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  1. Cheddar cheese from Lidl and elsewhere

    Sure, but is Wyke even half as good? My boys and I have agreed a strict ration of one Butterbrot mit "Orkney cheddar" per day after getting through the first two packets on day one (they are only small 200g packets though) so we still haven't opened the Wyke. If it's even in the same ball park as the Snowdonia stuff, it'll be a real treat.
  2. Cheddar cheese from Lidl and elsewhere

    Like the proverbial London bus, you wait bl00dy ages for cheddar to turn up (even "Island Cheddar")...so, this evening, REWE here in the glorious (but generally cheddar lacking) Eifel, finally put some "Wyke" on the shelves. After the fairly positive reviews above, I can't wait to try it out. As for all this talk of Wensleydale with cranberries and Stilton with (GOD NO!) apricots, well, I can only suggest you take a good long look in the mirror, and have some very serious words with yourselves. Cheese and fruit can of course work, but on plates next to each other, you savages. Blimey, talk about an end product being less than the sum of its parts. Anyway, too happy with the fridge full of cheddar to rant too much about mixed cheeses...or even the fact that around here the punters have all gone toilet roll crazy again.    
  3. Don't forget temp agencies. Like them or hate them, they are a great source for finding unskilled opportunities quickly. You'll be best off with a generalist, randstad or michael page/page personnel jump to mind. Take a CV and a copy of your passport and go to their offices in person, rather than just sending them an email/applying online. The folk in the office should be able to speak English, and will be able to help you apply for any vacancies. Also, for generalist work which could be done by any number of people on their database (say conveyor belt in a factory etc) if they have seen you, they are more likely to put you forward first. A quick google search tells me that Randstad have an office on Koenigstrasse 56 in Stuttgart. If you are currently not working, it would make a lot of sense to pop by: it's only a 10-15 minute walk from the Hauptbahnhof. Good luck.
  4. Cheddar cheese from Lidl and elsewhere

    Even the idea of that got my mouth watering. I'd just love the opportunity, blindfold or not.
  5. Cheddar cheese from Lidl and elsewhere

    After spending most of the last two weeks hanging outside various Lidl's like a crack addict looking to exchange food vouchers for cash, finally Orkney cheddar turned up in the Eifel (no such luck with any of the "crunchy cheddar" though, let alone "vintage"). After polishing off both a (very small) block of the plain and red Leicesterish versions straight away, I can confirm that...it's ok. Not great, barely good, but ok, and definitely passable as a mild cheddar. I'll definitely go back for more. It is too smooth (no crunch at all) to be good, but has just enough tang to accompany marmite or pickle (I'm on my last jars of both).  It was a good end to the day though, because half way through the morning I finished off my supply of Twiglets, and there are absolutely no more of those on the horizon.   
  6. Buying a new car Need your advice

    The 2016 car has full service history, main dealer maintained ("scheckheftgepflegt bei Audi") so a simple look at the documents should confirm the mileage.  
  7. stolz sein = proud??

    Here in the glorious Eifel, Stolz is just the same as pride. I feel the OP has missed the point that "pride" in English can be both positive and negative. Being proud of my son if he scores a goal is positive, but describing someone as being "a proud person" is not a compliment. The latter pride in both English and (at least Eifel) German is crossing into arrogance. Likewise, if someone is "too proud" to do something (for example, help tidy away), that would be negative in English or German. Generally, if pride/Stolz is linked to an achievement  it would be positive, but even then (using the example of my son scoring a goal), if I went on and on about it, that could turn a positive pride/Stolz into a negative (crossing into arrogance/showing off). Even in English you can imagine the stress on "so" with: "That Dad's just SO proud of his son".     
  8. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Why has das Erste decided to run three consecutive episodes of Babylon Berlin back to back? It's a really good show, so I'm flummoxed as to why they want to get the whole series out the way in just a few evenings. It isn't as though there is an absolute glut of quality original drama to show.  Oh, and my neighbours have just put up their Xmas decorations. 
  9. Your instructor sounds like a d:ck, get a different one. Also, don't book your test just yet: it sounds like you're putting yourself under pressure too. Just practice driving without thinking of the exam for a few weeks, and then ask your instructor whether they think you will pass.  According to Google, this guy is in your area and has good reviews:  fahrschule-matutis.de  
  10. Obscure car brands

    Got side tracked thinking about those unrestricted rally cars. It was Group B (supercharged AND turbocharged engines), and for those of us growing up with it, this was rally racing at its best (plenty of Lancias in this clip of the group B cars the season before they were banned) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWfWnUJkpWY
  11. Obscure car brands

    Ok then, Lancias. As @HH_Sailor mentioned, the market for them in the UK collapsed in the early 80s, because of rust problems, to such an extent they gave up making UK models. They had another bash about 10 years ago, rebadging them as Chrysler, but that didn't work either. As for their cars, the Stratos was and is (if you can find one) a thing of amazing speed and beauty, and the 4WD Delta Integrale was just an awesome rally car in the 80s (that unrestrained era when the cars half flew and half sort of bounced around the tracks). I saw both absolutely monstering along at the Daun Classic Rally a couple of years ago, but they probably aren't the Lancias you are looking at. About 15 years ago I drove a Lancia Lybra, which was a bit like a Ford Mondeo. Unspectacular but it did the job. I think they share parts with Fiat/Alfa, so you might be ok if you are looking at that sort of age car. I think they are an Italian only brand now, so you might struggle for spare parts on any new models.
  12. Buying a house in Germany

    You old romantic! I'm not great at this stuff either, but I reckon you probably shouldn't include that sentence when popping the question.
  13. What made you laugh today?

    After speaking with a mate of mine in Azerbaijan and hearing very worrying war concerns, a frankly embarrassing US "presidential" debate, an idiotic IMS bill being approved in the UK, and even noticing the Brexit thread on TT deteriorating to two camps calling each other names, I finally managed to pick up on a story with a positive outcome: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/sep/28/solved-when-does-24-jack-bauer-go-to-the-toilet 
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    Blimey @murphaph, whilst (as a remain voter) I have often agreed with your comments on this topic, you seem to be going a fair way off the mark. Sure there were racists who voted to leave., but as someone who lived in a strong remain area, the main justifications I heard were more along the lines that this was a protest vote. There are huge numbers of people in the UK (particularly coastal towns where I'm from) who felt 1) that whilst much of the UK (particularly London and the south east) had become wealthy over the past 40 years, not much of that was being seen in their areas and 2) that they felt they had been and were being completely ignored by the political establishment. Those two factors seemed to be the main reasons (from my personal experience only) why people took the chance to vote "against" the establishment. The fact that the issue was leaving the EU wasn't material. There were other reasons in other areas/demographics, but for many "normal" (for a leave voter!) people, those were key that I heard. Of course every country (including Ireland) has its share of racists, and the UK also has more than its share of 70+ colonial daydreamers.   To say that suggesting there were reasons other than racism for the leave vote is some how analogous with Nazi appeasers in the 1930a is insulting and wrong. Just to clarify, I am also not stating that the justifications above hold water (as a remain voter, I obviously don't believe they do), but they were genuinely held beliefs.    Indeed, I would go so far as to say that there was an immediate precedent for a referendum outcome being unrelated to the subject matter: the vote to keep first past the post was taken as an opportunity to give Nick Clegg / The Libdems a kick, rather than a vote of confidence in the electoral system.
  15. The Vent - No Chat!

    Bl00dy hell Fritz not again. I was upstairs for a minute, no more. Vets bills are now almost up to a grand. I know it itches, but LEAVE THE BLOODY SCAB ALONE, you absolute f@cking idiot. Can it really be the case, that if a dog is left in the wild with any sort of cut, it will just scratch it own self to death? After showing the vet for the third week running, that THIS TIME, it really has almost heeled, you're now lying at my feet, completely oblivious to the literally bl00dy, pussy mess from your neck now sticking to my legs (and the sofa), whilst you lie asleep snoring and farting. So now we're back to stage one. Well done, you stupid, lovely, irritating bloody creature.