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  1. Only in America

    I cringed with embarrassent for him the other day when he asked if was jackets off, then should they all take their clothes off and show their pecs... completely off the radar. This is a statesman ?? His question never got answered. They deviated... was the conversation afterwards equally productive I wonder.
  2.   If you are lucky...
  3. Backing out of a new job due to relocation difficulties?

      Your instincts are screaming at, you loud and clear. So heed them ! You are allowed to change your mind.   What the others said. The helpful ones, that is.
  4. Did you write to them by registered mail to cancel the contract (hiermit kündige ich...) and provide all the paperwork and request confirmation of receipt ? Was there a Kündigungsfrist ? There are specific procedures in Germany... maybe read the small print in your contract. A friendly chat over the phone won t cut it in Germany...
  5. Interesting spam e-mails received

    RE: The Truth Of The Matter==       Hello, I am very sorry I have to reach you through this medium. I am a member of the debt reconvener (debt collection experts) and I am aware of your ordeal about your unpaid fund. It may interest you to know that not long after the Debt Management Office (DMO) completed the merger and acquisition process of all pending payments occasion through the petition raised by the international community about their unpaid funds. I discovered that their boss connived with some top officials to divert funds approve to settle unpaid inheritances, email lottery winners, Internet scam victims, unclaimed consignments(concealed funds), and International Contractors. The DMO has already given the approval to pay your fund but they deliberately withheld your payment file and continue to demand fees from you through their associates from different unassigned affiliates mostly from Africa, the US, and the Netherlands all in trying to frustrate you and enrich themselves. I wonder why you haven't noticed all this while. You may choose to disbelieve this email as inconceivable but my doctrine does not let such an act, the reason I have to open up to you to seek the right channel. DMO was authorized to release your fund via their asset management firm with claim code numbers, supposedly to have been issued to you. Upon your response, I shall guide you through and offer you with details to contact the assigned affiliate who will immediately ease the release of your fund. Thanks and have a wonderful day. Yours Faithfully, Admin Emissary. UK.Ref:RDC-197/0503020/p193
  6. Unable to log in for my UK tax return

    I do not have a credit rating in UK or a UK driving licence having left 35 years ago. Both are required for their security.    Unfit. Yep. About on a par with Greece these days.
  7. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Hate to break it to you but I think that is the case in every state on the planet. Sadly, I have no faith it is any different at ECHR. Have my own recent expérience of institutional failure within a judicial system. And no recourse.   Those protections are just hot air by the way. 
  8. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Something like 6 Pounds for a tourist visa, IIRC.
  9. BREXIT positives and negatives

    I m not sure they should be exporting the fair skinned thirsty masses anyway. Bad enough at Blackpool.   Think of the improvement to carbon footprints and domestic beer sales if they all stay home.
  10. Cannabis legalisation in Germany 2022

    I bought some outrageously expensive tea in exceptional circumstances to sooth the nerves...  my impression was it exacerbated paranoia induced by 48 hours solitary in a police cell. (Which is atrocious, medievally cruel, terrifying torture unworthy of a civilised country... if you are in total shock and do not understand why you are even there. Vive la France.) Hard to prove one way or another. 
  11. Only in America

    Where would we be without Mr. Bear ?
  12. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

      They are not awful. They are just following the rules of the road. Pedestrians give way to road users in UK.  I found it confusing way back when I first hit the Continent and cars would stop for me to cross the road or when I was on the footpath.
  13. Only in America

    You have to read the small print very carefully and apply it to a very specific type of situation. The word is not allow. That is already a simplistic misunderstanding. And sells copy. Having said that lawyers are paid to corrupt language, cast doubt and find loopholes, so it will doutless be abused.
  14. Roe v Wade

    Guns. I dream...
  15. Botox in Berlin - Coming Up on 14.07.2022

    You mean Shutta Your Face ?
  16. Botox in Berlin - Coming Up on 14.07.2022

    Amen. The body is a temple... No such thing as a free dinner. Beats me how so called medical practitioners can do this to healthy bodies. And even less to ones over the hill. Butchery. Just my take. But hey, that s TT.
  17. How are your cherries doing?

    No but I suspect you will end up with tasteless mush once thawed.   To retain more flavour I would be tempted to stew them briefly complete with stones and bottle them... sterilise your jars first !   Alternatively marinate them in kirschwasser.   Cherries finished about a month ago in the Alsace.
  18. Roe v Wade

    Anti abortionists must think knitting needles are a good thing. I wonder what percentage of them are women.
  19. 3G in Restaurants?

      Bugger it.   Then again, maybe not. Heard about all those young folk popping their clogs within a year of having a mild case.
  20. UK to Germany travel

    Uniforms making it up as they go along ? 
  21. Three-word story

    and Sweep mutually
  22. 3G in Restaurants?

    I would never look to The Fail for actual information. I am an unapologetic snob when it comes to the British gutter press. 
  23. Cost of living crisis

    I never had a debt apart from a fiver in the first term at uni. And I remember it still...   Too damn stingy to pay any sort of interest for credit. Simple. Save up and wait until you have the money to pay for what you need. Exceptions being a house and possibly a car. I was lucky in that I struck gold at a fairly young age and didn t have to buy a house.   Cut your cloth according to your means. Debt destroys all peace of mind. Them s the roolz I grew up with. My (supposedly safe) investments were disastrous however. Stock markets gobble up small fry.   
  24. 3G in Restaurants?

    After the covid clean up, a dip in mortality rate is a logical conséquence, surely... many of the fragile all went in one go instead of over a time spread.