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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Yes crazily enough. However, they did not have an overall majority, and the other parties with MPs at the time of the vote all campaigned to remain (including the Ulster Unionists).
  2. Where to hide comfortably

    Obviously, if you've been paid in error and you know it was an error, then you need to repay. That said, do you think it's worth considering keeping the funds safely in an interest bearing account until the company has made arrangements for its return? I suppose with current interest rates, that might be more effort than it's worth.   In an alternative world (one in which you aren't worried about being arrested), start writing a book about how someone managed to cheat their way to fortune: a sort of latter day Count of Montecristo (trying to get his revenge on an evil company which ripped off his mother over a decade ago). The hero of the story would start rather unglamorously by adding a layer of admin/beaurocracy by setting up a company with a bank account in, say, Latvia giving that company the same name or similar name as the company which paid you, and "return" the payment to that bank account. The hero would then have a record that they made a "genuine" attempt to "return" the payment, when the original owner asked for the cash back. Consequently, the owner of the funds might blindly start to chase that Latvian company. In the meantime, that Latvian company might have set up a trust fund in, say Bermuda, which then has legal ownership of the ill-gotten funds. That makes it far harder/more expensive for the true owner to trace, and even then, they do not find the beneficial owner. The beneficiary of that trust fund could be the hero...sitting on a beach in Greece? Hmmm, I think there are probably too many holes in the plot to give up the day job and start a career as a writer...or criminal.     
  3. Why are you happy today?

    My kids were whinging about the lack of an Easter skiing holiday a few days ago. Today the Eifel is covered in snow, and the boys were able to stick their skis on, build some jumps and generally knacker themselves out all morning (it's a lot more tiring having to walk uphill, rather than sit in a ski lift.)
  4. English speaking mediator

    Ok, send me a PM for contact details and/or to discuss, but firstly make sure a mediator is what you are after. I can provide some details as to what a mediator will/won't do, but just for consideration as to whether your case is suitable, here are some points to consider:   The success of mediation is dependent upon the attitude of the participants. Mediation is likely to be successful for you if: you are keen to avoid the costs of a court dispute you wish to bring an end to the conflict you have authority to make decisions on any potential solutions you are prepared to hear the dispute from the other side you are prepared to consider a variety of settlement options Equally, mediation is unlikely to be suitable for you if: you wish to keep a conflict going only an outright victory will be good enough  
  5. Coronavirus

    Below is the conclusion of the MHRA's report. I can understand why it is not front page news, when it could be rephrased: "carry on immunising, benefits still far outweigh risks".    Conclusion The increases in number of ADR reports reflects the increase in vaccine deployment as new vaccination centres have opened across the UK The number and nature of suspected adverse reactions reported so far are not unusual in comparison to other types of routinely used vaccines The overall safety experience with both vaccines is so far as expected from the clinical trials Based on current experience, the expected benefits of both COVID-19 vaccines in preventing COVID-19 and its serious complications far outweigh any known side effects As with all vaccines and medicines, the safety of COVID-19 vaccines is being continuously monitored
  6. Robot lawnmower

    Perhaps you weren't driving it quickly enough, or don't have enough obstacles in the garden? I'm four years in, and it still puts a grin on my face...perhaps I'm just easily pleased...  
  7. Robot lawnmower

    If you have room for one, get yourself a ride on mower/mini tractor. It may not speed up the gardening: in fact, if you have kids it makes it quite a bit slower as everyone wants a turn, but it makes it more enjoyable. I know a few folk with a robot lawnmower, and the ones who like them most have fairly decent lawns and tidy gardens. The robots don't like big divots or kids' toys/gardening stuff lying around. I was having a drink with a friend when suddenly his wife's gardening gloves were sprayed up over us like confetti. They can deal with good sized gardens these days (the one I mentioned earlier is about 3000m), but you have to dig a trench on the edges of the garden to bury the cable first, so there's a fair bit of initial work if you have a large garden. Oh, and the folk around here seem to charge them using solar too, which makes sense.
  8. Odd news

    I like this bit: "Diese Handsonde dient dazu das Wasser zu informieren " Sounds convincing to me, I dislike ignorant water.
  9. Car scrapping

    You'd probably make most money selling it for spares, but you'd end up spending ages selling the different bits, and may end up being left with an unwieldly chuck of non-moveable metal at the end. Think how much your time is worth.  A quick and easy option is mobile.de's private sale to trade. Chuck the car details in, and local trade buyers will get in touch. Expect to haggle when you get there, given your car has more issues than they might expect (I imagine it'll be going straight to export anyway). https://www.mobile.de/verkaufen/a/fahrzeug/start?i=c2b
  10. ....makes me think of people arguing in the streets, the sound of god awful music and urinating in doorways. I don't miss those days at all.
  11. I lived in Stuttgart for a couple of years in the 90s, and frequently used to spend a few weeks at a time there for work about 10 years ago. As people have said, the areas around Stuttgart are nice, but I actually enjoyed the city itself too (I lived in the City centre). Clearly, it is not Berlin/London/Paris, but that's not comparing apples with apples. We're talking about a larger than average, regional city: so not hugely cosmopolitan and the cultural/nightlife offerings reflect that. There are places you can go for a late drink once you get to know the city, some good places to eat, a decent art gallery (Neuestaatsgalerie) and theatre (the latter two are of some international repute). Their version of Oktoberfest is also entertaining if you like German beer festivals. It is not "edgy", if that's your thing, instead it is clean and wealthy, which has advantages too. It doesn't have the reputation as the friendliest place, although I didn't find it unfriendly. The main point (and I think one of the main reasons people find it unfriendly), is that it is not a very international city, so you need to speak German to get on...ideally with the local dialect. Oh, once you've got the hang of the local dialect though, good luck getting rid of it: it took me about 10 years of living with my Cologne-born wife before my accent changed.     
  12. What are you listening to right now?

    Good luck SP. From what you've posted, it didn't seem you had any alternative. As for the music though...Jesus wept! Still, each to their own, and I guess it depends on how you're feeling at the time. Personally, I managed to get my 1950s tractor up and running ahead of the weekend and have two days to practice opening beer bottles with the front loader, so this is what I'm hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc
  13. Coronavirus

    Until recently, that was what I saw as a key justification for the delays here too, and I'm sure it plays a role. However, the US is also federal, and as I understand it the vaccines are being rolled out by the states.  One of the other issues is the very restrictive approach taken in Germany to interpreting GDPR and sharing data (age data and details of professions) which also adds to beaurocracy delays. But again, that only really has an impact on prioritising certain groups, not a general role-out.      
  14. Coronavirus

    This makes interesting reading in respect of the AZ vaccine and the EU. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/19/eu-astrazeneca-vaccine-stance-spain-europe-covid
  15. Coronavirus

    That 2nd dose statistic might (as of today) make Germany seem less bad than the UK (but not the US). But whilst that statistic marginally supports your case (if the rate of vaccination in the UK continues, it will outstrip Germany on that one too) the only one which really matters (are people still getting ill and/or dying) shows Germany is now performing badly.  After shocking early mis-management of the crisis by the UK and US, the US is now vaccinating 2m+ per day, the UK has been regularly vaccinating 5-600k people a day for weeks. In Germany that number is around 200k. That is my concern, and I'd like to see the German government being more pro-active in getting systems set up so that the roll-out can be faster. It isn't all due to a lack of available vaccines.