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About HellesAngel

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  • Location Harlaching, Munich
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown Southwold, England
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1970
  • Interests There are very few problems that can't be solved by a nice cup of tea. If tea doesn't help then try beer. If beer doesn't solve it then there's something wrong with your problem so forget about it, another will be along soon enough.

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    Home cooked food, wine, more food and more wine, and beer. Talking passionately about food and wine. Wine for lunch and falling asleep on the balcony for the afternoon. Cooking Indian, Chinese, Thai, French and of course English food. Brewing beer and drinking it. English beer, especially Adnams Regatta and Bitter. Drinking that pint of Adnams while carving a cheek shaped groove on a bench on Southwold seafront by the Sailors' Reading Room looking out over the sea, complaining about young people today. Going for a swim in the North sea. Barbeques, and meals with high meat content. Going to Alsace visiting the in-laws and their mates' vineyards. Stinking French cheese. High end stereo, listening to music with good drum lines & playing drums. Fine restaurants, and all restaurants run by people who care about food, especially in France. Fish & chips. Mountain biking, skiing, walking in the Bavarian hills, biergartens & Oktoberfest in lederhosen. Merry careless drunkenness. Fitness training, reading factual books. Being a know-it-all, a pedant, speaking my mind, and being a pain in the arse then going for a beer. Staying relaxed and watching the cares of the world drift past.
  1. The laws about employees and Kurzarbeit

    On Friday 15th January my employer announced, without any previous notification or warning, that half the company would be put on Kurzarbeit with various degrees from 60% to 100%. The kurzarbeit started the next week. It's a small company with no Betriebsrat so that it happened suddenly and some degree of chaos is no great surprise however what is a surprise is who was selected. This is seemingly random and arbitrary, the logic and reasoning offered is twisted and full of half-truths.   It seems that some employees are sharing a disproportionately heavy burden and others, in exactly the same situation, are still working 100%. The employer has offered no support or assistance, either financially or in advice, and the chosen employees are expected to just deal with it. Even with the governments top-up money this still means a very significant loss of income to those on Kurzarbeit.   As I say, it's a small company, we're all 'per du' and I'm not sure that there's any mobbing going on or even a hidden agenda, even though some suspect that, but I find the situation grossly unfair on some who have been selected. The company is doing badly at the moment and needs to save cash short term but it has every expectation to do better in the near future. Kurzarbeit is the ideal method to deal with this cash shortage but the way it has been done is unfair. There's no Betriebsrat so it's every one for themselves, everyone selected voluntarily signed the acceptance letter and went on Kurzarbeit but now the full details are emerging some feel unfairly victimised.   So, what are the legalities of the situation? Can the employer select at random, what grounds would employees have to seek redress in the courts and what should be attempted to prevent a court case? What advice would the great and good on TT offer?
  2. Perhaps this thread will get merged, TT's search doesn't allow searches for 'tax' as the word is too short but I couldn't find anything similar...   Mrs. Angel submitted a tax declaration which she did in a hurry but following a template she has used several times before and expected a few hundred euros back. She's a normal salaried employee with no extra income or special circumstances, she's tax class I so not obliged to even submit a form. It was a bit of a surprise when the Finanzamt wrote back to say she owes them extra money, not much but more than we would like to pay.   What options are now open - is it possible to write back and say that there must have been a mistake on the form and we should redo it, or just ask them to forget the whole thing? Any advice welcome. The amounts involved are too small to make it worthwhile asking for professional advice, so we turn to the great and good on TT.
  3. The existing TT threads on this topic don't add up to much so I thought I'd try again having searched... Mrs Angel and I have found a flat that we like, but it's in a bit of a sorry state. It was built in 1961 and nothing has been changed since - it needs the floor redoing completely (parkett sanding and new tiles and/or carpet laying on the rest), it needs a new hot water system (though not the heating), a new bathroom, a new kitchen, changes to the electrics (adding more sockets & light switches and modernising the fuses probably) and while we're at it we'd knock the walls about a bit too to open it up a little, then redecorate completely. Still, it's basically a nice flat and for the right price we'd be happy there.   So, the questions begin: Where should we start getting estimates for all this lot? I know a kitchen & bathroom cost about 10K euro each and I can walk into a shop and get a quote done, but for the rest of the work where is it best to go? Should we search for a builder, and a plumber, and an electrician or does anyone know of an architect/supervisor who can sort this lot out for us? I'd like to have someone I can trust overseeing the whole project so if the electrician announces the whole lot needs rewiring I know it really does, and he's not just after extra cash. I know many on TT have either built, bought or worked on their places so any advice is great to have.   Having completed all this work does anyone have any idea how much it would improve the value of the flat? I know it depends on a lot of factors but which ones are the significant ones, and are there any general rules of thumb here? Edit: Also how much of a reduction from the 'market rate' can we expect for the flat being in such a poor condition? We will negotiate with the seller's agent, but what's reasonable? Again, I'm looking for rules of thumb, not absolute values.   Thanks in advance.