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  1. Over 50s Language Class

    Hi Rickfish01, what part of Berlin were you planning to meet?
  2. Forgot to mention this odd one:,13.3644991,18.36z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x47a853cd44f37729:0xb6ed87c8df5289f4!8m2!3d52.58179!4d13.36538   Next to SBahn Wilhelmsruh. I've got no idea what it's like, but when I cycled past last year it was open - in spite of Coivd restrictions - and looked like it dealt with furniture.   No guarantees though. I'm aiming to visit properly once the weather improves.
  3. I don't know any that have reopened on a regular basis. Between the first and second waves they started up again with regulated entry - which actually made it easier to browse because the crowds were much thinner. I'm really hoping they open up again soon - it's where I used to buy my hand-tools.   As far as furniture is concerned, Leopoldplatz usually has/had a good selection. Mauerpark too, although the haggling can be tiresome. Arkonaplatz is a bit more up-market, though there's great vintage/ex-DDR stuff there.   An interesting one to check out - which doesn't get a lot of coverage - is the HansaMarkt Trödelmarkt in Berlin-Weissensee. It's got a carpark section, as well as a more established set of stalls. The sellers are mostly east-side - there's not so many of the Turkish 'deceased estate' dealers. If it's the latter you're after though, you can't beat Schöneberg town hall.   Damn, I wish it would all start up again...
  4. Not really missing alcohol

    Am I right in guessing that anything not on tap would be served in a small measure?   I was going to recommend Ginger Beer (at least it's still got the right word in it). Otherwise, if it was a warm day, I'd go for a large glass of sparkling water with lots of ice.   Those drinks that LukeSkywalker suggested make me thirsty just reading them, but I figure you're sitting outside an English pub and so perhaps the options are a bit limited...   My wife used to drink a lot of Club Mate, which always gave her an alcohol-free buzz.
  5. Beta-blockers in Berlin

      I'm sure they would, and for good reasons. What I'd like to know is how extensive those tests might be - particularly the cardio ones, and how these compare with the tests for anxiety.
  6. Beta-blockers in Berlin

    Has anyone living in Berlin had experience getting prescribed beta-blockers - either for anxiety or for arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?   I'd be interested to know how the assessment procedure for each might be different: for instance, before prescribing BBs as a treatment for arrhythmia, would a German doctor insist on clinical cardio testing? If it were for anxiety, would a consultation with a psychologist suffice?   While I respect individual opinions and preferences for one form of treatment over another, it's direct experiences with the system (if there are any out there) that I'm hoping to hear about.   thanks in advance.
  7. Mieterverein doesn't answer, what now?

    Okay, I understand your situation better now.   When I signed off on a mandate with the BMV, I assumed that it gave them the power to act on my behalf - without also obliging them to take any particular course of action. I can't imagine that they'd formulate a contract that would be otherwise - it would leave them open to all kinds of litigation from their own membership and would be unworkable.   As for where you take it from here - I can only offer general advice and it would be not to search for ways of forcing the BMV to do what you want (and I speak as someone who's been very dissatisfied with my own dealings with them), but look at other agencies who might help you with legal action. There are other, smaller un/official tenancy advice organisations and collectives who advocate at a local Kiez level, and then there are lawyers specialising in tenancy issues, if you feel confident enough to risk going to court.   I can't help with any specific names here, but I think I would go to a local adviser like AWO to get some pointers in the right direction.   And it's just very general advice about dealing with individuals in a large, hierarchical organisation: that you can sometimes get things done by keeping cool and clear and cc'ing someone else in the organisation in your email correspondence. Ideally this would be someone higher on the ladder, but the emphasis is on clarity and good manners.   Good luck.  
  8. Mieterverein doesn't answer, what now?

    Just to briefly get back to the OP's question...   Yes, communication with the Berliner Mieterverein can be incredibly slow and frustrating. For one thing, they don't like communicating via email which if (like me) you don't like phone conversations, means that most correspondence is going to be through snail mail.   Individual case managers might certainly be feeling the stress (can't blame them) and start yelling on the phone, but if your case has been going on for almost 12 months now, then you really should be at the stage of dealing with the head office in Spichernstr. to cut through the personal BS and get the job done.   It sounds like all you need from them is assistance negotiating the rent reduction - which should have been adjusted by your landlord anyway, as required by law. You weren't specific about this in your original post - it came across as a general gripe about the Berliner Mieterverein. If what's most important to you is getting the rent reduction, then I'd suggest you do some research about that issue here:   Then, if you're sure that the BMV isn't responding clearly to your clearly communicated request for help (and I would recommend writing letters, which are received by head office and go into official archives rather than emails or phone calls) then consider using a different Mieterverein or a commercial service such as:   Also, check out the threads on Toytown that have already addressed this issue: or   Anyway, I hope this helps, and good luck with sorting it all out.
  9. Is anybody cutting their own hair?

      Don't think so ... I'm not one of his 'heirs', if that's what you mean.
  10. Is anybody cutting their own hair?

      Just for the record, let it be known that I do change my undies daily.   That said, I also clip my hair nude in the bathroom but I still manage to get cactus pants somehow. I remember once wearing a t-shirt while clipping and then putting it in the laundry basket with everything else. I got a week's worth of hairy shirts from that mistake.
  11. changing ink in a printer

    Some brands and models of printers allow you to keep printing black text if one of the colours runs out.   If it's the black that's empty then you'll have to replace it because it's used for both text and images (which is the reason it usually runs out before the others). Printers generally won't print text using just cyan, magenta and yellow.   It's often possible to buy high-capacity, non-original ink cartridges - which is worth it if you print a lot of text documents.
  12. Is anybody cutting their own hair?

    I just finished doing mine with clippers and I must say that the most annoying part of it all, crappy result notwithstanding, is the quantity of short prickly hairs that evade the broom and colonise my underwear, causing me days of torment afterward.
  13.   I fear you might be right. Part of the ageing process I guess...
  14.   yep, I got a sense of crunch time approaching when the DRV told me that I'd have to make up the 60 months before retirement age. However it seems like the agreement makes it unnecessary to start paying into the system - or at least takes the deadline pressure away.   In case it's useful for anyone else, the body of the Social Security Agreement can be found here:   And a FAQ (note the section on Main Features and Claiming a German Pension):   There's also information and a definition of "Australian working life residence (AWLR)" here:
  15.   Good to know: so it seems like the Ausländerbehörde makes the final call on this. Would still be interested to find out if any other Australians have had "Australian Working Life Residence" credited in their application for Niederlassungserlaubnis. One of the things I find curious is that it stipulates a period of time, rather than any particular amount of contributions. 60 months at the minimum contribution of €84 comes to around €5000, but this isn't payable retroactively as a lump sum.   Anyway, I don't wish to go over old ground. Thanks for the tip.