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  1. What are you listening to right now?

    Always good to see a mention of Priest, but I'm afraid you lost me with that particular song. If you're going to go for something without so the powerful vocals (and god knows why you would), then you can't get better than this classic which they performed at the Apollo a few years ago (I was there) :  
  2. Selling a car in Germany

    So, here's an update and a recommendation for people wanting to sell cars in Germany. I sold my car about two hours ago. I had the car advertised on mobile.de and ebay kleinanzeigen. After a lots of calls, and one guy who was about to buy it, but had messed me around a bit, I decided to book an appointment using mobile.de's Express verkauf system. It works a lot like wirkaufdeinauto, so I was sceptical that it'd be the usual BS of "we think your car is worth 100k" only to turn up and be offered €1. However, as it costs nothing to use (unlike the €400 minimum for abracar if your car sells!), and there was a garage only 20 minutes from me, I decided to give it a go. The indicative price was about what I was asking, and the appointment was made for just an hour later. Usual bit of haggling with the seller (lots of grimacing when looking at the tyres/brakes etc), and he made an offer just a few hundred €s less than the "indicative" price. After a bit of haggling (me showing other cars on mobile.de, and all the receipts for the work I had done), we actually ended up €300 OVER the "indicative" price. So: all in all a good result, and I can thoroughly recommend the Express verkauf on mobile.de.    Typically, a minute after I'd left the garage, the guy who had been messing me around turned up at my house with the cash. It would have been €100 less than I got with the express verkauf anyway, and I'm sure he was the sort of buyer who'd have wanted to complain weeks later if the brakes were wearing out or the tyre tread was reducing.    I'll miss my daily chat with a bloke in Bosnia though: he kept telling me he would get a bus from Bosnia to my house. He wasn't put off by 1) the fact that I live half way up a mountain in the middle of a national park, 2) that there wouldn't be room for a bus to fit around the roads here even if there was a bus service, and 3) my clear recommendation that he would be better off looking for a different car.      
  3. Teaching your kids to read in English

    Flashcards and phonics help/helped ours with English (youngest son is still at an early stage). Putting your finger under the words as you read also seems to help them identify the words. There is a whole series of nursery stories which have been given a bit of a twist to make them more entertaining called reading with phonics: https://www.ebay.de/itm/382610182628 Also, as @El Jeffo mentioned the Julia Donaldson books are pretty good (for the parents as well as the kids), but she has also made a series of books with far shorter/simpler stories specifically for phonics which our youngest currently likes. This one is a current favourite: https://www.buecher.de/shop/englische-buecher/read-with-oxford-stage-2-julia-donaldsons-songbirds-the-trunk-and-the-skunk-and-other-stories/dona/products_products/detail/prod_id/51009605/ 
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    I know this is yesterday's summary, but wonderfully written article as to paucity of talent/ability/IQ among MPs. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/13/at-last-a-use-for-chris-grayling-making-other-ministers-look-good
  5. Best way to proceed with Tax setup

    @DanielGraff, no when I was dual tax resident (which was until this year), I didn't pay significantly more tax at all (the dual tax treaty does work), but I did spent several thousands of both pounds and euros more on accountancy fees.
  6. Best way to proceed with Tax setup

    (to get the caveat in early) I'm not an accountant. However, I have spent plenty of time dealing with my accountants discussing a not too dissimilar situation. Given you are not talking huge sums of money, you might want to consider a straight forward solution (so ignoring options such as setting up a local company or subsidiary etc). That would mean resign your directorship in the UK and provide your services to the UK Ltd (plus at least one other client - it seems from your description that this is not your only work) directly from Germany on a self employed basis (which will either be as a independent professional or as a tradesman - depending on the nature of your work - you'll see loads of threads here on "Freiberufler" or "Gewerbetreibende"). You'll find almost all accountants will be able to help you/advise you if you work on that basis (it is what they would understand).      To my mind the other options you have suggested could leave you being tax resident in both the UK and Germany (something I have experienced - not much fun!) and/or lots of questions from the tax authorities as to whether the UK Ltd should be treated as located in Germany, which can cause even more complications. Keep trying to find an accountant though. There are lots of them about (quite a few on this site)!   One additional point - don't forget that as well as tax, you will need to sort out your health insurance. That will be a big monthly cost (but again, you'll see tonnes of threads on that topic).  
  7. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Ah, the 70s. Home of the thought provoking: "Tiger Feet" and hierarchy challenging "Wig Wam Bam".  How are those rose tinted glasses holding up? I would praise the 80s, but would probably get a deserved quote from Joe Dolce's 1981 hit.  Let's face it, as long as there has been music, there has always been cr@p music.
  8. Six Nations Rugby Championships 2019

    Obviously I was glad England won, and whilst France's tactics were poor in the first half, England played some very good rugby. Tactics were excellent yesterday. That said, aside from getting the big French pack to turn around (which worked so well)  quite a lot of the game plan is still based around a few very big, very powerful ball carriers taking the ball into contact and gaining yards - particularly Billy Vunipola and Tuilagi. When both of them were regularly fit at the same time a few years ago, England won everything. When they weren't last year, we were second last in the tournament. I'm not sure whether it's possible to keep those two injury free if they have to play every game this tournament. When they were off yesterday, England's tempo and intensity dropped too. I guess that was understandable with a 30+ point lead, but I don't think it is that unreasonable to expect the "finishers" to be able to find a few holes in a tired French defence.    As for the others, it still wouldn't surprise me if Ireland won the tournament (although England's bonus points should be enough). Wales have got two wins without playing well, and after two "easy" wins, they will be fresher against England. Thought Scotland were a bit unlucky.  
  9. What made you laugh today?

    Prince Philip? 
  10. Selling a car in Germany

    Thanks @HH_Sailor and @2B_orNot2B, given the authorities are only open on weekdays, I assume that means that the sale shouldn't take place over the weekend? I saw from the ADAC guide that they recommend going with the purchaser to the registration office. It was so much easier in the UK, when you could just tear the slip off the V5!  
  11. Selling a car in Germany

    @HEM That's perfect. Not only does that link give me the kaufvertrag I need, the first page even includes a checklist (for the seller AND buyer). All I need in one link. Sorry I can't give more than one reputation point.
  12. Source of legal information for entrepreneurs

    The main source of law in Germany can be found here: http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bgb/ A German colleague of mine swears by Palandt (new editions sent out each year) for an overview, commentary on any changes. It's produced by Beck, so it may be available online.
  13. Selling a car in Germany

    Thanks @kapokanadensis. Yes, all bar one of the folk I have spoken to yesterday is definitely a re-seller. To confirm your point about them spinning me a line, I simply stated to one of them that I assume they were buying trade or export, and he started to give me some blag about wanting the car for his own family! I'm sure they'd be delighted if he turned up in a 10 year old Toyota that has had my kids and dog running wild in it. @HEM I excluded the guarantee and right of return on the ebay advert, but will make sure that point is also clear on the sales contract. Thanks.
  14. Selling a car in Germany

    Currently trying to sell a car in Germany for the first time. About 10 minutes ago I listed my car for sale on ebay kleinanzeige. Before I had confirmation that the ad was placed, my phone started ringing, and it was some chap wanting to buy...or at least know my best price. I have now had 18 missed calls in the time it has taken me to speak with that guy, and write this (now 19 calls). I've stated my position (twice now) as being that I will only negotiate when they get here in person and look at the vehicle. That has always been my practice in the UK, but is that unreasonable/strange in Germany?   For info, I'm selling a ten year old Toyota Rav 4, so nothing unusual/valuable/rare. In terms of price, I looked at mobile.de and have chosen a price that I think (just - by about €100) makes my car the best price/age/km on offer and stated that it is a VB price. That's how I have always priced cars for sale in the UK. Again, is that usual here in Germany too, or have I been unusually generous (20 missed calls, and one genuine sounding bloke from Duesseldorf)?   Is there anything obviously dodgy I need to avoid when selling cars this way? From what I can see from the above thread, I need to: 1) prepare a kaufvertrag 2) see the buyer's ID and driving licence 3) agree that any test drive is on his insurance (is that really usual? I've never done that in the UK) 4) get the cash/hand over the car's papers on signing the contract 5) remove the plates 6) deregister the car with a) the authorities and b ) my insurance company. 7) hand over the keys 8) ...spend more time on mobile.de looking for a T5/Vito.   Sound about right? Sorry if this sounds a bit rushed, but (perhaps naively) I wasn't expecting such a frantic response to the car add, and need to make sure I don't make any school boy errors.                          
  15.   There are obviously pros and cons to all schools and systems, but we found that taking our kids around different schools and seeing how they reacted (both kids to teachers and teachers with kids) was helpful. Our local state school has a good reputation, and we had originally considered sending our kids there. However, our oldest son hated it, and I'm aware of various other kids from our village who haven't got on there - much of the issue is little more than a failure to "fit in". That doesn't make the local state school a bad school, just not right for our son. The other point I gather from speaking with parents at the local school, is that there is now quite a determination by all parents to push their kids at Grundschule to ensure they get into the (very good) local Gymnasium. I can easily imagine that feeds through as pressure on the kids too (they have lots of homework, and several have additional tutors even in the second class. That pressure simply isn't there at a Waldorf school, because there's already the option of the Abitur anyway (in addition to the "Waldorf Abi" after 12 classes, which @HH_Sailor mentioned.) As @EngelvonHeimat said, kids are NOT allowed to do/learn whatever they want at a Waldorf school, and the schools themselves have a curriculum which is approved by the state, so they still do all the regular subjects in addition to the more stereotypical Waldorf subjects (movement, woodwork etc). By way of example, my son certainly prefers his language lessons involving taking the school dogs for a walk in the woods.  We never really considered international schools, mainly because there isn't one near us, but also because our kids speak German and we are here for the long haul (at least, that's the intention!). I can imagine international schools are really useful for the more typical "expat" situation i.e. families going from one country to the next each few years.