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  1. Random pointless comments

      Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
  2. German citizenship after 6 years

    Not necessarily and it's really getting off topic to speculate.  We don't know what the new law will say about Germans who want to take on a second citizenship (which is what would be happening here) and we don't know which hypothetical nationality was given up, and so we have no clue what that countries rules about dual citizenship their might be. For example I know India doesn't allow it.  
  3.   My thought is that it will be something like this: - but with ICE and Electric (and even if it isn't it's a cool picture).  
  4. How early to apply for citizenship/Einbürgerung?

    There is nothing specific in the law which covers this. The problem is that the requirement in Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz (StAG) § 10  (1).7  is  über Kenntnisse der Rechts- und Gesellschaftsordnung und der Lebensverhältnisse in Deutschland verfügt The official translation gives that as  " possess knowledge of the legal system, society and living conditions in the Federal Republic of Germany;"   This is then clarified by saying that   As a rule, the requirements of subsection (1) sentence 1 no. 7 are met if the foreigner has passed the naturalisation test. So yeah in general the test shouldn't expire, but they might re-write that bit of the rules and/or re-write the test before you come to apply, and then you would need to argue your case with your case worker. Most of this law is written to give the caseworkers a lot of leeway about what they are allowed to accept and a little bit about what they "must" accept, but it's very open.   So do the test and get the certificate if you want to. Worst case the knowledge is still helpful and you wasted some cash on a test you didn't need. Best case you save a few weeks waiting for a test result. Personally I wouldn't bother but it's up to you.   
  5. What are you listening to right now?

    Re-Issued for the Jubilee    
  6. How early to apply for citizenship/Einbürgerung?

    Agree with everything murphaph said above, it really will depend on your local office and your case worker. You might also consider that some-time during this session of parliament they are allegedly going to re-work the rules to make it easier to naturalise and one of the proposals I saw recently was that the minimum requirement could be dropped to 5 years (or even 3 with special integration), so it might even be quicker than you think.   I would say don't worry this far out about 'how early' just work on getting all the other requirements sorted like the language skills and the citizenship test knowledge, then watch for changes in the legislation.   About 3 to 6 months before you are qualified (Or as soon as the law changes if you qualify under the new rules), make an appointment to discuss the requirements, then they will give you the latest accurate details of what you need, which may well have changed from now.   In the meantime, get your B1 German qualification anyway (it will always be a help), study more German if you can, download the questions and study for the naturalisation test, it's easy to pass and even if they change the requirements it will be good knowledge.  
  7. Rules for landlord showing apartment?

    And what did they say? 
  8. What made you laugh today?

    The story is real, there is an investigation into a Tory MP watching porn on his phone inside the commons during a debate. The headline is a bit cheeky because mass debate sounds a bit like masturbate.    
  9. If he is still chasing you for this then it's going to get annoying fast and it will take more than a couple of hours to deal with. Assuming you value your time and energy at more than minimum wage the 'cheap' option is to just give in and pay the idiot. The alternative if you have legal insurance is to try getting them to pay for a lawyers letter to shut the guy up,  but it will take longer and be more stress.  
  10. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Brexit felt all the way down in Falkland Islands as fishing exports take a hit after squid orders in EU dry up
  11. Death and child custody

    As far as I understand it, nothing you decide regarding custody will have any legal status in the event you both pass. The decision will be taken by the Jugendamt and they are required to act in the best interest of the child. I guess the issues that would need to be considered then would be how close were the kids to the prospective guardians, how much disruption it might cause to their lives/schooling etc, and I don't think anyone can say in advance how it would turn out. That said, if you do have prospective family who could step in, I would get something in writing. Make sure they have space to accommodate the kids and the financial wherewithal to do so. Make very sure that the kids know them well and feel comfortable with them.  Beyond that I'm not sure there is much you can do.     EDIT: I've just thought that this might not be relevant if your kids have Canadian nationality and no German nationality, but really I don't know.
  12. Pension - Erklaeren meines Versicherungskonto

    Oh Thanks for getting back to me. Do you remember which forms they were? My German isn't really good enough to search them out.
  13. What made you laugh today?

    This seems like it fits on this site.
  14. June Brown best known for playing Dot Cotton in eastenders.        
  15. German citizenship after 6 years

  16. What are you listening to right now?

    Remembering a gig a long time ago. November 1989 at the Bristol Bierkeller. These guys were the opener     And these were the main act     For some reason I really need some grunge back in my life right now  
  17. 3G in Restaurants?

    I think we are long past that yourkeu, what we see here is wilful ignorance and deliberate muck-raking. Most of the 'anti-vax/anti-mask' crowd on this site are here purely because the mods are missing in action and so they get away with it. A while ago someone posted on one of the threads a "game" which was used for training moderators on another site. The game set you up as a 'troll' with the intention of generating traffic on a site, and it was really interesting to see how many of the winning techniques were being used by some of the people in my blocklist.   @Everyone, if you are genuine about wanting this to stop, then just disengage. Let them have the last word, because at least it will be 'the last word' and we won't have to put up with more of this crap.   No-one is going to change their mind on this from anti-vax to pro-vax based on what we post here, but the longer the argument goes on the more likely someone who is 'undecided' makes a choice to side with the anti-vaxers.    
  18. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Wow, that looks a lot like sexual discrimination to me. Would they have said that to a guy?
  19. Pension - Erklaeren meines Versicherungskonto

    @Heide_DE Did you do anything about this in the end? Given all that has happened so far this year, my letter is just sitting in the pile looking at me accusingly and I'm still wondering what if anything to do about it.  
  20. Death in neighbour's family

    Wow, given that the local paper wanted €500 for the general announcement that my wife was dead, I won't be posting a second one to say thanks for the cards. Anyone who speaks to me gets a thanks in person at the time.  People who sent flowers got a direct thank-you as well. Anyone else, tough luck.    
  21. Death in neighbour's family

    Just say something nice. I guarantee he won't care what you actually say. The ideas in the link Panda shared all seem OK to me and match the tone of the cards I got from neighbours and colleagues.   Much more important than the card though, do something, make him a meal, invite him over, or just offer your heartfelt condolences in person. Different neighbours did things like that (one made a cake, one invited me over for a drink), those made more difference than all the cards and flowers.  
  22. Only in America

      Usually because the alternative formulations are not approved for such use either by the local regulatory bodies or the drug companies themselves, and/or they can't find anyone willing to make the new formulations and/or administer them.