Mackle

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About Mackle

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  • Birthday 07/08/1979

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown London
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1979
  • Interests Charlton Athletic FC, F1

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  1. Brexit dilemma, what to do?

      With the tax, if it's only the weekends, that is 104 days in Germany so would the "less than 180 days" rule apply?
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    Soubry and Ummana together seems right.    Were it not for the Malthouse Compromise, wouldn't have been surprised to see Nicky Morgan defect too
  3.   It's being said tonight that she's a Bangladesh citizen...
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    BUT... if I am doing transfers using online banking, I am not going in to a branch, no one is needing to be at work that day, so I don't understand why it being a public holiday should affect an automated process that needs no employees manual intervention?
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    @French bean if I transfer on Good Friday, from one UK bank to another, within 5 minutes it's showing in Bank account B.   I know this, because I did an experiment Easter last year with Deutsche Bank and N26, and between Natwest and MetroBank.  From German bank to German bank didn't complete until Wednesday. Natwest to Metrobank, Metrobank to Natwest, within 5 minutes, on a public holiday.
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      I live in Frankfurt and I don't like the slow banking  The branch I opened up my account in certainly was plush though, I agree with you on that!    In Germany, it seems if I transfer from bank A to bank B on the Thursday before Good Friday, it won't appear in bank B until at least the Tuesday after Easter Monday. And if I transfer after 5pm on that Thursday, then that's even longer before it completes. Now, if I do that in the UK, the transfer is almost instant regardless of Easter.   Reason why the lecture that the clark gave me now irritates me so much, is that having been told how lucky I was to be able to have a "secure" bank account, every month I have to go go through messing around with TransferWise and Revolut which becomes a several-day chore because my German bank takes so long to do a SEPA transfer to either of those two. I incorrectly assumed it was because they were not German banks, so opened an N26 account because that has Transferwise integration in it, and that still takes forever to transfer out of the account.   The longest delay in German banking, was when I used BillHop to pay my deposit on the apartment I was moving in to - the landlady's Spada bank took 5 days to make the funds available to her because of "security checks". I was planning on using BillHop to pay my rent each month, as that would mean getting a free flight every 3 months, but she asked me never to use BillHop again...       I've often heard this about tech founders, and I think there is a lot of wisdom in this :-)    
  7. Brexit: The fallout

      I certainly felt that Germany's banking sector was very slow to change; when I opened my account in a branch in Frankfurt 14 months ago, I had a lecture from the guy about how the UK system of instant 24/7/365 transfers (between different banks) was "suicidal" and "supports so much crime".  
  8.   What is the best way to do this? Or rather, the best way to do this that doesn't involve having to sell kidneys!
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    I wonder what effect the "gang of seven" will have on the Brexit process? It's dominated the news and so despite the Honda hammer blow it's a good news day for Theresa May, and possibly another step closer to the ERG's ideal Brexit :-(
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    Other Brexit news: UK will still be doing Euro clearing even in a no-deal:- https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-exchanges/uk-clearing-houses-approved-to-continue-eu-business-under-no-deal-brexit-idUKKCN1Q70JN    
  11. Brexit: The fallout

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-honda-jobs-lawmaker/honda-plan-to-close-uk-plant-is-not-due-to-brexit-lawmaker-idUSKCN1Q71EL It will be interesting to hear what Honda themselves say about it when they officially announce it
  12. Brexit: The fallout

      Probably they will blame it on the EU for doing an FTA with Japan...   I spent 7 years living in Swindon, and would say that Honda, Motorola, and Nationwide, are probably the biggest employers there, plus our car was built in the Swindon factory so feel doubly sad.
  13.   Hopefully you are right. I'm slightly fretting due to a combination of the tone of the letter and the required documentation listed at the top of the thread as I've never been in procession of my birth certificate, and I don't have any evidence of the GSCE's that I took 20 years ago.
  14. I received my letter from Frankfurt City last week.   The wording felt very cold. No mention of the 180 days, just that I would be summoned to the ABH in April and they would inform me if I was able to continue living in Germany.
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    Chlorinate chickens and hormone / anti-biotic laden meat coming to UK shops soon?   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/trump-uk-us-trade-deal-brexit-eu-leave-theresa-may-china-talks-national-emergency-a8781606.html