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  1. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    I wonder if all this philosophising and moralising is really relevant. Investors are honestly interested in only one thing. The ROI. This is what investment advisors are paid for: (Much too much in my opinion as they make too many mistakes). When something like Bitcoin comes along, they have no idea what to do as it flaunts all the parameters they hold dear. No asset value, no track record, nothing at all to recommend it. The fact that it's increasing in value in leaps and bounds is something they would prefer to ignore. I had a dabble in it a couple of years ago and made a few hundred Euros. I then came out because of the reasons above. Recently, it has started to rocket upwards and I decided to invest again, Since then, I've made double my money (which is REALLY nice in this period of 0 interest rates) and feel that I'm letting myself and my family down by not jumping onto this bandwagen,   I'm also quite aware that what goes up, must come down, and watch the rates closely every day.
  2. What made you laugh today?

    That can't be Boris, surely. Can it?
  3. Calling police after leaving car accident scene

    I can't understand why these little bumps and scratches to cars are so important. They're only lumps of metal. Don't the police have anything better to do than run around to these trivial incidents?
  4. Normal people with a voice would tell the cashier.
  5. Bicycle and car accident

    Seems to me that cyclists in this country can do anything they like and they are never to blame for the consequences.
  6. Hospital Malpractice Next Steps

    I'm curious, as I'm sure others are, about what kind of operation this was.
  7. Teaching spouse English

    This stuff is blocked here in Germany.
  8. What made you laugh today?

    Possibly the same as left over wine. This is a fantasy concept where I come from.
  9. Jokes

    I'd prefer a sweater.
  10. Animals in roof/ceiling

    I hope it's 'muddy'.
  11. Paragon Finance

    I recently clicked on an article on the internet which I now realize was an ad and not a news report. It talked about a new cryptocurrency being launched in China. My curiosity led me to a web site owned by the above. Since then, I have been bombarded with phone calls from various people at the firm soliciting an investment, minimum 250€.   Several comentators on the finanacial market have warned against this firm. So beware!    
  12. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    That would be just as dangerous Mike!
  13. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    Too late now! Looks like the bottom has just dropped out of the crypto market.
  14. Scottish seafood exports 'face being sent to landfill' over Brexit delays This really makes me angry. The fishing industry reportedly exports 70% of its catch to the continent, France, Germany etc. These people are now complaining that they are losing money because of the extra paperwork and beaurocracy, owing to BREXIT, has made this business economically unviable. I say "HOORAY". It's clear that this industry has grown much too big and should now be drastically scaled down. This would also give our beds of shellfish time to recover from this overfishing which has being going on for decades. A separate question: How much fish does the UK import? Most of this could be offset against exports.
  15. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    That applies to any kind of financial market.  
  16. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    Sorry, bur this sounds too much like conspiracy crapola. I have bought bitcoin and went through quite a thorough questionnaire from Coinbase about my identity and even had to upload a copy of my driver's licence to prove who I am. This doesn't happen when people open normal bank accounts.
  17. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    €31,900 in fact, What barrier?
  18. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    You know Mike, as an ex-banker, I would never have advised any customer to invest in this. It has no worth other than people's desire to have it. As such, it's really the same speculative investment as Japanese yen, or Mexican pesos etc for those who are looking for short-term gains in currency movements. Foreign exchange dealers do this every day with no justification other than to make a profit on their day's trading. Believe me, I was one of them for a short time. I am also from the old school which believes, 'What goes up, must come down' and "Money doesn't grow on trees', In the case of this cryptocurrency boom, it seems that these old adages have gone out of the window and there is no other direction than 'UP'. I decided last week to put a foot in the door and invested some money in Bitcoin and a couple of other exotic things. I wouldn't put all my money in them, but not to do so at this point is looking a gift horse in the mouth. I watch it every day, and if it looks like crashing, I'll tell Coinbase to liquidate my investments which I can do instantly..    
  19. Brexit , vaccinations and my return to Berlin

    I also heard about these problems that some people have had on trying to return to Germany by air. In my passport, I have a page with a paper insert called 'AUFENTHAKTSTITEL' which is 'unbefristet'. Do you have this too? I thought when I got it that it would give me resident status. Am I wrong?
  20. Can we talk about Germany here? I see that people over 90 years old are being contacted. How many of them can there be? I am over 70 and not a peep here in Pankow.
  21. Jokes

    Origin of the Yodel.   A young man found himself in Switzerland in a storm and was forced to knock on the door of a mountain home to seek shelter. He was allowed to stay there the night until the storm blew out. In the house was a beautiful daughter, a wife and a husband.   The next morning, he made his way up over the mountains until he was halted by the furious cry of the husband and father. He shouted, " We gave you food and shelter and how did you repay us`? You had your evil way with my daughter!"   The young man turned on the opposite mountain peak, and shouted in repy, ' And-your-a-old-a-lady too!"
  22. I'll be the first in line to get whatever is on offer. Does anyone know who will contact me about this? My doctor, the health aithoritity, who?
  23. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

    Please! I'm. all ears!!
  24. Why this forum speaks English and not German

    I mean that Spanish is not the same everywhere, but it's still Spanish. Also there's a big difference between the Portuguese spoken in Portugal and in Brazil and Angola.
  25. Why this forum speaks English and not German

    Also an English teacher. I can also teach American English as I lived over there for 12 years.