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About rodisi

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  • Location Marburg
  • Nationality British
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  1. The "why it is difficult to leave" thread

    Apologies for not having replied to the above but we were in the process of packing/getting rid of the contents of two houses and three barns. It was a stressful time as we put the property on the market and it was sold on the first weekend, when we expected it to take one or two years. We came back to blighty mid December to be close to family and friends then the virus hit and we've been stuck for the last three months away from both. It's only in the last couple of weeks that we've been able to be near but not too close to the family - still unable to hug the grandchildren. Upon arriving, we started looking for a house, found one and have been waiting for three months for the paperwork and the seller's lack of communication.  What I'm finding a problem with, is the fact that with the money I got from the German property I am able, here in a little village, to buy a terraced, three up two down house with a garden that is the size of one of my barns. Still, I have to accept it with a smile because of family and friends, that was our priority. Comparing the UK and Germany, if it wasn't for this priority, there would be no way I would have left Germany. You are going to have to decide on your priorities.  I know Greece, and I know Germany if I didn't have to think of family and friends, I know where I would be. Good luck with your decision. Now I shall write something, off topic although there has been discussion on it, that will be met with a barage of angry replies. I note that your main problem with the Greeks is the bad treatment of animals. I agree with you, I hated it. It is slowly changing in the main cities but it will take a long time before all Greeks accept that animals are sentient. However, take the German pig industry - 10,000 pigs in one barn is that not cruelty on a large scale? The transport of livestock hundreds of miles to get some kind of EU subsidy. And we condone it with a nice schnitzel or a bratwurst at the local fair. And exit, stage left.
  2. Has anyone got experience in bringing a car to the UK and registering it? I am going crazy trying to do that. I filled the NOVA form for HMRC. Now I'm trying to register it, which I'm doing through the V355-5 form https://assets.publishing.service.g...-and-registration-of-a-used-motor-vehicle.pdf ‘Application for first vehicle tax and registration of a used motor vehicle’. The information required is unbelievable. Ive managed to fill most of it using their guide and from my EC Certificate of Conformity but several boxes cannot be filled because the certificate doesn't have that information e.g. Vehicle family identification number - not even the dealer knows what that is. Then there is a list of Supporting Documents that are required, some of them adding "Where Appropriate". How do I know if it's appropriate? The worse part is their statement that if the form and documentation are not complete, they will return the application. Even scarier is the statement "Note: we do not return original non-UK registration documents or certificates". I need those so I can return my plates to Germany and deregister the car. Any help will be gratefully accepted.
  3. Oven Control Logic

    Below is a photo of my oven's controls.  It was in the house when we moved in and we never had a user manual.  It's a Neff B1541W0/04 and Neff do not have a manual for it.  We've never used it with confidence and today talking to a Neff customer service we were told that we've been using it wrong i.e. the two knobs are completely independent of each other but she didn't know what the proper way is.  Now that the wife thinks there's a problem with it, I can't troubleshoot unless I know exactly how it works. The closest model to mine has two controls also but one control has all the functions and the other the temperature.  This stupid thing has temperatures on both knobs.  My logic cannot figure it out.  Can anybody help?  
  4. Explanation of bescheid

    Is there a simple explanation for sticking the word bescheid in everything? E.g. why can't I just say "Sag zu mir" without sticking that bloody bescheid in? Is it another of those annoying nun and doch and noch words created because they knew I would be learning German some day?