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  1.   The weasal word is may. So may or may not. Pop! (As it rhymes.)
  2.   ... which reminds me of our friend in another thread who is presently charged guilty despite being innocent just because some jobsworth put the cross in the wrong box and apparently cannot take it out again without a lawyer being on the job.
  3. Type of test needed (Germany <-> UK)

      You are making a valuable contribution to the economy. (aka extortion by the "Government" - it is certainly one way to get cash out of bank accounts and into circulation.) Oh no, Opti is in cynical mode again ! Someone shut her up.
  4. Why are you unhappy today?

    Bit of a bugger the time and energy and expense gone into rehearsals.    Looks like we may all be in the same boat soon. Not that that is any consolation. Lockdown like giving birth. After the first time you know what you re in for. 
  5. Why are you unhappy today?

    One xmas concert after another cancelled. 4 so far. One more and my xmas wil be devoid of all collective music making. Lockdown looms.
  6. Scary letter from Staatsanwaltschaft

    Has the OP actually had any direct contact with the staatsanswaltschaft since receiving the letters ? Has it been established that it is not a scam ? Starting to feel like this is a wind up.
  7. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Oh. My. God.   This could take your mind off it.  
  8. 3G in Restaurants?

    I was voted a master troll not long ago ... 
  9. 3G in Restaurants?

    Ok, who doesn t believe their own shit ? Why open your mouth otherwise ?
  10. Smoke detectors

      So when they turn rebel, change the battery. Detectors are a PITA when they misbehave.
  11. What's got you flummoxed today?

    I envy you no end.
  12. What made you laugh today?

    Supposed to be a joke. There s no getting away from the truth in it though. So why would you feel criticised ?
  13. What's got you flummoxed today?

    German dentists are a breed to be avoided. Nota bene. Emkay that is horrific but sadly believable.
  14. Depends where. Cyprus and Malta will sell you a passport. The UK was considering it. Dunno if they implemented it. Haven t checked.
  15. 3G in Restaurants?

      I would indeed favour discouraging certain lifestyle choices by financial disincentives. Worth a discussion.   It is bad enough to knowingly do damage to yourself and expect treatment further down the line courtesy of society at large, but even worse when you take others with you.    Unfortunately the stupidity factor complicates things.    
  16. 3G in Restaurants?

    Spot on.
  17. How to date as an almost 40 expat?

    Back to the square dance recommandation.   A whole lot more fun and less cheesy than it sounds, you get to hold the girls in your arms for a few seconds. It s enough to feel if the oh so crucial vibe is there or not. It s really astonishing how much variety there is in what you pick up when you take someone in your arms.   Better than any website or speed dating event, surely.
  18. https://corpocrat.com/2021/01/27/30-countries-for-buying-citizenship-through-investment/   Money always talks.
  19. Got admonished for continually giving bad advice the other day (hello Jeffo), so please do not regard this as such... However, based on observation, expect to be taken for a ride on the price. One for the locals, one for foreigners. Also dunno if the law changed but one time of day foreigners could not leave property in Spain in their will to inheritors. Immobile assets reverted to the state... stuff like that can creep out of the woodwork unexpectedly. Do your homework very carefully indeed. Hope you speak the language too.
  20. 3G in Restaurants?

    Maybe he has a stutter IRL. Wonder if he is not really called Tony, muses Sherlock. Again. And folks, without a really clean and highly polished crystal ball, it is excusable if you don't get that last comment. I shall not hold it against you.
  21. Paypal question

    I had only a German PP account which eventually died of its own accord after a couple of years of inactivity. They sent a mail saying they would be closing it. Then one confirming death. I was quite happy. No money on the account. I heard PP is Russian at the end of the day ?   Maybe if you just wait patiently it will die without any help from your good self. Who knows ?
  22. 3G in Restaurants?

    Exactly that 
  23. 3G in Restaurants?

    Funny, I used to attract them on the bus. The man with the bomb in his bag always sat next to me.   Then there was that drunk Irishman I couldn t get away from on a packed plane...   Somehow I seem to send out signals to their carefully attuned atennae. I never looked upon it as an achievement though.
  24. How and when did you learn German?

    Yeah, they think I am Dutch. Or Austrian    I spoke it with a Bavarian lilt. Haven t spoken much in over a decade so the rust is setting in.   O and A level German. Hated it. Got the grades though. After a decade working in English in German offices and French at home, fluency somehow impinged itself upon me through a vague process of osmosis. Never made a huge effort to actively acquire it. Still don t like it.
  25. Germany to legalize recreational cannabis use

    Can you do cuttings ?