I have not got the money yet. I have to sign a power of attorney for someone else to complete the sale

    for me in Guyana but I can't because all the notaries are shut.

    I don't even know if I will get the money. Maybe the purchaser has gone broke due to CV19. Maybe he will die. I just don't know. I may never see it.

    I might hang in limbo for 4 years again, just as I did with the last sale, which couldn't be completed.

    The truth is: nobody knows anything, and it's stupid to pretend you do.

    Three months ago nobody had an inkling of where we would be today. Everyone was complacent in their plans and their projections and "where I see myself in five years time" nonsense. Fact is, we don't know.



  11. 9 minutes ago, john g. said:

    One of my definitions of wisdom is admitting we know nothing compared to what we could know and ADMIT it. That is wise because it accepts humility as a strength.

    An expert would ( should?) accept the more he/she knows, the less he/ she knows.

    True dat!🙏🏻
    Not aimed at anyone particular in this thread...


    One of the most well-known slogans in the world of writers,  when it comes to what will sell and what won't, is, "nobody knows anything". I have discovered that it's true.


  12. 8 minutes ago, mtbiking said:

    I partially disagree, my wealthy friends have been climbing the property ladder since more than a decade. The middle class, even the upper middle class, in germany has a certain attitude towards property ownership and investing which is definitely not shared by the wealthier ten to five percent of the country. This is my experience.


    I grant you that -- I don't know any really wealthy Germans, so I have no idea how they feel about property.
    (Actually I do know one of the wealthiest men in Germany, according to der Spiegel, or I used to know him. And as the owner of Scholss Elmau in Bavaria, he is certainly not moving up the property ladder! Back in the day I used to visit frequently.)


  13. 33 minutes ago, mtbiking said:

    , it’s been consistently reported that the wealthiest 10% or 5% in Germany own their homes. That may sound obvious, but I think it’s still relevant.





    Where I used to live, in a village about 45 minutes from Heidelberg, even the middle-class owned their own homes, and nice homes at that.

    For instance, my landlord and lady: a very nice, spacious, modern four bedroom, 2 bathroom home with an Einliegerwohnung and beautiful garden. He was a Hauptschule teacher, she was a nursery teacher.

    Next door, a policeman and his stay at home mum wife. A really beautiful home with a huge garden and swimming pool. 
    On the other side, a very large, modern wooden house with a fantastic garden. Both of them were Diakonie (church) employees, he as a carer for mentally disabled, she as a clerk of some kind. Admittedly, the land was gifted to them by her father.
    I could go on and on, but everyone I knew, all the middle-class families, were home-owners, many who had built from scratch and paid off the loan and still lived there after the kids had moved out. It's very common in this area.


    All of these people built their homes in the 80's and 90's with bank loans and now they are all paid off. They are not wealthy, but smug middle-class, very houseproud, gardening wives, some retirees, and have lived in their homes for decades. 

    In Germany, there is not this notion of "moving up the property ladder", buying as an investment to make money when you move up the ladder. They buy or build for themselves, and stay there all their lives, and leave their houses to their children when they pass on. They feel stable, secure, when their mortgage is paid off. That's it. They spend their money putting in a new kitchen from time to time,  renovating the bathrooms, or going on holidays.

    My landlady is already wondering what to do when her husband (in his 80s, two heart attacks already) passes on, as the house is much too big for her alone. She is thinking of moving into the downstairs flat. But then, she won't have space for all her grandchildren when they come to visit.

    This is typical "buergerliche" territory.



  14. 19 hours ago, Anna66 said:



    Netflix we watched the mini series "Unorthodox" which was also really good.




    I second this! Watched the whole series last night. Most of it is set in Berlin -- orthodox Jewish girl flees there from New York to escape the community.


    There's a part where she's googling to find information on how to find work as a newcomer to Berlin and I was half expecting Toytown to jump into

    her screen!


  15. 19 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

    I must confess that I binge watched The Tiger King on Netflix the other day and really liked it. Only 7 episodes. Everyone has been talking about it so I got sucked in. It's a true story and very bizarre.


    I've watched all of You and while far-fetched, I like it.




    I couldn't get into the 2nd series of YOU at all, though I liked the first. I might give it a second go. VERY far fetched!

    People are going on about Tiger King on FB but I refuse to watch it.


  16. OK, go for it!
    I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. Things I've watched recently and liked:


    Last night, a remake of The Whole Wide World with Renee Zellwanger and Vincent D'Onofrio (whom I'd never heard of before); a love story based on the real-life story of Robert Howard.

    Both lead actors were brilliant; I really enjoyed it, but kept falling asleep and may have missed parts of it. Amazon Prime


    Self Made: True story of a black woman who became the first female millionaire in the USA through marketing hair products. Excellent, even if you aren't into hair products! Netflix


    Our Kind of Traitor: loved it. Based on a book by John LeCarre. I've loved all his books and all the movies made of them, except The Little Drummer Girl, which was a series last year and I couldn't get into it. (There was an earlier movie of Little Drummer Girl which was filmed partly in Freiburg when I was studying there, and there was a call for people to apply to act in the crowd scenes. I came for the audition, but the place was so crowded I left again. I actually think they might have picked me, for diversity!) Anyway -- I really liked this film. LeCarre's work always has a very human element to it; the spy stories are not just blood and violence and war. They are moving.


    This might not be to everyone's taste, but I really enjoyed Greenleaf, a US series about a black mega-church with all the ingredients of a soap opera a la Dallas, money, intrigue, scandal etc. 


    I started binge watching a few series but gave up.  The first season of YOU was very good but I gave up on the second series. I started Ozark but couldn't really get into it.

    OK that's it for now. What are you people watching?



  17. 4 minutes ago, bramble said:



    What I'm trying to say is that @racerken is maybe doing something similar, in the process of coming to terms with the past albeit in a very entertaining way and sharing it all with us. 





    I did something like that right here on TT! Seeing the humour in these experiences helped a lot to process them. Some were pretty  horrible at the time, but looking back through the years and seeing myself as a character in a film helped me move past them and not bear any ill-will to anyone.