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  1. Is anybody cutting their own hair?

      Don't think so ... I'm not one of his 'heirs', if that's what you mean.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5.   I fear you might be right. Part of the ageing process I guess...
  6.   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:
  7.   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.
  8. Thanks karin. Am I right in thinking that you and engelchen are suggesting that DRV would compile a profile that would kind of 'translate and certify' my status as a contributor to the German pension system?   Regarding my original question, it remains to be seen if this would go any way toward crediting my requirements for the Niederlasungserlaubnis.   Also, I'm not sure if the Australian system correlates to the American one in this regard. We and/or our employers pay into investment funds that are handled by regulated superannuation firms. My own working-life contributions to this fund involve a bewildering number of short-term contracts with different organisations. The idea of getting it all compiled into a personalised album by a German pension authority is a strange one: half-cosy and half-terrifying.   Anyway, thanks again for your advice - I'll keep an eye on this option.
  9.   Thanks for the link. I actually meant that I wouldn't expect them to give advice on the matter of a permanent residency, as it's outside their remit.   They did get back in touch about the pension eligibility though, and said that it had been referred to another branch.
  10. Apologies in advance if this is digging up old ground. I searched through the various pages on Rentenversicherung, but couldn't find the question put so directly.   I'm a dual UK/Australian national who's been living in Berlin for the past 4 years and plans to stay on - eventually with permanent residency.   The Deutsche Rentenversicherung recently reminded me that I'd accrued only 5 months of contributions and would need another 55 months to make up the 60 required to be eligible for a German age pension - which is also the required amount to qualify for permanent residency.   I did a bit of research on the International Social Security Agreement between Australia and Germany and discovered that, according to Part 2, Article 6 of the agreement, I'm permitted to add periods of "Australian Working Life Residence" to my periods of coverage in Germany to meet the minimum requirement for the German Old Age Pension, Early Age Pension and Reduced Earning Capacity Pension.   Subparagraph (c) of Article 6 states: For purposes of determining eligibility for a benefit payable under the German legislation: • a month which is recognised as a month in a period of Australian working life residence shall be considered as a month of contributions under the German legislation.   Australian working life residence" (AWLR) is translated by my online dictionary to "australischen Arbeitsaufenthalts", however Australian social-security law defines it as "any and all periods from the age of 16 to age-pension age when a person was an Australian resident. It is a measure of a person's potential working life and does not mean that a person had to have worked or paid taxes".   I've just sent DRV a message suggesting that since I've already made a 5 month contribution to the German pension scheme, shouldn't my 40 year period of AWLR be recognised as 40 years of contributions under German legislation?   I'm aware of the "...eligibility for a benefit payable..." bit quoted above, however it still begs the obvious  question: shouldn't the recognition that a month of AWLR = a month of contributions under German legislation, be extended to satisfying the requirement of 60 months Pension payment for permanent residency?   DRV won't be willing to offer advice on this matter of course, but I was wondering if there were any other Australians out there who have been down the same track?  
  11. Where to buy FFP2 facemasks in Berlin?

      Thanks for the explanation, however anyone who wears glasses knows that a perfect, airtight fit is impossible - wire or not.   Fog shows the limitations of a half-face mask, that's all.   The only 'perfect' fit I've experienced is with an industrial respirator made of rubber, with thick restraining straps.   Which I have, once or twice, thought of wearing to Lidl.
  12. Where to buy FFP2 facemasks in Berlin?

      Just to correct a possible misconception: I don't think that people with glasses wear their masks any looser than people without glasses. It's more the case that glasses give a visible indication (i.e. fog) of the physical limitations of half-face masks. Perhaps the elastic behind the head suggested by PandaMunich would apply more pressure, but half-face masks can't follow the contours of our differently shaped heads. A little air is always going to escape around the edges during exhalation - glasses or not.   But the point that sluzup makes here is a good one: as airtight as possible...
  13. Where to buy FFP2 facemasks in Berlin?

      See the posts above i.e. DoubleDTown also posted a good link to a PDF about mask care: which I translated to English and uploaded here:   The method I chose from the PDF was to hammer 7 nails into my foyer wall, put a mask on each for each day of the week and use them in rotation. By the time Sunday's mask comes back up after a week hanging loose, all virus bugs have died. PDF written by German research team recommends ditching masks after 5 cycles. So, 5 weeks use from 7 masks.   Only other interesting method I saw was to seal the mask in a plastic bag and immersing in boiling water for 10 minutes. But don't try washing un-bagged or heating in oven.  
  14. Where to buy FFP2 facemasks in Berlin?

      AFAIK breathing in this much CO2 would just make you feel a bit more relaxed - like breathing into a paper bag to control an anxiety attack. Except I think an FFP2 mask would allow enough O2 back in that you wouldn't fall asleep.   That said, I've noticed that climbing stairs to the 5th floor in a mask is not fun.
  15. Where to buy FFP2 facemasks in Berlin?

      I heard a trick that surgeons use - and it kind of helps for me. Put the mask on first and bring it up toward the eyes as close as is comfortable. Then put the glasses on so they rest down on the mask. Sometimes that means the glasses are pushed out a bit further than they normally are but it often reduces the fog. I'm myopic, but hopefully this makes things a bit better for reading glasses as well.