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About rodisi

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  • Location Marburg
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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. Jokes

    A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of the dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Broni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd... "If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?" The shepherd looked at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looked at his peacefully-grazing flock and calmly answered, "Sure." The yuppie parked his car, whipped out his IBM Thinkpad and connected it to a cell phone, then he surfed to a NASA page on the internet where he called up a GPS satellite navigation system, scanned the area, and then opened up a database and an Excel spreadsheet with complex formulae. He sent an email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, received a response. Finally, he prints out a 130 page report on his miniaturized printer then turns to the shepherd and says.... "You have exactly 1586 sheep." "That is correct; take one of the sheep." said the shepherd. He watches the young man select one of the animals and bundle it into his car. Then the shepherd says: "If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my animal?" "OK, why not." answered the young man. "Clearly, you are a consultant." said the shepherd. "That's correct." says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?" "No guessing required." answers the shepherd. "You turned up here although nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, and you don't know crap about my business... Now give me back my dog."
  4. How come this forum says 464 topics in this forum but it is empty and also says   "There are no topics in this forum yet." Where the hell are the topics?
  5. Forum explanation please

    Would somebody please explain - "74 topics in this forum" followed by "There are no topics in this forum yet". What am I missing?  
  6. They are banning diesels (4) entering Frankfurt as of 1 February or that's what I understand. Can anyone clarify?