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  • Birthday June 12

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  • Location Hessen
  • Nationality Irish
  • Hometown Dublin, Ireland
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth 1957
  • Interests Nordic walking, cooking, baking, listening to Irish/British radio

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  1. What do we need Car Friday for anyways?

    Gründonnerstag comes from the last supper, apparently, which the apostles had on the Thursday of that week.  The meal was mostly green vegatables, either what was left from the last harvest, or the early vegetables from the new harvest, but either way, that seems to be where the name comes from.
  2. What do we need Car Friday for anyways?

    My sentiments exactly, I love how everything quietens down on these days and people seem to be more relaxed
  3. I had almost the same thing happen to me some years ago.  Went to my GP who diagnosed a middle ear infection and gave me antibiotics, 3 days later I was almost passing out with the pain, so I went to the local HNO doctor.  He was furious with my GP because the infection was much deeper than the middle ear and he told me I could lose my hearing. He cut the ear drum and I had to go back every 2 days to have it cleaned.  Anyway, long story short, my hearing came back and I haven't had a problem since, but I did lose faith in my GP and promptly found a new one.    
  4. Interesting spam e-mails received

    It's a hassle, but the only way to be safe.  I had the same password on most sites and I hadn't changed it for years, lesson learned
  5. Interesting spam e-mails received

    The first email I got had my password, but with 2 small mistakes, eventually though, the email started arriving with my exact password, and that really was scary.  Even though I knew I hadn't been watching anything, I still felt a bit violated.  Anyway, my youngest has been dealing with this sort of thing in Uni and she knew what to do.   I've no idea how they got hold of my password, but with companies and organisations selling information to others, I guess it's possible.  I have a much more complicated password now and, so far, I haven't gotten the email with the new password.
  6. Interesting spam e-mails received

    I've received that email a number of times now over the past months, both in English and in German.  The first time I got it, it really freaked me out. I've changed all my passwords and my daughter reported it to the police, but I don't think there's a lot they can do. Millions of people world wide have been getting it and the best thing to do is delete it and forget about it and hope they'll leave you alone. 
  7. Ageism and sexism in Germany

    elvy, I don't think anyone can answer that question.  When I was younger, getting a job in a bank was considered one of the most stable, secure jobs around, but that's long gone today.  The world is changing very fast and nobody can guarantee what's going to happen over the next 30 years.  What I can tell you is that most people who want to work, will find a job.   Do something that makes you happy, that inspires you and try to be the best you can be at it, and after that, it's fingers crossed that you make it through to retirement age.
  8. Easter gift

    One year, I gave my daughter and her boyfriend their Easter presents on Easter Saturday.  Her boyfriend wouldn't open his and when I asked why, he answered, "Jesus is still dead", he wouldn't open it until Easter Sunday!   A lovely lad, but I'm glad she broke up with him eventually.
  9. What everyday thing,

    I converted it to a German one long ago, but the day I picked it up, I was terrified someone in the office here would know, but of course, they didn't
  10. What everyday thing,

    When I was 18, I applied for a provisional license, but didn't do anything with it. Then, when I was 21, I applied for another one, intending to learn to drive.  That very same week, the government decided that because so many people in Dublin were waiting to do their test, the first 2,000 people who could send in 2 provisional licenses would get a full one - perfect timing
  11. What everyday thing,

    Native speakers don't seem to get it right these days, so I've just about given up expecting my students to be able to manage it!   I've never done a driving test
  12. Unannounced visit from debt collection bailiff

    Me too ff, but I was just pointing this out in case there was something precious to her
  13. Unannounced visit from debt collection bailiff

    But she may have to prove that some things belong to her, like receipts
  14. Unannounced visit from debt collection bailiff

    I don’t have a lot of help for you, but I do know how you’re feeling just now, this happened to me some years ago and it’s awful.  The first thing I would do is have a long hard talk with your boyfriend, is it possible he left some debts in Bavaria?  These bailiffs are usually sent by the court when a bill is left unpaid and, in my experience, they’re often right, but not always.  They should have some ID to show you, if they don't have one, then you're right not to let them in.  Did she ask for your boyfriend by name? You need to talk to him and try to figure out what this is about.  Try to stay calm, but I know that’s easier said than done.
  15. Separation asap

    Hold on, we don't know eiither of these people and we don't know anything about their situation.  I'm not saying I don't believe her, but there are always 2 sides to every story. She needs to get advice from a lawyer who specialises in family law and take it from there.