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About Keefy

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  • Location Berlin
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  1. Be that as it may... I ain't taking any chances. My "Betriebsrente" and my State Pension will, as from today, be paid direct into my German account, thus by-passing my Barclays UK account. Thus, if they want to close it, that'll be fine ....there'll be f*ck all in it.   I did hear from Barclaycard that my account will be closed if I can't provide them with a UK address (I can't) but as I tend not to use credit cards and I don't owe them anything, they can also fuck off.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    It gets worse....
  3. Johnson & Co have also been pasted by the press from other countries...
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Interesting that they couldn't find enough unemployed in the UK willing  to work on fruit and vegetable picking assignments and had to fly in loads of Romanians to do the work instead, the middle of a pandemic. Then there are all these European and overseas doctors and nurses working in the NHS saving lives, and they still have to pay a hefty supplement to the NHS for their own treatment.   It's a waste of taxpayer's money keeping Shitti Patel alive.
  6. As Sean Connery might have put it:  "Ah, Mish Moneypenny, you're a shite... ........ .....for shore eyesh...  
  7. It is indeed, and, according to legend, it's where Germany discovered the secrets of late-picked wine.   The monks at Kloster Eberbach apparently had to wait for permission from the Abbott of Fulda before picking the grapes. One year, the messenger from Fulda was seriously delayed (the legend does not say why). By the time he arrived, the grapes were dried out and rotten.   "OK, brothers, the Abbott says you can pick 'em."   "Is the Very Reverend Father out of his tiny mind? Look at this for a crop...seems that Satan has already burnt the things to smithereens!"   But the dutiful monks duly picked the grapes and made the wine, and to their surprise it turned out to be and honey-flavoured.   Anyway, that's the legend....but actually what happens is that the late-picked grapes can be subject to "Edelfaul"/"Noble rot"...the fungal infection (botrytis) makes small holes in the skin of the grape and some of the juice evaporates, leaving a very sweet honey-flavoured raisin behind.    
  8. Was there 10 years before you (in DDR times) and travelled both to Kurort Oybin and Kurort Jonsdorf.   Started off (after a breakfast which included rhubarb juice rather than orange or grapefruit juice) from an "Interhotel" in Görlitz - and travelled on a branch line which criss-crossed the DDR/Poland border several times along the valley of the River Neisse (as in the "Oder-Neisse line").   Decided to have lunch in at Zittau station. A uniformed guy from the Czech customs or border police wandered in, rubbed his hands gleefully and said: "Mmmm - I'll have a portion of xyz." So I thought I'd have the same. Oh my God! Grey lumpy something (supposedly meat???) in a thin grey sauce...looked as if a dirty dischcloth had been wrung out into a bowl. He looked at me, I looked at him, and he gave what I can only describe as a Gallic shrug. We left our money on the table and beat a hasty retreat.
  9. ,The interiors for "The Name of the Rose" were filmed at Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau...some of the buildings are in a remarkable state of preservation and are used as a hotel/hospitality suites. In a previous incarnation I took a group there from the British Medical Association Wine Circle. The vintners were selling some of their "specials" - e,g, wine to be enjoyed after their son's wedding etc, etc. About half way through the tasting I was very much the worse for wear, I have to say...staggered to the tour-bus and slept for a hour, much to the driver's amusement.
  10. Why are you happy today?

  11. Why are you happy today?

    Glad to see that you;re OK, John - German news reported a 6,9 earthquake for Crete.