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  1. Implications of refusing to work Xmas

    You're lucky to be on a full year contract. We turn a blind eye to the fact that you outsource almost all of "your work", but listen Santa, Xmas Eve and Xmas Day are YOUR days. Stick your costume on, get the sleigh ready and suck it up. You can put your feet up again on 26 December. ....sorry, couldn't resist...
  2. What's got you flummoxed today?

    I had to pretend to Kid 2 that I'd got the teams mixed up, after I accidentally cheered when Japan equalised. Japan deserved it. Germany looked like they could have played all day without scoring unless they picked up a penalty. Seeing how Spain are playing (7-0 and counting), Germany are on course to be out of the tournament by Sunday.  
  3. That strikes me as an odd request. It would help to know the reason/background? As @kathdonn mentioned, joining a sports club is one of the best ways for non-German speaking kids to learn the language. Football in particular is a great integrator (without wishing to paraphrase Fifa). Pretty sure every single team my kids have played for and against in Germany have had a few non-native speakers.   If your wish is just for your kids to meet other English speakers, then an expat sport is likely to be your friend. Years ago a mate of mine played rugby for Munich, and at the time it was pretty much only English speakers. They have clubs for all ages:  Home < MRFC
  4. getting into gymnasium from year in us

    This week Kid 2 (in year 4) received a Gymnasium recommendation, so secondary school applications are a current issue for me.    There are the obvious points about disrupting your child's development (languages, friendships etc) by moving countries for such a relatively short period of time which aren't likely to help them academically, but I trust you've weighed up those issues already. Fundamentally, missing the fourth year of primary school German writing/grammar will put him behind, so that is something you would need to work on in addition to him settling in to a US school.   Dealing purely with the application/recommendation then, I can say from experience that it is far easier to get a child into a gymnasium (or whichever school is right for them) if they have been in the standard German system. The secondary schools will usually be familiar with the primary schools, and the recommendations prepared by those schools and the grade reports for the different subjects. However, it is not impossible.   Kid 1 did not have the standard background. He was at a Waldorf school, where there are no grades, and kids usually stay straight through for all 13 years, so the teachers aren't familiar with letters of recommendation, and couldn't provide a list of grade reports for standard subjects. However, he ended up at the preferred gymnasium (he was also offered a place at another gymnasium too). What we did/what happened: 1) spoke with his primary school teacher, to see what school she would recommend in the circumstances (the recommendation is likely to be harder in the US, where they might be unfamiliar with the tiered secondary school system in Germany, but they should still be able to give you an honest appraisal of your child's performance). 2) asked the teacher to provide a written report for our son, which we could show to the gymnasium (she also agreed to speak with the school if necessary). 3) called the schools we wanted to view, and arranged to look around them, at the same time of year as applications from German primary school children (this might require you to return for a few days). 4) our son was interviewed by the schools. 5) we received an offer at the same time as other primary school children received theirs (I believe it was just before Easter).   So, it can be done, but it will require you to take an active role, and probably call and visit the schools (with your child) in person. Don't underestimate the additional burden on your child though. Hope that helps.        
  5. What made you laugh today?

    Major non-league transfer rumour: ‘It just makes sense’: Ashton United make cheeky Erling Haaland loan bid | Erling Haaland | The Guardian
  6. Airfryers

    Thanks for the link @kiplette, so that was a different type of Ninja beast altogether. How odd that they make so many different types of machine to do broadly similar types of cooking. The Ninja products generally seem to score well on the independent review sites I've seen though (BBC, good housekeeping etc). I think I'll need input from my wife as to which "Foodi" version to buy (the air fryer based one with two buckets, the one that looks like a small oven/grill, or this new-to-me pressure cooker type one). Decisions, decisions. @mgr what sort are you going for?   
  7. Airfryers

    Ok, this will seem a daft question (just trying to make sure I am comparing apples with apples), but do you mean like this one (which just has air frying as an option):  Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 XL Multifunktionsofen DT200EU ? or more like this (which is an air fryer which seems to offer other functions):  Ninja Foodi MAX Dual Zone Heißluftfritteuse AF400EU ? This thread has sold me on the concept, I'm just trying to figure out which sort to get: the Ninja website seems particularly unhelpful.
  8. Airfryers

    I like the idea that one of these could replace an oven entirely, but some of the comments on the thread suggest that it may be suitable for smaller meals or for a couple only. I've taken a look online (like the Ninja Max XL and Ninja Speedy) but they refer to the capacity in quarts, which I can see is roughly a litre. However, it is hard to think of many meals in purely liquid terms. Would that be big enough for a roast dinner for a family of four for example? I'm struggling to think how something that small could allow for a tray of roast potatoes, large roasting joint, yorkshire puddings etc, or is it so fast you could make each part one after the other? How about baking a decent-sized loaf of bread?    
  9. BREXIT positives and negatives

    I disagree. There were a few Labour Brexiters, but the majority (and party line) wanted remain. Labour are just afraid to say they are unhappy with the decision. A sensible move would be for them to propose rejoining the single market and customs union (effectively the Norway/Swiss model) whilst remaining a non-EU country. Of course, that isn't as good as being a full member of the EU (no rebate, no say in new rules/regulations), but it would allow them to solve the Irish border issue, massively help those UK businesses that want to trade with the EU, and most importantly (politically) they could still claim to be outside the EU. The "cost" would doubtless be the reintroduction of free movement, but I would expect the majority in the UK have now seen the folly of the restriction on movement anyway.    
  10. Seems trite, but is it dark enough where they are stored? Sounds as though light must be getting in somehow. Alternatively, had you rubbed the earth off the skins prior to leaving them to dry for a day or so after harvest?   Leaving them in straw or paper is what I do too, and yes, they should last over the winter.
  11. Darwin Awards

    @HH_Sailor I know it's mean to laugh, but I couldn't help but notice the accident occurred whilst he was driving to a funeral. Was there any news on whether the funeral was for one of his friends who also died from a head injury due to not wearing a helmet? 
  12. Working on garden leave

    Your employer supposedly wants you on garden leave to keep you out of the market. As long as they are paying you for this, there is no problem in them doing so. Volunteering for your new employer is definitely NOT keeping out of the market.  Acting in bad faith will sour your relationships with your outgoing employer - you never know what the future will hold of if/how your paths with them (or any of their remaining employees) will cross. So right now your employer is paying for you to sit at home and do nothing. Just enjoy it. The extra month will pass in no time at all.   Any decent new employer will understand that good staff often have restrictions upon joining. In fact, you can see it as a sign that you are a decent hire, that your current employer is desperate for you not to start working with a competitor straight away.   Oh, and breaking covenants is soooo easily found out. Some of the ones I've had to deal with include: 1) updated Linkedin account with new employer; 2) old company client accidentally emailing old employee via his previous email address; 3) old company client including old employee's new company email address in a list to all suppliers (i.e. including old employer); 4) old company client contact congratulating old employee on his new role with new employer; 5) Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter photos of ex-client meetings, with old employee in attendance...I could go on, but you get the idea.   If your new employer is not a competitor of your current employer, and if you will be working in a completely different market, then speak to your current employer again and ask them to be more reasonable with you (to the extent that paying you to do nothing is already not unreasonable).        
  13. Transfer huge amount (> 50000 EUR)

    Well, it is likely to depend upon where you are sending the money. You might be able to use wise.com (formerly Transferwise). I use them all the time and it has always worked fine for me, including for large transactions: in fact, using them for larger transactions will save you a significant sum.   
  14. Jules Verne Campus bilingual school in Munich

    From my experience, state schools in nice areas are good. State schools in rougher areas, not so much. I am assuming you would only want to live in a nice area anyway (it would seem exceptional for someone to embark on an expat life if doing so meant they would have to live in a rough area).   State primary schools will definitely be familiar with dealing with children from non-German backgrounds. I live in a very traditional, rural area, but even here there are several children in each primary class who do not have German as a mother tongue. In my youngest son's class, there are a couple of kids from Iraq and Syria, and a Ukranian, which is a pattern likely to be seen throughout German classes. There are also two kids who spoke Spanish as a first language, and of course my son was considered a non-native speaker at Kindergarten (these days it's only his surname, and tendency to wear England sports attire that would hint at a mixed background).   If you intend to make a life for yourselves over here, then it will help your kids integrate in your new area if they go to the same school as their neighbours. Most importantly - try to help them speaking German asap. German books, TV, films and radio. Your kids are also of an age when they might start or already be in sports teams. That is a great way for them to mix with other kids (which is by far the fastest way for them to learn German...even if you don't always like the language/phrases they come home with).  
  15. Has Kwasi just destroyed the UK economy?

    Crazy economics. Looks like the UK is in for a short-lived, inflationary bit of growth for the wealthy. Liz and Kwasi were claiming that they don't like the idea that a government should have a redistributive purpose. However, it is hard to see accepting higher public debt to the benefit of the wealthy as anything other than redistributing income....just that this time the shift is in favour of the already wealthy. I guess they are gambling on the trickle-down benefits that have been shown to work so well in....oh hang on, there aren't any examples of that.   A comment from Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies: Worth repeating. Take all the tax changes coming in over next few years and: If your income is < £155k, you lose If your income is > £155k you win If your income > £1m you gain more than £40,000