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About Keefy

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  • Birthday 06/23/1951

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  • Location Berlin
  • Nationality British
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  • Interests History, Geography, Travel
  1. A belated "Thank You" to your good self, PandaMunich! (Sorry, been away for quite a while with no computer access).   I have an Einbürgerungstest on 11.09 - Stage 2 in staying here and (sadly, in a way) saying a final farewell to "Brexitannien".
  2. Ausländerbehörde. Duuuuuhhh!
  3. Dear All,   I moved to Berlin in 2007 and within a couple of months was insured with Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) on a voluntary basis as I was a freelancer. In September 2018 (after some delay so I could get an increased UK State Pension) I completed form S1 and although TK are still my first point of contact, the S1 means that effectively the British National Health Service pays the bills. TK gave me a new card which (with a No-Deal Brexit in sight) was to expire in March this year.   I wrote to TK assuming that No-Deal would happen, and asked them to recommence billing me at the end of March (bear in mind that from 2007 to Sep 2018 I had been their customer). No response. I went to their office in Berlin Rankestrasse and was asked to fill in a form as I was now effectively a new customer. They then told me that because of the political situation, I would be insured on the basis of the S1 until April and gave me a certificate to that effect, and after the political shenanigins they then gave me a new card valid (on the basis of S1) until 31st October this year.   I now have a letter from them stating that in view of the political situation they will look at the situation again "at the end of the year".   Question: can they refuse me membership after 31st October? Worth mentioning that I am now a pensioner (UK State Pension plus a small Final Salary Pension from a previous UK employment).   The other thing perhaps worth mentioning is that after a surprisingly civilised, even friendly reception at the Ausländerbehöre on 4th June I know have an unlimited Aufenthaltstitel (pretty and multi-coloured) in my UK passport!   To be honest, if it's possible to stay with TK I'd prefer to do so - throughout my membership they've been extremely helpful and when my diabetes diagnosis changed, they had no qualms about updating me to a blood-sugar measuring system ("Freestyle Libre") which uses sensors and which apparently costs a fortune.
  4. I did, I did - scarf, chomp .... plus a couple of beers to wash it all down. And they had some pickled chillies and a kind of sambal in the condiments tray, both of which were really scharf and spiced up an otherwise non-scharf meal. Having said that, it was still well-prepared, plenty of tasty sauce and well above-average for Germany.   Cheers! (Buurrrp!)
  5. Yes, I'm as well as can be expected thanks, although often pretty weak on my feet. Not dead yet, though, and haven't lost my appetite, at least (!) - off for a Nepalese Thali this evening. Yummmmmmmm...   I'm now 67 and receiving my pensions, both private and State (some 35 years contribution to the State scheme).   The main reason for my question about "No-Deal" and maybe then applying for German citizenship thus losing UK citizenship was really the question "Give up UK citizenship, lose UK pension(s) by dint of the fact that I'd no longer be British?
  6. Thanks RM.   My understanding is that if the UK leaves with a deal, indexing will continue. In the case of No-Deal, it won't, unless the amendment to "ring fence" citizens' rights is agreed by the EU.   If the UK leaves with a deal, I'll also have the "transition period" to apply for dual nationality.   It's all a pain in the butt right now.
  7. OK, I'm late with everything. Life's been extremely difficult. Was hospitalised 4 times last year, and now am officially registered as 70% "behindert".   I've applied online to register in Berlin, but am now too late to apply for citzenship whilst retaining British citizenship as well in the event of "No-Deal".   Basic question is this... IF  I apply for German citizenship and then have to give up UK citizenship, will I the lose my UK State Pension and a small private ("final salary") pension I'm receiving?   This is all I have in the way of income.   Thanks in advance.
  8. Bruno Ganz R.I.P.

    Sorry to read of Bruno Ganz's death.   Wings of Desire (Himmel über Berlin) is a great portrait of Berlin as I first remmber it, while the Wall was still there. And when he goes nuts as Hitler in Downfall... Great actor. I'll miss him