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  1. Why are you happy today?

    Blimey @emkay that's some achievement, particularly in G8, you (and she of course) must be very proud. Was she in the German system throughout, or did she spend time in UK/International schools beforehand?
  2. Hairfall clinic.

    I (now) like it too, but it took a few comments until I realised he was just balding. Mind you, I also assumed "microblading" was a type of sport (possibly one which involves a sort of small wakeboard, which seems to somehow float above the water). "Hairfall" makes going bald sound very dramatic though, so I'm guessing its an attempted translation. Let's hope the OP doesn't have dodgy guts or we'll all be hearing about his Throughfall.  
  3. Freelancer with EU clients who have no VAT ID

    In fairness to @raymundo it sounds like he might be reverse charging: that is, he sends net invoices from Germany to his UK clients, with a note informing them that they should pay VAT to the UK authorities. However, if the UK entity is not VAT registered he won't be able to reverse charge, which I believe woudl leave him with no option than to just add 19% to his invoice and pay it to the Finanzamt in his return.
  4. Where to purchase chickens?

    I used to keep knackered "old" ex-barn hens in the UK, and the Germans run a similar re-homing scheme: https://www.rettet-das-huhn.de/aktuelles/aktueller-aufruf/ They turn up missing a lot of feathers and can't even walk around particularly well (just because battery farms were outlawed in the UK and Germany years ago, doesn't actually mean they are running around the fields all day). In just a few weeks though they look nice, and are happy, and (because they are ex-barn hens) they will still lay a prodigious amount of eggs (we'd get around 5 eggs per week, per hen). Sadly, ours only ever lasted a year or two, and that seemed to be fairly typical - I think it may be because barns often operate fake day/night lighting to make them lay more frequently, but which ages them). At least they had a decent last couple of years though.  
  5. Moving back to Germany - location & schools

    I guess heading towards Bonn will be your friend then: Deutsche Telekomland, international schools in Bonn and Cologne. Don't want to flog a dead horse with the school system, but buying your oldest kid a bit of familiarity for a few years with English qualifications could lead to him spending the rest of his life trying to explain the equivalent levels to German unis and employers...of course, there's the international baccalaureate, but that would be a change from GCSEs too.  I'm biased of course (and like living in the middle of nowhere), but there are bits of the Eifel which aren't too far from Bonn/Cologne (the nearest town to me, Bad Muenstereifel, even has a Gymnasium which offers a bilingual Abi and a direct, if very slow, train to Bonn). Somewhere like Rheinbach always seems quite nice when I drive through, isn't expensive to rent/buy, and is well connected to Bonn.         
  6. Moving back to Germany - location & schools

    ...and is the move intended to be permanent? If so, you may even wish to reconsider the decision in respect of British/International schools. One assumes your kids will want to integrate at some stage, and local schools would certainly help with that.
  7. Ha, yes I remember this thread from last year, and thinking at the time that you came across as too desperate, and as though your attempts to find "the one" resembled a hunting expedition. The line below suggests too little has changed (it reads way more like a fishing trip than a genuine attempt at starting a relationship): The thing about building a social circle, was to get a social life: make/meet friends and have a good time. It wasn't meant to be a trap for young, single women! The additional benefit for you would be that by increasing your social circle you might also (as a by product, not as an aim) meet someone who wanted a relationship with you, or meet people who knew someone who might want a relationship with you.  So: find something sociable that you like doing and do it. That way, the worst that will happen is that you will enjoy yourself.  Don't be so desperate for a relationship.
  8. Why are you happy today?

    Out walking the dog this morning and saw the eagle owl was enjoying the morning sunshine. Yesterday evening its three chicks were outside playing too.
  9. Car affordability - best brands, age

    Words I never thought I'd write - don't buy a car, you don't need to. You said you only want the car for occasional trips, you live in Berlin and have a very modest budget. If that budget reflects all you have to spend on a car, then it's really not financially sensible. Don't forget that in addition to the purchase price you have got insurance, tax, servicing, HU, a spare set of tyres (and changing/storing costs unless you have time and space to do it yourself) and parking. With your budget, you may also run into issues with getting something "green" enough to use in Berlin.  Financially, it looks like you'd be way better off renting a decent size vehicle as and when you needed it. Sure, it's a bit of a pain going and hiring a car, but it's a lot less time intensive to visit a hire company a few times a year (or even once a month) than have to deal with the garage visits to maintain the older car you are considering buying. I bet you'd find the rental costs way less than the annual upkeep costs of the vehicle - that means you could spend the 2.5-5k you were looking to spend on a car on something else instead. If (as people often like to do) you would prefer to ignore that advice, then I would suggest that in your price bracket you go ugly and go for something like a Citroen Berlingo. There are tonnes of them about (Peugeot and Fiat do their own versions of the same car), and you'd be amazed how much stuff you can get in one - WAY more than in any estate/station wagon.   https://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=297166081&cn=DE&damageUnrepaired=NO_DAMAGE_UNREPAIRED&fuels=PETROL&gn=Berlin&isSearchRequest=true&ll=52.516071%2C13.37698&makeModelVariant1.makeId=5900&makeModelVariant1.modelId=5&maxPrice=4000&pageNumber=1&rd=10&scopeId=C&sfmr=false&fnai=next&searchId=b907b5ec-fbd1-44be-84d9-19b5cde879b1  
  10. What made you smile today?

    ticket to ride  
  11. Coronavirus

    The background is HMRC's comments in respect of furlough payments in the UK. The concept behind the payments is that public funds are available to reimburse companies who otherwise would not be able to fund employee costs. Companies aren't entitled to pay dividends to shareholders unless they can cover their running costs (which would include payroll). So, if a company claims furlough reimbursement from the government, and shortly thereafter pays dividends to its shareholders, then HMRC will have a case for clawing back the furlough payments from the company.  Contractors relying on dividends as remuneration (which would be typical for psc contractors in the UK), aren't claiming furlough payments in any event, and so are less likely to be subject to a claim from HMRC for reimbursement.
  12. German Toilet Paper

    Point taken, but it's an image I'd rather not have thought about! In fact, it wasn't an issue which had ever crossed my mind beforehand.   
  13. German Toilet Paper

    @fraufruit and @arunadasi did you install them yourselves or get someone to do it for you? I was wondering what wiring them up to the electricity was like. I was considering using a hose attachment to the water inlet for the toilet cistern, which would require no electricity at all: just a readiness to accept using a cold water hose on your backside. Suffice to say, Mrs dstanners was not so keen on the idea, and as toilet paper seems to have returned (even in the Eifel) the project isn't currently high priority.
  14. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Dog based sports to get through the Corona boredom, courtesy of sports commentator Andrew Cotter:   ...and a classic Labrador eat-off: https://twitter.com/MrAndrewCotter/status/1243539675031232519?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1243539675031232519&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Flifeandstyle%2F2020%2Fapr%2F10%2Fcoronavirus-stars-bbc-sports-commentator-andrew-cotters-dogs-olive-and-mabel-go-viral  
  15. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Last night my sister told me that there were folk outside the hospital where Boris Johnson is staying, giving him a clap. What the h@ll is this current UK obsession with clapping? I get that when, say, George Best died, rather than half a minute's silence at the stadium, it was a more fitting gesture for fans to give a minute's standing applause...but for when someone is ill? I can't think of a more useless idea. Perhaps the future Tory health policy (post-Corona austerity anyone?) will lead to doctors in critical wards saying: "well, we could try a transfusion, or possibly defibrillation...or, perhaps it's best if we just stand outside the door and give him a jolly good round of applause."