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  1. Movie recommendations

    The preview of that looked interesting, I presumed it had long since been filmed, or is it perhaps a spinoff.     "Juliet, Naked" is a terrific book, I don't always go for Hornby's writing, or more exactly his characters, but that one had me doing that annoying laughing-like-a-drain-while-sitting-next-to-you-on-a-train as I ate it up.   I also thought Bohemian Rhapsody was very good but then it seems most people did.  A must-see.   Aside from the obvious narrative(s), I felt it very strong on matters like friendship and loyalty (which critics rarely mentioned) and it really scores on memorable scenes and moments, and a raft of one-liners that people are still quoting weeks later.     Queen were pretty ubiquitous for many Britons of my age and of course so was is their biggest hit but I've found myself listening to it with fresh ears, really appreciating it again.  I learned things I did not know and also that I misunderstood some things, as well.   I have some time to dip into cinema.   I also saw a Star is Born which seems to have divided people and it left me a bit cold.   Werk ohne Autor as well,  which had the Donnersmark hallmarks like the absolutely immaculate staging that you just keep staring at, and an absolutely vile lead who made us gasp at his awfulness at times.     For the kids, Incredibles 2 was very enjoyable, some neat and fun ideas in that .      
  2. Tips on renting an apartment in Berlin

    The market is moving fast but there's still certainly choice with that, although also likely competition, at least in the hot areas.    You might want to find some typical agents who do connect to the foreigner market but you do have to self-report your existing agreements etc often now.   Some of the bigger managing agents as well, possibly.   This issue of how long you want to stay is important like others say.   There will be upfront costs to sink and so on.    As the market hots up, it is increasingly normal to lock tenants into minimum terms.  (Staffel its called).      I doubt many of us have a very wide view of the market in a very large city.   I think my tip might be to find a  small central place, or a bigger place with good transit connections in order to bed in.
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Phew, that's not a frightening answer, indeed quite a comforting one .    Just seems likes it's gonna be yet more rounds of it, possibly.  But who knows, maybe they will surprise us tomorrow, although early indications are not exactly promising but then "everything's tickety-boo" would mean nothing for the newshounds.    
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Yes, I agree.   Perhaps no surprise:   That cliche: Brexit only ever meant Brexit to them (and their paymasters).   May has to face them off.   By the way, I am a bit frightened of the possible answer, but who do you see would win (1) that you listed just before?  BoJo or JRM, one of them? New PM? Dear god.      Depending on the outcome tomorrow and various other factors, perhaps there might / ought to be another party's leadership election to go that list, as well.  (My knife is now out for JC - clear busted flush on this after last weekend).
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    Yes, I think I see this, and so then that to me leads to, OK it fails some of six tests, but test-setting and lines about "jobs and the economy" is the easy bit.    The actual "good deal" from Brexit they seem to want would be a sure-fire election winner: so where is it?  What have Labour (or any of them) got to offer that would actually implement "good deal" Brexit in a way they see the current lot cannot.      Particularly as almost none of those are against Brexit (only SNP?) and the opposition leader said again at the weekend that Brexit has to happen.      It sounds like it's going to be squabbling forever.    I also have the impression that a lot of the UK discussion still happens in a bit of a vacuum based on "UK decides" rather than having to agree with someone. (I can line up behind the "People's Vote" concept, but even that seems a bit guilty of that to me, but then maybe it has to speak the same language).    Who knows - Maybe the naysayers will line up behind it tonight / tomorrow in the end?      (Though not been following too closely, will in next 24 hours).
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      I have absolutely no idea .   If I never hear the word b******p (and whatever that other one is again) it will be too soon, and that's from one who's made efforts to try to keep their distance from it.   But - really - what would the point of one be?   Not least as the main opposition party has put up practically zero "opposition", rather just rubberstamped on a "will of the people" basis.    What would UK voters get instead?  (I'm out, had enough, did not re-register, so that's no longer me....albeit it's not much of a flounce, as I hit 15 years soon).   It seems to me that one obvious point is now being played out.   That for such a substantial and high impact change, such a narrow vote was always going to make it very very difficult to obtain much consensus.  Why 52-48 does matter so much.  (70-30 or whatever and it'd probably be sorted by now).    The complete absence of any Leave plan obviously makes it even harder.  
  7. Brexit: The fallout

      I think you can easily get visas for sports and such, and is it also perhaps a bit like "business" anyway, might not be not "leisure"?  Although you do hear of occasional instance across the world of top competitors not having the right papers.   Williams (US) and Djokovic (Serbia) and the rest need paperwork to enter UK  to play Wimbledon, can't just pitch up in SW19, short of having diplomatic passports possibly (which quite probably some do).  
  8. Advice on setting up as a freelancer

      Possibly.   As a post above said, lower income freelance work is not a priority for Germany's economic strategy.      The alternative would be to start building your client base, especially as you said the client will reduce your work.
  9. Brexit week plans

      I doubt that is always true.   (Never mind that many of actually got said document forced upon us by Germany,  without even knowing what it was, or caring back then).   That advice I think forgets (1) people do leave for a while and come back and (2) permanent residency does matter to some.   An EU citizen who was entitled to PR here but who, for example, wanted to live and work abroad for a year might very much need that documentation.  There are others - studying in other nations etc.     If Brexit had not happened but you got some "offer I can't refuse" in HK or NY or Dubai from January 2019 fora year and then wanted to come back, what would you have asked for from the German authority to make sure you could come back?  A document showing permanent residency in Germany.   Even allowing for "free movement", many of us would not want to go back to "year zero" on the residency clock.   I was in this position at one point and was very conscious I had built permanent residency and was not going to "reset my clock" fron 2006 as a 2015 arrival. and lose permanent residency (from elapsed time)...and thank god I did not given what we know now .
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    Many of the countries on that list are in pre-accession to the EU, or in some other alliance (e.g. the Neighbourhood partnership).   Have you ever gotten a plane back from any of them?   Police meeting us right off the plane usually when I have.   Are you staying here?  Travelling on?  Show us your documents....   It makes sense because there there are no border controls now, because of Schengen.   When a Briton enters e.g. France and then travels to e.g. Germany, there is no way of recording them as possibly in Germany.   Same reason as all other non-EU citizens need something.    So it is the opposite - there must be something.   It may well be a waiver or registration but something has to be there.    The information Hamburg state has put up regarding Brexit certainly lists visas.   I can't cross a land border on an upcoming trip exactly because the two nations are in a union and so do not control it.   The first has just gone visa-free and so the second therefore now simply makes it illegal for non-Union citizens to cross the land borders, because they would not know we had entered.   
  11. Kicking the bucket, are you prepared?

    I do have a list of my financial records.   Someone is going to need that and also it's likely beneficial to them often.   I've also done things like bringing different products under one umbrella (like my bank) even if that might cost me a little more.   I said I'd been doing a lot of arrangements.   It does take time and that's for one with a fairly simple set up, it was like "god, not yet another stint of sorting stuff".     It is also "emotional work" across several dimensions - not just thinking about the inevitable, but looking back on life events, giving things up and accepting parts of one's only life are now gone forever.   All of that.    I did feel down more than once.   There were times I had to step away because it was not doing me good.     More than once I thought:  I now completely understand why so many people simply don't bother.   But on the other hand, it is now done and I feel a lot better .    I think it should possibly make me live better.   I want a nice home, some travel, invest for the next generation, that sort of thing.   That's it.  Forget the small stuff, although we are of course in an era of very cheap consumables.   I no longer want to save, rather enjoy my money.   (There's well-known relationships between controlling money and fear of death.)  
  12. Kicking the bucket, are you prepared?

      I don't think there is a standard arrangement, this would just be one example.   It can include some sort of marking of the death (and usually does) but could just be the arrangements for the body on natural burial grounds (which is more my interest, what my friend and remaining parent have both set up).   https://humanism.org.uk/ceremonies/non-religious-funerals/faqs/
  13. Kicking the bucket, are you prepared?

    When there's been a death in my family, there's often been a hell of a lot of work, literally drove people already dealing with grief to a virtual standstill.    Yes, the car thing seems to pop up a lot, you end up with a whole raft of random stuff.  ("So, what shall we do with her large Samurai sword - we won't be wanting "local beheads shoppers in city centre rampage" headlines?").       For my generation (the individualist one who won't leave descendents to mop up after us), I think the main learning is to offload as much as possible, close down your affairs, simplify.    I am (early 50s) already cutting down on what I own and deciding I won't have many things again and simplifying my affairs.    What I find noticable is that we talk about death all the time because we have to, while the generation up firmly avoids it unless also lifelong single (in which case they too have it nailed down).   So my family is an extreme of "can we talk about death again, let me show you my latest will update, and did I mention my new pension beneficiary nomination" vs "don't even think I'm going to make a will" .   I also think trends in end of life rituals will change for many in the coming decades.   The large funeral will be less normal, usual quoted example being Mr Trendsetter himself, David Bowie, who did not have one.   Time was the "donating your body to medical science" was about the only alternative (although that many bodies got a polite "thanks, but no thanks" tended to be glossed over) but imho there will soon be many more.   My generation already making totally different arrangements.   My best friend has set up some sort of humanist arrangement and I am thinking the easiest thing for me is to simply follow that.   
  14. Brexit week plans

      No.     You can get a permanent residency certificate now, assuming you meet the requirements.   You've been here five years.     Some of us who have been here longer didn't even have to ask - we just got it.     To repeat: The German authorities do not see a problem.   The UK consular officials do not.   Experienced lawyers advising British collective groups here do not.    We are getting advised to do that.    They took time on the evening before a bank holiday to tell 200 Britons in person that it might be a good idea.   Only a few people on the internet seems to think a perfectly standard legal process that authorities cannot over-ride is worthless.    I understand we live in an anti-intellectual era where it's cool not to listen to experts and authorities, but instead prefer to rely on stuff from someone on the internet we never even met, but I am not sure it's always advisable.     If German and UK authorities and chambers of commerce and advocacy groups and lawyers with decades of experience (and more) go to the trouble of holding events and setting this all out and some Britons' reply is "What rubbish, I will completely ignore it" along with "nobody's helping us" then I am not sure there is much more that can be done for those Britons.  Of course they will find themselves on their own.  They chose that.  Nobody can help them - absolutely correct.
  15. Living in Dahlem/Steglitz/Zehlendorf etc

    OK, so I have been, and indeed will go again.  All of the things mentioned are indeed still there.    Plenty of decent cheap refuelling / pitstop type places round the Rathaus as well.   Lots of eye-catching colorful doughnuts too .   Going down to the Botanical gardens and it becomes much like a lot of weekday Berlin: quiet streets, pretty deserted and generally older population.